Put pressure on attacking teams by changing the angles of defensive lines. Either they are drifting out or cutting in to force the attacking team in or out. This is a simple session to create a sophisticated defence where each defender decides the best course of action to stop an attack. A very competitive activity.... MORE
Lockdown planning: Protecting against an overlap
If you are able to train, then you will be aiming to improve your players’ skills and tactical appreciation around specific areas of the game.
If you are in lockdown, it’s a chance to hone your session planning in readiness for your return.
In Lockdown planning: Exploiting a narrow defence we focused on ways to attack when you might have more attackers than defenders, in other words, an overlap. In this series of planning, we look at the other side, so that’s defending when you are outnumbered.
To enhance learning, you are better off focusing on an “arc” of learning for a specific area. This means spreading out the training over a number of weeks, rather than dedicating one session to this.
Here’s a four-week plan for defending an overlap, but you can split this up into more sections if you want.
Objective: Develop awareness of who to cover, when to go forward in defence and when to slide across.
Week one: Keeping connected in defence
Week two: Manipulating the attack when outnumbered
Week three: Defensive organisation to cover the threats
Week four: Reacting as a defence (using an attacking based session)
Let’s say you dedicate 15 minutes each week to the activities and assuming you have warmed up before the start of contact, you could use a mix of games and drills.
Each session may include all of the skills or tactic from all of the weeks. However, each week focuses on the specific skill/tactic, the reasons why there are important and how the players could improve their own contributions.
The mix depends on the skills of your players. Here are four ideas to help.
- Slide and hammer defence
- Creative defence to shut down options
- Dizzy defence
- Handling different defences – three scenarios
Note the last session has an attacking focus. However, it is just as good as a defensive session too because the defenders have to organise themselves appropriately.