Using video and on-court demonstrations, Wisconsin Head Coach Kelly Sheffield teaches coaches how to train the individual defender.
Eliminate Pre-Contact Movement on DefenseCoach Sheffield starts by showing clips of Olympic play and demonstrates how even the best defenders are often moving when the attacker hits the ball. This movement at contact keeps the defender from reacting quickly to the ball and limits range. Video examples are used to show defenders that are stopped and balanced at attack, and the positive plays that result from it.
Defensive Posture and Ankle LoadAfter using video to demonstrate the importance of a balanced defender at contact, Coach Sheffield uses an on-court demonstration to discuss proper posture and ankle load. Using basic training drills, he shows how a defender with good ankle load can cover plays in all directions.
Training the Defender to Read the AttackerAgain using video, Coach Sheffield shows what defenders should be looking at when the attacker prepares to hit. Using multiple attackers, the hand position that "gives away" tips and off-speed shots is shown. Coach Sheffield talks about training defenders to watch for the "give away" and react correctly to it. This ensures the earliest opportunity to be in correct defensive position to make the dig.
Develop good fundamentals in your defenders to make more plays with the techniques provided in this dynamic presentation.
Produced at the 2014 AVCA Spring clinic.
48 minutes. 2014.
This is good high level tape that covers some basic skills in new and insightful way. His points about being stopped, reading the tip and ankle load are some really useful points that will make all levels of teams better. The use of video replay provides the rationale for his decisions in developing his defensive philosophy. A very solid tape with a solid handful of useful nuggets.
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