Defending Square by Dominick Smyth


Since attackers are able to move in all directions, it is important that defenders can move in all directions as well.

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Position 4 cones in a square, roughly 12m a side. Inside the square, position a cone roughly 0.75m diagonally away from one outer cone. In the opposite corner, position another inner cone roughly 2.5m diagonally away from outer cone. In the other two corners, position cones roughly 1.5m diagonally away from outer cone. All these distances can be adjusted to increase or decrease the difficulty for the defender.


Attacker > Defender

Step 1

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  • Attacker tries to touch outer cone before defender can touch corresponding inner cone.
  • Attacker can fake and change direction at any time. This means defender should be ready for these changes and thus not over commit in any direction.

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  • Dominick Smyth says:

    The cones closest together can be considered close to the thrower on the open side. The opposite corner should be considered away from the thrower on the break side. The defender should set up ready to cover the close corner first.

    As with other defending drills, the defender needs to be ready to adjust to each change of direction the attacker makes and not over commit trying to stop a run.

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