Engaging Defendersby Beau Kittredge

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Learn how to defeat poaching defenders effectively with this drill

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Tips:



    Once you have them on the back foot, either get behind them (to generate separation), or if they open up a lot of space, just use momentum to take that space.

    Once you’ve generated a good cutting angle, be sure to think about Sealing the Lane

    The angles & throwing options here are just examples; the same principle applies in much smaller spaces, against other zone or poach sets. Be creative!

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Setup:

A handler, A, starts near the centre of the field marked by D1. A cutter, B, starts 10m downfield, and 10m closer to the sideline. B is guarded by D2, who stands around 5m further towards the open side, poaching off B.

Rotation:

D1 > A > D2 > B

Step 1

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  • Setup

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