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Contribution #2 - Defending

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Contribution #2 - Defending

Simply put, competitive players defend.  There is "competitive pride" associated with wanting the ball back.  When a competitive player loses the ball,  they take responsibility to win it back. Chicas programming teaches and encourages players the art of defending: 1v1, small group, and team.  Believing the fun part of the game is having the ball, we teach methods to not only win the ball back, but also controlling/influencing how the opponent plays (or moves the ball).

The Chicas Performance Pillars, measure and define the defending principles needed to advance as a player and team.  The defending pillar is vital for players wanting to compete at the higher levels.  Today's contribution is: DEFENDING.  

  • 1v1 Defending
    • transition (attacking to defending with immediacy)
    • anticipation
      • recognition of what is happening
      • recognition of what will happen next
    • winning the ball
      • recognizing visual cues of opponent as to when, where and how to win the ball
      • stepping in and winning the ball
      • winning touch = possession touch
      • arm wars
      • shoulder charging
      • swim moves to separate opponent from the ball
      • tackling:  timing, technique, methods
      • positioning; starting position, claiming space, identifying landing points
      • body shape
      • footwork
      • forcing direction
      • forcing dribbler square or negative
      • delaying opposition
      • winning entry balls
      • clearing the ball; head, volley, 1 touch, and flighted to safe zones
  • Small Group Defending - Pairs
    • transition (attacking to defending with immediacy)
    • communication
    • No Split Methodology (c)
    • body shape
    • recovery angles
    • deny penetration
    • force opponent square or negative
    • forcing player on the ball to defending partner
    • maintaining shape
    • passing players on
    • double teaming
    • tackle and separate
    • to speed up or slow down your teams advancement of the ball and runs 
  • Team Defending - Tactics
    • transition (attacking to defending with immediacy)
    • communication
    • recovery priorities
    • body shape of players in ea. defending blocks
    • starting shape
    • marking
    • forcing opposition square or negative
    • stepping collectively compacting space
    • traveling with the ball
    • passing opponent on
    • zonal defending
    • defending blocks
    • defending zones
    • lines of contention
    • pressing
    • low pressure
    • high pressure
    • trap
    • set pieces
  • Defending Psychology
    • defending is controlled fury
    • defending is art
    • winning touch is possession touch
    • composure/calm
    • embracing the physical aspects
    • determined/committed 
    • focus/concentration
    • communication
    • starting positions
    • awareness

Future posts will cover:

  • Scoring
  • Creating
  • Influence  

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Contribution #1 - Possession

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Contribution #1 - Possession

The Chicas programming is based on skill, ball mastery, and possession. We believe the fun part of the game is the ball.  The more we have of the ball, the more engaged players become, the more touches players get, the more chances we create as a team, and the more fun we have playing the game.  We teach, and expect, our players and teams to not only possess the ball, but move the ball with artistry, tempo, and rhythm. 

Over the course of the next week, we will be sharing the lens in which we teach the game.  Using Performance Pillars, we are able to not only measure a performance, but further define and paint the picture for players to apply what is learned in a meaningful way.  This will result in strong contributions, advancement, and greater enjoyment of the game.  Today's insight is: POSSESSION. 

  • First Touch
    • controlling the ball with intention
    • moving with your first touch to: 1. Penetrate,  2. Tight Control, 3. Separate from pressure, 4. Prepare to execute an idea
    • using all surfaces of your body to control ball: feet (all surfaces), thigh, chest, back, shoulder, head
  • Dribbling
    • to penetrate; advancing ball up field, or behind opposition
    • to possess; to separate from opposition
    • to create; moving opposition for pass, continued dribble, shot, service, or create space for teammates run
    • to speed up or slow down your teams advancement of the ball and runs 
  • Passing
    • to feet; on the floor, sharp, accurate, appropriate weight and texture
    • positive passes that breakdown opponents defensive blocks
    • speed of play; minimal touches, fluidity, simple, ball remains in motion 
    • combination play

Players that make a consistent positive contribution to their team, training, and games, the greater opportunities and enjoyment.  

Future posts will cover:

  • Defending
  • Scoring
  • Creating
  • Influence  

Work. Love. Share.  We are the Chicas!

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