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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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