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The purpose of this page will be to collect information about key defensive concepts that we will be working on as a group. Check back to this page regularly as we will add/change links regularly covering the defensive keys that we will be working on.
The most basic concepts for playing team defense are as follows: (1) Each defensive player is primarily responsible for covering one offensive player - good communication here is the key / 'call out numbers' is my verbal cue / but players must not only call out the numbers they are guarding but listen to ensure all offensive players have been identified; (2) The primary responsibility of the player guarding the ball carrier is to stop him from moving toward the goal; and (3) The primary responsibilit of players who aren't guarding the ball carrier is to 'protect the house' (basically a 10 yd. x 10 yd. box directly in front of our goal). The following video does a good job of explaining these basic concepts in an understandable way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u0T7dfPCfA&t=461s
One key term that the coaches will use this season is "angling." Angling means positioning your body in such a way as to force an offensive player to move in a particular direction. The link below does a good job of explaining angling.
A second key concept that we will work on will be "slides & recovery." Sliding refers to the help we give to a teammate covering the ball carrier and recovery refers to the movements of the rest of the defenders to stop the other team from getting a quality scoring chance. The link below does a good job of explaining some of the basic ideas behind sliding and recovering.