In today´s column
we will take a closer look at some exercise for contact play under the
basket with the help of a prop most often used at boxing or martial art.
We use this boxing pillow to raise aggressiveness (to get the players
used to this) at contact. We can alleviate the hits and all body
contacts which are used by defence player. Today we will take a look at
gaining space under the basket in offence. As you can see in the
picture the player is getting open and is demanding the ball, whilst
the defence player is shoving her away with the boxing pillow.
After receiving the ball, the player makes a turn on the standing foot
to the left or right. We add tricking the movement to the opposite
direction, but we have to be careful not to move the standing foot
(this way you can make travelling). After the turn on the standing foot
and in the phase of shooting the basket with the stretched arm we have
to shield the ball with the elbow. We can see in the videos how the
player uses shoulders – chest contact.
The video from the side presents this in details; you can see how the
defence player is literally blown away after the contact. This action
cannot be characterized as a foul, because everything is happening in
the semi-circle under the hoop, which is meant for a more though
The most important thing here is that the defence player doses the
power of hits or contact. In the next column we will get familiar with
the centre behind-step and exchange step in motion.