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  Centre practice with pillow for martial art

By Dejan Rodic http://www.dejanrodic.com

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 contact play.


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.

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