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Netball Coach Training > Sagging Defence

Focus
Defensive Systems.
Skills
Preliminary Moves & Passing, Footwork & Agility, Defensive Moves, Vision & Quick Decisions.
Purpose
Instead of pressuring the passer, a strategy is to drop back and fill a hole in front of the next likely receiver. This forces the attacking team to use second/third wider options. This can be used at a centre pass, free pass, or throw-in. Good teams can also use a rolling sag, which involves dropping back in general play as soon as its clear an intercept isn't possible.
difficulty
Difficulty
Advanced
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Players
7+
ball
Balls
1
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Cones
0
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Visible opposition strip: 3
  • Setup

    Choose players as shown in diagram and assume starting position. Feeder [C] starts with the ball.
  • Step 1

    Opposition [WA] makes a straight lead from the goal third, to receive near the transverse line.
    [WD] starts just behind [WA] and runs behind them as they lead
  • Step 2

    First time around (as a point of reference), start with [WD] pressuring the passer once [WA] receives, rather than sagging. [WA] must try to find [GA] - defended by [GD] - with a pass.
    Stop and remark about the amount of space available for the [GA]
  • Step 3

    Reset and restart, however this time [WD] sags. The instant they realise they have no hope of intercepting [WA], they initiate their sagging defence by looking behind to see the likely next target - [GA] in this instance, and quickly run back to fill the likely space [GA] will lead into
    Need really fast feet to get back in time
    Cover the most dangerous, central space as a priority
  • Step 4

    Progression 1: Have more players on court, and start from the defensive third. All centre-court players practice sagging.
    Remember, intercepting is still an option - don't give up and sag at every pass!
  • Step 5

    Progression 2: Practice the sag from a throw-in and/or free pass situation.
    The sag from these situations often becomes similar to double defence, as players have time to drop back directly in front of the likely primary target.
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Difficulty
skill level
Medium
Players
group
6+
Balls
ball
2+
Cones
cone
3
Skills
Preliminary Moves & Passing.
demo
play
video
Difficulty
skill level
Medium
Players
group
7+
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
6
Focus
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Skills
Preliminary Moves & Passing.
demo
play
video
Difficulty
skill level
Basic
Players
group
6+
Balls
ball
5
Cones
cone
5
Skills
Preliminary Moves & Passing, Goalie Preliminary Moves, Shooting.
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Difficulty
skill level
Advanced
Players
group
10+
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
0
Focus
Defensive Systems.
Skills
Preliminary Moves & Passing, Defensive Moves, Vision & Quick Decisions.
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Difficulty
skill level
Medium
Players
group
10+
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
0
Focus
Centre Pass Set Plays.
Skills
Preliminary Moves & Passing, Defensive Moves, Vision & Quick Decisions.
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Difficulty
skill level
Advanced
Players
group
8+
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
0
Focus
Penalty/Free Pass Set Plays.
Skills
Preliminary Moves & Passing, Goalie Preliminary Moves, Vision & Quick Decisions.
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skill level
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Players
group
1+
Balls
ball
0
Cones
cone
0
Skills
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Difficulty
skill level
Medium
Players
group
8+
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
0
Focus
Defensive Systems.
Skills
Defensive Moves.
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