Defend court alone by catching the ball

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Court size 4x4 m
1 ball for 2 pupils
2 attackers - 2 defenders
Roles change after a series of 10 throws

Aim of the task:

  • Drop the ball in the opponent's court
  • Catch the ball to stop it from touching the floor in your camp


  • Throw the ball into the opposite court
  • Send the ball into the opposite court by hitting it


We can put in place a very simple observation on the very precise criteria proposed here.

The game is above all a "run against the ball".

The first question is: "Am I setting off at the same time as the ball?"
Then: "Where do I place myself to defend?"

The answers:

  • I choose to move forward, quicker and with the target to defend in front of me.
  • I am ready (attitude, posture) and alert to the signal of the ball being hit by the opponent.
  • I set off at the same time as the ball.
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The difficulty and interest of the work is that it focuses on timing references which are not perceived by the players and often not by the observers either.

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