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Overlapping Runs And Creating Space
An overlapping run is a run around a teammate into an open space.
Overlapping Runs Against "Man Marking"
When a attacking player makes on overlapping run the opponent marking (guarding) them will usually follow them if the opposing team is "man marking" (guarding and following the same player most of the time). When the opponent marking the teammate making the overlapping run follows them:
Overlapping Runs Against a "Zone Defense"
When a player makes an overlapping run the opponent marking (guarding) them will protect their zone (area) of the field if the defending team is playing "zone" defense. When the marking opponent does not follow the player making the overlapping run:
Overlapping Runs And Passes Training
The best training format for teaching overlapping runs and passes to the player who has made the overlapping run is a rectangle that is 25 meters (27 yards) long and 15 meters (16 yards) wide with goals at each end. For practicing overlapping and attacking a goal from the right side:
Substitute left for right to practicing overlapping and attacking a goal from the left side.
Players learn fastest and retain what they have learned when they are focused and challenged. To keep players from becoming bored the lines of players with balls should be kept short, but just long enough players are not standing in line too long waiting for their turn.
With 2 lines of 4 players each and 2 players serving, each player should be able to average just over 3 overlapping runs per minute (approximately 40 total overlapping runs and shots in a 12 minute non-stop exercise).
After the players master the basic concept of the fragment without any opponents the fragment is practiced with
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