Handball drills for defense



2 Builders play the ball to each other at a steady pace, each time making a forward threat.
The defender performs a correct defensive stance.
Stepping out / inserting Runner
sideways sliding / sideways running


The trainer gives an optical signal after which the attacker comes 1 against 1 followed by a completion on goal.


Two teams each on their own half.
Centre line is a line.
One tries to throw the ball over the line in such a way that it goes over the back line.
The line may not be touched. Who scores the most points?


  • introducing a neutral zone in front of the line
  • shot variation
  • number of times compulsory replay
  • Middle builder plays the starting left builder
  • The left build-up makes a passing movement inwards and plays the goalkeeper in the hands.
  • Both defenders start with break run
  • The middle builder goes into pursuit to intercept the ball
  • The goalkeeper plays the left break runner
  • The break runners play out the defender
  • The free player finishes off


  • Put one player on the circle and one player on the 9-meter line
  • The player on the 9-metre line tries to put the ball in the circle
  • The player on the circle tries to prevent this by keeping the attacking player away from the circle.
  • After 6x the attackers and defenders change
  • If both players have done this 6 times, the attackers change with the attackers from the other side.


  • The player starts in the corner with moving
  • With each pilon the player steps out 
  • The player immediately drops back after stepping out and moves on.
  • The player moves up to the pilon in the corner and starts the break run.



  • Pass B2 - B6 - B2 - B1 - B2 and shoot at target.
  • R1 tries to block.
  • Same at the other side
    • block with 2 players
    • coming from a two turnout middle with left defender or right defender
  • 4 players per group
  • 3 players play the ball around to each other
  • 1 player tries to tap the ball away.
  • When this succeeds, a new player stands in the middle.
  • First only play straight passes, then bounce passes, lastly play straight and bounce passes


Attackers have a ball.

  • 5 plays to 4 to pass defender 1.
  • 4 plays to 5 that passes the defender.
  • 3 plays to 2 to pass the defender.
  • 4 plays to 3 that passes the defender.
  • 2 plays to 1 passing the defender.
  • Defender 1 tries to prevent all players from passing him and defends with making contact.
  • Each defender twice in a row, i.e. 10 actions in full.



defending the player in possession with contact

  • arms bent forward
  • blocking the way
  • don't let your opponent run in between your arms
  • push the attacker outwards
  • counterpressure against shoulder that is inwards
  • guide movements
  • footwork very important, one must be able to keep up with the attacker
  • keep contact with floor
  • create pairs and divide them on the left and right corners 
    • each pair has 1 ball
  • a pair of them start sliding at the same time from the 6m to the 1st pilon, 
  • then move out to the pilon at the 9m and move to the third pilon 
  • then sprint to the centre line at the same time to pass the ball back and forth 
    • join the line in the other corner
  • Variations: On speed and the player without ball becomes defender and tries to conquer the ball
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