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
  • Variation:
    • The trainer gives an optical signal after which the attacker comes 1 against 1 followed by a completion on goal.
  • At the end of the training, have the two teams play against each other.
  • Coaching them, but letting the game run.
  • Point out the pressure they have to put on and how to connect.
  • Make sure the children apply the distance shot and various passing moves.
  • first round only move from the right to the left side - sprint to the middle line and connect
  • second round, move over the circle and get out at the 9m or put down pawns
  • third round two teams face each other 6m + 9m, both move and player at the 6m steps out at the pawns and makes contact with the player at the 9m (can be done with or without ball)
  • fourth round turn the third round
  • then repeat everything from the other side!

  • EXIT as breakout!
  • player is going to slide/step out first and break after that
  • goalkeeper plays on / goalkeeper has to practise first

  • Pairs face each other / width of the goal / so right and left of the goal
  • both players move to the first pawn and then make contact for 3sec (hands against the shoulder, defensive exercise) then move on to the next pawns and repeat
  • Move to the first cones, jump at the same time and give each other high five.
  • Repeat this exercise a few times!
  • all behind the backline - sprint 60% to half of 1 half then 100% sprint to the middle line / repeat this a few times / with different starting phases e.g. tripping on the foot, sprinting away from the boards, facing the wall ......
  • 6 pawns / 2 x 2 pawns about 5 to 6 m apart at the height of 11 to 12m / 2 pawns at the height of 7m to demarcate the field / see image
  • players divide into 2 teams / 1 team wears shirts
  • 1 point of play on the center line with all balls
  • players stand behind a pawn diagonally from each other.
  • first player with and without vests start sprinting at the same time from 1 to the other pawn and pass the pawn and sprint again.
  • after the 2nd sprint, 1 player receives the ball and goes 1:1 against the other player
  • Make 2 teams. 4 defenders, 6 attackers
  • 8 mats in a circle, 4 defenders try to intercept the ball.
  • Attackers must move to another mat after every ball contact.
    • Free running by stepping on other mats is also allowed!
    • Receive ball only on the mat!
    • Intercepted ball, then change players.
    • Option: chase the ball, free running on another mat is also allowed!
  • Point of attention: defensive position, light on the feet, arms in good position.
    • (oblique to the body and slightly bent)
  • Players jump on 2 legs, different directions.
    • 2 teams follow each other.
    • Without and with ball between ankles.
  • Run on the spot, on signal assume defensive position.
    • (arms slightly bent, legs slightly in stride, knees slightly bent).
  • Run/walk through the hall and on sign do the same.
    • Also with change of direction. (left/right/back and then sign)
  • Teams of 2: shuffle hand in hand, change direction when signaled.
    • (sign verbally or non verbally by me)
  • 2 teams each with 1 ball.
    • Next to each other tip forward, on sign of the ball tip harder, slide to ball of the other and continue tipping.
  • 2 teams of 4 with 1 ball. A, B and C on 1 line with about 2 meter distance.
    • D has the ball, D passes to B, B passes back to D and shoots a straight pass.
    • B steps out and A and C move against each other.
  • 6 defenders inside the 9 meters. 4 attackers outside.
    • Attackers try to get inside the 9.
    • Defenders try to prevent this.

  • Player starts from the corner, moves across the circle and out towards the pawns


  • Organization:
  • Make 5 equal groups, 1 group at each side and 3 in the middle.
  • Make sure both sides have several balls.
  • Put 2 defenders (red) just inside the 9 meter line.

  • Sequence:
  • B1 plays to B2
  • B2 runs to the ball and plays to B3
  • B3 plays to B4 and B4 tries to score.
  • Meanwhile, B1 has to chase the ball to help the defenders.
  • Then repeat from left to right.

  • Points of attention:
    Swap positions clockwise every 2 minutes, after 10 min everyone will have played every position.
    Pass quickly and accurately, and put pressure in the joint (i.e. between 2 defenders, if the defenders get the ball, the exercise stops and you start again from the other side.
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