All three players in a team have defensive responsibilities and must try to stop the ball going over their goal line as it comes towards them.
There are three distinct stages involved in defensive technique:
The recommended one to start with is crouching on the toes with the fingers just resting along one of the lines of the court. This allows a quick transfer to the ‘barrier position’.
When forming a barrier, players should:
All players need to be able to defend. With experience players learn to tell where the ball is coming from and where it is going to and they have to respond by putting themselves between the ball and the goal they are defending.
It is usual for the centre player to play the major part in defence with the two wing players playing a supporting role.