In this article, we will provide you with some great tips to teach your players on how to take a charge. We will also provide a few drills to work on.
Here are the Tips:
Tip #1 - The defensive player should have his feet shoulder width apart and planted on the ground. They should never leave their feet or reach!
Tip #2 - The player should not be leaning forward or backwards, he should be standing straight up. It is important not to fall backwards before the offensive player runs into you.
Tip #3 - When taking the charge, make sure to be square to the offensive player.
Tip #4 -The defensive player should be set. It's optimal to have the player already set before the offensive player arrives. It's also very important not to get there too early. Otherwise, the offensive player will have time to recognize this and slide around the help.
Tip #5 - As the offensive player runs into the defensive player, it is important to let the ref know about it. He/she should let out a loud "UH!!!' to get the referees attention.
Tip #6 - Although, it is important to "sell" a charge, you do not want to flop. You will be more likely to get a foul called on you. You still want to have a good body control when falling to the ground.
Tip #7 - When falling to the ground, try to teach your players to land on their butt. An injury is more likely to occur when they land on their back and shoulders.
Tip #8 - Make sure that your players do NOT stick out their elbows, they will get called for a foul.
Tip #9 - Remember, a charge is a judgment call made by the referee. If you have a player in foul trouble, it is sometimes good to have them avoid taking a charge.
Tip #10 - Practice! Practice! Practice! If you want your players to take a charging foul, make sure to cover this at least every other practice. In one of my first years of coaching, I always told the players to take a charge, but never practiced it. Guess what! We took about two charges in twenty games, and I'm pretty sure the players didn't even mean to.
In this newsletter, we are attaching two drills that will help. I highly recommend that you do NOT progress to Drill # 2 until you are satisfied with the way they perform Drill # 1.
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