What does Static Play mean? The definition in the dictionary is ‘static meaning, definition, what is static: staying in one place without moving’.
So where would this apply on court? Sideline throw-ins, centre passes and backline throw-ins would be good examples of static play situations. Players with the ball can feel pressured delivering the centre pass as well as throwing in from the sideline or baseline.
Set moves or strategies for these static plays can take the stress off the pass as all players should know who goes where. For example on a sideline throw-in you could have the centre always starting close to the thrower. Once the ball is on court, passed to the centre, the pressure is off and if you are coaching a mid court system, as explained in my previous blog, then play will go straight into that particular strategy. The key is to get the ball on court with the least amount of stress possible.
Another example is when the GK is throwing the ball in from the baseline, say they are within a metre either side of the post, this could signal the centre will receive this pass. Remember the GK doesn’t handle the ball anywhere near the amount of times all the other players on court do so they tend to feel the pressure more than other positions. It is important to have set moves to assist the GK in their decision making.
Centre passes can be a coach’s nightmare so make sure you have at least three centre pass set moves for your team. For example I coach my WA and GA dictates the centre pass set move. How they set up on the transverse line determines who gets what ball. If they line up one behind the other then the team knows the player at the back will receive the pass and the front player is the decoy. Another is if they start wide then that lets the team know the GD or WD will receive the centre pass. There are many centre pass set moves, so as coaches it is important this bread and butter static play is possession to score from.
All ball in your team’s hands is a point. Look after possession and work on static plays so they come off smoothly. Practice makes perfect!!