The Blind Spot
The Blind Spot
Get in Their Blind Spot.
Even if your opponent is up in the front court shooting, you can position yourself out of the opponent’s line of sight and make them guess both where you are and where you could be after moving. The same positioning goes for when the opponent is in the middle of the court between 15′ and 30′ back and facing a sidewall. There place yourself behind the opponent out of their vision and then pick where to cover and they can’t just hit without considering you. The blind spot means you’re not behind them in the backcourt or so far in front of them that they can see you out of the corner of their eye as they prep to swing.
Make them believe they must pick a shot away from your side on the far side of the court or so a ball they hit into the sidewall doesn’t feed into the middle behind them where <maybe> you’ll be. In reality only a very stiffly struck down the line that’s going to bounce twice behind them is an initially uncovered angle. But you don’t have to stay at home in the center behind the shooter. It’s all relative how much time, how easy the bounce of the ball is and how efficiently they approach and play the ball. You get to decide where you go next.
You could loop around them to trail behind them at the last second popping up on the line foiling even their high percentage DTL play. Once they’ve hit the ball they must clear or it’s a hinder. Only a very low straight in kill-shot or very tight to the sidewall pass bouncing on the middle will possibly be winners and even the tight pass you just might cover with this move; just avoid their follow-through with your curling run. Asking yourself, “What would I do?”, makes the most sense when you’re considering their shot selection and what you’ll cover.
Staying home in center court leaves you only really garbage to pick up should they miss a sidewall shot or hit a ball up through the center as a pass. Like places you move in center to start your coverage and offensive shots you take and make, anticipating and making cover runs takes practice and hustle. That you begin in their blind spot or where you give the shooter no hint of your plan is very much to your advantage. Your having a cover run in your hip pocket makes your blind spot starting point a dangerous one. Even a poorly hit down the wall shot that goes right to the shooter and it’s left up must be replayed, if you’re alert and ready. If it could be an offensive shot for you, it could be called a penalty hinder in competition. Loom over them and be ready. Even their very low sidewall kill-shot could be gotten by timing an assertive run into the front court as they’re swinging from butt to target on. Like the straight in very low kill-shot, only the cross corner reverse pinch would be nearly impossible to retrieve. Of course, the first step for next time is to not leave the ball <there> along the sidewall (or up in the front court) where the opponent has so many shot options and you must pick one and defend by depending on disguising your coverage position and being aggressive with your cover run. Begin in their blind spot and keep working out how to move from there. Then pick and cover confidently and forcefully.