In Handball, students have been looking at the benefit of operating a zonal defence system, which resulted in a re-examination of the most appropriate way the attack and to create space against such a system. When this system was initially introduced the attacking team, would all attack from the central third of the court. When asked to identify the problems they were having against the zone defence, they identified the lack of space between each defender resulted in their shots being blocked with ease.
As a solution, they identified that if two players went into a wide position that this would increase the distance between the defended resulting in greater space being available to ‘shoot through’. At this point, several students made a reference to the learning that had took place in volleyball, that in order for you to either create or defend space, each individual is responsible within their own role and if you move away from that role it has an impact on the overall effectiveness of the team’s performance. Since introducing a concept-based curriculum model into our lessons this was one of the first examples of the students transferring their understanding from one context to another and showing their ability for synergistic thinking.
In addition to looking at the principal of width and how this is used to develop their understanding of space, the students also examined the importance of depth. Once they had players in a wing position, they realized that many of their passes were being intercepted by the opposition when moving the ball to find space in the defensive line. They also recognized that when shooting they were shooting form a standing position. Therefore, work has been done on developing the students understanding of attacking from deep and how this can create space by drawing defensive players away from the defensive line, which in turn creates space in the vacated space behind.
We hope that by understanding how space is created and defended within the context of handball, that these principals can be applied within other sporting contexts to allow for this transfer of understanding and synergistic thinking to continue.
Director of Sports