Tips and Drills for the Plus Sized Baller part 3

Tips and Drills for the Plus Sized Baller part 3

Tips and Drills for the Plus Sized Baller Part 3 of 3
article by Jason Casebolt

Here is the conclusion of “Tips and Drills for the Plus Sized Baller”. In parts 1 and 2 we have shown how Athletic Talent, Shooting, Control, Communication, and Field Walking affect the game. In this final installment, we bring it all together with Movement and send tournament promoters to expand the weight limits of the prize podium.

Movement: Now that you have a plan, or in order to execute your plan, it is time to mention Movement. Effective moment will minimize friendly losses and maximize enemy eliminations.

Sweet spot their movers
Sweet spot their movers
Let us assume that you have decided to play the back center off the break. You use the sweet spotting techniques from part 1 of this article to do one of two things. You MAXIMIZE friendly movement by shooting back at the opposing sweet spotters on the other side of the field. Another option is to MINIMIZE opposing movement by shooting at their small-fast runners moving to key positions on the field.

Movement is also conducted by you. If you are playing the back center bunker on the break, you have little movement to make. If you are running to a corner, then you will need friendly cover fire from your team to MAXIMIZE your movement. You can also plan your move to happen when a key player on the opposing team is eliminated, thus taking his gun off your position. One elementary movement technique is “Tree Walking” or “Shadow Walking”. Tree Walking happens when you put a bunker (preferably a larger bunker) between you and the opponent shooting at you. If the bunker is in the way, then the opponent should not only be blind to where you are, but also not be able to shoot you. This allows you to hop from bunker to bunker in any situation where their field of view is obstructed.

Work with your buddy to move
Work with your buddy to move
Movement Drill: My favorite movement drill is the shoot and move. This can be started with a one on one, and then expanded out to a two on two for more complex action. Lets start the situation out with a 1-on-1 first and then expand.

You have the attacking and defending player. They each start away from each other at a medium distance. There should also be a time limit of 20-30 seconds. For maximum effect, the defending player should be set up in a stand up bunker. The attacking player can start in a lay down or a stand up. The goal of the attacking player is to get to the specified next bunker or to eliminate the defending player. The goal of the defending player is to eliminate the attacking player and/or prevent the player from reaching the specific bunker for the specified time limit.

The key to this drill is for the attacking player to shoot at the defending player, force the defending player pop back into his bunker, and the attacking player to rush to the next bunker. The more you practice this drill, the better timing you will have at making the next move and/or be able to run and shoot to be able to make your next bunker.

You should do the dirty<br>not be done dirty
You should do the dirty
not be done dirty
To set this up for a bigger situation, set up each side with 2-on-2. Having more people involved also works on communication while training for movement. With the larger situation, lay down or standup bunkers will work. A 30-40 second time limit is recommended for this drill. All four players should start at a medium distance from each other.

The two defending players stay stationary in their bunkers. Their goal is to prevent the movement of the attacking players for the time limit or to eliminate the opposition. They have their choice of which players to shoot at, but are encouraged to speak with one another and switch as needed.

The two attacking players must eliminate the two defending players or have one player make it to the specified next bunker on the field. It is important to distinguish that BOTH players do not need to reach the named bunker, only one.

Done properly, you too<br>will welt someone up close
Done properly, you too
will welt someone up close
When doing this drill, the attackers should communicate with each other to basically create the 1-on-1 situation. Yes, I do realize that this sounds confusing. Let me explain. You use one of the attacking players to keep one of the defending players from coming out. The attacking player totally bombards the sides or just the main focus side of one defender’s bunker. Once you use one attacker to prevent one defender from acting, then the match becomes a 1-on-1. This, aside from using it in the drill, is a great concept to apply to everyday play.

Once you are back to 1-on-1, then you go through the same steps explained earlier. The remaining attacker shoots at the remaining defender until he pops back in. When this happens, the attacker moves to the target bunker.

Does this sound complicated? Sure it does! Do you think that this will always go according to the plan during the drill? No way! If paintball were an easy and non-complicated sport, then everyday paintballers would win as many tournaments as the guru’s that study the game.

It is very important to realize that this is also a lightning fast drill and you need to concentrate on getting many repetitions. This is not a drill you can do only 5 times and be done. Concentrate either a large portion of time on this in a practice or a small portion of time over multiple practices.

Conclusion: The more opponents that are suppressed by you, the more your teammates are free to act. The better your communication and pre-game planning is, the less surprises there are to stop you from winning. The better you move, the better chance you have of not getting hit. By combining the above concepts together, you can directly affect the game by diverting the attention of the other team, suppress them, shooting them when they try to move to key bunkers, and move to key bunkers when they cannot. All of these are skills that must be practiced. Those with “Athletic Talent” are more likely not to practice these skills, but rely on their physical ability instead. By being able to communicate, set up game plans, and utilize proper movement techniques, you can make it an even playing field. Here is to you big baller, you now have the tools to succeed, well this and a fork.

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