Why “Courage”? A defender stands at the five-foot line and digs point-blank down balls that a coach or teammate initiates from a raised platform. Every 2-3 digs, the player moves two steps back and eventually ends up in base defense.
Dunning encourages players to “get their platforms out” in the early stages of this progression. Once the player reaches a traditional defensive position, “it’s an easy game,” according to Dunning.