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Downscreens, Ball Reversal & Lob

Shift the defense with downscreens, then work the ball across the top of the set to clear space for a well-timed backscreen leading to a lob WHY USE IT The best time to catch a defense off-guard for a backdoor scoring opportunity is when you are moving the ball from… Read More


Learn The 6 Techniques To Defend Ball Screens

The key is to be great at just 1 or 2 of the suggested strategies but having an understanding of them all allows you to employ the best defense for your talent The best way to approach ballscreen defense is to become strong in one or two tactics, and not… Read More


Slide Into Defensive Position

A skill to work on every day in practice, the defensive slide isn’t as easy as it looks, especially when facing a gifted ball handler WHY USE IT The defensive slide is a critical skill to contain dribble penetration. It requires excellent footwork and coordination, so needs to be drilled daily. SET UP A ball handler… Read More


Blind Rebound Outlet

Keep the rebounder in the dark about where the ball is going to work on game-like situations, then move into outlet passing and defending the pull-up jumper WHY USE IT Rebounders have their back to the ball on a shot in a game, so simulate the same scenario in practice. SET UP A rebounder… Read More


Backdoor Screen Creates Lob Opportunity

The initial ball handler on the right wing ends up on the opposite side then in position for a perfectly placed backdoor lob WHY USE IT Defenses typically don’t expect the initial ball handler, who relocates to the weak side, to be the player who eventually ends up with the scoring opportunity. Use this play to distract… Read More


Hit The Trailer For A Backdoor Lob

This secondary break play positions two players along the strong-side lane line with the trailer cutting through the lane and scoring on the backside WHY USE IT The secondary break is perfect to attack a retreating defense. SET UP The point guard (1) dribbles into the front court on the right side with the center (2)… Read More


‘Alley’ Drill Tightens The Court

Push players using a 1-on-1, full-court setting and give the defense the advantage by trimming the boundaries to the free-throw-lane width WHY USE IT Defenders need to learn the best methods to guard a ball handler in a potential lengthof- the-court situation. Ball handlers never have the entire court at their disposal, so show defenders they have an… Read More


Rotate Quickly To Gain An Advantage

Defense is the goal but communication is a huge part of the focus in the Cut Throat Drill – when it’s time to rotate, players must hustle or face being a step behind WHY USE IT This portion of the drill stresses communication and allows for players to work on transitioning in a half-court setting…. Read More


Only The Defense Scores In Cut Throat Drill

Defenders work on closing out, cutting down passing angles, staying low and stopping dribble penetration during the early stages of the drill WHY USE IT Every team runs some version of the normal defensive shell drill. Place a unique spin on yours but upping the intensity and forcing players to rely upon each other rather than looking… Read More


Trap Drill Creates Havoc

On one side create confusion, induce panic and force a turnover while the other side attempts to remain calm, build confidence and pass out of an aggressive trap WHY USE IT Trapping and double-teams are part of most coaches’ defensive philosophies these days. As players execute these actions more often, they can become lax in forming… Read More