Learn to physically and mentally wear down your opponent with intense defensive pressure. Defensive specialist Darrick Rizzo teaches his unique, high-energy approach to teaching on the ball defense.
"D-Unit 101" is Rizzo's system for intense, on the ball defense. Rizzo reveals his five steps to suffocating defense teaching each step with passion, enthusiasm and discipline.
Step 1: The Stance. Being quick on defense requires a fundamentally sound stance. Rizzo teaches the stance and his "defensive slide test," to evaluate players' stance and sliding technique.
Step 2: Move the Correct Foot First. Create a quicker slide technique! Rizzo shows you how correcting your slide can add quickness to your defensive game, how to harass your opponent by constantly forcing him to turn and how to use your arms as defensive weapons.
Step 3: Drop Step and Attack. Learn to cut-off the dribbler and keep pace with his change of direction. Rizzo demonstrates how to use the heel toe technique for lightning quick recoveries.
Step 4: Smother the Ball. Attack dead balls using Rizzo's unique arm motion.
Step 5: Draw the Charge. Defensive frustration leads to ball handlers attempting to create space. Take advantage of pushing off and low shoulders by taking the charge and getting the ball back.
Rizzo takes these defensive concepts and adds four additional drills you can do to work these techniques, create defensive endurance and put teeth in your defense.
Rizzo held one of the NBA's greatest players, Kobe Bryant, to only 8 points during a high school game. Bryant's lowest scoring output in his high school career.
Coach Rizzo's passionate and disciplined approach to defense helps players at all ages and levels of play improve their defense, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for the game.
68 minutes. 2009.
This video is about stance and shuffle to guard the dribbler 1-1 w/a whole bunch of hyped attitude. The five techniques it demonstrates are O.K. (somewhat debateable); otherwise it's a lot of hot air. It DOES NOT cover denying the pass, on-ball screens or give-n-go's, contesting the shot and boxing out. Most coaches already know how to teach defenive stance, mass slide drills, zig-zag 1-1, dribble used, take the charge, etc. and do not need this video. If your program needs a change of attitude and you desire to see a basketball ninja try to frighten the ballhandler, this is for you.
This video presents the foundations of individual man to man defense in an effective manner. Good video to show to young athletes because Rizzo echoes the coaching mantras of focus and hustle. Goes over some basic mechanical subtleties that will make your athlete a better defender. I think most younger athletes and starting coaches will find some useful elements.
The great thing about this video is the motivation, enthusiasm, and inspiration the trainer (Mr Rizzo) uses to demonstrate his defense 5 step learning techniques. Its a refreshing and new way to REALLY make kids learn how to play man to man defense "INDIVIDUALLY" the correct way. If you are a "novice" at teaching man to man and you want your players to learn and memorize the 5 most important steps to effect man to man defense, then this is the BEST man to man defensive video for you to have in your DVD library. BTW- This video does not cover team man to man, because it primarly covers individual man to man through group drills. I really enjoyed watching the manner Mr Rizzo kept the players on their toes.
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