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Handling Defensive Pressure

Handling Defensive Pressure
See more by Will Rey
  • Currently 5.00/5 Stars.
5.00/5 Stars (6 Reviews)
  • Learn drills to ensure that your players pass and protect the ball effectively
  • Learn the buildup drills that make Coach Rey's teams the aggressor on offense and defense
  • Teach your players how to use the "neutral zone" to your advantage on offense or defense

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with Will Rey, Northridge Prep (IL) Head Coach;
2010 IBCA District 4 Coach-of-the-Year; led Northridge Prep to 3 straight IHSA `Class AA' Regional Championships in 08, 09, 10 (IL); Five-Star Basketball Camp Hall of Fame

All programs are not created equal and as such it is the responsibility of each coach to ensure that they maximize the abilities of their players through hard work, dedication and consistent development.

Will Rey has taken his player development skills all over the country. In this on-court presentation, Coach Rey discusses his philosophy on individual player development. Rey discusses player development in three distinct categories:

  • Physical and athletic performance
  • Basketball-specific skills (dribbling, shooting, passing, footwork, etc.)
  • Mental attitude and fortitude
Coach Rey has players perform the skills and drills he uses with his team on a daily basis to improve their game and to "own their space."

Controlling the Neutral Zone
The "neutral zone" is the zone between the offensive and defensive player that belongs to neither individual. Whether you're on offense or on defense, to control the game you must control the neutral space. If your players learn to gain the advantage in the neutral zone, they instantly become much more effective one-on-one offensive players. To teach this concept, Rey emphasizes:

  • Being in a low, athletic stance
  • Moving the basketball from side to side using the `U' concept
  • Moving your feet faster than your opponent by pivoting
  • Passing `through' the defense by attack 1 of the 5 passing zones
  • Staying `close to the floor' when being trapped in the neutral zone
Building on the principles outlined, Coach Rey introduces his drill, Lions in the Cage, whereby four offensive players work the ball around the key versus two defenders. The goal of this drill is to develop control of the neutral zone, while working on defensive communication. He shows how to be the aggressor and how to dribble into a pass, allowing you to get the ball to your best shooter. In addition, Coach Rey demonstrates a series of 2-on-1 trapping drills to help players deal with ball pressure.

Progression Drills
These full-court drills incorporate a variety of skills to maximize time efficiency and to maintain intensity throughout the drill.

To start the progression, the offense is placed at a disadvantage with one offensive player playing against two defenders; then, two offensive players play against one defender, placing the defense at a disadvantage. The drill progresses from 1-on-2 to 2-on-1 into 2-on-3 to 3-on-2 and so on up to 5-on-4.

The major teaching point in this segment is positioning and spacing on the floor, how to defend and attack advantages and disadvantages, making cuts to get ahead of a trap situation, and how to emphasize moving the ball forward instead of backward when facing defensive pressure.

In addition to the concepts in this DVD, Coach Rey offers advice on how to create healthy competition in player development drills. Also, he alludes to the fact that all drills should only be performed for short, intense bursts to encourage all-out effort and focus.

If you've had enough of watching your team lose their space and get overwhelmed by pressure, then this DVD is for you. After exploring these drills and techniques you will find your team beating pressure and causing problems for opponents by controlling the neutral space zone.

63 minutes. 2013.

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Handling Defensive Pressure
on October 15, 2014
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
5/5 Stars

by Coachdhoops

I really enjoyed this video. Coach Rey has experience coaching at a high level and it shows. The drills were intense and based upon game situations, great video I wish and hope he does more.

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Handling Defensive Pressure
on September 28, 2014
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5/5 Stars

by JimRobinson496

Great tape - one of the best I''ve found on dealing with defensive pressure. I would highly recommend it.

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Handling Defensive Pressure
on September 19, 2014
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
5/5 Stars

by bball2296

One of the best videos I''ve seen for breakdown drills of handling defensive pressure. Coach Rey breaks down several drills for handling defensive pressure and trapping situations. Great detail in his teaching and explanations. I especially liked his advantage/disadvantage drills. Coach Rey is a great basketball mind, having heard him speak at clinics before. Very useful video.

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Handling Defensive Pressure
on September 5, 2014
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
5/5 Stars

by JimRobinson496

Excellent DVD. Great coaching points , excellent drills. Really good for a coach whose kids may not be strong with the ball or panics in a double team or for a coach who wants to run a trapping defense. Highly recommend this tape. Money well spent

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Handling Defensive Pressure
on October 22, 2013
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
5/5 Stars

by Anonymous

Coach Rey provides excellent drills and philosophy for helping your players to handle and succeed versus pressure defense. These drills also will help your players work on their close-outs and trapping techniques at the same time. Some of these drills are excellent for conditioning as well. Consistently using these drills will make your players stronger with the ball.

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Handling Defensive Pressure
on November 30, 2012
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
5/5 Stars

by PatRady664

Will Rey has made an excellent DVD. His personal insight to coaching at the beginning will be beneficial to coaches. Coach Rey covers the topic thoroughly and a must for young coaches and will be helpful to any coach. The drills are very good at helping players to handle pressure and especially if you do not have a lot of depth. Coach Rey is a great tactician and has great knowledge of the game. This may be the best DVD Coach Rey has been involved.

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