Coach Alford believes that winning teams must have a defensive bottom because a good defensive effort can overcome average offensive ability. Alford uses players in a clinic setting to build his defensive philosophy. Defensively, the emphasis begins with one-on-one play. Defending the catch and pivot is mandatory for good defensive play. "Opening the gate" is a concept that allows the offense to attack the defender. Alford stresses that defenders must stay square to the ball. The "one dribble" and "two dribble" drills focus in on the details of sound defensive play. Drills are initiated from the top of the key and from the wing. Next, the "shell drill" is introduced as Alford discusses in detail the features of this all-purpose defensive drill. An emphasis is to drive the ball off the middle of the floor where the offense can be dangerous. Players learn on-ball and help side defense, vision, rotation, defending screens and help and recover. Alford uses the 3-point line as a landmark, keeping the ball outside this line. The "Shell/Game Prep" mixes the shell drill with your game preparation. Defensive drills such as 5-on-5 Switch, 5-on-5 Change challenge players to execute defensive principles in the half and full court situations. To stress the importance of defensive toughness, the "D Stops" drill focuses on getting three consecutive stops. Putting the defense at a disadvantage is the purpose of the 4-on-4, 5-on 4 and 5-on 5 drills. Another excellent drill is "Perfect Possession" where the defense must play without mistakes for 35 seconds. The drills in this DVD are applicable to all coaches and contain the ingredients of toughness and teamwork needed to be successful.
67 minutes. 2006.
Good DVD with straight forward, easy to understand drills. I use a drill from this DVD about once a week in practice.
Cut and dry information, very effective and sound but nothing most coaches haven't seen before I'm sure. Worth taking a look if your short on supplemental defensive drills.
good video. Several good man drills.
Some great drills for building up your man to man defense. Simple but effective.
great drills, great progressions.
I love how he stresses on ball defense and stopping guys off the bounce. I think in todays game, nothing hurts you more than the quick guard getting into the lane and kicking to shooters or dumping to big guys. I like his shell drill and all his Bobby Knight defensive stuff. I also likes the respect he still pays Coach Knight calling it the "Bobby Knight Defense". 5 Stars from me,Coach LeClaire
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