If you are looking for a style of play that is fun to coach and will create headaches for opposing teams, the Run & Jump is your answer. Jack Smith has taken the Run & Jump principles from successful coaches and added his own tweaks and twists to create a pressure defense that will benefit new or veteran coaches.
Coach Smith delivers a complete overview on the Run & Jump, including:
Running an effective press is about defending the proper angles. Smith's first drill, the Slide Drill, shows the players how to slide their feet quickly to ensure that they stay in front of their opponent to apply on ball pressure. In his 1-on-1 drill he trains the players to put constant pressure on the ball and when beat, use angles to run down the ballhander and cut them off before they reach the basket. His 3-on-3 drill puts together many of the essential components to making the Run & Jump pressing defense successful. By forcing the opposition into speed dribbles and then jumping the ball, it's easy to see how turnovers are created in this high pressure defense. With his 5-on-5 Freeze Frame Drill, Coach slows down the action to break down the players assignments within the defense. This informative tool can really make the difference in the players understanding their roles.
The next series of drills feature Coach Smith's five favorite full court conditioning drills involving ball handling, passing, and shooting. They are relevant, because they combine the elements of your Run & Jump Defense with offensive fast breaks and a lot of shooting. Utilizing these drills in conjunction with the Run & Jump will allow your players to get comfortable playing at a high tempo for an entire game.
As a bonus, Smith narrates state final highlights as well as season highlights of the run and jump in action. Any coach that would like an exciting style of play for his team will definitely want this DVD in his coaching library.
With patience and development in practice, Coach Smith's Run & Jump will devastate your opponents, as every possession becomes a scrambling, labor-intensive chore.
92 minutes. 2012.
The sample video shows a drill that has nothing to do with Run and Jump defense...or defense at all for that matter. That makes no sense.
I have looked at several excellent run and jump defensive DVDs and I must say this was a major disappointment. There was nothing in this DVD that I found useful for using this defense.
One of my favorite DVD's I have found on the run and jump so far. Jack uses whiteboard discussion and then a very in depth on the court teaching of the press. He goes through the steps to build the press like it was the first day of practice and makes it easy to directly implement many of his drills and strategies immediately into your program. The last 30 minutes of the DVD were my favorite. The 4-44 drill will be a regular within my practice plans for the forseeable future. Thanks Coach Smith!
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