Wayne Walters
SWARM Defense
February 19, 2013 01:34PM
Coaches,

As most of you may know, two years ago in the Fall, Hoops King produced and marketed a set five dvds on the SWARM Defense which included three levels of team and drills. I plan on doing the other three levels of that series at some point if sales go well enough to make it a profitable venture for that company because the quality of production was unmatched as was the professionalism of the people involved. What I do plan to do in the interim on my own is produce a series of dvds on various individual defenses using SWARM concepts and sell them through my website. I have tech support from a former student that runs his own company to edit and produce these dvds. I have both a high quality camera and microphone to insure quality visual and sound quality. I have contacted a local college to do white board sessions in their team room. All I need is HS coaches willing to have their team be filmed learning the SWARM Defense at one of my clinics in their gym. I will reduce the cost of the clinic since the content will be for upcoming dvd production and sales. Please contact me if you are interested. Topics are listed below.

1-2-2 Wasp, 1-1-3 Hornet or Mosquito, 1-3-1 Spider, 2-3 Scorpion, Switching M2M/ Yellow Jacket [HC] or Mad dog [FC], Stinger Junk Defense, Even Front FC Match Up Press, Odd Front FC Match Up Press

SWARM D vs Offensive Sets and Actions: Four Out, Five Out, High Low, Two Guard Spread, 1-4 and Stack Sets, Ball Screen O

Please contact me if you are interested in having me visit and instruct in either the Spring, Summer or Fall


Wayne Walters
SWARM Enterprises
991 Red Hill Plaza
Middletown, PA 17057

www.swarmenterprises.com
717-475-3934
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
March 01, 2013 12:09PM
Thanks to the 15 coaches that have contacted me so far for clinics and to assist me in creating new dvds that meet the demand for additional topics. I welcome contact from additional interested teams.

Dr. D
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
March 09, 2013 06:47PM
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
May 24, 2013 07:25PM
I have created some recent handouts to meet my perceived demand for SWARM materials based on emails, phone calls and forum posts. These should be available on the website shopping cart some time in the next two weeks. It would be sooner but I will be away doing clinics in LA and VA for eight days.

DHO #148 Teaching the SWARM in Layers

DHO #154 Zone Defense to SWARM Zone: 1-3-1

DHO #155 Zone Defense to SWARM Zone: 1-2-2

DHO #156 Zone or Man D to Yellow Jacket [SWARM Switching M2M]

DPkt #33 Yellow Jacket Switching M2M Swarm Defense


Wayne Walters
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
June 28, 2013 09:21AM
I just created two new handouts on defending the DDM offense with basic SWARM rotations and actions. DDM practices against help and recover not rotation. Force them to use unpracticed actions. Check the shopping cart at www.swarmenterprises.com.


Wayne Walters
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
September 30, 2013 05:22PM
1. You cannot simulate it in practice with your subs or practice team like any other innovative concept or strategy that your team does not already use at game speed.

2. Many coaches fall into the trap of treating it like something they already know. Match up zones, true or robotic,get treated like switching man or junk defense because it is easier to fall back on something that you know. The SWARM gets treated like a trapping match up but the release done properly negates those counters.

3. I am spending hours learning about various offenses to exploit flaws and create simple teaching progression to counter their unique actions with a few simple concepts. I have notebooks by action and by set. I doubt that the creators of DDM, R&R, Attack & React, etc. are studying the SWARM. New dvds in production over the new few years of SWARMing different offenses ... different base defenses ... simple counters ...

4. I adapted as opposing coaches adapted ... drills evolved to simulate and produce habits and verbals ... actually more effective the last four years than the first four years because I taught it better ... better drills,faster learning curve, players and coach had quicker game reaction ... no system is ever static or it becomes antiquated ...
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
March 03, 2014 07:42PM
I am excited that so many coaches, over three dozen, have contacted me with serious interest ion the SWARM defense over the past three weeks and that about two dozen are interested in SWARM clinics before next season plus a women's pro team in Australia wants me to attend two weeks training camp/practice to teach the SWARM, create their defensive playbook/drills and do regional SWARM clinics.
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
March 23, 2014 10:25AM
I know that this will sound like a commercial so I apologize in advance. If you have another solution other than get bigger, faster and stronger athletes than all of your opponents, please pass it along.

As I have watched HS March Madness here in PA and the NCAA a few things continue to be obvious at least to me.

1. Athletic players have seen the value of not just driving but long range shooting so you can no longer strictly PACK. I think that you can selectively PACK but I think that it is difficult to PACK some and deny some especially with HS players. Zones will not beat better teams even match up zones.

2. Rule changes in the NCAA and NBA trickle down to HS basketball even before they are on paper. When the “charge arc” was added a few years ago, it effected how HS officials called the block charge. This year, at least in the games I saw and coached, it has become increasingly difficult to guard on the perimeter if you are less athletic.

3. Players are increasingly better drivers due to a variety of reasons and combined with new rules emphasis it is almost impossible to be a good individual defender unless you just out athlete people.

4. Player today are better shooters and drivers. As passers, they are good to great if you give them the same sequence of passes or common situations especially in transition. You need to create doubt and hesitation.

5. Help and recover can be exploited by spacing drivers and shooters. True trapping works if you are bigger in the traps but once the trap is broken you have magnified your athletic disadvantage. Rotational defense with release is the only answer that I know.


I would appreciate your comments and input.


Wayne Walters
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
September 04, 2014 09:10AM
Contact List coaches,

If you did not receive the yearly SWARM Updates because of a change in email address, please PM me here or contact me at my email address.


Wayne Walters
Anonymous User
Re: SWARM Defense
September 14, 2014 09:55PM
Hello coach where can I find your swarm defenses?
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
September 15, 2014 09:56AM
You Tube Clips of five dvd set from Hoops King. Coaches clipboard ... I have posted some HS game footage on my website ... www.swarmenterprises.com ... contact me directly using the contact information on the website ... Thanks for asking ... call with questions ...


Wayne Walters
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
October 26, 2014 05:17PM
I have had alot of interest lately in SWARM Junk Defense concepts.


Wayne Walters
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
April 16, 2015 12:25PM
I am pleased to announce that in a couple of months Championship Productions will be releasing three new SWARM videos ... SWARM Scorpion 2-3 Attack Zone, SWARM Junk Defense and SWARM Match up Zone Concepts. These were the three most requested topics. I have viewed and edited the footage and I think that they are very good
but I will be looking for your feedback. They will have handouts imbedded. I compressed some of my materials.



Dr. D
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
May 12, 2015 01:21PM
Video are available starting today from Championship Productions.


Wayne Walters
JoeSigler379
Re: SWARM Defense
June 05, 2015 11:50AM
Wayne:

Can you send me a copy of your "Rest List"?

joe.sigler@silsbeeisd.org
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
July 19, 2015 09:09PM
Information Sent
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
September 19, 2015 09:31AM
Based on feedback from coaches that explored the SWARM but decided not to use it and coaches that played the SWARM ... most used Sniper and Twist the most it involved less moving parts and no posts involved on rotations at the top.

Some even used those two "part time" in their stunt package.

Most the failed 'to launch" were not willing to take the risk of rotating all five players on a point dribble.
Like switching M2M, some did not like changing the match ups.

When coaches are researching and sometimes get overwhelmed with all the options ... I remind them that they control how many rotate, who leaves and where they release to rematch.

With that in mind, I have created a modified version of the SWARM that rotates only three in circle and has posts helping on the perimeter but not guarding on the perimeter except in the corner. I believe this may be a level of risk that more coaches are willing to take.


Wayne Walters
swarment@comcast.net
Bill Webb
Re: SWARM Defense
March 27, 2016 08:20PM
I purchased the Swarm 3 DVD pack from Championship Productions and wondered if I could get your rest list. I also have been looking over the Swarm Enterprises site and see there are handouts available, but the links didn't seem to work. Are those handouts still available. We are going to be instituting this defense through the summer to use next year.

Thanks,
Coach Webb
Bremen High School
Bremen, Indiana
805-400-7661
wwebb@bps.k12.in.us
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
March 28, 2016 02:50AM
1. Do you by any chance have your conformation of purchase email from Championship?

2. You can still purchase materials from SWARM Enterprises but the website is down as is the Pay Pal.

3. I will contact you directly on Monday with some materials and suggestions.


Wayne Walters AKA Dr. D
Wayne Walters
Re: SWARM Defense
May 28, 2016 08:49AM
Here are a few things that I have observed in close to forty years of coaching.

1. More today players are more skilled off the dribble and as shooters especially from behind the arc because of individual training.

2. Most shooters are stationary shooters getting shots off a “kick” from a dribbler and they shoot a much lower percentage off screens or off the “pull up”.

3. Coaches at the younger levels mimic NBA and DIV I college strategies on both sides of the ball. They fail to take into account that higher level a coach may not be able to switch on defense, for example, because of the difference in skill set but many of us can.

4. Coaches, IMO, are resistant to change on defense choosing the traditional or choosing to teach what they are most familiar with. They are much more willing to change on offense. I am not sure why. Defensive changes mainly occur as a fad. The year after a team does well in March Madness with a “new” look teams convert … Temple 1-2-2, Syracuse 2-3, UCLA 2-2-1 Press.

5. Players that get beat off the dribble continue to be reluctant to pressure the ball. At the higher level, regardless of age, if you have better athletes or just better technique players, you just substitute. Train some or recruit some if you do not have them is the common response. Ibelieve we overlook the psychology in this situation. I hear coach preach about their defenders never getting beat to the basket … go play Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, etc. in their prime. At any level, you will eventually meet players that you cannot guard one on one so game plan for that but continue to improve on defending one on one.

6. Players off the ball that help on the dribble then get burned by a three on the recovery are reluctant to help again. I teach a concept on offense to magnify this called “stretching the gap” which basically involves either removing one pass away or moving the shooter away. You can counter with bluffing but I teach drivers to drive through the bluff.

7. Some coaches do not have their teams help from the ball side because of their concerns with drive and kick which I understand. I believe that that leaves you vulnerable to skip passes and pin and skip actions.

8. I have timed both a player recovering from the help and a player sprinting from the next spot. The next spot player is faster. Based on the catch and release time for good shooters if you “stretch the gap”, recovering players will arrive too late but rotating players will arrive before the shot is
taken.

9. True trapping like pressing, IMO, will beat a lot of average to good teams but no the better and best teams. I understand trapping with denial each direction and a rim protector. Really not an option unless your team is really athletic or your opponents are not skilled. All things being even after the pass out of the trap you play at a defensive disadvantage so you are in a worse position than before the trap. If you trap on the catch, skilled players will back dribble which increases the offenses chances of exploiting the advantage. Shot blockers will save you but only if you have them. Sometimes your blocked shots are called fouls.


Dr. D
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