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Bill Self, the University of Kansas Head Basketball Coach, drills the habits of good man-to-man defense everyday with his Shell Drill. In this clip of an early practice, you will see the intensity that he demands from his young Jayhawk team.
Shell Drill: Front the Cutter and Down Screens
In this 4 on 4 version of the classic shell drill, the coach will start with the ball and then pass to an offensive player. The offense is playing live and trying to score out of two situations – one situation is setting a down screen, and the other situation is making a basket cut after making a guard to wing pass. The defense must defend by properly guarding a down screen, and fronting the cutter after jumping to the ball. You will hear Coach Self emphasizing important defensive concepts such as talk, jump to the ball, close out with high hands, and stay in stance.
Hall of Fame Coach, Bob Knight, provides detailed instruction on how to set an efficient down screen. An effective screen will allow you to receive an open shot and/ or disrupt the defense which will create other open options. In this video, Knight covers the options the screener has once he attempts to execute a screen.
Coach provides detailed instruction that involves one defensive player and one offensive player. The reads and technique are shown in detail and coach Knight emphasizes the use of slipping the ball screen off of a simple down screen. Coach moves from various points of the court showing multiple variations of the down screen utilizing the slip screen.
Jerry Petitgoue, Cuba City High School Head Coach, breaks down his 1-3-1 defense that has led his program to multiple state championships. This defense accounts for 90% of his team’s defensive possessions as it limits open looks and creates pressure on the ball. Coach shows his plan to trap the opponent out of this defense to create uncomfortable possessions for the offense.
Coach sets up his 1-3-1 defense and describes each position within his 1-3-1 defense. The type of player he looks for to execute that position is told in detail. Coach then describes the roles of his players within the trapping defense out of the 1-3-1. This helps create pressure and reduces the quality of possession by the offense, which also create a turnover.
Frank Allocco, De La Salle (CA) HS Head Coach and 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game Head Coach, takes his team through the 4 on 4 on 4 drill. This drill will prepare your team for games as these practice situations are tougher than anything they’ll encounter in a game. Additionally, this drill can enhance your conditioning as you play competitively for four consecutive minutes.
4 on 4 on 4
Setup and Sequence
Create 3 teams (4 players on each team): Blue, White, Shirts
Blue inbounds the ball against a pressing White team; Shirts has two players in a tandem at the other end of the court and a player at both halfcourt sideline positions. The White team’s job is to guard only in the backcourt – they stay at that end of the floor; once Blue breaks the press and pass the half court line, the two Shirt players enter the front court and Blue plays 4 on 4. The White team then sends two players to the half-court sideline positions.
After the scoring attempt by Blue team, the Shirt team inbounds the ball against Blue team pressure. Once the Shirt team breaks the press and passes the halfcourt line, the two White players enter and now Shirts play Whites 4 on 4 in the front court.
Former Robert Morris Head Coach, Kenneth (Bear) Davis, takes you through the best play in lacrosse: the Give ‘n Go. This drill really teaches your players to move and be active off the ball. The Give ‘n Go is a great play that keeps your players aggressive and looking to score, often scoring a quick goal as a defender may get lazy when the offensive player gives up the ball.
How it works:
This drill is made up of players in a line about 20 yards directly out in front of the goal. You then position one coach about 10 yards out in front of the goal and 10 yards outside of the pipe. If you want, you can have two coaches one on each side of the cage so that you can have players working on both their left and right hands. The first player in line passes the ball to a coach. As soon as he passes, he makes a back cut and then runs towards the goal, receives the ball back from the coach, and then runs and shoots on the goal. Make sure that the player demands the ball right back and has their stick up in a position to catch the ball. You can either have an empty goal or put out cones that designate where the players have to shoot from in order to protect your goalie.