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This week’s defensive feature is a continuation of our previous breakdown of Vance Walberg’s influential Half-Court Pressure System from our last Basketball Coach eNewsletter. Previously, we talked about the philosophy, terminology and provided a general overview of the defensive system. This week’s feature will now cover the 4-out 1-in set, an integral part of Walberg’s defense. Read through our overview and follow along with Coach Walberg so that you can implement his innovative defense with your own squad.
All defensive players should start out by hugging their man. When they hear the coach yell out “Quarters”, this means they should stop hugging their man and get to their correct spot on the floor.
The on-ball defender is called the controller. His job is to get tremendous pressure on his man. The way we can get away with great pressure is that our teammates are in their quarters. In the half-court setting, we call the controller a container. He will still put good pressure on the ball, but doesn’t want to be beat on a straight line drive. In other words, he cannot let his man get a paint touch or let the offensive player split the defense.
If you are one pass away up top, that means you are the same as a gapper (when you are one pass away horizontally). You should be able to see both the ball and your man and should be in a position that you can help out the controller.
When you are one penetrating pass away, you playing “High-Side.” This means that you are above your man in the passing lane. Defensively, the goal is to shut down the gaps. The only pass you want to give up is an overhead lob. Remember, a container cannot give up straight line drives. This will compromise the effectiveness of the defense.
Meanwhile, the inside man should be in a position to help when two passes away. This player should be off one step so they can see both the man and the ball. Also, ball pressure will dictate how you play your man.
In the 4-Out 1-In system, there are five keys points to remember:
*Only one person guards one man, and that’s the on-ball defender. Everyone else guards two men.
*Good players should always move on the pass. Great players, meanwhile, will move on the pivot and then sprint on the pass.
*Defensively, you want to get beat back door. The logic here is that if they can beat us back door, that means they have to do three things perfectly on offense.
*With good ball pressure, it forces the ball handler to take their vision off the basket and the middle of the court.
*Again, remember to move on the pivot and sprint on the pass.
Don’t forget to pick up more information on Walberg’s innovative defense from our previous BasketballCoach eNewsletter article, Half-Court Pressure Defensive System: Key Concepts and Strategies. Combined, the articles should help you get a better overall picture of the system along with video demonstrations to put all the necessary pieces together.
For more information and details about the 4-Out 1-In System, check out the Championship Productions’ DVD “Vance Walberg: Half-Court Pressure Defensive System.” To view the entire Vance Walberg catalog, click here.