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2014 NCAA Championship Coach, Geno Auriemma, takes you through how to teach and execute proper on the ball defense. Utilizing these proper techniques and understanding your opponent’s strengths are key in disrupting the opposing team’s offensive design. It is the fine details that are often overlooked, but they are the most essential and effective. Coach Auriemma displays these keys in his on-court demonstration.
Drill Setup: Two players are in a 1-on-1 situation. The defender is looking to string out the attack dribble made by the offense.
Athlete Movements: When the ball is picked up, it is the defenders job to guard the opponent and create an uncomfortable position for the offense. Once the whistle is blown again the player must take another attack dribble toward another specified area on the court. Coach Auriemma also describes how to defend your opponent and how to place your players in the most successful position.
Teaching Points: Auriemma stresses the importance of being aware of your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, early and often.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Rob Rose, provides you with a ‘Lateral Hurdle Hop Drill’ which is great for developing reaction and quickness in your players. This will develop your players ability to make a change of direction to help them dodge a defender or to be a more effective defender.
This drill utilizes a 6” hurdle. If you don’t have one, the player could use their stick as the hurdle. It is best to have the hurdle perpendicular to a line on the field in order to give the player lateral orientation.
The goal is to perform as many two-foot jumps as possible in 10 seconds.
Fran Fraschilla is a big believer in early preparation to get your team ready for things they will see later in the season. With the 3 Man Series, Coach Fraschilla shows a great example of how your team can help “choreograph your defense” and begin to guard specific actions that could cause your defense problems.
Athlete Movements: Coach Fraschilla sets this simple drill up as a 3-on-3 drill that also includes an unguarded passer. This drill is set up specifically for guarding a staggered double screen in half-court offense. Coach Fraschilla does a great job of showing exactly how to guard this action effectively.
Teaching Points: This pattern will teach players how to guard this action and develop good defensive habits.
Huntington Prep (WV) has produced such stars as Andrew Wiggins (Top Recruit for the 2013-2014 College Season) and Gorgui Deng (Starting Center for the 2013 National Champion Louisville Cardinals). Head Coach, Rob Fulford, has his team perform the ‘Ironman Drill’ which Huntington Prep uses to promote toughness within its basketball program. It is made up of four components, three of which are on the defensive end of the floor.
Athlete Movements: The player in the drill first must contend with contact in the post. That player is pushed and bumped. Second, that same player must dive for a loose ball near the opposite sideline and simulate tipping it to a teammate. Next, that same player must simulate being in help defense inside the lane and taking a charge from a coach, who drives middle. Finally, that player caps off the drill by receiving a length of the floor pass and converting a layup or dunk down on the opposite end of the court. Not only does this drill teach toughness, but it also encourages enthusiasm among the team.
1) Accept that there is contact in basketball
2) Proper timing when diving for a loose ball
3) Make sure your shoulders are square and feet are set when taking a charge
4) Sprint the floor and time getting to a long pass for a layup
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Huntington Prep High School Basketball Practice.” View the latest video selections on Player Training.
Watch as Assistant Coach Jason Breyo, at Lambert, Georgia High School, teaches the basics needed for good defensive play. It begins with a Five Yard Side-to-Side drill (without sticks). The next progression of this drill is to incorporate the players stick called the Five Yard Side-to-Side drill (with sticks). The conclusion of this progression adds an attackman.
How it Works: Cones are placed on a line about 5 to 10 yards apart. The player is to step behind the first cone, stand in an athletic stance on the balls of his feet, with his hands out front; Then shuffles to the other cone and back. The next progression of this drill now incorporates the player’s stick. The player is to lift their stick in the air, because of the uncertainty which direction the offensive player will go.
The last step is to add an Attackman. The defensive player is to keep his stick in front of the offensive player, lift it at the end, and place it again in front of the offensive player as he changes direction. This part of the drill also gives the offensive players an opportunity to practice cradling with one hand and changing hands in order to keep their body between the defender and the ball.
Drill Tips: When shuffling to the cone, be sure that the players do not cross their feet.