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Dribble Drive attack offense mastermind Vance Walberg is also renowned for his defensive systems. In this week’s team development feature, learn about the philosophy and strategies surrounding his highly effective half court pressure defense.
Then in our next newsletter, learn about player responsibilities and positioning as Walberg walks through some essential drills that will get your team prepared to take on the defense system.
In the half court pressure defense, the principles are quite similar to the full court version. In the full court version, it’s key to constantly get pressure, pressure and pressure. Meanwhile, it’s also important to break the court into quarters. Any time the ball is in an outside quarter, we expect that all five defenders will be on that half of the court. If the man with the ball is in an inside quarter, then all five defenders should be inside both inside quarters. Meanwhile, the actual defense begins when the offense starts with a hard attack dribble.
It’s important to remember in the half court pressure defense that when there’s a vertical pass, you must go trap to trap. The goal here is to get continued pressure and enough pressure on the other team that they can‘t run their offense. Trap and pressure them so much that they can’t run their basic offense. But remember, never trap on side-to-side passes.
When defending against the dribble drive, there are three main things that the offensive team is looking to do.
Therefore in the half court pressure defense, there are three areas we really want to key in on.
*Don’t let the opposing team get to the free throw line. If you foul, you slow the clock down and give your opponent extra possessions.
*Don’t let your opponent get into the paint. The goal is to limit rack shots.
*Don’t give up corner 3’s.
Ultimately, the best shot we want to give up defensively is the mid-range jump shot. Note that teams only shoot about 27 percent at this range. Remember to always challenge the shot, of course.
Stay tuned for our next basketball newsletter to get more on-court demonstrations and key movements, including 4 out 1 In, 3 out 2 in, and more.
The following defensive principles and strategies can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Vance Walberg: Half Court Pressure Defensive System.” Check out the entire Vance Walberg catalog by clicking here.