8x National Coach of the Year, Geno Auriemma, puts together his defensive fundamentals in a 4 on 4-pressure defense drill. This drill is one that will help your team build solid fundamental man-to-man pressure defense.
Drill Summary: Coach places four on offense and four on defense. The offense sets up with 2 players just past half court, while the remaining two offensive players locate themselves at the foul line extended. Coach shows all of the basic movements and what he looks for out of this scenario. Within this setup, you can adapt it to various situations in order to practice various actions.
Current women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut, Geno Auriemma, demonstrates a three-man weave which combines passing, shooting, rebounding, and finishing. This unique weave focuses on both skill and toughness.
Drill Summary: The drill starts at half court. Each player must call out the name of the player they pass the ball to. Once a player catches it above the block, they will shoot a short pull-up jump shot using the backboard. While the shot goes up, the two players who are not shooting the ball, will battle for position to get the rebound. The player, who gets the rebound, will power up and look to score. There will be no fouls called during the skirmish for the rebound.
Keys to the Drill:
2) Solid Passes
3) Getting the Proper Angle for the Jumper off of the Glass
5) Finishing through Contact
Geno Auriemma is the current women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In this segment, Coach Auriemma promotes transition basketball and focuses on passing while on the move.
Athlete Movement: Each player must call out the name of the teammate he or she is passing to. Once the three players in the drill reach the opposite baseline, it is 3 vs. 0 coming back on offense. The player in the middle is the ball handler. The other two players in the drill are running the wings at full speed. When the ball handler reaches the top of the key the ball handler will jump stop and bounce pass to one of the wings for a layup.
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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.
Geno Auriemma is the current women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut. A big part of UConn’s offense is playing through the high post. Coach Auriemma works on breakdown drills everyday which simulate movements throughout his offense and you will see those movements in this segment.
Athlete Movements: In this drill, the post player starts low and sprints to just above the elbow area. The post player will catch an entry pass from a guard, get wide, and chin the ball. The passer will then set up his/her cut, get the ball back, and get a layup or short jump shot off of the handoff. This drill not only works on the guard cutting, but also the timing of the handoff and the entry pass. The players must also call out each other’s names on the pass and the handoff.
1) Timing the Post Entry Pass
2) The Post Player Being Strong with the Basketball
3) Cutting Hard to Ensure a Clean Handoff
4) Timing the Handoff
5) Simulating a Game Shot at Game Speed