By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Don Showalter has been one of the most successful coaches in his profession and always creates a defensive minded team. If you’re looking for drills to create that mindset, Coach Showalter begins with a full court run and trap drill that helps teach how to run and slide properly in the full court to create effective traps.
Full Court Run and Slide
Player Movements: Coach has two offensive and two defensive players execute the four man run and trap drill. The defensive players will continuously perform various L traps while executing proper flow and jumping in and out of each trap. The defense must perform this the full length of the court trapping along the sideline each time.
Teaching Points: Coach uses this drill to create a high level of intensity on the defensive end of the floor. Coach displays the fundamentals needed in this system through his on court demonstrations.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Discover cone drills that help create a 1 on 1, 2 on 2, 2 on 2 give and go, and 3 on 3 defensive situation featuring Don Showalter, 5x Gold Medalist coach for USA Basketball. These drills display the proper gapping of the ball to shut down gaps, and also create serious ball pressure. Using this effective series develops an intense defensive mindset while getting multiple reps in various situations.
Player Movements: Coach uses six players building from a 1 on 1 to 2 on 2 to 3 on 3 situation, while using four cones. Two cones are placed on the left wing 2 feet behind the three point line and then two more are placed on the opposite side so they run parallel. The offensive player dribbles on the outside of the cone, while the defender is on the inside. Each player must go around their cone to create a quick one on one situation.
Drill Essentials: Emphasize the importance of the first step in any defensive stance to avoid getting beat by the first attack dribble.
Drill Tips: Each drill can be tailored to what you are specifically working on each week depending on your opponent.