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In this segment we are presented with two scenarios involving ball screens within the Triangle and Two Defense featuring Rick Majerus. The former National Coach of the Year teaches you that the first line of defense with any screen is communication! In the first situation, a ball screen is being set for the third best shooter while the second scenario involves both offensive players who are being chased in the Triangle and Two.
Player Movements: The first ball screen scenario starts with #4, who is not a skilled offensive player, ball screens for #3. Coach Majerus switches this ball screen involving both defenders, who are part of the triangle zone. #4 in blue switches out onto #3 in white, forcing #3 in white to dribble the ball outside of the 3-point line. #3 in blue, who switches to the screener (#4 in white), sags middle and leaves #4 in white wide open.
In the second part of this clip, #2 in white will down screen for #11 in white. Once again, this is a switch for the defense. #11 in blue is two passes away and is playing a step below the line of the ball so that he is not back cut prior to the screen. As #2 in white goes to down screen, #2 in blue calls out the screen.
Drill Essentials: Communicate with your teammates in every screen situation.
Drill Tips: Coach Majerus wants players to switch and immediately deny the down screen between the two offensive players who are being chased in this defense. Coach Majerus shows how, in the point to wing pass, he wants to force a back door cut into the triangle zone.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “The Complete Guide to the Triangle and Two Defense.” To view the latest video selections on Basketball Defensive Philosophy, click here.
Whether it’s with her own team at the University of Oklahoma or just skill development in general, Sherri Coale wants all players to take game shots, in game spots, at game speed during any kind of shooting drill. With this series of shooting drills Coach Coale uses two basketballs for down screens, back screens, flare screens and pin downs.
Player Movements: She wants the player using the screen to set up the defender for the screen, read how the defender is guarding, and make a hard cut for a shot. The cutter will receive a pass from one coach on the opposite side of the floor, while the screener, who always should go opposite of the cutter, steps to the ball for a shot from the second coach on the opposite side of the court.
Drill Essentials: This drill can be done using coaches, team managers, or other players as passers.
Drill Tips: See tips below for each offensive player’s role in this exercise:
For down screens: 1) straight cut (screener slips to the basket) 2) curl (screener steps high for a shot) or 3) back cut (screener steps high for a shot).
For back screens: 1) use the back screen (screener will step high) or 2) reject the back screen for a shot (screener slips to the rim).
For flare screens: 1) use the flare screen (screener slips to opposite block) 2) curl (screener steps high for a shot) or 3) basket cut (screener steps high for a shot).
For pin downs: 1) straight cut (screener steps to opposite block) or 2) curl (the screener fades for a shot).
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “AAU Coaching Girls Basketball Series: Perimeter Player Skill Development.” To view the latest video selections on Player Drills for Women, click here.
Improve your players agility and closeouts with Scott Cross, University Texas-Arlington Head Coach. You will see an insightful drill that incorporates agility and working on the techniques which make up a solid closeout. This is also a great exercise to make the most of your agility ladder.
Player Movements: A player will start along the baseline, work through the agility ladder, and closeout on the coach who is an offensive player at the top of the key. Once the player clears the ladder, the closeout must be with a wide base and both hands up. One hand should cover the coach’s face while the other hand should trace the basketball.
Once the defender completes this task, they will sprint to the corner and slightly push another defender in the corner, who is taking a charge. That same player, who causes the charge, will take a charge in that same corner for the next player going through the drill.
Drill Essentials: In order to setup this drill, you need to place an Agility Ladder on the court and have a coach holding a basketball at the top of the key.
Drill Tips: Some important teaching points and tips are: 1) Wide base on closeout. 2) Both hands are up and active. 3) Defender’s shoulders should be lower than the offensive player’s shoulders. 4) Be Loud. 5) Force the offensive player to turn his body with the ball.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “5-Star Coaching Series: Practice Drills and Ball Screen Offense.” To view the latest video selections on Screening Drills, click here.
Here is your chance to learn a great basketball drill from 2x NCAA Championship Coach, Billy Donovan, that you can work on with your son or daughter. This exercise can be used for both beginners and players with strong skill sets. This drill involves simply catching the ball, using one dribble to get by a defender who is closing out fast, and pulling up for a jump shot.
Player Movements: In this drill, Coach Donovan has his son catch a pass, take one dribble, and pull up for a jump shot. He will do this six times going to his right and six times going to his left.
Drill Essentials: To get this exercise started, place one cone in the center of the floor either at or above the 3-point line, depending on your child’s range.
Drill Tips: Some of the important teaching points here are: 1) Move quickly past the cone with the dribble, no lateral movement. 2) Get your legs and feet set underneath yourself before shooting the ball to help your balance.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “AAU Basketball Skills Series: Billy Donovan’s Father and Son Workout.” To view the latest video selections on Youth Basketball Training, click here.