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.
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.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Don Showalter: Practice Drills to Build a Defensive Mindset.” To view the latest video selections on Defensive Drills, click here.
Huntington Prep Head Coach, Rob Fulford, has produced 23 NCAA Division I basketball players from 2010 – 2013 including Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Deng. Help defense is the name of the game in this next clip which features both the “Sword Fighting Drill” and the “Help & Recover Drill.” The “Sword Fighting Drill” is used to practice stopping dribble penetration into a gap of the defense and then recovering. While the “Help & Recover Drill” uses the same concepts except in a 3-on-3 setting.
Player Movements: In the “Sword Fighting Drill”, players pair up across from each other and simulate coming together to stop a dribble drive. They will touch hands to stop the ball and then recover or close out to their man with a hand up to contest a potential shot. Coach Fulford stresses quickly stepping in to help and then to step out to recover. This is a simple drill but it really drives home the need to recover with a hand up if that ball handler kicks the basketball to a shooter after he is stopped driving middle.
In the “Help & Recover Drill”, three perimeter players are looking to drive the ball into the gaps of the defense. The defenders must help or pinch to stop the dribble. As with the “Sword Fighting Drill”, the defense must recover with a hand up to contest a shot when the ball is kicked out to the perimeter.
Teaching Points: React quickly and stop dribble penetration (Prevent gap penetration). Recover quickly with a hand up to contest a potential 3-point shot
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Huntington Prep High School Basketball Practice.” To view the latest video selections on Player Training, click here.
Terry Layton is a highly respected basketball coach, scout, and consultant both here in the states and internationally. Internationally, most practice facilities are only limited to two baskets. So coaches try to use as many drills, which combine multiple areas of skill development at once. Coach Layton shows phase one of the “Chinese Drill.” With this single drill you can brush up on passing, screening, shooting, rebounding, spacing in transition, and defending the 2-on-1 break.
Player Movements: Three players begin the drill by passing along the baseline out-of-bounds. Those players then move to the perimeter, where a player will sprint into a wing ball screen. With this phase of the drill, the person using the ball screen throws the ball back to the screener, who is popping and spacing for a long jump shot. The passer and the third player (not involved in the ball screen) then go to the opposite side of the floor and battle for the rebound (most rebounds on a long jump shot will end up on the opposite side of the rim). The two players battling for the rebound then do a 2-on-1 break going the other way with the shooter in the drill being the lone defender back.
In the later phases of this drill (not shown) you can use a pick and roll where you hit the screener with a bounce or lob pass at the rim or the person using the ball screen shoots a step-back jump shot.
1) Solid Passing
2) Communication when passing
3) Sprint into a ball screen and the space properly when popping
4) When battling for the rebound, attack the other person’s arm
5) Spacing and converting on a 2-on-1 break
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Explosion and Full Court Drills from Around the World.” To view the latest video selections on Conditioning, click here.
Do you want to get your players to run the full court better on a make to score in transition? Xavier Head Coach, Chris Mack, provides the “Run the Circuit” drill to help create an up-tempo mentality for your squad. You will also see how adding the step up screen in transition will get the defense off balance to create high percentage shots on the run.
Player Movements: The drill begins with a quick outlet from the four player to the one player. Every possession you must begin with the quick outlet to the one guard. The 2 and 3 guard run on split sides up the sideline, with the 5 player executing a rim run.
Teaching Points: This drill continues for five possessions with each player touching the ball for a quick lay in each time. All possessions must be completed in a combined 28 seconds.