Toronto Raptors head coach and former assistant coach for the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, Dwane Casey, has his team force baseline drives into a trap. By rotating the weak side over for a hard trap, your players will be able to stop easy scores and force more turnovers.
Drill Summary: Set up with four offensive players around the 3-point arc with four defenders matched up. When the ball gets reversed to a player on either side near the baseline, the offensive player drives baseline and tries to get as close to the basket as possible. On the drive, the on-ball defender stays on the side of the offensive player and the weak side defender rotates over for a trap. As both defenders begin to trap, they get their hands up. The ideal location for the trap is just outside the lane along the baseline. As the ball gets trapped, the remaining two defenders collapse into the lane and drop down to the level of the ball.
This clip came from Championship Productions’ video, “Essential Drills for Building a Championship Defense.” Browse over 900 basketball videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!
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Earlier this month, Coach Don Showalter helped us highlight key roles and strategies for the 1-2-2 Full-Court Press. Now check out these complementary drills that will improve your team’s first step and give your players an instant edge when implementing full-court trapping systems.
Overview: The emphasis here is that the first step is where you get beat or where you beat your opponent. Use this drill to improve your first step and consistently halt the opposition in its tracks.
When in a defensive position, get those hands above the waist and take one foot and make a big step before pushing with the other. So it’s a step and push. Your outside foot must point in the direction that the opposing player is going. Then push with the other. This should be a BIG step.
Drill Set-up: Start off by setting up all players down the length of the sideline. Have each player put their right foot on the sideline while facing the baseline.
Drill Action: Your coach will first say “Defense.” Players should slap the floor and reply, “Ready, ready, ready.” When the coach says “Big Step”, the players must take one BIG step.
Tips: Coaches must closely watch the foot movements of players. For instance, some players don’t move the correct foot first. Place the emphasis on moving the foot in the direction you are going first. Otherwise, you aren’t going to take anything away from the opponent. It truly limits you as a defender.
Also, mix things up a bit by shouting “Sprint.” After players make their big step, they should sprint to the opposite sideline.
One at a time, players should start just off the low block. Each player will begin with a defensive slide on an angle. Once they get to the sideline, players must drop step and then slide towards half court. Your head and shoulders must keep straight.
When players get to the lane line, they should turn and sprint to the volleyball line. When players get to half court, they will slide to the opposite volleyball line. From here, they will drop step and open up and slide toward the top of the key. Finally, players will sprint to the far sideline (on an angle) before sliding back to the baseline.
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The 1-3-1 Trapping Defense has been an effective scheme for Bob Huggins and his programs for decades. In this week’s team development feature, Coach Huggins will break down some of the key concepts, movements, assignments, and overall coverage for the 1-3-1 Defense. This turnover-inducing defensive scheme — which divides the court in half — relies heavily on ball pressure and trapping. Be sure to follow along and see which concepts you can take away and then implement with your own squad this season.
For the wing players in the 1-3-1, it’s key that they don’t let the offense get the ball into the middle of the floor. The goal here is to keep the ball on one side of the floor. For the wing defender, you must close on the outside shoulder of the nearest offensive player to prevent movement. Get up in their face so they can’t skip the ball. Get your hands up and try to get the opponent to drive into our help defense.
Be cautious of closing too far on the outside of your opponent. Don’t give up the straight line drive. With our help in place, it will funnel the offensive player to the baseline/wing and not straight at the basket. Remember, we are keeping them on one side of the floor and forcing low percentage looks.
If the ball goes into the near corner, the wing defender now must guard the high side and then turn and defend the inside. The wing player must also defend the first pass wherever it goes on his/her side of the floor.
A major goal with this defense is to shrink all gaps. We want it to seem for the offense that there is nowhere for them to go. So, how exactly do we do that? First, we must always have ball pressure. We must make the passing lanes longer so the ball stays in the air.
Next, we are always line to the ball. The ball can go over, under, or around me, but it can’t go through me. Meanwhile, hands are always high and active and we also want to discourage direct passes.
Finally, don’t go over the top of the post. Always go in the direction of the ball.
***Stay tuned for more features incorporating key concepts and drills with the 1-3-1 Trapping Defense in the coming weeks.