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Dribble Drive attack offense mastermind Vance Walberg is also renowned for his defensive systems. In this week’s team development feature, learn about the philosophy and strategies surrounding his highly effective half court pressure defense.
Then in our next newsletter, learn about player responsibilities and positioning as Walberg walks through some essential drills that will get your team prepared to take on the defense system.
In the half court pressure defense, the principles are quite similar to the full court version. In the full court version, it’s key to constantly get pressure, pressure and pressure. Meanwhile, it’s also important to break the court into quarters. Any time the ball is in an outside quarter, we expect that all five defenders will be on that half of the court. If the man with the ball is in an inside quarter, then all five defenders should be inside both inside quarters. Meanwhile, the actual defense begins when the offense starts with a hard attack dribble.
It’s important to remember in the half court pressure defense that when there’s a vertical pass, you must go trap to trap. The goal here is to get continued pressure and enough pressure on the other team that they can‘t run their offense. Trap and pressure them so much that they can’t run their basic offense. But remember, never trap on side-to-side passes.
When defending against the dribble drive, there are three main things that the offensive team is looking to do.
Therefore in the half court pressure defense, there are three areas we really want to key in on.
*Don’t let the opposing team get to the free throw line. If you foul, you slow the clock down and give your opponent extra possessions.
*Don’t let your opponent get into the paint. The goal is to limit rack shots.
*Don’t give up corner 3’s.
Ultimately, the best shot we want to give up defensively is the mid-range jump shot. Note that teams only shoot about 27 percent at this range. Remember to always challenge the shot, of course.
Stay tuned for our next basketball newsletter to get more on-court demonstrations and key movements, including 4 out 1 In, 3 out 2 in, and more.
The following defensive principles and strategies can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Vance Walberg: Half Court Pressure Defensive System.” Check out the entire Vance Walberg catalog by clicking here.
The Dribble Drive Offense is currently making waves across the country and has been adopted by hundreds of top coaches at the high school and college level. Engineered by current University of Massachusetts coach Vance Walberg, the innovative system places an emphasis on offensive players spreading out in a half-court setting so a penetrating guard can find gaps in the defense.
This week’s player development feature focuses on the 2’s and 3’s of the offensive system and breaks down several drills designed to improve overall play. From proper technique and footwork to spacing and shooting exercises, Walberg works with players step-by-step in each drill so that you can easily implement these important aspects within your own program.
Overview: This drill features only the “2” and “3” players. The 3 player starts with the ball between half-court and the top of the key. He makes a hard penetration towards the hoop and jump-stops at the foul line. Meanwhile, the 2 man starts out in the near corner and does not make a move until the 3 jump-stops at the foul line. Once that happens, 2 cuts hard to the wing, receives the pass from 3 and takes the 3-point shot. As soon as 3 dishes off to 2, he then sprints into the near corner where 3 had vacated and then cuts hard down the floor to get back on defense.
*2’s and 3’s must be patient. 2 shouldn’t leave his spot in the corner until 3 jump-stops at the foul line. However, it’s only okay to leave early if the player cuts toward the basket, but not if he’s just kicking up to the wing. Spacing and timing are two very important elements here.
*The 3 must use an attack dribble and only dribble once. Shoulders should always be facing the basket.
*Remember to “clip the hip” of the defender. Don’t take the big gap around. A good “racker” will initiate contact first.
Overview: In this drill, instead of 2 taking the long jumper, he will drive quickly to the hoop for a layup. As soon as 2 receives the pass from 3, he will “rip and go” versus going into a triple threat position and then driving to the basket.
*Remember to make it a “positive” kick-up.
Overview: In Drag 2, the simulation goes one step further. 3 jump-stops at the foul line and then dishes off to 2 on the wing. 2 drives to the lane but then passes back out to 3, who had sprinted to the wing area. 3 then takes the long jumper from the wing.
*When driving to the lane, players must master the step-back dribble. This is key to eluding your defender and then being able to deliver an accurate pass to your teammate.
*Make sure that second pass is an overhead pass.
The drills featured in this week’s player development article can be seen in Championship Productions’ DVD “100 Drills & Sets for Implementing the Dribble Drive Offense.” To see more drills and videos featuring Vance Walberg and the Dribble Drive Offense, click here.