Tag Archives: How to play defense

Skills without Drills – Part 8

Players: You want to bring something to the game – bring something to your team that can immediately affect the outcome of the game, but you don’t time to acquire a new skill like shooting, or point-guard-dribbling-abilities, or ten more pounds of muscle. These things take time – usually off-season time. What can you bring RIGHT NOW?! What can you ... Read More »

Skills without Drills – Part 7

Players: You want to bring something to the game – bring something to your team that can immediately affect the outcome of the game, but you don’t time to acquire a new skill like shooting, or point-guard-dribbling-abilities, or ten more pounds of muscle. These things take time – usually off-season time. What can you bring RIGHT NOW?! What can you ... Read More »

Skills without Drills – Part 2

Players- Here’s the situation: Season has begun and you find yourself wanting to bring something to your team that can immediately affect the outcome of the game. But you don’t time to acquire a new skill like shooting, or point-guard-dribbling-abilities, or ten more pounds of muscle. (Those kind of things take time – usually off-season time.) So, what can you ... Read More »

5 Ways to Defend Ballscreens

Last week we shared the ‘5 W’s of Pick & Roll Defense’ and promised to share five ways to defend the ballscreen. Before we deliver on all five, we must first note that the age and athleticism of the players you are coaching should be factored in when deciding how you want to defend ballscreens. Trying to run all five of these schemes ... Read More »

Highways & Alleys

The highway is the one-third strip of the court right down the middle of the floor. When I ask great offensive players where they want the ball, they always say in the middle of the floor. If that’s the case, then defensively, we need to do everything we can to keep the ball out of the highway! Now, why call ... Read More »

Basketball E.S.P.

E.S.P. does not stand for Extra Sensory Perception when you’re talking about basketball. It stands for External Signs of Passivity. Ask a Police Officer and you’ll find that when a person has their palms up, it’s a sign that they are not a threat – it’s an External Sign of Passivity. If their palms are down, then more times than ... Read More »