Tag Archives: Playing Defense

Skills without Drills – Part 11

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 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 3

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 »

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 »

March 5: How to Become a Great Defender

In one of Rick’s latest Full Timeouts, Rick breaks down concrete goals necessary to become a great defensive basketball player. Don’t get caught up using “coach speak”. Challenge your players with goals to become great defenders. Level 1 Defender Goals: 1. Keep the ball from being dribbled into the Highway (middle of the floor). 2. Keep the ball from being passed ... Read More »

16 Defensive To-Do’s

Players: What can YOU do on defense, as an individual, each possession, regardless of your team’s defensive system? Here are 16 pro-active things you can do on almost every defensive possession. Be the initiator and not the reactor: 1. Bother the shot pocket. 2. If the ball is over their head, get body-to-body. 3. Force an East-West or side-to-side adjustment ... Read More »