Coach Forrest Larson of Lake Geneva Badger High School (Wisconsin) has put together a really excellent DVD entitled "Simplified Run and Jump". I'll present some notes here from the DVD, but if you plan to use the run and jump for your team, you'll definitely want to get the actual DVD, which includes not only all the details and on the court demonstrations, but also a number of very important breakdown drills, which is how the press must be taught.
The "run and jump" is similar to our match-up press defense, both using similar concepts and techniques, such as trapping along the sidelines and jump-switching (run and jump) in the middle. Both start out with a match-up, or man-to-man, alignment.
Coach Larson's reasons to use the run and jump press:
- Increase the pace, speed of the game.
- Make conditioning a factor in the game. By pressing and running the entire game, the opponent often becomes fatigued by the 4th quarter. Our practices are up-tempo and our players become well-conditioned.
- The run and jump makes it more difficult for our opponent to prepare for us, having to dedicate a fair amount of their practice time on beating our press.
- The run and jump press helps create turnovers, steals, and easy baskets in transition.