Coach's Clipboard Newsletter #103
February 1, 2017
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Dear Coaches, Players, Friends,

Today's Quote:

"Be quick, but never hurry." - John Wooden

Today's Theme - Press Offense

Press offense is part of the larger topic "Transition Offense".  

Also see "Attacking the Full-Court Press", which discusses important principles common to attacking any press defense.

Your team must have an offense(s) for countering a defensive full-court, 3/4-court, or half-court press. Without a plan, your team will become confused, frustrated, will panic, turn the ball over, and allow the opponent easy transition lay-ups.

On the other hand, if your players stay calm and have confidence in your plan of attack, you can burn the press and get easy lay-ups of your own. We actually like it when teams press us, and look at it as an opportunity to get a 2-on-1 situation and a lay-up (or free-throws). But you must have a plan and practice it... be prepared.

Good scouting helps... if you know in advance what type of press your opponent uses, you can prepare for it. During the game, you or your assistant(s) should focus on the press set-up... are they man-to-man (or match-up), or are they is a set zone pattern? Is the press full-court, 3/4 or 1/2 court? Do they deny, allow or trap the first pass? Do they force sideline or to the middle?

These are all things that will help you as the coach to make proper offensive adjustments. Remember that after the first pass or first dribble-attack, most press defenses are very much the same, and if you can attack one, you can have success against any press defense.

There are three catgories of presses based on the area of the court being pressured... full-court ("80"), 3/4-court ("60") and half-court ("40") presses. Have a plan to counter each type of press.

See these Specific Press Breakers:

80-60-40 Press-Breakers... this has everything you need. "80" - for full-court presses. "60" - for 3/4-court presses. "40" - for half-court presses.

Flood Press Breaker... used by Coach Bob Hurley vs the 1-2-1-1 press.

Attacking the Full-Court Man-to-Man Press... from Coach Joao Costa... attacking man-to-man and match-up press defenses.

4-Across Press-Breaker... the 4-across press-break is a favorite of many coaches.

3-Up Press-Breaker... another effective press break.

1-2-1-1 Diamond Press-Breaker... another way of attacking the full-court 1-2-1-1 press.

2-2-1 Press-Breaker... another way of attacking the 3/4-court 2-2-1 press.

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Till next time...
Best wishes,
Dr. Jim Gels, aka "Coach Gels"
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