Coach's Clipboard Newsletter #65
July 1, 2015
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Dear Coaches, Players, Friends,

Today's Quotes:

"The best man defense looks like a zone and the best zone defense looks like a man."
"Defense is all about helping. No one can guard a good dribbler, You have to walk kids through how to help and then how to help the helper." - Bob Knight

Featured Articles:  Man-to-Man Defense

Tenets of Team Man-to-Man Pressure Defense
Man-to-man defense enables us to get pressure on the ball at all times ("on-ball defense"), while still protecting the basket ("helpside defense").  I love watching a well-coached team that plays great man-to-man pressure defense. Good man-to-man defense is a team defense, not just five individuals guarding their own man, but five players working together... read more.

Man-to-Man Defense Breakdown Drills
This article presents a number of breakdown drills designed to teach the skills needed to execute good man-to-man defense.  Post defense, defending screens, and perimeter defense are discussed.... read more.

Shell Drill, Half-Court Live Drills
The Shell drill focuses on the basic concepts of "on-ball", "deny", and "help-side."  We start out teaching the basic rotations as the ball moves (perimeter passing, dribble-penetration, post entry, etc), and then eventually get into our very competitive drills... read more.

Basic Man-to-Man Defense
This article starts at the beginning and is an excellent article for youth coaches and all players... makes a very good player hand-out.  It discusses on-ball defense (stance, slides, close-outs), denial defense, helpside defense, help and recover, defending the low post, and trapping... read more.

Defensive Intensity - Charting Deflections
Defensive "deflections" are a largely unrecognized defensive statistic that coaches should pay a lot more attention to. Why?  Because deflections are an index of defensive intensity... a measure of how hard your team, and individual players, are playing on defense.  Louisville head coach Rick Pitino pays more attention to deflections than almost any other stat, and has been charting deflections since he started way back in the 80's... read more.

Defending Without Fouling
There was a lot of talk on this year's NCAA March Madness telecasts about teams that play good defense without fouling.  Bo Ryan's Wisconsin Badgers are the prototype, playing great defense with only 12 fouls per game!  What are the advantages of not fouling?  Let's look at it in more detail... read more.

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