Coach's Clipboard Newsletter #71
October 1, 2015
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Dear Coaches, Players, Friends,

Today's Quotes:

 "Individual commitment to a group effort.  That´s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." - Vince Lombardi

"The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal." - Dave DeBusschere


Press Defense

Today's email discusses press defense(s).

Press defense

Featured Articles:

Selecting a Press Defense
This page presents an overview and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using a press defense, as well as categorizing and listing a number of press defenses... read more.

Transition Defense
This article discusses getting back on defense and how to defend in transition, in addition to principles that apply to all press defenses.... read more..  

Match-Up Press Defense
The match-up press is a more complicated "system" of presses than simple zone presses.  It is more difficult to learn and involves a fair amount of practice time.  But it has the advantage of always having pressure on the ball no matter what press-breaker alignment the offense uses... read more.

Bob Kloppenburg's SOS Full-Court Pressure Defense
The principles of the SOS transition defense are summarized by the phrase "smother - find - release". When the opponent rebounds our missed shot, the SOS defense starts immediately. Our defender nearest the rebounder "smothers" the rebounder with hands up high.  The defender closest to the opponent's point guard, immediately finds and picks up the point guard and tries to deny or delay the outlet pass. Once the outlet pass is made however to the point guard, our defender pressures and tries to force the ball up the sideline... read more.

Full-Court Man-to-Man Pressure Defense
This is a good full-court defense for youth teams because (1) it is effective, as just a little man-to-man pressure will often cause the offense to turn the ball over, (2) it is easy to teach, and (3) requires little practice time. Players use and learn the same basic concepts of man-to-man defense (on-ball, deny and help-side defense, just extended to the full-court). There is little risk, or gambling, with this defense... read more.

Zone Presses
Zone presses have the defenders start in a certain formation, such as a 1-2-1-1, 1-2-2, 2-2-1, etc. and feature pressuring the ball and trapping.  See:

     1-2-1-1 "Diamond" Zone Press

     2-2-1 zone press

     1-2-2 Full-Court Zone Press



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