13 drills that will help you turn up the defensive pressure and minimize easy baskets
- Get a combination of full court and half court defensive drills that will help improve your team's defensive tenacity
- Reinforce your full court pressure defense with 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 break down drills
- Train your players to take out a dominant scorer using two drills for improving denial defense
with Doug Bruno, DePaul University Head Women's Coach;
over 500 career wins; Conference USA's Coach of the Decade;
USA Women's National Team Assistant Coach (2010-15);
served as the head coach for the USA Women's U18 (2006) and U19 (2007) teams – led both teams to a Gold Medal at the FIBA World Championships; only coach to be named USA Basketball's Developmental Coach of the Year twice; past President of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association
Renowned within the women's game for his work with USA basketball, Doug Bruno is best known for his ability to mold and develop talent.
The drills and exercises in this video are tremendous for developing positive defensive habits while doubling as terrific conditioning drills.
Defensive concepts include:
- individual on-ball defense
- team half court defense
- full court defense
- stopping your opponent's best player
Individual On-Ball Defense
Discover drills for establishing an athletic defensive stance, developing explosive slides, and for training players to stay in front of the ball. All of these drills will improve your team defense by minimizing breakdowns that are so often created when players get beat off the dribble.
Half Court Defense
Learn four drills to establish your half court team defense. The Close-Out and Sprint to Help Line drills will improve players' close out technique and positioning relative to the ball. This drill can also progress to a 2-on-2 version that forces players to help with dribble penetration before closing out to recover on the skip pass.
You will also see how to develop a "take out defender" with two different drills that emphasize denial defense. The Continuous Denial Drill has 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 progressions that demand players deny the wing and then cut off the baseline while defending the ball. Another denial drill challenges players to fight through multiple screens will trying to prevent a player from receiving the ball.
Transition and Full Court Defense
Coach Bruno showcases four drills for improving transition and full court pressure defense. The 5-on-5 Across the Free Throw Line Drill will task your transition defense with communicating and scrambling while in a temporary disadvantage situation.
The Jump and Run Actions series breaks down your full court defense into 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills that train players to apply maximum on-ball pressure and works on how to rotate when switches occur.
These drills will help your team turn up the pressure while minimizing easy baskets with great communication and coordinated player movements.
This presentation is filled with creative drills that will work both basketball skills and your team's conditioning at the same time.
Produced at the Spring 2015 Myrtle Beach (SC) clinic.
74 minutes. 2015.Basketball Videos