Learn a multitude of quick, engaging drills for building your individual and team defense.
- Learn drills that emphasize correct closeouts on the ball and closeouts that avoid putting pressure on your help defense
- Learn four breakdown drills for stopping dribble penetration
- Build your full-court press using five trap breakdown drills
with Kevin Boyle,
Montverde Academy (FL) Head Boys Basketball Coach
- 2018 High School National Champions
- 2018 Naismith High School Boy's Coach of the Year (also won the Naismith award in 2011); 2018 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Basketball National Coach of the Year
- 4x High School National Champions, including Back-to-Back-to-Back National titles (2013-15) - only high school coach ever to win three Consecutive National Championships
- In 2017, USA TODAY named Montverde Academy the "Team of the Decade" in High School Basketball in the U.S.
- 4x National High School Coach of the Year (USA Today, Naismith and ESPN)
- 4x Jordan Brand Classic Head Coach
- In the Last six NBA Drafts (2011-15) Boyle has coached five players selected in the top 3 overall picks - the first time any college or high school has ever accomplished
Kevin Boyle is one of the country's premier high school basketball coaches and his teams are widely known for their in-your-face pressure defense.
This on-court presentation is jam-packed with high intensity drills that will turn your defense into a competitive advantage for your team. The drills are progressive and will improve both individual and team defensive skills. Each drill in this step-by-step model is physically demanding, easy to implement, game speed and provides built-in conditioning.
The presentation starts with seven warm-up drills that have offensive and defensive elements to challenge the skills of both. The drills include passing, cutting and shooting action. The flip pass action is described in even more detail than some of the other drills and can be extremely valuable to any coach. Because Coach Boyle uses warm-up drills that simulate their offense, players get two benefits from these drills and the coach gets more time in practice to work on other important concepts.
Half Court Defense
Throughout the presentation, Boyle shows how each drill is run and corrects the players when they make common mistakes. Drills include:
- Tracing the Ball - Effective ball pressure must be quick and smart. Although this is a simple drill, it is essential for creating the kind of ball pressure that will help every other aspect of your defense.
- Denying the Passing Lane - The best way to stop an offense in its tracks is to take away passing options. Coach Boyle teaches proper spacing, angles and movement to deny passing lanes.
- Guarding a Cutter - When you aggressively deny passes, a good offense will resort to face cuts and backdoor cuts. After learning to deny a perimeter pass, this drill teaches defenders to stop and redirect cutters.
- Help and Recover - When a teammate gets beat off the dribble, the help defender must learn to step in without giving up an easy shot from his own man. Quick reaction, timing, and a quick closeout are key elements in this drill.
- Closeout Drill Series - With more and more players shooting and driving, closeouts have become a key element of a successful defense. This collection of short drills will quickly improve this skill set.
- Slide Drill Series - Staying in front and slowing down the ball handler is of utmost importance. Coach Boyle improves the age-old zigzag drill by making it more realistic. Your players will improve their defensive slide, learn to cut off angles and transition quicker from slide to sprint in a full court setting.
- Defending Drives from the Wing Series - In this collection of four drills, players first learn to cut off wing penetration and then they learn how to defend a spin move that results from the cut-off.
- Guarding Duck-ins and Post-ups - Duck-ins put the offensive player right into the heart of your defense. In this drill, players learn how to keep the post player out of the