Darwin Basketball Association and Basketball Northern Territory recently combined to host a free coach development clinic as part of the Australian Under 16 Championships. Basketball Victoria High Performance Coach (Metro Men) Ash Arnott and BA COE assistant coach Michael Cassidy presented some ideas for youth coaches.
Building Blocks for Man to Man Defence – Michael Cassidy, Assistant Coach BA COE Men
What are the Building Blocks of Man to Man Defence?
Three Levels of Communication
Guarding the Ball (Individual Defence)
Positioning & Stance off the Ball
– Denial Stance
– Pack Stance (Help)
– Decision Making – ‘Stay or Go’
– Rotations & Problem Solving
Drill One – Ball Stance & Sliding
Dig & Deflection Hand -> Chop & Step
– Stance is across multiple planes, head controls your balance
Dig & Deflection Hand -> Chop & 3 Slides
– Sliding = 1. Push & Drive 2. Keep your shape 3. Nose on the ball & chop
Drill Two – Closeouts -> Chest Blow -> Wall Up
– Closeouts = 1. Call Ball 2. Carry Hand 3. Foot Angles (Push Points)
– Chest blow = Slide – Pop ‘Em’ – Jump Back
– Wall up = Chest on Shoulder – Back to Basket – Make them score over you
Drill Three – 1v1 Closeout Drills
1. Step Up – Cover down -> Closeout the Corner.
2. Sink & Fill – Guard 2 -> Close out First Pass (Seam)
3. Denial Slides – Drop Hand -> Ball Stance & Play from Wing
Drill Four – 4v3 Scramble
1. Catch outside the 3 – Catch & Shoot
2. Catch outside the 3 – Catch & Shoot or Catch & Drive
Drill Five – 2v2 Stay Go Drill
– 1. Point Man & Ball 2. Jump to the Ball – Ball Moves you Move 3. Arrive on the Catch & closeout.
– Stay = Stay with you Man off ball Makes a Pack Read
– Go = Rotate Hard
Drill Six – 3v3 -> 4v4 Ranger
3 Out – Reverse it – Skip it – Drive it
– Stay = Pack Read (Stay with your own)
– Go = Step up – Drop Down – Rotate Out
3 Out 1 In
– Point Man & Ball 2. Jump to the Ball – Ball Moves you Move 3. Arrive on the Catch & closeout.
– Post D – ¾ Front 1. Point Man & Ball 2. Jump to the Ball
Drill Seven – 4v4 ½ Shell -> 4v4 Shell (Time Permitting)
– Defending the Pass & Cut -> Defending the Exchange
Drills & Concepts for Developing Passing – Ash Arnott Basketball Victoria High Performance Coach
– Tour of Spain with 20 athletes with Basketball Victoria
– The biggest difference between the Victorian Athletes vs. Spanish athletes was their ability to pass
– Don Showalter “You never graduate a skill” – Something we teach our athletes really young, but how many times do we cover it in our practices in our older kids.
– We are trying to teach the skill within the drill
– The last 10 Minutes will quickly show what I saw at Valencia Basket – How they warm up for the game.
Passing & Receiving Rules
1. Passes to be ‘ON TARGET’ and ‘ON TIME’
2. Catch with your eyes Watch the ball into your hand
3. Away from the hands not through the hands Away from a defender’s hands
Drill 1 – Chaos Passing (2 ball)
– Alternate hands
– Behind the back.
Drill 2 – Create a Lead Drill
– Offence & Defence on point and both wings
– Timing is key, don’t create the lead until coach makes eye contact.
– Key is to pass on target and on time.
– Away from the defender’s hands
– Receiver – Catch the ball with preferred foot free
o Start opposite wing in corner
o Create a lead and back cut to the basket
o Into 3 v 3 – Start with coach passing to wing creating a lead
o Make the decision – Create a lead or back cut
Drill 3 – Post Passing
– Offense on both wings (FL extended) and one of the blocks
– Will make a post entry and cut same side as the pass to the opposite block
– Post player will make a move after the cut has been made
– Fake high – Pass Low/ Fake Low – Pass high / Step & Wrap / Spin (outside foot)
o 2 v 2 Post Game
Drill 4 – Coulter Box Drill
3 v 1
– Offence need to fill either an elbow or the first peg of the key.
– Defence on the ball
– Can only pass Left or Right – No diagonal passes
Offence needs to move to a new spot if they are diagonal the ball
– Push Pass (woodchop) / Hook Pass / Behind the back
– Deflection or tip = Rotate offence to defence
– Add 2nd Defender
Drill 5 – Lopes Passing
4 v 3
– Offence need to fill the 2 elbows and the first pegs of the key
– Offence cannot move
– Always need one defender on the ball with great pressure
– Offence is trying to get to the 8 passes
– Any tip or deflection = turnover
– Offence needs to count their passes to validate
Valencia Basket Warm Up
– Spent 10 Minutes working on passing for their warm up
– Roll = Pocket Pass or High Hook Pass
Pop = Hook Pass
– Hurt us in ball screens – due to their ability to execute passes out of them and play with advantage.
Basketball Australia would like to acknowledge the following individuals and organisations for the support of this clinic –
– Ash Arnott
– Michael Cassidy
– Basketball Northern Territory
– Rod Tremlett
– Darwin Basketball Association