Establish Your Defensive Principles to Improve Your Defense Featured

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Want to become a better defensive team? Practice these fundamentals before you get to the court. If you want your players to understand what they are trying to accomplish and to work as a team, you have to lay out a plan.

These are the things that I think are important and want all my players to know

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF DEFENSE
Don't let them score, nothing else you do on defense matters.

START WITH YOUR PHILOSOPHY
You can't defend the whole court and you can't defend everything. It's just not
possible. Decide where you will defend (inside the scoring area) and what you
will give up (3's from the corner, post man jump shots on the perimeter).
Close out on shots
Don't allow penetration

BASIC DEFENSE ON THE BALL
•    Stay between man and the basket.
•    Toughen up inside defensive area
•    If you get beat, do what is necessary to get back between you man and the ball.
No technique, no fundamentals, just do what is necessary to get between your
man and the basket.

OFF THE BALL
•    Deny when man is inside defensive area.
•    Allow your man to move away from defensive area
•    Know what you are going to do if your man catches the ball, use "on the ball
defensive principles."

WEAKSIDE DEFENSE
•    Ball side of the basket
•    Ball side of the foul line

PLAYING CUTTERS
•    Away from the ball – see the ball, stop at basket line
•    To the ball-
Outside defensive area – stay between man and basket
Inside defensive area – Bump cutter and force him in a
direction he doesn't want to go.

POST DEFENSE
•    Always Ball – You – Man
•    Help defenders to the open side of the post (defense on top, help baseline)
•    As a team, do what is necessary to get the post ma to throw the ball back out.

ROTATIONS AND RECOVERIES
•    If the man is open and in front of you, he's your man.
•    Be sure to talk so only 1 man goes to the ball
•    Closeout Defense

CLOSEOUTS
•    Stop the shot
•    Stop the drive
•    On the ball defense

TRANSITION
•    Protect the basket
•    Stop the ball
•    Find a man

Don Kelbick

Coach Don Kelbick has had 27 years of coaching experience, 25 at the college level including 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as a Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University. In 2 years as a high school coach, his teams produced 6 Division I players and was ranked #1 in Florida 28 out of a possible 34 weeks. In addition to coaching he has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as a general manager in the USBL.

www.donkelbickbasketball.com/
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