This video is with Minnesota Men’s Coach Richard Pitino.
The drill is meant for pressuring teams that play for steals, but regardless of what style of defense you play, and whether or not you run a drill with 5 defending 4, I think he has some good teaching points and ideas for you to give some thought to.
Like Coach Don Meyer always said, “It’s not what you teach it’s what you emphasize.: The same thing can be said for drills. It’s not what drills you run, it’s what you emphasize in the drill (and how you emphasize it) that helps your players to improve. We all can do a better job of finding ways to make sure that we are making it clear to players what the purpose of and what the skills are that we are seeking to improve with each drill.
Some of my takeaways from this short video,
1) Run the drill as a shell before making it live.
2) Charting deflections in the drill to emphasize ball pressure.
3) Chart the times the defense forces the ball handler to turn their shoulders in your pressure defense drills as another point of emphasis.
4) Rather than requiring a certain number of stops to get out of a defensive drill, at times see how many stops they can get in a specific amount of time. Of course, there are times when you will want to require a specific number of stops, even if it does take 20 minutes to get it done.
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Scramble Defense Drill
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