Today’s post includes a video about Better Basketball’s Dynamic Defensive System. It contains samples from the whole program.
It moves fast and you may have to rewind, pause it, or watch it a second time, but I think there are several ideas to be had from the content. I hope you get some ideas that can be adapted to your program.
You can also see their You Tube channel of several coaching resource videos at: Better Basketball You Tube Channel
My takeaways from the video below
4 levels of defense
0 = Prerequisites Moving Mechanics and Rebounding
3 Types of movements (forward/back, side to side, rotation)
Some ideas for preseason conditioning drills next fall (see exercises on the video)
(Emphasis that rebounding is a prerequisite for playing defense)
Level 1 = on ball defense
Level 2 = guarding away from the ball
Stop the ball from being driven into the lane
Stop the ball from being shot in the lane
Stop the ball from being passed into the lane
Quickly recover to level 1 position on the ball
Level 3 = guarding situations such as baseline drive, ball screens, post feed, failed traps
Level 4 = restore order
Snippets of drills (see the drills in the video)
Taking a charge–“no hand bracing” keep hands up when landing to avoid injury to hand/wrist and a drill to work on it.
Skirmish = make the penetrator indecisive by faking help.
The help behind a recovering defender is the most important part of recovery.
If the ball is fed into the post, the post defender has the air time of the pass to recover to guard the ball once it is caught.
To create level 3 defenders, 1) Reduce each principle into specifics that can be measured 2) Turn the principle into repeatable actions that can be drilled
A skill can be acquired if it can be turned into repetitions
3 ways to double team the post 1) Ball is in the air from a pass 2) On the catch 3) On the move by the offense
Having mental toughness does not guarantee a championship, but a lack of mental toughness (not having poise, focus confidence) in the key possessions is guaranteed to cost you a championship.
Championship commitment on defense requires verbal, physical, and emotional commitment.