As a coach, you always want to put your team in position to win, help your players develop and grow, and just be successful. We spoke to arguably one of the best and most influential high school coaches, in Team USA U17 head man Don Showalter, and he gladly shared his coaching secrets with us. Continue reading “Interview: Secrets to high school coaching with team USA U17 Don Showalter” »
1-2-1-1 Full court press
We’ve done a complete breakdown of Coach Shaka Smart’s “Havoc” 1-2-1-1 full court press before. If you want to implement this press, here are 7 killer drills you can use.
To implement this high intensity defensive system, your players need:
- Get comfortable in a defensive stance. Stay low, don’t bob up and down. Imagine a glass ceiling they can’t hit.
- Attention to detail when trapping. Practice 2 on 1 trapping. You should never let someone split your defenders. The two defenders need to communicate and also have their legs toughing to prevent a split.
- Toughness. Defense is 90% effort. These drills will be physically challenging, stay focused and keep intensity high.
- When players get tired, they foul with their arms. Move your feet and be aggressive with your lower body not upper body.
Edit: 03/11/2016 – We just published 8 breakdown drills for implementing this Havoc press. Check it out here.
We’re going to break down Coach Shaka Smart’s famous “Havoc” press defense. As the name suggests, it’s going to create havoc!
Coach Smart led an underdog VCU team to the NCAA final four in 2011 with less talent than many big name teams with this system. Is your team lacking in talent? Read on.
In every other sport, the defense plays defense for the entire length of the playing field. So why do we retreat to our own half and let the opponent casually stroll up the court? I love the full court press because it gives each player more playing time and it’s exciting! Famous coaches that run full court press are team USA’s Don Showalter and VCU’s Shaka Smart. I’m going to breakdown why you should run the “havoc” press and the principles to make it work for your team!
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