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” »
Pack line defense
Edit 6/5/2017: Thanks to Coach Austin Anderson of Delta State University. They’ve shared their packline drills exclusively with us, we’ve added 5 more pack line drills! Enjoy.
In the pack line defense, it’s critical that players position themselves in the right spots and closeout correctly. Here’s a comprehensive list of drills you can incorporate into your practice if you plan on running the pack line defense. Continue reading “15 Pack line defense drills with animations” »
The Pack Line defense is a half court defensive system that literally packs the middle of the paint to make it difficult to score inside. Developed by legendary coach Dick Bennett, he used it the 90’s with great success to lead his underdog Green Bay and Wisconsin teams to success against much more talented NCAA powerhouses. Today in the NCAA we see the pack line employed by his son, Tony Bennett, where he’s perfected it whilst coaching at Virginia- accolades including being regarded as the best defensive coach by his peers in 2015.
The pack line is an imaginary line that is 2 feet within the 3 point line. It forces opponents to take perimeter shots and is especially effective against offenses based on dribble penetrations or low post play. The reality of the school and even some college teams is that they’re not filled with knockdown shooters- this defense is good enough to stop 1-2 key sharpshooters with the huge boost of protecting your paint.
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