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Defending
4 on 4 ballscreens


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Ian MacKinnon

4 on 4 shell to defend ballscreens. Screeners can foul.
 
See Tactics - 4 on 0 ballscreens, 3 on 0 ballscreens (add defenders).

a) Gap

1 ballscreens for 2, X2 calls the coverage, here X1 and X2 defend by gapping, X1 leaves a gap for X2 to go under the screen and recover to 2 (X2 forces 2 to use the screen).

X3 is ballside because he is the help on the screener, and would take screener 1 if he slips the screen and gets a pass, X4 would sink to cover 3.

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Continue with 4 ballscreening for 2.

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Then 3 ballscreens for 2.
 
Option - 2 passes to 3 and follows to ballscreen.

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2 skips the ball to 1 and repeat, 1 will get ballscreens from 4, 3 and 2. Continue until 1-2-3-4 have been the ballhandler then switch defence and offence, or rotate in new players from the baseline.
 
Progression - 2 passes to any teammate, it's live on the next  ballscreen.

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b) Shock

When 1 ballscreens for 2, X1 makes 2 go vertical, X2 sprints over the screen but under X1, who then sprints with both hands up to recover to 1 on the roll (X1 may have his back to the ball). X3 is again the help on the screener.

c) Switch

Switch the ballscreens.

Progression - 4 on 4 or 5 on 5, live on a ballscreen, make-it take-it, keep score, losers run, winners also run if they don't go 2 for 2 or 3 for 4 from the line.
 
Variations
 
- shock the first ballscreen, switch the second, lock (ice) the third
- coach tells the offence (not the defence) it's live after screen 1, 2 or 3.
 
Basketball WA - 4 on 4, live after three ballscreens have been set, designate how to defend.
 
See Attack/defend - 4 on 4 ballscreens.up

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