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Defending
Circle the wagons


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Kyle Gilreath
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Five attackers are spaced around the perimeter, their defenders start in the lane.

1)

All attackers have a ball, defenders foot-fire on a whistle, close out on an another whistle, progressions

- as the ball moves around, trace it
- jab step, adjust stance
- shot fake, yell "shot", turn and box out
- one dribble left or right
- all together.

Close out with squeaky feet, high hand(s), butt down, chest out, usually about arm's-length away, or heels on the 3-point line if your man is behind the arc.

See Defending - Villanova stance, 1 on 1 wing.

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2)

Only coach has a ball, defenders slide around the lane, pointing to and calling the name of each new check, circle once or twice.

See Rebounding - Florida circle the wagons.

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Coach passes to any attacker, defenders get into proper defensive positions (here X4 closes out on the ball), attackers then pass the ball around, holding it for at least 3 seconds to allow the defence to rotate properly (a shell drill).

Rotate offence and defence then go live, a 20-second shot clock is recommended, the defence has to get 5 stops in a row to switch to offence (and they start over if you are not satisfied with their effort), losers run.
 
Al Tuchscherer - start with 3 on 3 circle, coaches passes from under the basket, pass for 10 seconds then live (with a 24-second shot clock). Progression - 4 on 4 circle, on "switch" defence goes to offence, offence must get into the paint and can't guard who was guarding them (see Scrimmage - Bennett 4 on 4 switch).

Also do a 3-on-2 shell drill, coach has a ball, defenders start in a tandem, foot-fire when coach makes a hard dribble or blows a whistle, coach passes to any attacker (the bottom defender takes a pass to a wing), the offence passes every 3 seconds (no dribbling or cuts).

Progress to a 4-on-3 scramble, defenders start in a triangle, after passing the ball around, attackers take 2-3 dribbles, defenders help and recover.

See Defending - Pistons 4 on 3, also Defence - Triangle and 2.


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