(Rental)-Full Court & Half Court Match Up Press
Match Up Press Defense : Full Court & Half-Court
Teach your players a defense that controls tempo, tires opponents, and disrupts rhythm. University of Cincinnati head coach John Brannen used his full-court pressure defense to take Northern Kentucky to the NCAA tournament in its first year of eligibility in 2017. NKU was the Horizon League champion that season and Brannen was the league’s Coach of the Year. The big reason for his success was his defense.
In this video, Brannen shows you three different variations of full-court pressure and how to develop a solid half-court defense. You will witness a series of drills that Brannen uses in order to do so. Your players will learn to develop an explosive first step and stay in front of ball handlers. You will also see how you can create more turnovers and chaos for your opponent.
Three Variations of Full-Court Pressure
Two of Brannen’s presses are based on match-up zone principles allowing for players to learn consistent responsibilities and the ability to adapt to opponent’s press breaks. Both presses also provide a unique twist to confuse opponents. The third press is based on man principles.
- White Press: Force opponents to the “coffin corner” and create trapping opportunities
- Blue Press: Force the ball out of a talented player’s hands
- 55 Tough Press: Uses man-to-man principles to increase pressure on denying the inbound pass. This is designed to get a 5-second call or a steal off the inbound pass.
Match Up Press Defense Breakdown Drills
Coach Brannen shows you 10 practice drills that teach players to become proficient full-court defenders. Four of the drills teach the proper defensive stance and correct lateral movement. Defenders work on that explosive first step and how to cut off the dribble. The Box Drill combines all of the skills into one drill.
The six remaining drills break down the various concepts of Coach Brannen’s pressure defense. The 4-on-4 Full-Court Shell Drill teaches players how to align on the floor, uses stunts, and slow the dribble. The Circle Trap Drill demonstrates how players should trap and how defenders should anticipate the next pass and pick it off.
Half-Court Man-to-Man Defense
What players learn in Coach Brannen’s full-court scheme carries over into the half-court. Defenders learn how to align to take away gaps in the defense. Brannen uses six drills to teach the half-court defense. Players learn additional concepts like stunting, closing out, pressuring with active hands, baseline help, and more. Individual players train to become elite defenders all the while building the foundation of a stellar team defense.
Coach Brannen’s video is for any coach looking to build a championship pressure defense. Rent this match up press defense DVD today.
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