If you'd like to learn more about breaking pressure and see on-court demonstrations, we have a few DVDs that we recommend.
We found these resources by surveying our own subscriber list and asking them what press break DVDs they thought were the best. We then ordered the
DVDs and reviewed them to make sure they were good.
Now in all honesty we have not viewed every press breaker resource available. I'm sure there are other good ones out there. But these are a few that
were recommended to us by our subscribers and also get our seal of approval...
If you're getting pressed in a youth league, my suggestion is to find a different league. Presses and traps are VERY counterproductive for youth
players and slow their skill development. Presses, traps, and zone defenses should be against the rules in youth basketball. If you don't believe me,
just listen to pro coach Stan Van Gundy (who also coached his kids' youth team): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ9jTOAMTtk
SKLZ Court Vision dribble goggles will help you develop better ball control and improved awareness of the whole court. They force players to handle the ball with their head up to survey the court...(more info)
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Good simple effective pressbeaker. I loved the association with the fastbreak. If the youngsters are well trained they can just read the defense out of the usual inbounce and react accordingly, with only few adjustments.
Very good break down of spacing and ball reversal. I am curious about the danger zones. You only show 6 spots that trap you with 2 imaginary defenders being the sideline or half court line. Why do you not mention the other 2 being on the other side of the half court line. You can get trapped in those corners before and after you cross the half court line. Am I missing something ? Thanks , Ed T.
If I'm understanding your question (it's a little hard to communicate in text), it's because before you pass the half court line you can easily pass backwards out of the trap or do a back dribble out of a trap. With out press breaker you'll notice we always have a player positioned behind the ball for the easy pitch back and reversal. However, if the ball is just past the half court line, you can't pitch back (or you'll get called for the over and back violation).
In reality, a press can trap you anywhere on the court. But the worst places to get trapped are those red danger zones I drew on the board.
Hey Jeff- thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for sharing this information and making it available to coaches of all levels. I agree that pressing in youth basketball is counterproductive to their development. The league I coach in allows teams to implement the press in the second half of the season, so having this resource is VERY valuable in being able to coach ways to break the press.
Keep up the good work on your site. I wouldn't have made it through my first season of coaching without your eBooks, tips and insight.
Jeff, thanks for the reply to my question concerning danger zones. I agree with you if you have kept your dribble. I coach youth level and they usually pick up their dribble when trapped either behind or just over the half court line so I teach them to avoid both. thanks, great insights! Ed
loved the 6 KEYS. WILL START IN NOVEMBER AT 2 SCHOOLS in toronto,ontario, both boys/girls elementary, grades 6 to 8. always used zone, but your notes will make me teach them to RUN/PRESS/LEARN!! thanks a bunch.
As always, very good info. I have purchased some of your products in the past which has helped to improve our team last year. We are always looking forward to the next newsletter and products that come from you guys. Thank you for putting out a quality product!
Thank you Jeff, I am a senior in high school and I am trying to become either an AAU Coach or a local rec league coach. Your PDF and video was very informative on how to break a press, and I hope to be using more of your material in the future, this time as a coach.
Thanks for the video and e-book. I'm coaching a youth team that is struggling with the press/trap. I hope these things will help me to teach them how to break it and open up some quick scoring opportunities. Thanks again!
Thanks for the video coach. Very informative. Pretty much confirms many of the things we already do at Resurrection Catholic SS in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
I understand the mechanics you are showing once you get the ball inbounds but I am wondering if there is anything special you do when a team plays a 1-2-1-1 full court zone press against you and they...
1. place the man at the top of their zone right on the inbounder 2. have the next two players in the zone deny the 1 and 2 man the ball and face guard them when they cut back to space.
Thanks so much for all this helpful info. I am a first time coach and it''s for a adult ladies team!! I am also a player, so it can be tough doing both. But I come here daily to check out the new tips and advice and am very grateful for this site!
Only AAU D-1 & D-2 (13 & up) should be allowed to press. I'm busy trying develop my players into ball handlers. Half court pressure is fine it gives them a sense of soundness, awareness and developes their reactionery skills.
Pressing in youth leagues does have some advantages. It teaches kids to play under pressure, to keep their heads up, play fast, be aggressive, and move their feet on defense. I coach kids in leagues that play with press an leagues that play without press. My experience has been kids that play with the press develop faster and are the better teams when they play in tournaments that have the press AND in tournaments that do not have the press. I think it depends on how competitive you want your child to be down the road. It only takes a few sessions to teach children (3rd grade) how to handle the press and it sharpens their skills of ball handling, passing, and court vision. It can be ugly at first though...
Thanks for showing this. Ive been fighting my youth league for allowing trapping for our 10 and under league. At least I have some ammo now to hopefully get this practice stopped! The good teams are pressing the average teams until they get up by 20 or 30...even then they are still trapping.
This video is excellent and breaks the rules of press breaking down in laymen's terms for players & coaches. I actually sent the video to my team for them to review and hear to support the information I've provided them in the past. Thanks so much!
On the inbound pass you mention teaching players to use their body to seal off the defender. Do you have drill, teaching guide, video or something that shows that in detail? If I could see it I could teach it. Maybe even a youtube video, anything? Thanks
Coach, I am coaching a 6th grade youth rec league for boys. We are having problems breaking a three high half court press. I was thinking of flanking the man taking the ball up on either side. Before crossing mid court, the two men on either side of the ball handler would cross and set screens on the men opposite of them, allowing the ball handler a lane to drive or dish. Do you have any other suggestions? The boys bringing the ball up struggle to make a strong baseball pass down under to the 4 and 5.
Unfortunately, you can do everything right but due to the flaws of the youth basketball system. You still may not execute due to inexperience, lack of coordination and strength, and lack of skills at that age level. That's why presses work.
It's like getting a lead off 1st base and stealing bases in 3rd grade baseball.
what is your review on the "Universal System of Attacking Presses"? I've seen it mentioned a couple times in the PDF. Just wondering if it would be good to install for my 9U team. We are joining a summer league that allows pressing and I have some really quick guards who are good ball handlers.
To be honest, it's been so long since I've watched that DVD I forget what's on it. I remember it being good but I don't remember the details.
For a U9 team I'd keep it very simple and implement a simple 2-1-2 against zone (as suggested in the PDF above).
With my 9 year old team, we do not have a press breaker. We just work on spacing and ballhanding all the time. And they just beat the pressure. Personally I would not spend much time a "press breaker offense" and just focus on ballhandling skills and decision making fundamentals and basic spacing concepts.