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Basketball Press Offense: How to Break Any Type of Press and Avoid Turnovers -- Press Breaker Drills, Offense, and Strategy

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In this report and supplemental video you will learn...
  • How to attack any type of zone press (including the 1-2-1-1, 2-2-1, half court press, and more)
  • How to reduce turnovers and take better care of the ball
  • Drills to improve press breaking skills
  • Press break drills to improve ballhandling under pressure
  • Press break plays
  • Tips for youth and advanced coaches
So you'll find a little something for everyone - all the way from beginner youth coaches to seasoned veterans.

Part 1 - PDF Download

Start with this PDF eBook (right click and select Save As to download)

Once you download the eBook you can print it out or view it on screen.


Part 2 - Supplemental Video

Once we get through the PDF ebook, watch this supplemental video:

Download the movie file (You may need to right-click the link and select "Save Target As")

Video Contents:
  • Introduction
  • 6 Keys to Beating the Press - 01:30
  • How to Get the Ball Inbounds - 05:40
  • Breaking a 1-2-1-1 Full Court Press - 07:50
  • Breaking a Half Court 1-2-2 Press - 12:33
  • Additional Tips - 16:30
  • Final Thoughts - 23:10

Part 3 - Additional Press Break Resources

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...

Universal System of Attacking Press - By Will Rey - I like this DVD because it gives you a really simple and effective press breaker that works against any press. You'll pick up lots of good advice and I think this is an all around good DVD.

Mike Krzyzewski: Duke Basketball - Breaking the Press - This DVD gives you some additional tips, several good drills, and reinforces important press break concepts. It's also a good all around DVD.


Note for Youth Teams

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

You can also listen to former NBA player and youth basketball expert, Bob Bigelow:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy6LTXtz-60


Give Us Your Feedback

We really hope this report helps you successfully beat pressure and avoid turnovers.

PLEASE leave us your feedback below. Let us know if you like this report and video. Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.



Comments

Dan B says:
8/9/2010 at 11:17:37 PM

This is exactly what I needed. Thanks!


tim springer says:
8/10/2010 at 2:39:56 AM

great job!


derrick hogg says:
8/10/2010 at 4:04:09 AM

very helpful and informative. i'm a young coach so i really appreciate this post.


PATRICK says:
8/10/2010 at 4:19:32 AM

I LOVE ALL THE TIPS YOU GIVE, I HAVE WORKED WITH A FEW OF THEM AND THEY ARE WORKING OUT, THE PLAYERS ARE BECOMING BETTER IN THE FIELD OF PLAY, THANKS A LOT.


JW says:
8/10/2010 at 6:47:28 AM

Great job and much appreciated.


oren horesh says:
8/10/2010 at 6:49:04 AM

hi',
i love the mails you send.
they are easy to understand & easy to work with.
what do i have to do or what do i need to become a highschool basketball coach in the usa?


Luc P (Belgium) says:
8/10/2010 at 8:07:48 AM

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.


George says:
8/10/2010 at 8:40:45 AM

This is a great web site chalk full of great stuff. Thanks for the press break eBook and video.


Rich says:
8/10/2010 at 9:23:38 AM

Good video. Lots of useful stuff.


Ed T says:
8/10/2010 at 12:31:40 PM

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.


Darwin Vanloo says:
8/10/2010 at 1:44:04 PM

For year as a coach i have strugle to find ans effective press breaker , this one is excelent, I going to introduce this one to my female basketbal team.Thank Jeff.


Jeff Haefner says:
8/10/2010 at 2:29:52 PM

Ed,

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.

Let me know if that answers your question.


Jude L says:
8/10/2010 at 2:54:51 PM

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.


Ed T says:
8/10/2010 at 3:18:44 PM

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


Jay says:
8/11/2010 at 8:11:08 AM

Awesome tips.. Thanks guys!


Steve says:
8/11/2010 at 10:11:27 PM

Great video and ebook! You make an excellent point about catch and face, too many players get the ball and immediately start dribbling, many times right into a trap!


Kenny says:
8/12/2010 at 1:27:54 PM

Great video selections and I love the ebook as well. Thanks again guys. With the season right around the corner, these tips are greatly needed.


ralph gauthier says:
8/12/2010 at 4:48:33 PM

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.


Danny says:
8/12/2010 at 8:46:44 PM

Hi Jeff,

Thank you very much for the informations got from. It helps me a lot in teaching my players how break the press. Good Job.


Wim says:
8/13/2010 at 3:58:08 AM

Thank you, Jeff,

Once more you gave excellent stuff. I will pass it to my youth coaches and players.


Jeff Haefner says:
8/13/2010 at 7:16:05 AM

You're welcome! I'm really glad to hear this is helping some coaches out.


Dale says:
8/13/2010 at 12:31:49 PM

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!


Jeff says:
8/28/2010 at 11:16:34 AM

Thanks...exactly what i needed to help create a winning team.


Tony says:
9/24/2010 at 2:40:36 PM

This is an awesome video.....alot of information put forth in a simple to understand way!


coach jaybob says:
11/29/2010 at 3:50:22 PM

great video just what i needed for our press break the kids really get it


coach aziz QAROUACH says:
1/26/2011 at 9:00:30 AM

great.thank y a lot,with learning space is totaley another story with the press


Eileen says:
7/4/2011 at 12:33:42 AM

Hey thanks,

Exactly what I was looking for particularly after we got caught in our last game. Am looking forward to putting in action.


arnul says:
8/6/2011 at 6:28:40 AM

This is what my team need to do on our next team opponent. Thanks.


Randy Hinkel says:
1/4/2012 at 3:34:36 PM

Very good information.
Please add me to your email.

Thanks Randy


steven says:
2/3/2012 at 2:43:22 AM

i love your stuff, awwesome , i coach juniors , and i would like some good set plays 2 shut out a good low post fwd, side of basket!!


braden says:
2/9/2012 at 5:22:46 PM

i am a 12 year old and my coach says that i needed to watch it and i see y now it helped alot thank you very much


braden says:
2/9/2012 at 5:25:52 PM

if you can reply back that wuld be great i have a questions


Ken says:
2/9/2012 at 5:53:11 PM

Braden -

If you have any questions, ask away. We will try and help you.


Steve says:
3/5/2012 at 4:38:38 PM

On the press-break where the 4 is in the middle near half court, which player is the inbounder - the 3 or the 4? I can''t determine by the text or the video.


John says:
9/9/2012 at 8:29:11 AM

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.


Bart says:
1/6/2013 at 1:49:30 PM

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!


Coach A says:
1/10/2013 at 3:07:04 PM

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!


Jen says:
1/10/2013 at 3:16:08 PM

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!


Ken says:
1/10/2013 at 3:44:01 PM

I would drive those two defenders towards the baseline... you can pass over them.........

You can also flash a post player to an open spot as they force the defenders to the baseline.


Craig says:
1/28/2013 at 10:21:56 PM

When you say "youth basketball" in regard to not playing against press defenses, what ages are you talking about?


Ken says:
1/29/2013 at 11:43:20 AM

I for one believe that pressing should not be allowed until they are in 7th or 8th grade. Most kids below this age group don't have the skills or strength to break a press. JMO


Gary says:
2/21/2013 at 3:46:13 PM

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.


Kramer Johnson says:
4/28/2013 at 10:39:07 PM

I need help with my basketball skills this summer and would like to be able to make my ninth grade high school team next year


Ken Sartini says:
4/29/2013 at 4:55:33 PM

Kramer -

Take a look at this --

http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/fundamentals/basketballfundamentals.html

There is a lot of information on that page which should help you with your fundamentals.


Coach Ox says:
8/17/2013 at 4:29:29 PM

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...


mike says:
12/17/2013 at 1:33:39 PM

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.


Ken Sartini says:
12/17/2013 at 3:20:48 PM

Mike -

In one word.... its SAD !! I see NO advantages in pressing at this level , other than winning. Its not supposed to be about winning at this age,,,, its about teaching fundamentals and having FUN.


CharR Moon says:
1/12/2014 at 1:25:36 PM

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!

FUNDAMENTALS of the Game RULES!!!


CD says:
4/3/2014 at 12:43:04 AM

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


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