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Learn Exactly How to Develop a TOUGH
Man-to-Man Basketball Defense and Shut Down Your Opponents with this Step-by-Step Guide and 67 Time-Tested Defensive Basketball Drills


Why is basketball defense so important?

For starters, it's something that you can actually control on the basketball court.

You can't always control how many three point shots fall in the basket, BUT you can control the intensity of your basketball defense.

When you think about it, almost every championship basketball team at the college and professional level had a great man to man defense...

Just look at the last 5 NBA champions and their Points Allowed per Game:

  • 2008 Boston Celtics - 2nd in Regular Season, 2nd in Playoffs
  • 2007 San Antonio Spurs - 1st in Regular Season, 6th in Playoffs
  • 2006 Miami Heat - 2nd in Playoffs
  • 2005 San Antonio Spurs - 1st in Regular Season 4th in Playoffs,
  • 2004 Detroit Pistons - 1st in Regular Season, 1st in Playoffs
Now look at their Opponents PPP (Points per Possession):

  • 2008 Boston Celtics - 2nd in Regular Season, 2nd in Playoffs
  • 2007 San Antonio Spurs - 1st in Regular Season, 4th in Playoffs
  • 2006 Miami Heat - 10th in regular season, 2nd in Playoffs
  • 2005 San Antonio Spurs - 3rd in Regular Season, 2nd in Playoffs
  • 2004 Detroit Pistons - 1st in Regular Season, 1st in Playoffs
And if you look at the offensive statistics for each of these championship teams, NONE of them were at the top. Surprisingly, they were usually in the middle of the pack.

This is why SO many successful coaches constantly talk about the importance of basketball defense.

Great defense gives your team consistency and can keep you in games, even when you're not shooting so well.

So it's safe to say that basketball defense is REALLY important.

That is why our first full blown product is about man-to-man defense...

It's a brand NEW system that shows you EXACTLY how to develop a great man-to-man defense.

It's all laid out for you step-by-step. We give you all the basketball defense drills, philosophy, and exact steps you need to take. We've made it as easy as possible for you, even if you've never coached before. Experienced coaches will learn new things and brand new coaches will get a proven process to develop a great defense.

Imagine this for a moment...

Your team is on defense and they are waiting for the offense to bring the ball up the court...

The offense tries to move the ball around and probe with the dribble drive but NOTHING is there!

ALL five of your players are moving so quickly that the offense can't find an opening.

Your defense in PERFECT position...

They anticipate. They help each other. They rotate.

They contain the dribble penetration.

The ball never even gets close to the basket. The only thing the other team can do is launch up a long three pointer and PRAY it goes in.

All your players are talking, hustling, and shutting down the opponent.

The hustle and teamwork becomes contagious...

Other teams HATE playing against you because they never get easy shots.

Other teams HATE playing against you because their shooting percentage is horrible.

Other teams HATE playing against you because they know it's always one shot and DONE.

Other teams HATE playing against you because you're always back in transition waiting for them.

Other teams HATE playing against you because they almost never win.

You now have a reputation in the league and everyone knows that baskets NEVER come easy against your team. You have an awesome team!

Is that a beautiful picture or what?

Simplicity and teamwork at its best!

That was our goal when we developed this basketball defensive system for you...

We wanted to develop a system that teaches you exactly how to shut down the other team and win more games. And have fun doing it!


Who Should Consider This New Basketball Defensive System?

Basketball coaches:

Things actually turned out this way by pure luck, but our step-by-step system is exactly the same whether you are a youth basketball coach with 6 year olds, or an advanced basketball coach with college players.

The system will work for ALL age levels.

The ONLY difference will be the rate at which you advance through each step.

You will start with Step #1 and advance through each step just like everyone else. However youth coaches will move through each step slower than more advanced coaches.

For example, an experienced high school team might get through the first 7 steps in a couple days. But a youth coach might take two years to get through all 7 steps.

When coaching experienced players, we always start at the beginning because it's a great review for your players and coaches. In the off-season, players forget stuff. That's just how it is. It's just human nature. They're inevitably going to forget stuff and they're going to develop bad habits over the off-season.

Players will also pick up new things every year that they may have missed the season before. Eventually, your players will become defensive experts themselves and they'll be able to teach these same things to anyone else. When you get to that point, that's when you know that you've done a good job.

Bottom line, we have tried to structure things in a logical step by step process that allows you to implement your defense, no matter what age level.

Basketball players:

This product was developed for coaches. Will this product still help a high school or college player? Yes.

But I would NOT spend your hard earned money unless you're a high school or college player, and you're willing to take the time to study the book and learn some of the concepts.

The more you understand defense, the more you can impress your coach with your performance on the court. But we want to warn you. It takes the right type of player with the right mentality to benefit from this product. You need to consider your coach. Perhaps they have a different defensive system and philosophy? You can't go out there and use the exact team concepts we teach...

As a player, you'll need to read between the lines to figure out what applies to you and what does not apply to you.

In all honesty, we're torn about what to recommend to players. We do think some high school and college players will benefit from this product tremendously. And other players are NOT ready for this. Ultimately, it's your call.


What's included in the System?

Component #1 - 220 Page eBook: How to Develop a Great Man-to-Man Defense and Win More Games!

This is the heart of the system and where you should start.

The eBook begins by giving you the philosophy and theory behind a great defense.

We explain our 12 part formula to a successful defense. This is a simple, yet effective, formula that we devised with the help of other high school, college, and NBA coaches. This formula has worked wonders for us and we think it will work for you too.

It includes both the key tactics to great defense and the key philosophies that will keep everything in balance and ensure that your team reaches their potential!

When explaining each concept, we provide you with professional photos that show you the exact technique and positioning.

The eBook then moves into a Step-by-Step teaching system that includes all the basketball defensive drills, tips, and tactics you need to know when teaching your players. We tell you exactly what drill to use, when to use it, and suggest how you can progress though each set of drills.

Here's a list of some of the other things covered in this eBook:

  • How to get your team to "buy-in" to the concept of defense and mentally commit to playing intense defense (this is half the battle)!

  • The secrets to keeping your opponents shooting percentage LOW!

  • How to effectively teach HELP and RECOVERY concepts.

  • How to effectively teach defensive rotations.

  • How to STOP the fast break and improve transition defense.

  • How to teach defense to YOUTH teams.

  • How to stop and lock down quicker players.

  • The trick to stopping great point guards and keeping them out of the paint.

  • How to defend SCREENS (switch, hedge, bust, slip?)

  • How to develop defensive intensity and determination.

  • How to get your players to STOP reaching and stay out of foul trouble -- yet still play hard.

  • How to develop mental toughness.

  • How to stop the pick and roll.

  • How to contain the ball and apply ball pressure.

  • The 10 keys to a great defensive stance.

  • How to slide properly and guard the ball.

  • How to force turnovers without fouling.

  • How to quickly and effectively close out on the ball.

  • Little secrets to apply more pressure to the offense.

  • How to take advantage of the bad catch.

  • Tips to stop getting beat by the dribble.

  • What to do if the offensive player blows by you.

  • How to defend the LOW POST.

  • How to stop penetrating passes and keep the ball away from the basket.

  • The trick to stopping the give-and-go cut.

  • How to defend perimeter cuts.

  • How to defend post cuts.

  • How to establish good help positioning and quick recovery.

  • How to always keep the ball as FAR away from the basket as possible.

  • How to draw more charges.

  • How to guard BIGGER players and shut down super star post players.

  • The exact statistics you MUST track in order to have a great defense and why they are so important.

  • How to improve your team's defensive quickness and agility.

  • How to keep things FUN for young players.

  • How to choose your defensive tactics (fronting post, shading baseline, switching screens, etc).

  • How to use the shell drill and progressions to develop your defense.

  • How to improve your team's COMMUNICATION and get everyone talking.

  • How to secure the ball and improve defensive rebounding.

  • Full court man-to-man pressing tips and tactics.

  • How to effectively TRAP out of the man-to-man defense.

  • How to handle game situations and keep your defense strong when it counts.


Component #2 - 96 Page eBook with 67 Basketball Defensive Drills

To make things easier, we created a separate eBook with ALL our basketball defense drills neatly organized for reference. This makes it easier to quickly find what you're looking for.

This Book is organized into the following sections:

  • 7 Drills for Guarding the Ball

  • 8 Perimeter Defense Drills

  • 7 Post Defense Drills

  • 5 Transition Defense Drills

  • 4 Close Out Drills

  • 4 Defensive Rebounding Drills

  • 7 Drills for Defending Cuts

  • 6 Drills for Defending Screens

  • 3 Charging Drills

  • 3 Rotation and Positioning Drills

  • 4 Defensive Agility and Quickness Drills

  • 9 Special Tactics and Competitive Defense Drills


Component #3 - 60 Minute Audio Interview & Transcript with Don Kelbick (NBA Development Coach)

Discover some very unique and out of the box defensive tactics by listening to Don Kelbick.

Don has coached professionally for 27 years, 25 years in college, including 14 as a head coach. Today Don provides individual training with NBA players. Two of his major clients are first team all NBA defensive players Raja Bell and Bruce Bowen.

Now in all fairness, Don did not teach them how to play defense, but he has learned a great deal about their priorities, their work ethic, intensity and things that they really believe is important through his work with them over the years.

Here's what you'll learn from the interview and PDF transcript:

  • The three biggest mistakes teams make in their man to man defense.

  • The TOP most important aspects to develop a great basketball defense that is tough to score against.

  • How you can simplify things and make it EASIER for your players to learn defense.

  • How to improve defensive communication.

  • How to improve player intensity and work ethic.

  • An easy way to teach HELP side positioning.

  • Tips, tricks, and techniques that very few people are aware of and will give you an edge over the competition.

  • Unique basketball defense drills and situational teaching techniques.

  • How to describe to a young player that he is one or two passes away.

  • How to teach defensive rotations.

  • How to simplify teaching defense for young players.

  • How to STOP a really good player that is good at penetrating and driving to the basket.

  • How to STOP a really good post player that can score with his back to the basket.

  • Teaching your team to get back in transition.

  • How to stop the screen and roll.

  • How to decide which tactics to use (hedging, switching, fronting post, etc).

  • How to get your players to STOP FOULING, yet still play hard.

  • How to improve your player's quickness on defense.

  • How to create a tough defensive mentality.

You can download and listen to the interview in MP3 format. Almost all computers can play this format. You can also download the MP3 to your Ipod or any other device that plays MP3s.

We also transcribed the entire interview in PDF format, so you can download and read the entire thing.


Unedited Product Reviews

Here are comments and ratings from a customer survey that we conducted on 12/17/2007 (a few weeks after we released the product).

Every comment below is unedited.

You can find the rest of the reviews at the bottom of the page.

We have never met and do not personally know any of the people that responded below.

"What an awesome product. I just wish that this would have been out a year or so ago before I purchased all those videos and other products (actually a couple thousand dollars).You guys did a great job! Forget buying anything else on defense. This is the only product you need."

Rating: 5 Stars *****

- Richey Gentry, Basketball Coach - Jourdanton, Texas



"If there are coaches (especially new coaches and coaches coaching youth teams) who need a guide that's easy to understand that can help their team greatly improve their man to man defense, this is all they'll need to be successful because it provides a philosophy, teaching ideas, and drills for practice."

Rating: 5 Stars *****

- Terry Peaks, Basketball Coach - Murfreesboro, Tennessee



"I have never really looked at defense in the same way since (reading BreakthroughBasketball.com). I have started to implement this with my boys and by the time they are U18's they will be known as the best defensive team in our state. And state champions! I have been implementing the defensive principles for three weeks and have already seen a reduction in the oppositions shot percentage, we are already No. 1 in the division 2 competition with 13yr olds in a U16 comp, But I am sure that next year the boys will be 1st division leaders and be on top of that comp too."

Rating: 5 Stars *****

- Billy Brady, Basketball Coach - Queensland, Australia



"This is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! there is enough info to give a person many options and different levels to be creative and if somethjing doesnt work, look further and you can find solutions.

This program allows room for errors and room to find other options not to mention combining different skills to adjust to our needs

If you are open minded this product will save you time in your organization of your team. They do the thinking for you"


Rating: 5 Stars *****

- Hipolito Hernandez, Middle School Basketball Coach - Albquerque, New Mexico



"I have just begun to impliment the system with a 6th grade boys AAU team. We have only had 2 practices using the material. We have a tournament this weekend and I'm excited to see how it goes. They have a lot to learn and habits to break. But we did have a preview of the possibilities. Tonight we scrimmaged against another team and shut them down in the first half. They only scored 6 points and we only had 1 foul. We got several turnovers due to the wolf pack style defense. I love what you have done. Very simple to follow and full of sound defensive principles. As a coach and former player, I wish I would have had this sooner.

Well worth the money. Again, very simple to follow and full of sound defensive principles. Even if you are a seasoned veteran, it's a good read."


Rating: 4 Stars ****

- Michael Locati, Youth & High School Coach - Walla Walla, Washington


Here's another comment we received from Michael, 6 weeks after his rating & message above:

"We played a tournament last weekend and won. The winning was great but the true success that weekend was getting the most out of our kids. They are understanding the principles of good defense. We played 4 games. We held all of the teams to the lowest point totals in the tournament, 15,18,21 and 26. In the championship game the other team only scored 21 points. The other team came away from the game very frustrated because they felt they couldn't hit a basket. In reality they were never given an opportunity to shoot good, high percentage shots. The focus on defense rather than offense has given our kids an opportunity to feel a part of the team and the game no matter how much they play. They all feel they are contributing."



"So far, the system is very good. Well organized and descriptive. Honestly, I have not been through the entire piece of work, but it has helped me tremondously. I am a new coach with 4th grade boys and all of your material has benefited us. "

Rating: 5 Stars *****

- Patrick Connaughton, Youth Basketball Coach - Avon Lake, Ohio



You can see more Customer Reviews below the ordering information.



How Much Does it Cost?

The price for the entire package (which includes 2 eBooks, 1 audio program, and 1 transcript) is $29.95.


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We hope you enjoy this new defensive basketball system and drills.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,


Jeff and Joe Haefner
Breakthrough Basketball, LLC.




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5 Terry Peaks from Murfreesboro, TN says:
12/17/2007 at 2:27:08 PM

If there are coaches (especially new coaches and coaches coaching youth teams) who need a guide that's easy to understand that can help their team greatly improve their man to man defense, this is all they'll need to be successful because it provides a philosophy, teaching ideas, and drills for practice.

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5 Hipolito Hernandez from Albequerque, NM says:
12/17/2007 at 3:32:35 PM

This is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! there is enough info to give a person many options and different levels to be creative and if somethjing doesnt work, look further and you can find solutions.

This program allows room for errors and room to find other options not to mention combining different skills to adjust to our needs

If you are open minded this product will save you time in your organization of your team. They do the thinking for you

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  1 person found this review helpful.

5 Gary Fraser from melbourne, victoria says:
12/18/2007 at 2:23:26 PM

This is a fantastic read. The 6 or so questions I was going to ask were all answered and more. I guess its hard to improve on near perfection. This product helps teach players to move when the ball leaves the fingertips creating greater pressure simple but effective.

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4 David Rowe from GERALDTON, Western Australia says:
12/19/2007 at 2:30:31 PM

In this product, there are a lot of ideas that have been around for a long time and probably a timely reminder to go back to them. There are a lot of different concepts and training drills that I will be working through with my players. I would recommend this product to other coaches and I would simply tell them to start at the beginning and follow through on all stages.

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5 Josef Keller from Parker, CO says:
9/23/2008 at 2:28:22 PM

The information contained in the ebook was awesome, helping me with teaching while also providing some drills that I never thought pf using in the past. I reccomend it to anyone new to the profession or needing some help

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5 Alan Buss from Verona, WI says:
9/23/2008 at 3:50:01 PM

This is an excellent resource. Defense principles are laid out in an easy-to-read, teachable format. Illustrations and diagrams reinforce the concepts, and the drills show step-by-step, sequential process for teaching defense. This, like all their products, is a top-of-the-line coaching resource.

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5 Stan Shrader from Knoxville, TN says:
9/24/2008 at 6:08:34 AM

This ebook provides a great foundation for man-to-man defense. It is a good refresher to remind coaches of some of the basics we may have forgot, or forgot to teach, even though we known them in the past and assumed our players knew them also. Additionally, I'm always looking for different drills to teach the same principles/techniques just to keep practice from becoming routine. This product provides these drills.

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5 Doug Danhoff from oakdale, CA says:
11/13/2008 at 3:29:33 PM

Great product guys! I have been coaching Jr. Highschool basketball for 15 years and, of course, have been teaching the basics of man defense. This list of drills is very usefull in that they are designed to teach, and to be competative at the same time. At my level more than others drills have to be clearly designed and presented, and the philosophy of Breakthrough Basketball always seems designed just for the needs of my teams.
I have been using products from this site for several years, and this is among the best.... and at the best price!
Thanks Guys...I give you a lot of the credit for my 25 -0 team last year, and with this new product I hope to come near that record again.

Doug Danhoff

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5 Ed Penton says:
11/25/2008 at 7:14:13 PM

Just a Quick note to the Gang at break through Basketball, I am a very diffuclt person to impress. I have seen alot of things come and go. I was very hesitant to purchase some of the products offerd. But how wrong I was. After purchasing 2 books The Motion Offense and Man to Man D. I am very impressed with the content and the simplicity of the teaching of the system after all thats what it boils down to for me. Making it easy to understand so that I can make it easy for my players to understand. If they understand what we want to accomplish then they are more likly to accomplish these things
Thank You
Ed

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5 Coach Burnett from Metropolis, IL says:
2/26/2009 at 9:48:20 AM

Great job on putting this product together. There are plenty of easy to understand explanations and pictures and the drills are very effective. This is the best book I've seen on how to break man to man D down into simple, easy to understand pieces. From footwork, to defending the perimeter, to defending post, to defending cuts, to helpside D, this book breaks it all down into easy to understand pieces.

Great Book!!!!!!

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5 Jim Briscoe from Saint Charles, MO says:
11/24/2009 at 8:05:54 AM

Great book. Excellent information and explained in easy to understand instructions, and photo examples to make sure you understand the written instructions. It has made a huge difference on our 8th grade team being able to play man-to-man defense against quicker teams.

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5 Michael Lawlor from Toronto, ON says:
4/15/2010 at 7:15:35 AM

I thought that this product was very detailled and went through a very complete explaination not only of what to do but also the theory behind why to do it.

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5 Coach D says:
12/20/2012 at 7:00:27 PM

GREAT product. Everything is layed out step by step in a way that your players will be able to understand it. My team last year was the league's leading scorers but our defense was below average and we ended up a little above .500. I look forward to implementing this defense next season.

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5 Coach Calabrese Chicago/Elgin Illinois from ELGIN, IL says:
1/17/2013 at 12:29:48 PM

Great book, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to teach man to man. Today coaches and parents (who volunteer ) need to teach man to man defense.

Spacing
Helpline
jump to the ball
fronting the post or 3/4 post play
denying
strong side (ball side) position
weak side position
ECT.........

AND DRILLS
ITS VERY EASY TO UNDERSTAND!

Great book!!!
Don'T teach ZONE IN MIDDLE OR GRADE SCHOOL THEY HAVE TO PLAY MAN.

GOD BLESS

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5 Richey Gentry from Jourdanton, TX says:
12/17/2007 at 1:55:41 PM

"What an awesome product. I just wish that this would have been out a year or so ago before I purchased all those videos and other products (actually a couple thousand dollars).You guys did a great job! Forget buying anything else on defense. This is the only product you need."

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5 Billy Brady from Redland Bay, Queensland says:
12/17/2007 at 2:59:02 PM

I have never really looked at defense in the same way since (reading BreakthroughBasketball.com). I have started to implement this with my boys and by the time they are U18's they will be known as the best defensive team in our state. And state champions! I have been implementing the defensive principles for three weeks and have already seen a reduction in the oppositions shot percentage, we are already No. 1 in the division 2 competition with 13yr olds in a U16 comp, But I am sure that next year the boys will be 1st division leaders and be on top of that comp too."

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5 Dennis Wilkinson from Berwick, Vic says:
12/17/2007 at 3:00:45 PM

I thought the Man-to-Man Defensive System was an excellent presentation of a complex and multifaceted subject.

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5 Lewis Rutherford says:
12/17/2007 at 3:48:40 PM

This breaks down defense as well as anything I've seen or read! I have only been through 3/4 of book so far but outstanding work really a top level professional job. A must for any level coach!!!!! Thanks!!!

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4 Robert Osburn from Portland,, OR says:
12/17/2007 at 4:04:33 PM

Get for all levels. Easy to read and understand. No Zone for Youth!! Love it. Thanks!!!!!!

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5 James White from baltimore, MD says:
12/17/2007 at 5:06:05 PM

have enuff info to implement an effective m2m defense with out having to sift thru a lot of books. We have decided to build our defense practice around this material.

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5 U.B. Mackenzie Jr from Burnt Hills, NY says:
12/17/2007 at 6:27:16 PM

Great product. I wish youth coaches had to review your product before diving in without a clue. Thanks for the comprehensive , visually descriptive and easily understood overviews

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5 Mauro Cicchelli from Oakville, Ontario says:
12/17/2007 at 6:46:19 PM

I went through the e-books and really enjoyed the interview with Don Kelbick. It was truly insightful. I am currently coaching boys of age 12 and13 in house league and the skill levels vary significantly on the team. Introducing the concepts in the books has really been easy for all levels to understand and apply. The proof was when we beat the first-place, undefeated team, in out last game by shutting them down in the final minutes.

Thank you again for the early Christmas. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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4 Michael Locati from walla walla, WA says:
12/17/2007 at 7:18:06 PM

I have just begun to impliment the system with a 6th grade boys AAU team. We have only had 2 practices using the material. We have a tournament this weekend and I'm excited to see how it goes. They have a lot to learn and habits to break. But we did have a preview of the possibilities. Tonight we scrimmaged against another team and shut them down in the first half. They only scored 6 points and we only had 1 foul. We got several turnovers due to the wolf pack style defense. I love what you have done. Very simple to follow and full of sound defensive principles. As a coach and former player, I wish I would have had this sooner.

Well worth the money. Again, very simple to follow and full of sound defensive principles. Even if you are a seasoned veteran, it's a good read.

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5 Rohan Pearce says:
12/17/2007 at 7:49:03 PM

Although i haven't got right through it yet i think it's great. I've coached for a long time but having all the info in one package is fantastic. 'WELL DONE'

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5 Alex Price from Egremont, Cumbria says:
12/17/2007 at 8:19:53 PM

Very easy to understand and implement. Works well for our 'small ball' teams. Since I started using your stuff here are the latest results:

Y11 79-9 W
Y9 65-25 W

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5 Jim Willis from Fairfield, ME says:
12/17/2007 at 10:20:50 PM

This is a great reference to go to supplement my stuff. Very helpful in supporting a lot that I do. ND TEACHING AN OLD DOG A FEW NEW TRICKS. Keep up the great work

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3 David Feldman from warren, MI says:
12/18/2007 at 8:21:47 AM

The Man-to-Man Defensive System is average. It needs more drills.

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4 Giorgio Banfi from cernusco sul naviglio, Italy says:
12/18/2007 at 9:26:43 AM

It's very good and essential. I haven't finish to read it yet but I completely agree with your defensive concepts

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4 Derick Perry from Ojai, CA says:
12/18/2007 at 4:46:19 PM

Buy this system because defense wins games.

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5 Scott Benglen from Parker, CO says:
12/18/2007 at 5:17:15 PM

You should buy this product if you are having trouble with m2m.

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4 Wim Cluytens from Mechelen, Antwerp says:
12/18/2007 at 6:37:59 PM

This product is nearly complete and very clearly explained.

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3 Doris Tonnar says:
12/18/2007 at 7:09:18 PM

The system is ok for players between 10-15 years. Since I practice with novices, I can only use a small part of the drills. I would recommend your product to other coaches, but would tell them, that it's especially useful for the fundamentals of defense. My suggestion to improve the product is to have more drills near to game situations

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5 Kieran Daly from Grange Heights, NA says:
12/19/2007 at 8:43:30 PM

In our league and age group, we have to use man-to-man defense so this is a great reference - I print certain pages and work the coaching tips with the team and with the other coaches. Well done. I have recommended this to other coaches and will keep doing so...

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5 Patrick Connaughton from Avon Lake, OH says:
12/19/2007 at 11:32:31 PM

So far, the system is very good. Well organized and descriptive. Honestly, I have not been through the entire piece of work, but it has helped me tremondously. I am a new coach with 4th grade boys and all of your material has benefited us.

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5 Omar Louis from Poeldijk, Zuid-Holland says:
12/20/2007 at 11:33:36 AM

This is Coach Omar Louis. (Robert Louis) I just purchased your winning defense download and I love it.

Also, I would like to see you guys put out a download dealing with motion and continuity offenses on a more Intermediate level. I have the first free offense thing you sent and that's great as well

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4 Craig Uthe from Sioux Falls, SD says:
12/20/2007 at 2:15:09 PM

The Man-to-Man Defensive System is helpful. We will use many of these drills in our practices. I mentioned this to the other coaches in our girls competitive league. Many of them will be playing together in high school.

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5 Tim Lack from McKinney, TX says:
12/21/2007 at 6:35:59 PM

Very well done!

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4 Jerome Ruwe from West Chester, OH says:
12/21/2007 at 8:26:50 PM

Looks like it could be very effective. I would recommend this to other coaches. The drills and teaching progressions are great. More pictures depicting technique would be helpful, possibly some sample practice plans. Overall, a very solid product.

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4 Boyd Blair from Medina, TX says:
12/22/2007 at 9:17:31 AM

This system has excellent drills.

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5 Zachary Ramey from Flossmoor, Illinois says:
12/22/2007 at 2:38:28 PM

This product is greatt!! I would recommend this to other coaches!

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5 Scott Simmons from Sammamish, WA says:
9/23/2008 at 1:54:05 PM

Very comprehensive and very worth the expense. A great resource to learn new technique or to sharpen your stone...

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5 James Buckley from natrona heights, PA says:
9/23/2008 at 2:08:39 PM

Incredibly perfect for the team I am coaching. I have broken this system down and analyzed all of the skills needed to execute and this will be an awesome, intense strategy for my boys. Was impressed to see the Womens' U.S. Olympic team employing in China. Can't wait for practice to start!

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5 Dave Edinger from Peachtree City, GA says:
9/23/2008 at 2:54:17 PM

The man-to-man drills that Joe and Jeff present are fundamentally sound and easily adaptible to your talent level. This system will enhance what you are already doing regardless of your defensive philosophy. Well done!

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5 Darron H from Berwick, Victoria says:
9/23/2008 at 5:27:12 PM

Coaching under 12 age girls it has been difficult to persuade them the fundamentals of defense. This booklet has assisted me greatly and although we still have a long way to go the girls are picking up a lot of the ideas and realising that defense is probably the most important part of their game. Last weekend my girls won a grand final game coming from 8 points down at 1 stage. We put into practise what this book has been teaching and managed to shut the other team down and claw back to a 2 point win. So it must work. Thanks guys.

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5 Andy Sippach says:
9/24/2008 at 6:28:25 AM

Very Good!!!!

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5 Jim Casaurand from Burney, CA says:
9/24/2008 at 12:57:25 PM

Very Good!!!

The one thing I could think of that may increase your effectiveness would be to break information down to 3 levels. Beginning, intermediate and advanced.

I was a fire service instructor for 25 years and the one thing that restricts your ability to reach a group with mixed levels of knowledge and experience is to teach to level above or below the students you are trying to instruct.

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5 matt taylor says:
11/13/2008 at 9:01:04 AM

Excellent product! We have developed one of the most tenacious defenses in our conference. More importantly our players are understanding that defense is the key to championship basketball. Physical and mentally, this product helps to get back to teaching the game.

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5 Roger Schwager says:
11/14/2008 at 5:25:55 AM

This has been a great program for my 5th and 6th grade boys. I just bought this about a week ago and have seen improvements in the first game. Money well spent.

Roger Schwager

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5 Coach Reginald R. Lucas from Jacksonville, FL says:
2/26/2009 at 9:28:45 AM

I have been coaching over 20 + years and I have used a lot of basketball books on Man to Man Defensive set ups. I must say this is the best of the best. Iam starting all over with the way I look at the man defense. Thank youfor new life....

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5 John Ellis from Morgantown, WV says:
2/26/2009 at 10:18:41 AM

It was very easy to understand and it can be used on many levels. I have coached for 35 years of which 31 as a head coach and we play man-to-man every year. The drills were simple to explain the the kids readily picked up on them. Keep up the good work

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5 Coach B from MI from Onekama, MI says:
2/26/2009 at 12:58:08 PM

This is easily the best resource on man defense available. The ebook allowed me to implement an effective defense in a short period of time, and we were able to take advantage of the teams in our league who played primarily zone defense. My junior varsity team had been forced to play zone ever since they were in 5th grade, so they lacked any of the man defensive principles. But the step-by-step guide was just as easy to learn as it was to coach. Thank you!

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5 Jeremy Stryhn says:
9/22/2009 at 10:46:48 PM

Great, easy to follow book that does a nice job of breaking down the fundamentals of man defense. As a Varsity coach, I took this book and picked at it to really help develop our defensive system that is now going to be our staple from 4th grade up. I used a lot from this book in helping to develop a rhyme and reason for everything we do. The only thing that disappointed me is that you didn't cover defending inbounds plays anywhere in the book. I think this is an extremely important part of defense and can often times be the difference between winning and losing. I've seen good teams get killed on OB plays because it really is something that needs to be taught. Just a suggestion for an improvement in the future.

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5 M Crone from camarillo, CA says:
9/23/2009 at 6:00:40 PM

My co-coach and I were given the reins to a middle school girls basketbal team that had no direction and no leadership. The talet level of the team was all over the spectrum. one or two club players, several city league players and several new to the sport players. We wanted to give the team some direction and a system that they could identify with. We decided to use the man defense system and were instantly rewarded with a group of girls that came together as a team. This school team had never had a winning season I have been able to find.

With the help of the drills and sets in this product, our team enjoyed a very sucessful season placing fourth in the league and fourth in the playoffs! The team defense heald the championship team to their lowest point total of their year and they were complemented by the championship team's coach. I think that speaks volumes to not only the girl's accomplishments but the man defense system's effectiveness. I strongly urge any new (or seasoned) coach to give this product a try and see what your team can accomplish!

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4 Josh says:
9/23/2009 at 9:28:59 PM

The material was a great resource. I thought it was more geared toward the Junior High Level, but even someof the material I could use with my P.E. Classes and my HS Team. It has helped all around.

Thanks
Josh

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5 Armstrong from Karnes City, TX says:
11/24/2009 at 9:53:09 AM

The BEST man to man e-book on the market! Could use this on any level from junior high to the college level.

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5 Bob Maronde says:
11/24/2009 at 1:01:14 PM

Outstanding resource. It is comprehensive and makes it easy to impliment the skills and drills. Fundamentallly sound.

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5 rose g says:
11/24/2009 at 1:47:06 PM

This is exactly what I needed. I've played basketball for years, but teaching it is entirely different. Some things you just do without thinking and this product made it possible for me to explain what I'd been trying to explain. Whew!! I coach girls middle school ball and the drills and breakdowns in this booklet have enabled the girls to learn so much. They played awesome man-to-man help defense on a visiting team this past weekend - even my little 6th graders. Thank you for such a fine product that explains the fundamentals and the mindset required for tough man defense.

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5 Steve Naile from East Chatham, NY says:
11/24/2009 at 5:37:56 PM

Just like your other products, Motion Offense, Rebounding and Post-Player, nuts and bolts basketball that is ready to use and effective. Well worth the money.

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5 Rick Drummond from Canton, OH says:
4/15/2010 at 9:41:04 AM

Book was terrific. It changed the whole mindset of our 6th grade travel team. We were scoring a lot of points every game, but were playing about .500 ball. After implementing the concepts from the book our record improved and most importantly our team bought into the concept of man defense.

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5 Mike Wallace from ringwood , NJ says:
4/15/2010 at 6:55:25 PM

I have purchased three products from you guys. Motion offense, man defense, and Bob Bigelows youth dvd. I can't wait to use Bob's ideas next year. As for the other two, my team was the highest scoring offense and the #1 defense in our league. Also most of the teams we faced used zones and we still gave up the fewest points per game. The key to teaching man defense is the help, your book is great and explains each step I don't know how I would have been able to teach these kids without these products. Thanks

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5 Nick from Clintonville, WI from Clintonville, WI says:
5/12/2010 at 8:40:54 AM

This is excellent information for coaches to use and develop their man to man defense for any team. It all makes sense. It was very detailed. I am a big advocate of tough man to man defense and this book is what I would recommend to any coach.

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5 Seth Miller from Gladstone, MI says:
1/11/2011 at 11:26:34 AM

This ebook was great! I enjoyed how it focused on concepts and then demonstrated the drills to teach them.

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4 Mike Nylen from Ladysmith, WI from ladysmith, WI says:
1/11/2011 at 1:09:01 PM

Well organized step by step presentation.
very helpful coaching tool

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5 Bryan Baars from Silver Lake, WI says:
1/11/2011 at 3:13:27 PM

Being a new coach with very little experience in playing or coaching basketball, this book was a great purchase. The format was well laid out and the information presented was clear and concise. Extremely helpful for me!

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4 David Wilson from Kent, WA says:
1/11/2011 at 4:39:48 PM

Speaking as an experienced coach, though not with this age group (girls youth league coach), it was good to get back to basics and reinforce my emphasis on defense with the girls. I found many of the drills especially helpful when trying to teach defensive basics like helping, blocking out, and rotation.

A very worthwhile purchase for me!

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4 Jeff from boerne, TX says:
1/12/2011 at 1:29:12 PM

Material has been very helpful to understand the design and effectiveness of team man to man defense and has allowed me to present it in a way that 12 year old girls can understand it and put it into practice.

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3 coach joseph from taytay, Hampshire says:
12/12/2011 at 7:34:13 PM

we are just starting to incorporate in our system because we are now at the midle of the season, maybe next summer we will fully adopt it. thanks for that great tips.

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5 Rudy Martinez says:
1/12/2013 at 8:51:27 AM

Great book the drills were very helpful and I have taken a lot from these pages. I recommend this book to anyone that is serious teaching Basketball read this book

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5 David O. Bowden from milford, NH says:
2/21/2013 at 8:45:54 AM

Well worth every dollar.
Was pleasantly surprised the content and it was
such a bargain.

Coaching Youth Basketball provides a great opportunity to shape the future of players.

Having defensive skills gives them a great advantage as they progress.
Smart purchase.

Thanks for you dedication.

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5 Bobby Braich from Abbotsford, BC says:
6/6/2013 at 2:22:14 AM

Just took on an assistant role with a Provincial team and required support for man-to-man concepts. The e-book was absolutely perfect for my needs. Laid out in excellent fashion building layer upon layer plus drills to complement the teaching.

Any coach, beginner or expert, would benefit from this product.

As the book says, you can't play zone unless you can play man...you will be able to play man when you are done with this masterpiece!

Highly recommend!

Bobby Braich from Abbotsford, BC, Canada

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5 Coach London from Indianapolis, IN says:
1/27/2014 at 8:17:20 AM

This product has been very helpful. I wish I had found it earlier in our current season. This product gave me a template to follow to build a fundamentally sound team defense.

The concepts are easy to break down, and with repetition, allow you to present a pretty stout defense to play against.

Great job!

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5 Mike from MA from Athol, MA says:
7/18/2014 at 12:10:43 PM

I am teaching 10 year olds and use this publication for that purpose. All other teaching/restrictions only allow zone defenses to be taught. I for one as an official with 18 years of experience have seen problems with varsity teams trying to make the transition to man to man and it sure gets ugly. I was able to take concepts and put them down on a blank court diagram that provide information that players can use for future reference. This publication is helping me build solid players at the age of 10 and I await in anticipation to evaluate them when they reach high school level.

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