9 Reasons To Use Coach Haske's Uptempo System – Pressure Offense – Pressure Defense

Here is an excerpt from Keith Haske's Uptempo System on reasons that an uptempo system could help your program...

1) Develops Depth

Coach Haske believes their system develops depth. After running the system for more than 15 years at 3 different schools, he always has deep teams. He believes that is because of "the system" and the way they practice.

Also, if you have more possessions due to the uptempo style at every practice and in every game you play, your players are going to develop their skills at a faster pace due to the increased amount of reps.

2) Fun for Coaches, Players and Fans

Players and fans love the uptempo pace and intensity. The system draws large crowds and excitement. Lots of kids get to play. And parents rarely complain.

It's an intense and exciting style of play!

3) Unique - Difficult for Opponents to Prepare for

The system is unique. You don't see a lot of other teams run this and it requires other teams to use different preparation against you.

One of the biggest benefits to the pressure defense is that it looks different to the opponent each time down the floor, yet it's simple. The rules allow for this.

4) Wears Opponents Down

The constant tempo and pressure wears teams down. It's difficult for any team (good or bad) to stay disciplined for the entire game.

Keith Haske's teams are usually their best toward the end of game. They almost always make a big run in the 2nd half.

5) Flexible - Works Regardless of Your Personnel

As long as you have 10 players that will work hard... you can succeed with this system.

You don't need size, speed, athleticism, or a great amount of skill. Of course all those things help! But it's a flexible system that works with small teams, tall teams, or almost any talent level.

6) Easy to Teach

The rules makes the system easy to learn. Middle school teams can easily learn the system and succeed.

7) High Scoring

The system creates pace, tempo, and gets you easy high percentage baskets. Coach Haske's teams usually average 80 points per game. Their highest season average was 90 points per game!

8) Develops Athleticism

Due to the constant sprinting, stopping, and changing directions throughout every practice and every game, your players will naturally develop better athleticism… more so when compared to your traditional half court game.

9) It Wins Games

Bottom line is the system gets results. It has worked with boys and girls and at 3 different schools.

It works against bad teams and good teams. Good teams might not turn it over as much, but they take quick shots and go faster than they want to. As a result, their shooting percentage suffers. Opponents get gassed and wear down.

It's fun, exciting, players love it, practices are fun, and it wins games! What more could you want?

Keith Haske's Uptempo System

Keith Haske's Uptempo Basketball System - Pressure Defense, Pressure Offense

Coach Keith Haske has...

  • Over 500 career wins!
  • 4 State Championship appearances!
  • And compiled a 239-78 record (a .753 win percentage) in the last 13 seasons using his uptempo system!

In the DVDs, you learn their entire offensive system, defensive system, fast break, offense, drills, full court press, zone offense, keys to success, and more...

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What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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Damon says:
3/13/2021 at 10:29:34 AM

What type of system would you recommend for youth basketball 9-10 year olds?

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Jeff Haefner says:
3/14/2021 at 7:54:20 PM

Run man to man defense and a very simple motion offense. I'd recommend a simple 5 out motion... start with pass and cut.


Tim says:
10/28/2020 at 1:12:17 AM

Is this best suited for high school varsity? How long does it take to implement and teach?

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Jeff Haefner says:
10/28/2020 at 8:11:32 AM

I have seen teams use this at the 5th and 6th grade level. But I would NOT recommend that!! Players need to learn fundamental half court man defense first. This type of pace makes for very ugly youth basketball!!

I'd say it would be good for advanced middle school levels and up.

If you start with just the base defense, that can be taught in a few practices. Then you keep building and improving from there. Like anything, the more time they spend playing it, the better they get.


Darren says:
11/5/2019 at 10:20:36 AM

The system is great! Has completely transformed our team from a “set it up style” to aggressive on defensive and set up on the run and score quickly type of team.

I do have some specific questions on the press verse a 3 up or 4 up set. Can coach help? Or can I email him.

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Jeff Haefner says:
11/5/2019 at 10:26:33 AM

That's awesome. You can submit questions here and someone will try to help you (whether Coach Haske if he's available or another coach running it):


Benjamin says:
10/26/2016 at 8:34:26 AM

Is it suitable to run this press with 7th and 8th grade teams?

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Joe Haefner says:
10/26/2016 at 9:47:16 AM

It depends on your philosophy. Coach Haske has run this with his entire program through 7th grade.

If my head varsity coach wanted us to run it at the middle school level, I would do it.

If not, I would do straight man to man defense. Not saying that it's right or wrong, that's just what I would do. I believe this gives the players the best chance to succeed no matter what defense their high school coach picks.


Brian says:
1/15/2017 at 9:30:42 AM

Personally, I think there is value in this system no matter what the high school coach teaches. Kids also need to learn how to adapt to new styles of play so a little variety can be good.

This system teaches aggressive basketball and I find that the effort you can get out of the kids is well worth it and that can translate directly in to half court defense.

Kids that learn this system will be agressive and that will help as they progress through school...And honestly, at the middle school level, playing like this is extremely fun and can rewarding...Builds confidence and makes kids really love the game. I saw an excitement about the sport from some kids that I have never seen before...They went from going through the motions to having fun and believing in themselves. That alone is enough reason to incorporate this.

But...As Jeff said straught man to man is important and I would also focus on that too. Some excellent resources available on this site for that.


YouthCoach says:
2/24/2015 at 12:46:18 PM

Yes, please! I would like something that teaches great man-2 man D as well as show how to press and play zone.


YouthCoach says:
2/20/2015 at 1:30:57 PM

would you recommend this system for a rec league youth team of 9-10yr olds?

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Jeff Haefner says:
2/20/2015 at 2:10:27 PM

No. I would not recommend this for a rec team for 9-10 year olds. I think there are better DVDs, systems, and products suited for youth teams. This would be way too advanced. If you need help with us pointing you in the right direction, just let us know.


Behnam Samar says:
12/18/2014 at 3:19:27 AM

are there a digital download format for dvds

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Jeff says:
12/18/2014 at 7:17:05 AM

At this point the Keith Haske system is only available via DVD. Sorry.


Joe Haefner says:
10/6/2015 at 2:08:11 PM

This now available via digital download:



Coach Ash says:
12/11/2014 at 6:18:30 PM

I love it! Great instruction! Love coach Haske!

Those 9 reasons are so on point. I will implement it with my middle school team this year. The only issue I have is have my 3 play Safety while my 5 and 4 are up in the press. I have concerns about rebounding because my team is a weak rebounding team. I am afraid that yes the opponent will take quick shots but will out rebound me because my guards are in the back of the press.

I plan on putting my 5 in the back but keep my 4 up front on the ball.

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Jeff says:
12/12/2014 at 8:17:43 AM

So far this year I have found that the bigs are usually back by the time the shot goes up because they are trained to sprint back in the press drills. Also, our 3 man usually has some size and is a decent athlete, and we find most often that he is the safety. We've been following what Coach Haske suggested and rebounding in transition hasn't been an issue for us yet.

The issue with putting 5 in back is he might not crash the offensive boards as hard because he is worried about getting back as safety on defense.

With that said, you should experiment to find out what works for you. There are pros and cons to everything.


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