How to Improve Defensive Communication

Our good buddy Don Kelbick gave us this idea to improve communcation. It's a good one!

One of the best ways to get your players to talk is to use overload drills like 4-on-3 and 5-on-4 shell. When overloaded the defensive players are forced to constantly scramble and help each other. If they don't communicate, they will fail miserably.

Your players will naturally start talking and this is a great way to improve communication on defense.

When running the drill, let your offense go live and try to score. Then correct the defense as needed.

Don runs this overload drill every single day because it dramatically improves his team's help and recovery, communication, anticipation, and overall defensive skills.

Try it out and I bet you'll be hooked too.


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Dave T says:
6/15/2013 at 3:21:34 PM

We stress communication but would like some catch phrases or examples of situations to talk. Some are very obvious, "screen, you got ball, shot, dead, I got man, help" any help?

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MVG812 says:
10/31/2011 at 8:41:19 PM

Al you are the man. Thanks for the tip.

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Dave says:
1/28/2010 at 3:40:34 PM

We have used this drill for quite a bit and it really does work. My dad (who coached for 40 years) is a firm believer in it -- we should probably use it more.

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Ricardo Williams says:
1/29/2009 at 9:45:48 AM

that is a great idea, but you should try rotating the players who are telling the defense what to do so they can all get a sense of the game and look at it at a different angle

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LEN JEFRIES says:
11/24/2007 at 12:04:40 PM

GREAT IDEA..!
I'LL BE USING THIS ONE FOR SURE... AFTER ALL, THERE ARE NEVER ENOUGH "GOOD" DRILLS.

THANKS

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Ava says:
11/21/2007 at 3:31:41 PM

Al Lively your totaly right that will helpl, along with all the other stuff.

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Al Lively says:
11/21/2007 at 12:16:39 PM

Another feature to add. Have a single player. Off court under the basket. Telling the dfense what to do. Rotate every one under the basket.

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