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PostPosted: 04 Jun 2020, 21:59 

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I am coaching 3/4 grade boys and I was wondering if anybody wanted to weigh in on my thought process regarding my defensive coaching plan.

Practices are 1 hour. We have had two practices so far, and almost all of that time I have spent on teaching passing, dribbling, pivot footwork and shooting layups. (lots of dribbling and layups) I don't know when our first game is yet, but I plan to continue the heavy focus on offensive skills. At some point I will go over offensive spacing, layout the 5 spots for our open post, pass and cut offense, and run them through it on air a little bit.
I plan to focus heavily on one on one, man to man defense. We will do a lot of one on one drills. Focusing on footwork, beating your man to the spot, etc. I am giving slight thought to incorporating some ball denial drills into this, where a coach has the ball at the point and the defender must deny a pass to the offense on the wing. Maybe even having the coach dribble to the opposite wing and teaching the defender to see man, see ball and point the pistols.

WOuld you start off the ball defense earlier?

PostPosted: 05 Jun 2020, 06:23 
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Good question.

Personally, I started with "off ball defense" as soon as we started playing 3v3, 4v4, and 5v5. I mainly taught defensive positioning.... so players were not sticking right next to their man. Denial defense was a year or so later. Depending on their experience level, you might just be happy if they run down the court and know who they are guarding.

You can read what we focused on with our inexperienced 3rd grade girls team here:

And here what we did for a very experienced and talented 3rd boys team here:

As you can see, it can vary quite a bit depending in experience level and how quickly they pick things up.

Jeff Haefner

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