The Breakthrough Basketball Newsletter
Issue 9: November 21, 2007

Announcements

For those of you that participated, thank you for telling us what you wanted to learn about man-to-man defense.

We received 452 submissions and you gave us some great ideas:
https://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/defensequestion.asp

Thank you.

Your feedback has helped us make some significant improvements!

As we read through the comments, we felt we should answer a few questions and not leave you hanging...

Question: When will the defense eBook be released?

Actually it has turned into more than an eBook (it's actually a couple eBooks with drills for reference and an audio recording) but we plan to release the new man-to-man defensive system on Thursday November 29th (barring any unforeseen technical issues).

We're almost there and we're working hard to proof everything and get many of your requests added.

Question: At what age level should you start teaching man-to-man defense?

Question: What defense should you teach youth players (zone, man, press)?

Question: Is man-to-man the best defense for young kids?

Read this article to get an explanation and an answer to all three questions:
https://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/defense/age.html


New Basketball Tips, Drills, and Plays

3 Simple Tricks That Will INSTANTLY Double Your Defensive Quickness

5 Tips for Better On-The-Ball Defense

An Easy Way to Improve Your Team's Communication on Defense

NEW Defense Drill - 123 Progression

NEW Defense Drill - Corner Close Out

NEW Set Play - 4 Out Swing Rattle

NEW Set Play - 5 Out Zinger


Let us know if you have any comments or questions...



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Peter.Makanjuola.Ohiokhie says:
4/10/2008 at 8:46:11 AM

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THE SCHOOL'S BASKETBALL COACH MR PETER OHIOKHIE BOASTED TO BEAT ALL COMMERS IN THIS YEARS CHAMPIONHIP.

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Peter.Makanjuola.Ohiokhie says:
4/10/2008 at 8:42:09 AM

GREENSPRINGS SCHOOL LAGOS, LEKKI CAMPUS HAS PROVED TO BE THE VENUE FOR TALENT HUNT.AT THE COURSE OF THIS SECTION THE SCHOOL HAS ACHIEVED ALOT SPORTS WISE, THE SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM WON THE NISA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, THE FEMALE FOOTBALL ARE SECOND BEST, WON THE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT AT GRANGE SCHOOL'S SPORTS FESTIVAL, GOLD AT THE PINE FIELD FIELD FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP. THE TEAM DID EXTREMELY BETTER AT THE NISA ATHLETICS MEETS, THE SCHOLL CAME 2ND AMONG ALL SCHOOLS WITH 15GOLD,11SILVER, AND 15BRONZE MEDAL. THE SCHOOL WILL BE HOSTING NISA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP IN MAY.
WATCH OUT FOR THE SCHOOL INTER-CLASS BASKETBALL LEAGUEFOR BOYS AND GIRLS UP GREENSPRINGS SCHOOL LEKKI CAMPUS.

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raymond says:
12/13/2007 at 6:47:21 AM

i just want 2 thank 4 d imformation that u shared n me...i think it s very effective to use all d imformation n giving training/improving a team. and i want to a lot specially on how to condition my players or what are the conditioning tips? thank you and more power!

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Damon Jones says:
12/7/2007 at 2:40:21 AM

Thanks Jeff that was really helpful

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bob marley says:
12/6/2007 at 7:50:57 AM

what is a pick and roll im not a good coach help me

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Bob Marley says:
12/1/2007 at 6:46:42 PM

hi, to stephen, jeff and mark.

you guys are giving some dandy tips, KEEP PUSHING EM' IN.

peace&love <3

bob.

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BOB MARLEY says:
12/1/2007 at 6:43:25 PM

greetings coaches/to whom this may concern:

i'm bob marley, i'm a professional basketball coach of girls a boys ages 10-16. they all love me! my 14 year old daughter when to a clinic today directed by a wnba coach, she learned a lot of new drills and had jumbles of fun. thanks, bob.

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Don Kelbick says:
11/29/2007 at 2:55:44 PM

Steve

After 27 years of coaching I have learned this: It's not what you know, it's what they think you know.

Go into ever practice with a plan, stick to the plan. Just keep in mind where you are going, don't be concerned with the route you take. You don't have to know everything and there is nothing wrong with saying, "I'm not sure. Lets walk through it together and see what we come up with.


Don Kelbick
Contributing Editor, Breakthrough Basketball
www.DonKelbickBasketball.com

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Steve says:
11/29/2007 at 2:51:16 PM

I'm new to coaching basketball, and this season I'll be coaching 8-10 4th and 5th grade boys. I don't come across as a particularly confident assertive person. Got any tips on how I can have a successful season?

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Don Kelbick says:
11/29/2007 at 2:45:59 PM

Reggie

There are no great offenses, only great players.

In addition, aside from how many players you want on the perimeter (5 out, 4 out,etc) by definition, there is really only 1 motion offense. It is a read, pass move offense that takes on different forms based upon what best takes advantage of the defense.

What ever cuts you make against a man, you can make against a zone. Make sure you don't cut to spots but to openings.

You can set the same kind of screens against a zone as you do against a man with 2 adjustment.

The first adjustment is timing. Because a zone moves with the ball, setting a screen too early will be ineffective because the defense will not be in the same place when the ball arrives. The screen should be made at the time the ball can be delivered, maybe even when the ball is in the air. It is not as hard as it sounds, it just takes an awareness of when to pass the ball.

The second adjustment is to screen an area instead of the player. Since coverages change with ball movement, the defensive player who is defending a player when the ball is in one place, won't be defending with the ball in another area. For example, if you have a player on the block who you are going to bring to the wing, screening the player defending on the block will not be effective. You need to screen in the area on the wing where your player is going to cut to.

To be an effective screening team against a zone, you need to think as a zone coach, understand how the zone moves and what the coverages are and then screen, at the proper time, the areas where you want your offensive players to be effective.

If I can be of help, feel free to contact me

Don Kelbick
Contributing Editor, Breakthrough Basketball
www.DonKelbickBasketball.com

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