looks like it is available on Amazon $18 – https://www.amazon.com/Lockdown-Defense-Developing-Basketball-Defenders/dp/B0957DPZXK
sounds interesting. i am going to order it.
thanks for the suggestion ruth.
Interesting Gregg. Isn’t his practice plan something like a 2-hour practice where he progresses from 1-on-1 drills to 2-on-2, 3-on-3, 4-on-4 and finally to 5-on-5 over the course of an hour or so? working on various small-sided games things i imagine, but bits of your offense, defense ,etc.
then the last part of the practice is 5-on-5 putting it all together?
this might be too late, but i was thinking you could just play 5-on-5 (or 4-on-4) halfcourt with NO dribbles.
you could play offense for 5-straight possessions, then switch and compete that way. or you could simply play first team to 5 baskets, etc. – either way, make it competitive.
after 5 or 6 cuts without completing a pass, they should eventually figure out that they need to setup their cuts, rearcut/puppy dog, cut harder, fill out faster. Pause before filling the open spot maybe?
interesting. what state are you in? i am not a varsity head coach, but I assist on the varsity, and i used to be on the board for a private homeschool basketball club and helped organize the entire program with teams ranging from elementary thru varsity. No one has commented yet, So I’ll throw out my thoughts on the subject.
i think there are 3 levels to this. 1. your current team/players 2. your future players/younger program 3. your opponents
First, I would watch some film and see how our team used to play and how the other teams play in our league. Then I would try to devise a system that would be different from most everyone else, since the past teams have not been successful. If everyone runs motion offense and presses, then i would not try to do that. If everyone runs zone and plays slow, then I would try to press and play fast. Do something different, so they have to spend extra time preparing for you.
of course, this depends on the type of athletes i have in my program, and if they can run that system.
then i would get down to my middle school and younger coaches and have them start teaching the same concepts.
As for summer, we are only allowed to practice with our team in June here in Michigan. I would practice a few days a week and play some tournaments on the weekend, and maybe do a team overnight camp. Start implementing your system and getting familiar with your players and leaders in the summer. Depending on committment from your players, we are also allowed 4-man workouts in the offseason, so i would start having a few of those as well.
Congratulations. What a fun opportunity for you. Good Luck!
i would say your best bet is to coach up your other 3 players, or at least one of them and see if they can do some scoring?
i actually tried the triangle and two in a playoff game a few years back, and that’s what happened to me — a 3rd player stepped up and scored a bunch, or became enough of a threat that it allowed the other 2 guys to crash the boards and get offensive rebound putbacks.
just a thought
i think trying to come up with drills that combine as many different skills as possible is key. for instance, while teaching pass & cut, you can work on different finishes, plus you can have them start the drill with a stationary ball handling move, then pass & cut. Once you do get the skill down, then you can play a quick 4-on-4 or 5-on-5 half court game with live defense, where you teach the defense how to guard cutters and how to defend one- or two-passes away. Maybe the offense gets no dribbles, or one dribble only? maybe you win the game by getting 3 stops of defense, or 3 baskets in a row on offense? whatever you are trying to focus on. Now you are playing a game working on both offense & defense at the same time — collapsing timeframes.
if you can create drills/games where you can work on multiple skills at the same time, or create small-sided games of 3-on-3 even, then that will save you tons of time.
as for how to organize, it depends on how many practices and how much time you have. basketball is usually a long season, so you have time to get everything in eventually. it doesn’t need to be all at once.