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Tom Izzo Three Man Defensive Shell Closeout Drill

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo utilizes the three man defensive shell drill as a staple in many of his practices. The drill emphasizes proper help defense positioning, active communication across the defense,  immediate rotation when the offense passes the ball, and proper technique when dealing with cutters and movement within the offense. The three man shell defense also acts as an effective ...

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1-3-1 Half-Court Zone Trap

The 1-3-1 zone defense provides strong coverage to the high post and wing area while putting great pressure at the point of attack. Teams often incorporate a half-court trap out of this zone creating a look that has two players trapping the ball, two players in the passing lanes preventing ball reversal and a pass down the sideline, and one player ...

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2-3 Zone Defense With Corner & Wing Trap Rules

The 2-3 Zone Defense has existed since the game’s origins. Zone defenses assign each player defensive responsibility for a certain area or zone, rather than an individual offensive player. The most commonly used zone defense is the 2-3 zone. In this defense, two defenders guard the top areas of key and three-point area, while three defenders cover the paint and two ...

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Simple Half-court Defensive Principles for Youth Teams

Habits = good, thinking = bad. Keep it simple. As coaches we often need to be reminded of this mantra when teaching offense and defense to youth teams. With this in mind, many youth teams respond favorably to “rules” or “principle”-based frameworks for playing defense. These principles act as reminders or cues for players to apply when reacting to the offense in ...