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Essential Defense Clinics

Emphasis 1


The 5 Essential Skills of a Great Defender 

The 5 Individual Defensive Skills that form the foundation to any great team defense:

  1. Contain

  2. Stop Ball

  3. Deny

  4. Close Out

  5. Box Out


Teaching Approach

  • clarify technique keys to each of the 5 skills

  • For each skill - '3 Phase Drills' ... showing progression

  • Defensive Competitions

  • Coach / Player Notebooks


Based on my book

"The 5 Essential Skills of a Great Defender"


Success in any defensive scheme

is built upon the same few critical skills

It takes years to become a great scorer,

but a good athlete can become 

a great defender in one season

Emphasis 2


Essential Team Defense


A broader look at teaching smart and tough defense, in tandem with teammates


Teaching Approach

  • clarify key concepts and levels

  • progressive drills

    • 3 out Shell - with variations

    • 4 out Shell - with variations

  • team competitions - with defensive scoring

  • Coach / Player Notebooks


Based on my book

"Teaching Great Team Defense - Book 2: A Reference Guide to 6 Progressive Levels"


Am I crazy? Would players actually come to a defensive camp? I know it's a difficult sell at first glance. But if a coach can help them get there, players will experience a new pride and satisfaction in playing tough / smart defense.


This difficult sell exposes something that's out of whack in our sport ... that despite the truism that defense still wins championships, it's the offense that gets the overwhelming majority of the highlights clips and about all of the online training emphasis. But I digress.


But let's remember the obvious. In order to play defense at this defensive camp ... you've got to have somebody on offense. So as in any camp, players will play lots of both. This is not a full day of step slide drills. The difference here is the technique teaching, emphasis, and evaluation on fundamental defensive skills ... with competitions where the scoring is based on defensive success. Players will learn and have a great time doing it.

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