6 WAYS TO WIN THE GAME
- NO TRANSITION LAY-UPS
The first player back on defense must get under the rim and either draw a charging foul or force a 10 foot jump shot. If they try to stop the ball at the free throw line, the offense will get a lay-up.
- 40 OR MORE DEFLECTIONS
Deflections are a reflection of defensive intensity. Whenever we deflect the ball, there is a chance we are going to force a turnover. Deflections create easy scoring opportunities and give the defense a decided edge mentally.
- FORCE 20 OR MORE TURNOVERS
Turnovers lead to fast break points and a frustrated offensive team. By playing smart defense, taking pride in “Guarding Our Yard” and being alert, we will become the type of defensive team that no one wants to play.
- SHOOT MORE FREE THROWS THAN OUR OPPONENTS
Shooting free throws allows us to rest offensively while getting our opponents into foul trouble. We never want to allow our opponents to shoot more than 15 free throws in any game…that indicates poor defensive execution.
- ATTACK THE PAINT
On offense we want the ball to get to the lane area, either by the pass or by driving the basketball there. On defense, we MUST keep the ball out of this area by good defense and selective trapping. Good things happen to teams that consistently get the ball into the paint area.
- HAVE MORE OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS
We have to create easy scoring opportunities for ourselves. Three ways to do this are with free throws, fast break points and offensive rebounds. Assume all shots are misses, attack the glass and immediately look to score off of the rebound.