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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Defensive Communication

All good coaches stress defensive communication. But how many outline what the players should be saying to each other. Most kids just know "ball" and "help" then are lost on what else they should be saying. Here are a few examples of what the defense should be saying to each other...

Shooter- One that is very important in while playing a zone to make sure people know they need to get out on a particular player.

Skip- Let everyone know there was a skip pass since that involves drastic defensive movement.

Cutter- Probably more important while playing zone than m2m but you can still let teammates know of cutters while playing m2m.

Over/Under- Telling your teammate how you want to get around a screen.

Obviously, there are a lot more but that is a start to get more talking during defense. Some players don't want to ask what they should be saying because they assume they should know and will get looked down upon for asking.


Anonymous said...

How do you get younger kids to ask questions? Being vocal doesn't seem to come natural for some reason.

Trevor Andershock said...

If they don't want to be vocal either ask them questions like what you should be saying on defense...what types of things. Then if they don't know you can tell them they better speak up and ask questions if they do not know something.

Anonymous said...

In your opinion....If a coach can't get a player involved and asking questions - should that player be cut? It seems that the best teams have involved players asking questions and providing feedback to coaches. When that doesn't happen shouldn't a coach move on to other players that demonstrate a desire to learn?

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