AAU Coaching Boys Basketball Series: Building Your Team Defense

Featuring Fran Fraschilla,
International Basketball Analyst for ESPN, former Division I college basketball coach (Manhattan College, St. John’s University and University of New Mexico), former NABC District II Coach of the Year and MAAC Coach of the Year

Don’t settle for a mediocre or soft defense ever again! Fran Fraschilla will show you how easy it is to build a solid man-to-man defense that will pressure the ball and stop dribble penetration.

Coach Fraschilla reveals his secrets to building a strong defensive system by describing in detail the four things any good defense needs. Each concept includes a walk through with players and a break down of the common mistakes. Fraschilla’s passion and teaching style makes it easy for any coach to pick up these simple yet important concepts.

Using various 2-on-2, 3-on-3, and 4-on-4 drills, Frachilla shows you how to build your help side defense from the ground up. Teach your players how to help-the-helper and properly rotate to stop dribble penetration. Get help with your transition defense so your team will stop giving up easy baskets. If your team struggles against screens, you will find easy techniques that will help successfully defend screens, especially a UCLA Cut, on-ball screens from the wing, and cross screens.

To add variety to your defensive pressure, Fraschilla details a 2-3 zone defense you can incorporate as a change-of-pace defense. Want to turn up the heat on your opponent? Coach demonstrates three ways to trap out of the 2-3 zone: Half court line trap, wing trap, and deep corner trap. He does an excellent job of showing the rotations and trapping angles that can create quick turnovers and easy baskets. Fraschilla also details an aggressive 2-3 zone that shuts down the gaps and provides a segment on rebounding in the zone.

In order to complete your defensive system, Coach Fraschilla gives you a great Diamond and 1 Full Court Press to produce a trapping, attacking mentality and as a way to change the pace of the game.

If you are getting started building your defensive system, Coach Fraschilla’s team defense DVD is a great way for you to develop a defensive philosophy that will give your players a chance to be successful at any level.

This series of videos was produced by Championship Productions in association with AAU (The Amateur Athletic Union).

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