I just finished watching a set of DVD’s that I wish was available years ago and I feel compelled to recommend them to every player and coach who reads this! Whether you are a young player or an experienced coach or anything in between, Better Basketball’s Dynamic Defense will change the way you think about defensive basketball.
If you are a coach, have you ever told a player that he needs to play better defense if he wants to get more court time or if he wants to move up to the next level of competition? What exactly does “play better defense” mean? How do you (or your player) actually know if he’s improved or not?
If you are a player how do you know whether or not you are a great, good, or average defensive player? If you want to improve your defensive skill set so you can get more playing time, how should you go about it? More importantly, how can you convince your coach that your defense might actually be better than he thinks?
Dynamic Defense answers each those questions for players and coaches of all levels with a concept originally taught by long time NBA assistant coach Dick Helm and expanded by Better Basketball’s Rick Torbett.
The premise of the DVD set is that there are four distinct levels of defense that describes both individual and team defenses. Each level has a specific list of essential skills that makes it extremely easy to measure progress and promote accountability. Now instead of telling one of your players that he needs to play better defense you can tell him, “Right now you are an average Level 1 defender. If you want to get more playing time you need to be a good to great Level 2 defender. If you want to play in the close games, or in the big games, then you need to get to Level 3.” Your player now knows exactly where he needs to improve and shoulders the responsibility of strengthening those required skills.
The exact same concept applies to scouting your opponents. For example, after watching these DVD’s and classifying your upcoming opponent as a team of Level 2’s then you will know exactly what it takes to exploit their defensive weaknesses! On the other hand if you can develop several Level 3 defenders and a couple Level 4 defenders then you are going to win a lot more games!
One of the best segments takes place when two coaches from the Point Guard College (an extremely well known and extremely expensive camp that emphasizes both physical and mental training for perimeter players) breaks down and teaches how to take a charge in minute detail. Players are taught the proper way to take charges both on and off the ball and three specific instructions are included to insure the defender’s safety. Lots of coaches run “off the ball” charge drills but how many break down the techniques used in taking “on ball” charges?
While there are dozens of drills introduced and demonstrated to help develop the required skills in each level, these are not primarily “drills” DVDs. Instead they provide a framework that coaches and players alike can use to set and reach specific, measurable goals which undoubtedly will improve everyone involved.
I took over 15 pages of notes, many of which will be turned into player handouts so they can be referred to over and over again. If you are interested in playing better basketball, then Better Basketball’s Dynamic Defense is a must have!
If you’re interested in checking out these DVDs then click here to get the full rundown.