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Ryan McCarthy Mayhem Defense 2-Pack

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The "Mayhem" Amoeba-Style Defense

with Ryan McCarthy,
University of Alaska-Anchorage Women's Head Coach;
2016 NCAA DII Runners-up;
97-7 over the last 3 seasons (2015-2017);
Back-to-Back-to-Back Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament Champions (2015-17);
2x NCAA Division 2 West Region Coach of the Year; 2x GNAC Coach of the Year

Coach Ryan McCarthy has created a Mayhem style of play by using full court pressure to create turnovers into points. Using his Mayhem style of play, Coach McCarthy's team has led NCAA DII in steals per game for four consecutive seasons (2014-17) and have finished in the Top 5 in scoring defense, turnovers forced and turnover margin.

Learn how to turn up the pressure with your half-court defense to create turnovers using the "Amoeba" 1-1-3 defense. Ryan McCarthy has improved upon the blueprint created by legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian to create a version of the defense that can be sustained through an entire game. This defensive style will combine both pressure man-to-man and zone principles to be as disruptive as possible for your opponents.

Using chalk talk, on-court demonstration, and game footage, Coach McCarthy details the intricacies of his Amoeba defense. You will learn the responsibilities of each player on the floor, practice breakdown drills to teach the necessary fundamentals to play this system, trapping opportunities, and how to counter the primary offensive strategies used against this defense.

Build-Up Team Drills for the Amoeba Defense

Learn five practice drills that will teach your players critical concepts to successfully implementing the Amoeba defense.

  • The Forcing to the Baseline drill teaches your players how to closeout and apply intense ball pressure. Players will also learn how to control the direction a dribbler attacks towards the baseline and how to force turnovers on dead ball situations.
  • The Ball Pressure Jump drill teaches your guards how to help one another through rotations when one player gets beat.

Other drills will teach your players how to aggressively switch ball screens, take away your opponent's presence down low by fronting the post, and rotate to protect the rim when the ball goes to the corner.

Countering Offensive Strategies

McCarthy demonstrates the effectiveness of this match-up zone by showing you the rotations and responsibilities of players against the most common offensive strategies that will be used against this defense.

  • Odd front alignments - See how to match up your defenders as the ball is brought down the floor, disrupt ball reversals with extreme pass denial, and eliminate options when the ball is at the high post or even force turnovers with digs from different angles. You will also see how to take away cutters when the ball is at the short corner with the X-Out rotation.
  • Even front alignments - Learn how to shift defenders along the perimeter with the reverse bump. Completely neutralize pick & pops by aggressively switching defenders.
  • 1-4 High Sets - Continue to match-up your defenders and apply strong denial with players closest to the ball while providing help support with weak side defenders. Get your players to anticipate dives from the posts. You'll also see how to take away weak side flashes by bumping your defenders.

Additionally, you'll see how to smother the paint when opponents try to go with a double low post alignment. You'll also learn how to bump defenders when teams try to distort your match-ups with shallow cuts into the corners.

Trapping Opportunities

The unusual rotations, aggressive ball pressure, and disruptive pass denials will undoubtedly help you create 'Mayhem' on the basketball court. However, if you want to crank up the pressure to the absolute max, McCarthy gives you trapping options that can make opponents "melt."<

The "Mayhem" 2-2-1 Press

with Ryan McCarthy,
University of Alaska-Anchorage Women's Head Coach;
2016 NCAA DII Runners-up;
97-7 over the last 3 seasons (2015-2017);
Back-to-Back-to-Back Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament Champions (2015-17);
2x NCAA Division 2 West Region Coach of the Year; 2x GNAC Coach of the Year

Coach Ryan McCarthy has created a Mayhem style of play by using full court pressure to create turnovers into points. Using his Mayhem style of play, Coach McCarthy's team has led NCAA DII in steals per game for four consecutive seasons (2014-17) and have finished in the Top 5 in scoring defense, turnovers forced and turnover margin.

The University of Alaska-Anchorage women's team has exploded onto the NCAA D-II scene with 97 wins and a national title appearance in the last three seasons. They create "Mayhem" for their opponents with a full court 2-2-1 pressure system for the entire game.

In this video, Ryan McCarthy explains his unique 2-2-1 press defense that has resulted in so much success. This isn't your traditional 2-2-1 press - it adds run and jump elements, which allows you to determine the pace of play, and will expose poor ball handlers to generate turnovers.

The combination of chalk talk, on-court demonstration, and game footage clearly shows you the roles and responsibilities of defenders in this system, how to utilize the 2-2-1 press against common press break strategies, and practice drills to help you make some mayhem for your opponents.

Progressive Drills to Build the 2-2-1 Press

Learn the fundamentals of this full court pressure system through five breakdown drills that demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of every player on the court. Coach McCarthy calls them drills - and they are - but he's actually building up the press defense one player at a time. Teaching progressively allows players to grasp multiple positions in the press, giving your team the flexibility it will need during the season.

The drills include:

  • The Points Game (1-on-1 Drill) - Takes the classic zig zag drill and upgrades the intensity with competition. This drill will work on training your players how to stay in front of the ball, without fouling, while applying pressure and getting deflections.
  • The 2-on-2 drill - Familiarizes your on-ball defenders in the front row with the run and jump approach to trapping in this press. Players will learn the basic principles to trapping and how to rotate out of the trap.
  • The 3-on-3 Drill - Trains your players in the second row how to pick up an offensive player who cuts down the floor after not receiving the ball from the inbounder.
  • The 4-on-4 Drill - This drill allows your second row players to understand how to deny their opponent properly while the one second row player would need to move up and pick up the guard who cuts up the floor after the inbound pass.
  • The 5-on-5 Drill - Goes live against different variation of press breakers so that you can see the different ways to defend them.

Handling Common Press Breaks

Coach McCarthy explains the roles and responsibilities of every defender on the floor, their terminology for marking the geography of the court, and teaches the basic principles necessary in this defense by showing how the press reacts to the most common types of press breaks you will see:

  • Two Guard Front - Learn how to switch screens and pressure the inbound towards the corners with your front two defenders. You'll see how players find their match-ups before and after the ball is inbounded. McCarthy explains when this press looks to trap, where the ideal trap is located, and who they want to go double the ball.
  • Single Guard Front - Intimidate opponents trying to run this alignment by pinching their point guard with two defenders. Y


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