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Modified Pack Line Defense: No Middle, Dead Front, Force Corners & Traps

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Modified Pack Line Defense: No Middle, Dead Front, Force Corners & Traps

Modified Pack Line Defense: No Middle, Dead Front, Force Corners & Traps

Implement a pack line defense that forces tough shots on every possession!

  • Learn the base positioning and help side positioning needed to prevent your opponent from getting clean shots off
  • Discover how to prevent the ball from going to the middle of the floor, dead front the post, force to the corners, and trap out of the pack line
  • Get a series of drills to train your players to move efficiently and make good decisions within the pack line system
  • BONUS SECTION: Hear Coach Whitcomb break down the innovative 4-1 zone defense

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with Tyler Whitcomb,
West Michigan Aviation Academy Boy's Basketball Head Coach;
inventor of the Elevation Offense; former pro basketball GM and scout;
over 100 high school coaching victories;

Pack line defenses have become increasingly more popular over the years. Unfortunately, this popularity comes with a drawback. With offenses getting more familiar with this type of defense and finding solutions to attack it, the challenge remains for coaches to add new elements to this type of defense. In this video, Tyler Whitcomb explains his modifications for the pack line, turning it into a "no-middle pressure" defense.

Philosophies and Foundations

Coach Whitcomb explains the rotations and the concepts of applying pressure on the ball, trapping the ball in the corners, and doubling the post player from the top. After explaining the basics, he starts building the defense using a series of four different breakdown drills. These drills gradually build-up towards the 5-player rotations of the defense, beginning with 1-on-1 and expanding on defending the standard offensive options using variations. All drills are executed with live offense, making the drills much more game-like.

In his 3-on-3 drill series, Coach Whitcomb focuses on defending the three most-used actions from any offense. Using this setting, the defensive steps for guarding the pass & screen away, guarding the pass & cut, and guarding the pick & roll are explained. During these drills, multiple teaching points regarding close-outs, steering the ball to the corner, switching on screens, and defending the cutter are emphasized. The last variation of the drill incorporates all previous actions into one drill: Cut-throat 3-on-3.

BONUS SECTION: 4-1 Zone Defense

As a bonus, Whitcomb discusses the 4-1 zone defense, which has an alignment that will most certainly mystify opposing offenses. Using on-court demonstrations and diagrams, Coach Whitcomb explains the philosophy and the morphing from the 4-1 zone defense toward more traditional defenses such as a 2-3 zone or man-to-man D.

With this video, you'll get insight into Coach Whitcomb's modifications for the pack line defense. His changes provide a solid base for any coach who wants to add more pressure with the pack line while forcing the ball out of the middle. Packed with an explanation of the rotations in the no-middle pressure pack line, accompanied by a set of four series of drills, coaches can apply these concepts easily to their teams.

61 minutes. 2021.

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