Don Meyer Full Court Trapping Defense

Reasons to trap

  1. Force tempo of the game (better talent, more depth, play at your speed).
  2. Take a team out of their offense, get them higher, take away their spacing.
  3. Trap to avoid giving up threes.
  4. Expose poor fundamentals of opponents.  Trap a good handler to a lesser player.
  5. Take a great player out of the game.  Trap a particular player when they have the ball.

Negatives of trapping

  1. giving up lay-up (try to cut that to a minimum)
  2. there is a chance for more fouls (make ft other then lay-ups)
  3. if you are getting burnt on mismatches.
  4. need to have the depth to trap and make substitutions.
  5. if you have limited personal can only do it in particular situations.

Selective trapping can make the other team more tentative.

Three Most Common Traps (Man, Zone, or anything that you use)

  1. Trap guarding the ball – zone or man to man on the ball take away the dominant hand of the inbounder.  If we want the ball to go to the short corner could shade it.  Try to get a touch on a in-bound pass.  Point guard denial, gets the short lob to  the point guard.  Trap the point guard.  Trapping the point guard then using point guard denial.
  2. Guard is taking the ball out of bounds.  Double the point guard right away to keep it out of the guard’s hands.
  3. Big guy on the ball to trap
  4. Guard double the point and move back.
  5. Dork Trapping.  Trap off the dork.  Throws it back to the dork.  Make the dork bring the ball up the court.  Do it full court and half court.
  6. Nearest man traps the ball, closest man to trap the ball.  The opposite
  7. Trapping the point guard (get it out of his hands), One player and trap off of the dork, star trapping.

The Bison Trapping System

  1. One Fist up Trapping – Trap first pass
    1. Get a good angle on the trap, do not allow a split of the trap.
    2. Give up some ground to close out the traps.
    3. Get toe to toe.
    4. Hands are up in an umbrella
    5. Do not allow the ball to split us.
    6. Take away the diagonal pass and making it a lob pass.
    7. Do not break the glass – do not reach in.
    8. SPRINT out of traps
  1. Get the right angle
  2. Toe to toe
  3. Umbrella
  1. No diagonal
  2. Sprint out of trap
  1. Two Fists Up Trap – Trap the dribble (do not come to trap until the ball is put on the floor)
    1. Trap on the sideline
    2. Run and jump in the middle of the floor.
  2. What we want?
    1. Trap
    2. Shoot the Gap with the third player (work on this the most take away the obvious pass).
    3. And fourth player will rotate
  3. Side Fist Trapping ( Trap the first pass or dribble beyond half-court outside the volleyball lines)
    1. Remaining defender shoot the gap.
    2. Give rules on defense and on offense you give principles.
    3. Two trappers, two interceptors, and one safety
  4. Two Side Fist (trapping the sideline and running and jump the middle.
    1. Shot is given up in –closest man takes the ball, put pressure on the ball.
    2. Safety Rule – Must get the ball if the go for it.
  5. Cross Fist (trapping up the sidelines)
    1. Match-up zone we want to trap just beyond the half-line.
  6. Trapping on half court defense
    1. Trap all ball screens
    2. We stay with the trap
    3. Trap and recover back to our men
    4. Trap and switch
    5. Determined
  7. Trapping ball screens
    1. Trap and stay
    2. Trapping on a handoff
    3. Three on three drill and shoot the gap
    4. Anticipate and execute
  8. Baseline trap all dribble drives to the baseline.
    1. Switch when the ball is sideline
    2. Nearest help side defender comes over and takes the post.
    3. Guard will sink and help on the post and becomes the interceptor.
  9. Delay Game Defense
    1. Cross Fist Trap (off the sideline)
    2. Zipper (set the trap and find the second trap)
    3. Force the ball up the sideline.
  10. Closing Comments (selective timing)
    1. Who are you going to trap
    2. Simplify your program

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