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TEACHING THE RUN AND JUMP PRESS Many coaches have a great fear of teaching the run and jump press I have found that this defense can be taught very effectively beginning as early as the junior high level Athletes love this press because it gives them a reason to hustle and gamble on defense with not alot of rules The main key is to emphasize to the players that all pressuring and gambling is done in the BACKCOURT In summary teach your players the press and let them go - dont be too restrictive I begin by showing small parts of the press and slowly advancing until we have the whole defense intact STEP 1 Two on Two Run and Jump Drill We begin by making two lines at the baseline I usually begin by using only about 30 feet of width of the floor thus we have two lanes about 15 feet in width running the length of the floor The two players in front of each line come out and play defense - they will be playing defense against the person behind them in line The offense must advance the ball up the floor but will be faced with a number of restrictive rules that helps us teach the run and jump press Offense Restriction Rules 1 all passes from player to player must be parallel or backwards 2 you may beat the defense down the floor on the dribble but it must be down the sideline - no busting between the defense with dribbles down the court 3 offensive players stay in their lane and do not cross over or switch lanes with their offensive partner The Defense Run and Jump Rules are 1 play tough defense on your man when he has the ball - you want to force the dribble down the sideline and then cut him off - the goal is to stop the dribble or
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