Defensive Communication

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Intro

Communication on defense is one of the most essential parts of the game and one of the most commonly neglected. The player guarding the ball is focused entirely on their assignment and those off the ball are split between their assignment and tracking the basketball. This means it is the responsibility of all players to make calls loudly, clearly, and quickly to help other defenders know what is going out outside of their perspective viewpoint.

"Shot" Call

A Shot Call is when a defensive player who views a shot attempt calls out "Shot" to alert the other defensive players that an attempt has been made. Establishing this as a habit is an essential not only for communication but improves defensive rebounding percentages as well. In an ideal situation if all five defenders box out their assignment on a shot attempt there is a very small chance of an offensive rebound.

Calling Screens

Switching

Bumping or Passing Off