Basketball Press

Basketball Press

A press in basketball is any strategy or formation that adds pressure to the offense to force a turnover. Pressing can be used by coaches that play man to man defense or zone defense. It is a defense in which the defenders play much tighter than usual and pressure offensive players even in the backcourt. The goal is to get the ball back as quickly as possible without

Basketball Press Defense

Pros of Press Defense

There are lots of advantages to playing press defense and why it is an effective formation in a basketball game. Here are the reasons why pressing should be in your playbook:

  • press defenses can confuse the offense if they are unprepared
  • press defenses can result in lots of turnovers
  • press defenses are great against weaker teams that lack bench depth

Cons of Press Defense

There are a few reasons why you should consider not using a press defense in your playbook.

  • press defenses leave the court open for fast breaks if the dribbler breaks through
  • press defenses require lots of energy and can fatigue your defense

Press Breaks

A press break, also known as press offense, in basketball is a set of strategies the offense can use to counter a press defense. When designing a press break, follow these simple tips.

  • have your team make quick passes on the court - passing is the fastest way to move the ball on the floor.
  • use the sidelines to your advantage
  • try and keep the ball in the middle of the court near the top of the key
  • develop techniques to break traps with strong passing skills

Basketball Press Defense Types

There are many ways to run a press defense in basketball. Here is a list of press types you should know.

Basketball Full-court Press

A full-court press is a type of press that is applied over the full length of the court. On a full-court press, the defense will first apply pressure on the inbound pass at the baseline or sideline in the backcourt. By setting traps, the defense can force a turnover with a steal or backcourt violation.

Basketball Full Court Press

Basketball Half-court Press

A half-court press is different from a full-court press because the defense only focuses on applying pressure in the front court when the dribbler gets past the half-court line. On a half-court press, the defense can apply pressure by the net, at the top of the key, or right when the dribbler walks over the half-court line.

Basketball Half Court Press

Basketball 2-2-1 Press

A 2-2-1 press, also known as a 3/4 press, is a press formation that utilizes four defensive players near the midcourt line in the front court. 2-2-1 presses are best used against teams that lack the ability to penetrate to the lane from the top of the key. When making a 2-2-1 press, have your defense force the offense to the boundary lines and set traps to force easy turnovers.

Basketball 2-2-1 Press

Basketball Man Press

A man press is a formation that is based on man to man defense. Man presses can be run as a full-court man press or half-court man press.

Basketball Diamond Press

A diamond press, also known as a 1-2-1-1 press or a 3-1-1 press, is a press formation that has four of its players in the shape of a diamond. The difference between a 2-1-1-1 diamond press and a 3-1-1 diamond press is based on how much pressure is applied on the inbound pass at the baseline. On a diamond press, the defense sets a trap right after the throw-in with the goal of forcing a turnover. Once the trap is set, one player should try and predict where the trapped player will pass the ball and force a steal.

Basketball Diamond Press

Basketball Traps

A trap is a defensive strategy of applying pressure to the ball-handler close to the boundary lines to force a turnover. On a trap, two or more players run up to the ball-handler and trap him in a corner or area of the court.