The Unpredictable Run and Jump Full Court Defense


  • Use lead up drills to teach and correct players while they learn the Run & Jump
  • Develop effective and simple terminology to help players react to various situations while learning the rules of the press
  • Identify the specific roles for your players based on strengths and weaknesses
  • Learn the best places and methods to trap using the Run & Jump
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with Jack Smith, McDermitt (NV) Head Boys Coach;
former Lowry (NV) High School Girl’s Head Basketball Coach;
2010 Nevada AAA State Champions; over 300 wins
If you are looking for a style of play that is fun to coach and will create headaches for opposing teams, the Run & Jump is your answer. Jack Smith has taken the Run & Jump principles from successful coaches and added his own tweaks and twists to create a pressure defense that will benefit new or veteran coaches.

Coach Smith delivers a complete overview on the Run & Jump, including:

How devastating the run and jump can be on opposing teams by wearing them down physically; this creates turnovers and easy scoring opportunities in transition
Coaching buzz words to help teach the defense, such as: “no man’s land,” “the gray area” “protect the fort,” and the “danger zone”
Simple rules that allow for great execution of the Run & Jump defense
His top five drills that produce championships and replace normal conditioning used by many coaches at the end of practice
Coach Smith uses a white board to diagram each concept and drill before taking a group of high school boys onto the court to demonstrate. Working with a group of players new to him, you get the advantage of watching the instruction of the Run & Jump defense being taught for the first time. You will see the mistakes that kids make early on in the teaching progression and the techniques used by Smith to correct those problems.

Running an effective press is about defending the proper angles. Smith’s first drill, the Slide Drill, shows the players how to slide their feet quickly to ensure that they stay in front of their opponent to apply on ball pressure. In his 1-on-1 drill he trains the players to put constant pressure on the ball and when beat, use angles to run down the ballhander and cut them off before they reach the basket. His 3-on-3 drill puts together many of the essential components to making the Run & Jump pressing defense successful. By forcing the opposition into speed dribbles and then jumping the ball, it’s easy to see how turnovers are created in this high pressure defense. With his 5-on-5 Freeze Frame Drill, Coach slows down the action to break down the players assignments within the defense. This informative tool can really make the difference in the players understanding their roles.

The next series of drills feature Coach Smith’s five favorite full court conditioning drills involving ball handling, passing, and shooting. They are relevant, because they combine the elements of your Run & Jump Defense with offensive fast breaks and a lot of shooting. Utilizing these drills in conjunction with the Run & Jump will allow your players to get comfortable playing at a high tempo for an entire game.

As a bonus, Smith narrates state final highlights as well as season highlights of the run and jump in action. Any coach that would like an exciting style of play for his team will definitely want this DVD in his coaching library.

With patience and development in practice, Coach Smith’s Run & Jump will devastate your opponents, as every possession becomes a scrambling, labor-intensive chore.

92 minutes. 2012.