Special Situations: Breaking Man Presses

Breaking presses are all about great spacing, simple reads, and solid decision-making. In this post, we'll look at our full-court Man to Man Press Breaking strategy.

Breaking full-court pressure is one special situation that all coaches need to be prepared for. There is perhaps no quicker way to lose a game than to allow teams to go on extended runs due to your inability to handle full-court pressure. Outside of preparation breaking presses always boils down to having great spacing, creating simple reads, and making solid decisions when we are inevitably trapped. As we put together our plan for breaking presses we want to have a find a way to allow our players to do these things in the most simple manner possible.

My approach to breaking presses has always been to keep things simple and remain as similar to our normal transition offense as possible. In doing this I think we are enabling our kids to play with their instincts and skills rather than relying on complex strategies. Whether teams are trapping, stalling, or simply making us work hard to get the ball over half court we think that keeping the same press break alignment and principles will give us the best chance to make good decisions versus any defense. In this post, we will take a look at our Full Court Man to Man press break strategy, and you will see that a lot of our Zone Press Break strategies carry over.

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As we discussed above we are not going to make alignment changes when teams show full-court pressure against us. For the sake of continuity, we are going to rely on the same transition spacing and roles that we use in transition offense. That being said there are some unique problems that a good full-court man-to-man defense can create. So there are a few adjustments that we need to make, especially when it comes to getting the ball inbounded safely.