We've been spending some time looking at our defensive approach and part of that review has been looking at other defensive systems such as Pack Line. Here are some notes from Mike Neighbors, head coach at the University of Washington. These are just a few of the notes I took from Mike while he was at Xavier.
When your man has the ball on the perimeter:
1. You were there on the catch.
2. You were the to take away the quick shot or quick pass
3. You were close enough to pressure without getting beat off the bounce.
a. Don't get beat to the outside
b. Don't get beat in a straight line
When your player does not have the ball on the perimeter:
1. You are about half way between the ball and your player
2. You are a step off the line that would connect the ball to your man
3. You are actively able to see both ball and man
Ball being passed to their player:
1. Move on the air time of the pass
2. Start with sprint and end with chops
3. High hands to active hands
Ball being passed but NOT their player:
1. Move on air time of the pass
2. Sprint to gap.
1. Players must begin in proper position
2. Players must be vocal in communication of their responsibilities
"Ball" = this means I have the ball
"Gap" = this call means my player does not have the ball but I am in your dribble gap
"Help" = this call means my player does not have the ball but is on the opposite half of the court than the ball is.