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The Fast Break – April 12, 2021
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The Wrench is back as Isaiah Whaley announced his return to UConn for the 2021-22 season.
His return does not take up a scholarship, so UConn still has three open spots on next year’s roster. pic.twitter.com/mdThVeEiTN
— tcf15 (@tcf_15) April 6, 2021
ᴛʜᴇ ꜰɪᴇʟᴅ ɪꜱ ꜱᴇᴛ.
With results around the league on Thursday, the #BIGEASTwsoc Championship is ’d in!
The race for the begins April 16, with all three matches held at Providence’s Chapey Field. pic.twitter.com/Tf2yXRKgYu
— BIG EAST Champs (@BIGEASTchamps) April 9, 2021
- Adama Sanogo putting in work to be bigger and better next season:
Photos of UConn’s finest
Patience pays off for playoff-bound UConn women’s soccer team:
Find out what UConn coaches are up to on and off the court
Catch up on former UConn players working across the sports world
One-On-One with Sue Bird + @tiona_deniece
Recently, we had a chance to sit down with reigning WNBA Champion, @S10Bird, to discuss the new 25th Anniversary Nike uniforms, the design process, kicks and more.
Head over to our IGTV (madeforthew) to check out the full interview. pic.twitter.com/wCoZhqbrdl
— MADE for the W (@madeforthew) April 8, 2021
Revisit special moments in UConn sports history
- Behold the birth of the Sixth Borough:
The first-ever “Uconn” NCAA game, a loss to St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. So many students went that UConn chartered a train from Willimantic, and when Jonathan trotted into the Garden, a sportswriter said he got a bigger ovation than any human athlete in recent memory. pic.twitter.com/63gvR97wGK
— Old Main: The UConn History Corner (@main_old) April 6, 2021
- UConn men’s basketball and Sparty compare equipment collections:
- You can’t spell dynasty without DT:
Diana Taurasi won her third consecutive national championship and was named the Most Outstanding Player for the second straight year. That @UConnWBB team became the second school in history to win three straight national titles. pic.twitter.com/8z3ao19CEX
— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) April 6, 2021
Find out when and how to watch the Huskies in action this week
UConn Women’s Soccer:
*The semifinal round of the Big East Women’s Soccer Championship begins on Friday, Apr. 16 with UConn playing Butler @ 5 p.m.; the game will be available to stream on the Big East Digital Network; with a victory, the Huskies would advance to the final on Sunday, Apr. 18 @ 11 a.m. against the winner of the other semifinal between Creighton and Georgetown; the championship game will be televised on FS1
A parting sentiment from The Fast Break team
Thanks for the memories and best of luck at the next level, James:
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The Fast Break – April 5, 2021
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Soooo the women’s tournament doubled the men’s social media engagement last night with 39 MILLION impressions. I hope that when potential sports sponsorships are discussed that people do their homework. Right now Less than 1% of all those dollars go to women’s sports. @Zoomph pic.twitter.com/O07N6uHzKy
— LaChina Robinson (@LaChinaRobinson) March 30, 2021
- Paige becomes the first freshman to win a prestigious women’s college basketball’s award with Geno there to make the trophy presentation extra special:
Photos of UConn’s finest
Controversial no-call in UConn women’s basketball win over Baylor elicits strong reactions on social media, including LeBron who vehemently backed the Bears:
Find out what UConn coaches are up to on and off the court
“We have a very immature group. ..when we’re high and on top of the world, we think everything’s great. When things don’t go our way, there’s a poutiness about us”
Geno Auriemma talks about if UConn underestimated Arizona tonight pic.twitter.com/VnXbLTqbzl
— UConn Videos (@SNYUConn) April 3, 2021
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Revisit special moments in UConn sports history
While they ultimately fell short of cutting down the nets for the 12th time in program history, this year’s UConn women’s basketball team still made their 27th straight Sweet Sixteen and 13th straight Final Four to continue the legendary success that Geno’s Huskies have experienced in the Big Dance. With the entire roster returning and a loaded freshman class coming in, the Huskies are primed to keep their streaks alive and make plenty more March Madness memories like these along the way:
- Nobody’s had a better time at the tourney than Geno’s Huskies:
- Playing styles and hairstyles have come a long way since UConn women’s basketball first appeared in the Final Four back in 1991:
Enjoy classic recommendations from the UConn sports vault
After beating Duke 79-78 in the Final Four two days earlier, UConn took on Georgia Tech in the 2004 National Championship. Coach Calhoun’s Huskies entered the game on an eight-game winning streak and were looking to avenge a 77-61 loss to the Yellow Jackets earlier in the season.
UConn came out strong in the first half and quickly began asserting their dominance, leading to a 41-26 advantage for the Huskies at the break. Things got a bit out of hand in the second period with UConn extending their lead to 25 as Georgia Tech had no answer for the clutch shooting and defensive prowess of the Huskies. Despite closing the gap near the end of the game, the Yellow Jackets lacked the firepower to put a win within reach. When the final whistle blew, UConn had won their second national championship in program history and did so in a much more convincing fashion than the 82-73 score indicates.
The Huskies were led by the talented tandem of Emeka Okafor (24 points, 15 rebounds) and Ben Gordon (21 points), with lights-out shooting from Rashad Anderson (18 points) also playing a huge role as their starters combined for 81 of their 82 points. UConn was able to hold Yellow Jackets leading-scorer Jarrett Jack to a measly 7 points and made more free throws (25) than Georgia Tech attempted throughout the game (21). Overall, it was an impressive performance from an all-around great team and further cemented UConn’s place among the elite programs in men’s college basketball.
Check out highlights from this incredible moment in UConn Huskies history here:
A parting sentiment from The Fast Break team
While it’s safe to say Steven A. has his fair share of divisive opinions, this take on Paige Bueckers should have UConn fans in agreement and excited for next season:
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6v6 Fast Break Battle
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- The player’s date of birth (DOB) is entered by the parent on the NSC Liability Waiver. Remember: You must enter the player names before parents can sign the waiver
- Provide parents with the team ID and the link for this task.
- You may monitor the progress of your parents by selecting View Roster from the online roster menu. Each time a parent completes the online waiver, an ‘X’ is displayed to the left of the player’s name in the WV
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We are excited to offer you a new waiver experience, NSC Event HQ! Please direct parents to complete their waiver using the process outlined below. The account owner must be 18 years of age or older. (Only one account per family)
- Create your account HERE, or log in to your existing account HERE and skip to the “Complete a Waiver” section below.
- After you have created your account, verify your email and set up your password.
- Log in to your account and add your children and or spouse as “participants” (If applicable).
To Complete a Waiver
Log in to your NSC Event HQ account HERE
Once Logged In:
- Click on the “Customer Tools” link in the main menu bar and then select “Complete waiver”.
- Select the event. You may also filter the events by sport and/or name.
- Enter the Team ID-provided by the team manager.
- Select the participant’s name from the roster (if not on the roster contact the team manager).
- Select the participant’s name from the drop-down in your NSC Event HQ account. If participant is not listed in your account, you must add them.
- Read and accept.
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- In the event of an emergency en route, contact Logan at 612. 597.1539
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Children’s Mobile Crisis Team (all of Manhattan):
ABC’s Fast Break Mobile Mental Health Services has been extending crucial mental health services to children living in poverty for more than two decades. Led by a highly-skilled, Board-certified Child Psychiatrist, ABC’s Fast Break provides a full range of mental health services and an array of therapeutic modalities including family therapy, individual psychotherapy, play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and group therapy.
ABC’s mental health service model is three-fold:
Fast Break offers six Children’s Mental Health Clinics, one of which is a designated Early Childhood Therapeutic Center.
The Children’s Mobile Crisis Team provides rapid crisis intervention to children anywhere in Manhattan via the citywide 24/7 hotline 1-888-NYC-WELL, keeping children out of costly, restrictive institutions.
School-Based Mental Health Services teams conduct on-site crisis intervention, broad-based mental health screening, individual and group therapy, and capacity-building training for faculty and parents in New York City public schools.
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Reversible and Irreversible Decisions
Reversible vs. irreversible decisions. We often think that collecting as much information as possible will help us make the best decisions. Sometimes that’s true, but sometimes it hamstrings our progress. Other times it can be flat out dangerous.
Many of the most successful people adopt simple, versatile decision-making heuristics to remove the need for deliberation in particular situations.
One heuristic might be defaulting to saying no, as Steve Jobs did. Or saying no to any decision that requires a calculator or computer, as Warren Buffett does. Or it might mean reasoning from first principles, as Elon Musk does. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, has another one we can add to our toolbox. He asks himself, is this a reversible or irreversible decision?
If a decision is reversible, we can make it fast and without perfect information. If a decision is irreversible, we had better slow down the decision-making process and ensure that we consider ample information and understand the problem as thoroughly as we can.
Bezos used this heuristic to make the decision to found Amazon. He recognized that if Amazon failed, he could return to his prior job. He would still have learned a lot and would not regret trying. The decision was reversible, so he took a risk. The heuristic served him well and continues to pay off when he makes decisions.
Decisions Amidst Uncertainty
Let’s say you decide to try a new restaurant after reading a review online. Having never been there before, you cannot know if the food will be good or if the atmosphere will be dreary. But you use the incomplete information from the review to make a decision, recognizing that it’s not a big deal if you don’t like the restaurant.
In other situations, the uncertainty is a little riskier. You might decide to take a particular job, not knowing what the company culture is like or how you will feel about the work after the honeymoon period ends.
Reversible decisions can be made fast and without obsessing over finding complete information. We can be prepared to extract wisdom from the experience with little cost if the decision doesn’t work out. Frequently, it’s not worth the time and energy required to gather more information and look for flawless answers. Although your research might make your decision 5% better, you might miss an opportunity.
Reversible decisions are not an excuse to act reckless or be ill-informed, but rather are a belief that we should adapt the frameworks of our decisions to the types of decisions we are making. Reversible decisions don’t need to be made the same way as irreversible decisions.
The ability to make decisions fast is a competitive advantage. One major advantage that start-ups have is that they can move with velocity, whereas established incumbents typically move with speed. The difference between the two is meaningful and often means the difference between success and failure.
Speed is measured as distance over time. If we’re headed from New York to LA on an airplane and we take off from JFK and circle around New York for three hours, we’re moving with a lot of speed, but we’re not getting anywhere. Speed doesn’t care if you are moving toward your goals or not. Velocity, on the other hand, measures displacement over time. To have velocity, you need to be moving toward your goal.
This heuristic explains why start-ups making quick decisions have an advantage over incumbents. That advantage is magnified by environmental factors, such as the pace of change. The faster the pace of environmental change, the more advantage will accrue to people making quick decisions because those people can learn faster.
Decisions provide us with data, which can then make our future decisions better. The faster we can cycle through the OODA loop, the better. This framework isn’t a one-off to apply to certain situations; it is a heuristic that needs to be an integral part of a decision-making toolkit.
With practice, we also get better at recognizing bad decisions and pivoting, rather than sticking with past choices due to the sunk costs fallacy. Equally important, we can stop viewing mistakes or small failures as disastrous. Instead, view them as information that informs future decisions.
“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.”
— General George Patton
Bezos compares decisions to doors. Reversible decisions are doors that open both ways. Irreversible decisions are doors that allow passage in only one direction; if you walk through, you are stuck there. Most decisions are the former and can be reversed (even though we can never recover the invested time and resources). Going through a reversible door gives us information: we know what’s on the other side.
In his shareholder letter, Bezos writes:
Some decisions are consequential and irreversible or nearly irreversible – one-way doors – and these decisions must be made methodically, carefully, slowly, with great deliberation and consultation. If you walk through and don’t like what you see on the other side, you can’t get back to where you were before. We can call these Type 1 decisions. But most decisions aren’t like that – they are changeable, reversible – they’re two-way doors. If you’ve made a suboptimal Type 2 decision, you don’t have to live with the consequences for that long. You can reopen the door and go back through. Type 2 decisions can and should be made quickly by high judgment individuals or small groups.
As organizations get larger, there seems to be a tendency to use the heavy-weight Type 1 decision-making process on most decisions, including many Type 2 decisions. The end result of this is slowness, unthoughtful risk aversion, failure to experiment sufficiently, and consequently diminished invention. We’ll have to figure out how to fight that tendency.
Bezos gives the example of the launch of one-hour delivery to those willing to pay extra. This service launched less than four months after the idea was first developed. In 111 days, the team “built a customer-facing app, secured a location for an urban warehouse, determined which 25,000 items to sell, got those items stocked, recruited and onboarded new staff, tested, iterated, designed new software for internal use – both a warehouse management system and a driver-facing app – and launched in time for the holidays. ”
As further guidance, Bezos considers 70% certainty to be the cut-off point where it is appropriate to make a decision. That means acting once we have 70% of the required information, instead of waiting longer. Making a decision at 70% certainty and then course-correcting is a lot more effective than waiting for 90% certainty.
In Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell explains why decision-making under uncertainty can be so effective. We usually assume that more information leads to better decisions — if a doctor proposes additional tests, we tend to believe they will lead to a better outcome. Gladwell disagrees: “In fact, you need to know very little to find the underlying signature of a complex phenomenon. All you need is evidence of the ECG, blood pressure, fluid in the lungs, and an unstable angina. That’s a radical statement.”
In medicine, as in many areas, more information does not necessarily ensure improved outcomes. To illustrate this, Gladwell gives the example of a man arriving at a hospital with intermittent chest pains. His vital signs show no risk factors, yet his lifestyle does and he had heart surgery two years earlier. If a doctor looks at all the available information, it may seem that the man needs admitting to the hospital. But the additional factors, beyond the vital signs, are not important in the short term. In the long run, he is at serious risk of developing heart disease. Gladwell writes,
… the role of those other factors is so small in determining what is happening to the man right now that an accurate diagnosis can be made without them. In fact, … that extra information is more than useless. It’s harmful. It confuses the issues. What screws up doctors when they are trying to predict heart attacks is that they take too much information into account.
We can all learn from Bezos’s approach, which has helped him to build an enormous company while retaining the tempo of a start-up. Bezos uses his heuristic to fight the stasis that sets in within many large organizations. It is about being effective, not about following the norm of slow decisions.
Once you understand that reversible decisions are in fact reversible you can start to see them as opportunities to increase the pace of your learning. At a corporate level, allowing employees to make and learn from reversible decisions helps you move at the pace of a start-up. After all, if someone is moving with speed, you’re going to pass them when you move with velocity.
The biggest risk to irreversible decisions is deciding before you need to. The biggest risk to reversible ones is waiting until the last minute. Make reversible decisions as soon as possible and make irreversible decisions as late as possible.
Facebook’s 5 Core Values
Mark Zuckerberg’s guiding philosophy, the “Hacker Way,” encompasses 5 core values for employee and company success at Facebook. Here’s the list and Zuckerberg’s take on it:
1. Focus on impact: “If we want to have the biggest impact, the best way to do this is to make sure we always focus on solving the most important problems.”
2. Move fast: “We have a saying: ‘Move fast and break things.’ The idea is that if you never break anything, you’re probably not moving fast enough.”
3. Be bold: “We encourage everyone to make bold decisions, even if that means being wrong some of the time.”
4. Be open: “We believe that a more open world is a better world because people with more information can make better decisions and have a greater impact.”
5. Build social value: “We expect everyone at Facebook to focus every day on how to build real value for the world in everything they do.”
Related: Are You Living By Company Values or Just Sticking Them on a Wall?
Although “hacker” typically has a negative connotation, Zuckerberg says he embraces the term because, “In reality, hacking just means building something quickly or testing the boundaries of what can be done. “
Do you know of other companies — besides Facebook and Zappos — who embrace core values? Does yours?
Most organizations don’t embrace their core values because they’re created and implemented without a sense of ownership from their employees. There’s a methodology to create a values-based culture, and you can begin by evaluating what values most align with your higher purpose and business.
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90,000 Mastering the rapid breakthrough | Basketball Blog for Beginners
Mastering a quick break is teaching basketball players to act in the main, and then in the final stage of the attack. The main thing at this stage is to work out the interaction of two and three front-line players.
We teach basketball players those elements of fast break that were described in previous articles (what to do, how to move, what techniques to use, etc.).
The last stage of the Rapid Breakthrough training is devoted, first of all, to practicing the start of a rapid attack.Our basketball players get used to interacting when taking possession of the ball after picking it up at the backboard or interception. Then basketball players improve the layered fast break, carried out by two lines of attacking players.
This is how we most often organize classes at this stage. Three teams of five basketball players participate in a special training game. The first five are located under one shield, the second under the other – these are the defenders. And the third five are attacking.
The defenders’ task is to take possession of the ball when it bounces off the backboard and organize a quick breakthrough to the opposite basket, where it is necessary to overcome the resistance of the defenders standing there and throw the ball at the target. If successful, the five attacks again. And if the defenders get hold of the ball, they will organize a quick break.
Coaches monitor the correct execution of the fast break elements and the correct interactions of the players. A basketball player who possesses the ball under his backboard must quickly pass the ball to his closest partner, and the rest of the basketball players of this team first dash forward along the side lines of the court and only close to the opponent’s backboard go closer to the basket, trying to get under the basket.
In the future, we suggest that basketball players start a quick breakthrough not only after picking up the ball under the rim, but also after intercepting the ball from the opponents.
There are many types of fast break: with different ball passes, basketball promotion with or without change of place, with or without dribbling, etc.
These options are covered in many basketball textbooks, so it makes no sense to present them here. We have already shown the basis for studying and improving the rapid breakthrough in the children’s section, and I think this will help the young coach in the tactical training of his pupils.
90,000 Fast Breakthrough Basketball | Basketball Blog for Beginners
The quality of the game, the class of a basketball team is determined primarily by how quickly players move from defense to attack. Quick Break in Basketball is the main tactic.
The transition from defense to attack is always faster than from attack to defense. Why? Let’s try to explain.
When a team attacks, the basketball players face the opponent’s backboard.In order for the attackers to switch to defensive actions, they must first turn to face their shield and make a dash back.
It is this moment that defensive basketball players should take full advantage of after intercepting the ball from their opponents. The basketball team that possesses the ball strives to connect its players to the attack as quickly as possible, so that the number of attackers exceeds the number of opponents who have managed to take up defensive positions.
If such a maneuver is successful, then the team will receive a numerical advantage in the attack, for example, two attacking basketball players will fight one defender, or three – with two, or four – with three, or, finally, five – with four basketball defenders.This method of attack is called the tactical attack system quick break in basketball.
If the fast break fails, the basketball team proceeds to the attack with the help of the interaction of players (usually two or three basketball players) or specially learned team combinations.
This method of attack is called a tactical system of gradual, or positional, attack. Let’s analyze the main, most effective, offensive system – a quick break in basketball.
The success of a fast-break attack most often depends on the ability of the attacking players to quickly go into the lead, to make the first pass of the ball in a timely and accurate manner after mastering it under their shield or intercepting it from the opponents, as well as on the placement of the opposing team’s players on the court.
For more information on how we train our basketball players in fast-break attack, read the next article. I intend to write a couple more articles about a quick breakthrough in basketball, but they will be published under similar names, in any case, read the category “Tactics in basketball” and you will not miss the useful advice of our team.
A. Ya. Gomelsky about strategy and tactics in basketball
Strategy is the main theoretical focus of all team work, which determines the means and methods of preparation for the main competition.The four-year plan for the preparation of the USSR national team for the Olympics in Seoul is the team’s strategy in 1985-1988. The strategy also provides for the management of the team during the competition.
Tactics is a part of a strategy that solves the main tasks of training, taking into account specific capabilities – the resources of the team, the characteristics of the opponents, the conditions of the competition. All this determines the tactical and combination baggage of the team.
When choosing tactics of the game (attacks), one should proceed, first of all, from the real possibilities of the players, taking into account, first of all, their strengths, for the disclosure of which combinations are built and learned.Secondly, the attack tactics are determined by the strength and weakness of a real opponent in a tournament or match.
Playing combinations I usually discuss with the players for whom this combination is designed. I know the strengths of my players, but the players themselves know them even better and can make significant adjustments to the combinations I proposed.
A.Ya. Gomelsky about playing defense
I believe that defense is the coach’s main concern: firstly, because the victory of the team largely depends on its strength, secondly, because the attack starts from defense, like from a stove, and thirdly, because the players themselves they never work on protection elements, and finally, because viewers, as a rule, do not see it, even journalists often underestimate it.
The best team cannot win without strong defense. Team defense is based on the individual characteristics, capabilities and attitudes of all players. Often in training, and in competition, individual players show indifference to defensive actions. This has always worried me and even made me angry. Yes, the black work in defense is not so effective – except for such techniques as block-shot, rebound from the backboard, interception. ‘ And many players are not aggressive in defense, they are resting in defense, trying to prove themselves in attack.
I am sure that today it is simply impossible to defend without great desire, responsibility, initiative, passion.
If the defender gave the attacker the ball in the danger zone, he has already lost. And how many cases, when the center is given to get the ball in a three-second zone under the shield, do not try to actively fight for an advantageous position.
Often, defensive players are in no hurry, they do not concentrate their attention and efforts on this part of the game.
I want to emphasize that the psychology of defense is one of the most important concerns of the coach, and the focus on defense often depends more than on technique and physical condition.Isn’t the ability to intercept the ball and win the rebound depend on intelligence and the ability to calculate your strength? If a player goes to intercept the ball, exposing his rear, and slips past the ball, isn’t this the result of poor calculation, inability to anticipate, anticipate the situation, think and act responsibly? All this is the psychology of defense.
I believe that a player who defends weakly and ineptly inflicts more damage on the team than a player who is weak offensively. The definition “good defense is head and legs”, although still valid, suffers from incompleteness.Fast, tenacious, active hands, able to both hit and intercept the ball, and not allow to make a throw, pass, knock the ball while dribbling – are no less important for a defender
Counterattack is the most spectacular and quickest use of all opportunities to achieve a result.
Fast play requires high technique. The desire to play at high speeds is commendable and acceptable only if the speed does not exceed the state of the art. Otherwise, there will be more mistakes, ball losses than achievements.Therefore, in an effort to prepare a quick break, it is necessary to train and execute all technical elements at high speeds, using both active and passive resistance of defenders in situations 1 – 1, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, 5-4 and with numerical equality.
My idea of a counterattack consists in striving not only to quickly move to the opponent’s shield, but also to quickly transfer the ball to the opponent’s shield with the help of sharp passes, or, if there is no free recipient to receive the ball, with dribbling the ball, with active forward movement.Players aim to create a triangle in the front line of attack with the apex on the free-throw line at the end of the rapid break. The player with the ball should be here, and the other two players should be to the left and right of him, 4-5 m in front.
A counterattack is possible in the following situations:
1) when intercepting the ball;
2) when taking a rebound on his shield;
3) after an opponent has taken free throws;
4) after winning a dropped ball;
5) after an opponent has managed to score the ball.
The best outcome of a quick breakthrough is taking the opponent’s ring with a numerical advantage, when situations are realized in numerical equality: 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4. This is easier than outplaying the 5-5 defense, which has already built its defensive lines.
There are three phases in a counterattack, which are equally important for success:
1) the beginning of a fast break – picking up the ball, the first pass, the movement of the players, their start;
2) the middle stage of attack development – the transition of the players to the middle line of the field, their advance;
3) completion of the attack – passing the ball at speed and throwing in the immediate vicinity of the backboard.
The timing of the “rehearsed fast break” depends on the speed of the players, the passing of the ball and the final throw. The USSR national team spent 5-7 seconds on an echeloned quick break. I think that the schemes of her tactical formations will provide great opportunities for the creativity of coaches working with any teams.
Playing in the USSR national team such powerful and high centers as A. Sabonis and V. Tkachenko made it possible to carry out a counterattack due to one long pass across the entire area.
Center # 5, after picking up the ball from the backboard, passes it to the runner in the gap # 2.
Such an attack was especially successful when building a zone or mixed defense, when one of the defenders or extreme attackers playing in the front line of defense was tasked with running into the gap at the moment of throwing on our ring, in the expectation that the giants would be able to take possession of the ball, bounced off the backboard, and make a long pass across the entire field. Naturally, such a system of counterattack requires special coordination of actions, and its development takes considerable time in the training process.
Development of a quick counterattack through the middle of the field.
Players # 5, # 4, # 3 fight for the bounce of the ball and, having mastered it, try to make the first pass to player # 2, who passes the ball to player # 1. Player # 1 dives forward with a dribble across the middle of the court. Players # 2 and # 3 overtake the dribbler at high speed, form a triangle with # 1, and end the attack with a close throw if they manage to create a numerical advantage under the opponent’s shield.
If it was not possible to complete the attack in the first echelon, then the second echelon comes into action – center players # 4 and # 5.They, each on their own side of the site, rush to the opponent’s shield. The attack is completed by the one on whose side the ball is.
Development of a fast break along the sideline.
In the case of a rebound to the left of the backboard, the center player makes a quick pass to Player # 2, who opens up for that pass to the touchline just above the free throw line. At the intersection of the sideline with the center line, player # 1 receives a pass from player # 2, then passes it to player # 4, who rushes forward on the left edge.Player # 4 has three possible ways to continue the attack: kick the ball to player # 5 or # 3 running straight to the opponent’s backboard, or pass to player # 2 in the arc. It is clear that the pass should be made by the most open player in the most advantageous situation.
A similar situation occurs when attacking on the opposite side.
Development of a fast break after a free throw into our ring.
If Player # 4 catches a ball that bounces off the backboard or quickly misses the goal line, the first pass should be left to the sideline to Player # 1, opening at or above the free-throw line.Player # 2 opens in the center circle, receives the ball and dribbles forward. Players # 5 and # 3 overtake the dribbler along the sidelines, player # 4 overtakes him to the right, and player # 2 stays slightly behind in a spotting position. Thus, player # 2 has four options to choose which direction to attack.
Same formation as before, but after rebounding from a shot for a field goal or throwing in from the endline.
Rapid break development after a dropped ball in the center circle or free throw line in our half of the field.
Player # 5 discounts Player # 4 who is ready to receive the ball with his hands up. After catching the ball, # 4 passes forward to Player # 1, who opens up for the pass after being screened by Player # 3. Players # 2 and # 4 support the attack. This combination can be played in both directions. Her success is based on her tall height, good jumping ability and the ability to accurately throw the ball to the center player’s partner.
Same setup, but now Player # 4 is screening Player # 2, who, after receiving the ball from Player # 3, rushes forward.
The easiest way to complete a counterattack is to take the players’ shortest route to the opponent’s shield. However, with the development of a counterattack, variants with cross barriers are possible
with triple interaction
screening for second-tier players in the center of the field.
Many teams in the world, including the USSR national team, after they failed to complete the counterattack with an effective throw, when switching to a positional attack, spent precious time on the placement of players, thereby allowing the enemy to prepare for defensive actions and take advantageous positions for all defenders.This is why a quick or non-stop attack after a counterattack (“transit game”) is increasingly used in the tactics of the best teams in the world. I will give an example of such an attack in the USSR national team.
Fast Break was not completed by the players of the first tier of attack # 2 and # 3, nor the second tier # 4 and # 5. They, each on their side, set screens for those entering the field # 3 and # 2 for a throw from a medium or long distance, and then go to the backboard to receive the ball in the three-second zone outright or to fight on the backboard, after a throw by one of the players # 2 or # 3.The options for a non-stop attack can be very different. It can be double or triple screening for the team’s sniper, entering the three-second zone of the winger or center after receiving the screen. It all depends on the characteristics and capabilities of the player for whom the combination is being made.
Double screen for Marchiulionis (# 2) for a left-handed attack from the free throw area.
Players # 4 (Volkov) and # 3 (Tikhonenko) simultaneously put up two screens for player # 2 (Marchule-nisa).# 2 rushes into the free throw line, where he receives the ball from player # 1 (Sokka). “Marciulionis has opportunities to continue the attack:
a) receiving the ball in motion and passing under the shield;
b) receiving the ball with a stop and throwing the ring;
c) passing the ball to player # 5 (Sabonis) in case there is a switch of defenders.
Players # 4 and # 2, after being screened, go under the shield to fight for a rebound.
There are several mixed protection systems:
1.Four players build zone defense 2-2
, and one defender personally takes care of the strongest attacking sniper or center, depending on the capabilities and tactics of the opponent.
2. Three players are building a 2-1 zone defense and two are guarding the enemy’s strongest snipers.
3. One player performs a zone formation, and four personally guard the opponents.
4. Two players build a zone defense, and three act on the principle of individual defense.
Mixed defense has brought good luck to the USSR national team and the CSKA team more than once. The choice of defense has always been determined by the characteristics of the opponent and our capabilities.
In the final of the Olympic tournament in Seoul against the Yugoslavian team, we used a mixed defense 1-4.
Sabonis performed zone defense, the rest of the players closely guarded their rivals. This was due to the presence in the Yugoslav team of Vrankovic or Raja, who are not very dangerous away from the shield, and the fact that Petrovich, Paspal, Kukoch posed a great threat.The players who patronized the leaders of the Yugoslav team could, with a greater degree of risk, fight with their rivals for the ball. They knew that Sabonis would help them if they were beaten.
A similar defense was chosen in the semifinal tournament in Seoul against the US team. Sabonis performed zone defense and allowed Robinson or Reed or Maning to shoot from afar. But the rest of the US players were completely covered, and a player like Maning did not bring the team a single point. As a result, the USSR national team won 82:76.And Sabonis, who participated in the Olympics after a serious injury, two operations, took first place in the selection of balls from shields and made a great contribution to the victory of the USSR national team.
Sometimes, with two pivots Sabonis – Tkachenko, we built a mixed, personally assigned defense 3-2. Two giants and one mobile defender played well in the zone. In the early 70s it was Eremin, then Valters, and at the Olympics and the pre-Olympic tournament this function was performed by Sokk, and instead of Sabonis and Tkachenko in Holland, Belostenny and Volkov played.
At the Seoul Olympics, we used such a defense (3 in the zone, 2 in person) against the Brazilian national team.
Sabonis, Volkov and Sokk built a triangle, on the top of which Sabonis and Volkov played. Tikhonenko personally took care of So-uza, and Marchiulionis – Schmidt, and although these two players scored 65 points together, the match turned out to be very difficult, but we still won 110: 105. The mistake in the choice of defense consisted in the fact that Schmidt outplayed the smaller Marchyulionis in different positions, and Souza outplayed the slower Tikhonenko.In the last 10 minutes of the match, Volkov was assigned to Schmidt, Marchiulionis switched to Souza, and we exchanged Tikhonenko for Goborov in zone defense.
Advantages of mixed defense
1. Effective when guarding the strongest sniper or center, because allows you to fight with him for getting the ball, while waiting for the active help of teammates, without fear of a throw.
2. Such a system, if the opponent is not prepared for it, tactically introduces confusion and makes it difficult to carry out combinations of screens.
3. Combines the best aspects of individual and zone protection systems.
4. Facilitates a quick transition from defense to counterattack.
5. Allows players to use their strengths on the defensive and not show weaknesses.
6. Can take out the dispatcher-declarer from the game and deprive the opponent of the usual alignment and rhythm, destroy the counterattack, if you apply pressure throughout the field.
Weakness of the mixed defense
1. A technically competent team that has several leaders, easily rebuilds the attack and breaks the mixed defense.
2. The simultaneous movement of two or three players on the diagonal can destroy the mixed defense, if the opponent manages to create a numerical advantage on one side of the field.
3. Often vulnerable to medium throws from 3-4 meters.
4. Requires special long-term preparation, coordinated actions, high teamwork of the whole team for rebuilding and interchangeability in positions.
5. If one of the five players did not have time to rebuild or did not cope with their duties, then the whole idea of such a defense is thwarted.
A.Ya. Gomel. Pressing Defense
Pressing is the most active type of defense, constant pressure on the opponent. It can be personal or zone, it can start from the moment the opponent throws in: across the entire court, on 3/4 of it, in his own half, i.e. 1/2 platform.
The purpose of the defense by pressing is not only psychological pressure on the opponent, but also the desire to break the current game of the opponent, to disrupt his usual connections between defense and attack, his combinations, to make inaccurate transfers of the ball, hasty – throws.You cannot apply pressure without mastering enough individual protection techniques. This form of defense requires high physical condition, good reserves and teamwork from all players and team members.
Pressing is used both as a system of playing at long periods of time, and as a forced measure: when losing in the account to increase the tempo or when waiting for pressure from the opponent.
Playing with pressure, we strive to take the ball away from the opponent – we force him to make loose, inaccurate passes that are easily intercepted.Often the rivals of the front line of pressure, having conceded the rivals, do not pursue them, but watch the development of further events – this is a gross mistake. It is necessary to chase the player with the ball, trying to knock the ball from him from behind, stepping on his heels. Thus, you force your opponent to rush, worry, make mistakes.
If in a zone or personal pressure you are left without a player and do not help a friend, you are making a mistake. If one of the five pressing ones is not active, the work of the whole team goes down the drain.Pressing is, first of all, the active defense of the team.
In modern basketball, many coaches are inclined to believe that personal pressing is less effective, difficult, leads to a large number of personal violations and is inferior in usefulness to zone pressing systems. I also believe that a strong, technical player with good dribbling can handle personal pressure.
In addition, with an extended defense, it would be incredibly difficult to keep one on one such players as Marchiulionis, Volkov, Kurtinaitis, Petrovich, Schmidt, Kukach, Paspal, Rivier, Gal-lis.I’m not talking about the NBA players. But although zone pressing has become more popular, it is impossible to do without the ability to play personal pressure. Therefore, it is necessary to train the defense daily 1 – 1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4 all over the court, with and without the ball, with and without dribbling, with and without screens, at first with a step, then at high speed.
Useful exercises in which the number of defenders prevails over the number of attackers. These exercises contribute to the interaction of defenders, instill in the skills of taking the ball.They are also good for attacking players. When training personal pressing, due attention should be paid to the rapid movement of the players in an active stance, in different directions, with a skillful change in the positions of the players. Frontline defenders seek to push their attackers back to the sidelines and prevent the attacker from getting around them with and without the ball.
If one of the defenders succeeds in stopping the attacker with the ball at the sideline at the intersection with the penalty or center line, the defensive partner must come to the aid of a teammate: together they force him to make an overhead pass, which the other three players are ready to intercept.
The initial stage of personal pressing is carried out by two fundamentally different tactical formations:
1. The opponent, who introduces the ball, keeps a high mobile extreme and with an active movement of his hands prevents him from making an aiming pass.
2. No one takes care of the opponent who introduces the ball into the game, but two pressing ones prevent the most dangerous dribbler from getting the ball.
For example, Volkov insured Sokka and Marchiulionis from behind when throwing to player 5.
A few tips when defending with personal pressure:
1) never let the dribbler get around you, do not pass him through the center of the field, push him to the sideline, make him stop and do not give an accurate pass by interfering with his hand movements;
2) if the defense partner let himself be outflanked, immediately come to his aid, of course, without leaving your ward in a pitching position under the shield;
3) constantly monitor not only your ward, observe the actions of partners, learn to see the whole field.
In the USSR and CSKA national teams, the zone pressing 1-2-1 – 1 brought us the most success. We started pressing from the opponent’s front line after scored and a free kick. High extreme Volkov interfered with the throw-in of the ball. If the ball was thrown to the right, Marchiulionis and Volkov attacked with two of defender X2, trying to prevent him from going forward and make an aimed pass to defender XI, Sokk followed the movement of XZ and X4. Sabonis insured the rear, was responsible for long passes and for the X5 player. Tikhonenko in the center of the field followed X4’s pass with a long pass and went to the side of the pass.
Returning with a fragile attack, we built defense 2-3
Zone defense in basketball
The meaning of this defense is that the players are responsible for a certain area of the field, in accordance with the position of the ball and the formation of the attacking team.
Advantages of zone defense:
1. Allows you to arrange the players in accordance with their physical, technical and mental characteristics.
Tall, jumpy players are located close to the shield, mobile, fast players – in positions higher from the shield.
2. More team-based, easy to learn, able to compensate for individual gaps in the defense.
3. Promotes counterattacks and frequent interceptions with the greatest possible risk. partners are always ready to help.
4. The number of fouls in zone defense is usually less than in personal defense.
5. This defense is less vulnerable against a combination of screens.
6. Can concentrate with strong opponent centers and stretch with snipers.
7.More than personal defense, it saves players’ strength and protects leaders from fouls.
8. Most effective against opponents with strong centers.
9. A team that owns zone defense can easily build mixed forms of defense: 3-2, 4-1, 2-3.
10. Convenient and suitable for small fields.
Disadvantages of zone defense:
1. It is inferior to the personal psychological responsibility of the players, their charge for an individual victory in defense.
2. Less suitable against teams with strong snipers.
3. Generally, the corners of the court are less protected in zone defense.
4. Zone defense may be used sporadically and should not be the primary form of defense. It is inappropriate to use zone defense at the beginning of the meeting, when the opponent’s players are not tired yet, they are energetic enough – their throws are more accurate and effective than at the end of the game.
There are several formations of zone defense, however, each of the zone defense should be easily transformed depending on the attack – it should stretch when attacking from a distance and group around the ring.
The even type of zone defense constructions includes systems: 2-2-1, 2-1-2, 2-3.
Odd formation: 1-2-2, 1-3-1, 3-2.
Each of these constructions has its own advantages and disadvantages, which are useful to analyze.
Arrows indicate the direction of movement of the players. Shaded areas on the court are weak defensive positions.
Zone defense 1-2-2
# 1 – the lightest, fastest defender, # 2 and # 3 – quite mobile, jumpy, it is good if their height is at least 2 m.# 4 and # 5 are centers. Their task is to fight the opponent’s centers, to pick up balls from the backboard.
This system is most useful against teams looking to attack from under the shield through the post. Disadvantages – weak positions indicated in the picture.
Zone protection 2-1-2
It is used against strong opposing centers who are dangerous on the “second floor” when picking up the ball. Good for developing a counterattack with fast players # 1 and # 2. Vulnerable in 45 corners, center for long and medium shots.Center # 5’s job is to patronize the center rivals and, together with # 3 and # 4, create a bounce triangle. # 3 and # 4 are mobile and high end, they can be swapped depending on the location of the sniper’s attack.
Zone protection 1-3-1
Helps to constantly hold # 3, # 5, # 2 between the ball and the basket, used against strong opponent centers and shots from middle and close positions. Her weakness is throws from the corners of the court and passes to the backboard along the front line.
# 1 is the fastest defender, running to the lead in every possible situation, # 2 and # 3 are mobile, jumpy players, # 5 is center, # 4 is a fast winger, able to move to the corners of the court.
Zone protection 3-2
# 1, # 2 and # 3 are aggressive, agile players, on whose activity the success of the entire system largely depends. All three are aimed at interception and counterattack. This system is most acceptable against teams looking to attack from a distance, and less suitable against strong centers.The three-second zone and 45-angle positions are the most vulnerable. # 1 is responsible for the foul line. # 2 and # 3 compete for rebounds. # 5 and # 4 are first and second centers.
Zone protection 2-3
Strongest under the shield, in the corners of the court along the endline. Can be used against a tall, powerful team attacking from close positions and from under the shield. It is often used for group tackling of the ball in the corners of the court. When # 4 and # 2 or # 3 and # 1 interact, the defenses are less effective on the foul line and at an angle of 45.# 5 is center, # 4 is second center, # 3 is winger, # 1 and # 2 are defenders constantly aiming at interception and counterattack.
Zone protection 2-2-1
This defense is used by agile and short teams aiming at interception and constant counterattack. This zone counterattack is used against teams seeking to attack from medium distances. Center # 5 is responsible for rebounds, outer # 3 and # 4 are responsible for positions in the corners and under 45, rebounds and the penalty line.
Defenders # 1 and # 2 are trying to close the passages to the shield and the three-second zone, while they themselves are constantly aiming for a counterattack.
A.Ya. GomelDefense against a player with the ball
It is necessary to work out the correct body position in a basketball stance: the center of gravity is distributed evenly on both legs, but not on a full foot, but on toes, with a “charged” (ready for any movement) foot, knees slightly bent, legs slightly wider than shoulders. Boxing stance – like the great Michael Jordan.
If the opponent is in possession of the ball, one hand of the defender should be directed at the ball and constantly attack the opponent, not allowing him to aim or shoot (best if it touches the attacker), and the other hand should be pulled back slightly. Many defenders, being between the player with the ball and the basket, even in the correct stance, do not act actively with their hands, do not make an offensive movement towards the attacker, which allows the opponent to calmly take further actions. It must be remembered that you cannot cross your legs, that the distance between the defender and the opponent must be calculated that the opponent can pass with a lead to the ring.
Contact defense against the ball carrier, although difficult and somewhat risky, is modern and has its advantages. If your arm, outstretched to the opponent, reaches his chest, then thereby you prevent the attacker from raising the ball up for a throw.
The movements of the defender should be trained regularly:
a) in each workout – with and without resistance;
b) with one or two balls;
c) with side steps, contacting the arm closest to the attacker’s body.
The actions of the defender in different situations can be divided into 12 positions:
1. Defense against the dribbler dribbling the ball to your ring.
2. Defending against a player who ends the dribble and wants to make either a hoop or pass.
3. Defense against the attacker 5-6 m from the shield, but not using the lead.
4. Actions of outnumbered defenders.
5. Actions of two defenders against three attackers.
6. Actions of three defenders against four attackers.
7. Actions of defenders during screens.
8. Protection against rear curtain.
9. Slippage protection.
10. Group tackling of the ball by two defenders.
11. Defending against the first pass to the counterattack.
12. Fighting the attacker in the corners of the court.
Let’s try to analyze the actions of the defender in each of these positions.
1. The task of the defender is in a parallel low stance, without crossing his legs, to move his back forward, knees are slightly bent, one hand is making attacking movements all the time towards the dribbler (feints with the body and head participate in this frightening dribbling movement) tries to stop the dribble (if possible, kick the ball).A raised hand is ready to prevent the presenter from making a transfer. Hands can be changed, they are in motion all the time.
As already mentioned, one should move on a “charged” foot, the heels do not touch the floor, the back is straight, slightly tilted forward, the head is lifted up.
The leader should be pushed back to the sideline, in the corner of the court, or his movement should be directed towards the defense partner, remembering that the leader should not be allowed to go to the “strong” side (if left-handed – left, if right-handed – right).
The distance from the leader should be kept depending on the speed of his dash with the ball, his ability to attack or make a pass, as well as on your capabilities, taking into account the position on the field of the defense partners.Do not rush to take the ball away from a good dribbler, wait for it to stop or make an error.
2. If the attacker has finished dribbling and stopped to throw or pass the ball, the defender must certainly get close to him, actively acting with his hands, preventing him from concentrating for subsequent actions. The hand closest to the opponent should touch his chest or abdomen with the fingers and not allow him to lift the ball up to attack the ring or pass. The defender seeks to force the opponent to turn his back to the shield and, without stopping to attack the attacker, prevents him from making an aimed pass.The defender must signal to his defensive partners to be ready to intercept the ball. This is already a team action.
3. If the opponent has received the ball 5-6 m from the backboard and he is in possession of the dribble, the defender must not stop actively attacking the attacker; make short lunges with the front leg, act with your hands, not allowing him to aim. The attacker cannot be allowed to the backboard on the front line, if he moves a little towards it, none of the partners will help the defender. The hand close to the end line insures the dribble passage, the other attacks the attacker.
Do not give in to feints. If the attacker went along the endline where the defender took position, you can meet him with your chest and show the referees that he knocked you down. Do not be afraid and learn to fall gently on your back.
If the attacker, despite the defender’s activity, lifted the ball for a throw, try to jump with him and prevent the throw. Do not stop working even when the opponent has already made a throw or pass. Do not turn away from him and block his path to the shield.After taking a step back, face him, and do not try to run after him. You should always be in these moments between your opponent and your shield.
4. If the defender turned out to be one against two attackers, he tries to prevent the ball from being thrown from under the backboard and retreats with his back to his ring so that he can see both attackers. With false movements, he tries to stop the player with the ball and prevent him from making a pass to the opponent under the hoop or catching him in order to block the throw from afar. Without allowing the ball to be thrown from under the backboard, the defender will fulfill his mission.
Training 2×1 on the spot and on the move develops reaction in defenders, teaches active hand movement, backward movement, composure and the ability to intercept the ball.
5. Two defenders against three forwards – a common situation in any match, so the defenders, regardless of their role, being in the minority, should know their maneuver.
The front defender moves towards the dribbler to stop him at the top of the three-point attack zone.He uses a feint, showing that making contact with this attacker is his main real task. At the same time, he should not get close to the opponent leading the ball. The back defensive player takes a position on the free throw line, behind the front one and after the pass from the dribbler moves towards the player who received the ball – he is responsible for this player’s passage to the backboard or a shot from close range. The front defender, meanwhile, quickly moves to the third attacker under the shield, managing to prevent him from receiving the ball.The task of the two defenders is to prevent the ball from being thrown from under the backboard. Exercises 3×2, 4×3, 5×4 are a good school for training such actions. You can train them by attacking with two balls.
6. If three defenders defend against four attackers, their actions are structured as follows. If attacker XI has the ball, defender? 1 rushes to him, defender? 2 is responsible for the throw and transition to the attacker’s shield XZ, defender? 3 is shifted to the backboard. If the ball is received by the attacker X2, is the defender aiming for it? 1.Defender # 3 is responsible for striker X4, defender # 2 moves to the ring.
Exercise 4×3 in place and on the move, rebounding after throwing, with one and two balls – a good rehearsal for a three-against-four defense.
7. Today, no even a very serious team can imagine an attack without a combination of screens.
Coordination of actions of team defenders, warning of an upcoming screening determine the preparation of the team to deal with screens.
A defender guarding a player who puts a screen is obliged to warn his partner about an impending threat. If the off-ball is screened by strikers of the same height, there is no great danger of a change of defenders.
If defenders want to avoid a change when screening from the side, the defender must turn towards the defender and retreat, bypassing him from behind, which will not allow the striker to pass to the backboard.
If the attacker is screening from the “blind” side, from behind, the defender must open towards the defending partner, turning sideways to him.This will make it difficult to set the screen.
8. If your partner puts a screen on the sniper when attacking from medium or long distances behind the defender and you did not have time to get out from under such a screen, a change is necessary: your partner switches to the sniper with a raised hand and prevents him from making a throw. You are left with a dangerous, superior opponent in height, and your task is to prevent him from receiving the ball or picking up the ball after the throw.
It is difficult to do without the help of partners in this situation.In general, I am a supporter of the smallest change in the screens, because this reduces individual responsibility and gives the attacker a chance to beat the defender.
9. If your ward, in possession of the ball, seeks to pass to a partner who is close to him, you must step back and let your defense partner slip, and then take an active position in relation to your attacker.
10. The defender should always try to direct the dribbler to the sideline, to the corner of the court, to force him to stop and turn his back to the backboard.
The second defender, seeing this situation, attacks the opponent with the ball from the other side. Both of them, with active hand movements, interfere with making an aiming transfer. It is important that the rest of the defensive players are ready, aiming to intercept the ball.
11. Defense against the first pass in a quick breakthrough was used by the USSR national team more than once against opponents who counterattack through a quick dribbler, sending him the first pass after picking up the ball from the backboard. So we often defended against the Spanish national team, where Carbolan or Salobal were the dribblers? 1.
The high center of our team, playing close to the backboard, be it Tkachenko, Sabonis or Belostenny, prevents the dribbler from making an aimed first pass. At the same time, our fast defender, for example Khomichuyus, is putting pressure on the rival’s number 1 and does not allow him to get the ball. Our three other players had to immediately return to their zone.
So often the counterattack of the Spanish national team, in which the Spaniards were especially dangerous and effective, was thwarted.
I must say that there are some significant differences between the game of ours and the American defenders.According to my conclusions, they are as follows:
1. Americans in defense always act offensively, they are not afraid of a contact attack on the attacker who is in possession of the ball.
In a low stance with raised arms, the US defender seeks to knock the ball, prevent a pass, let alone a throw. If the attacker lifts the ball up, the defender immediately reacts to this: his hand goes up and seeks to interfere with any actions of the attacker. The attacker lowered the ball down – the defender immediately takes two quick steps back, preparing to prevent the opponent from passing without losing his defensive stance.
2. During active actions, the American defender never allows the attacker to pass with the ball through the center, into the middle, but constantly pushes him to the sideline. When an attacker passes along the endline, teammates immediately come to the defender’s aid. Our tactic is, on the contrary, to close the front line, where, we believe, it is more difficult to provide command assistance. I think that it is best to find a compromise here: train a safety net both in the middle of the three-second zone, and when passing along the front.And in games, take into account the peculiarities of the attackers being guarded, do not allow them to pass in their favorite directions (left hand, favorite throwing point, feints, etc.).
3. In screening, the first attempt of an American defender is to follow his guardian. With a quick movement of the leg close to the one covering the screen, he tries to get ahead of the setting of the screen and stay with his ward, and if this fails, the attacking players change. At the same time, the activity does not decrease.
Slamdunk Journal :: Basketball Techniques
What methods exist and how they differ
Let’s first understand the definition: playing tricks are skills that must be mastered by a professional player.It sounds simple, but what kind of basketball skills are we talking about? What should a hobbyist look out for if he wants to improve the performance of his game? Let’s figure it out.
The main goal in basketball is to successfully throw the ball into the basket, and everything that happens on the court only brings the players to this moment. There are skills that basketball players practice in training to bypass opponents and make an effective shot.
Before we list them, let us remind you that basketball is a team sport, and even the most successful players do not master all the techniques perfectly.With a serious approach to training, it is worth deciding on your position on the site and especially carefully working out the necessary techniques.
So the center is obliged to deftly pick up the ball under the basket and throw it right into the basket. Back-row players are highly regarded for their ability to pass and make accurate shots from medium to long distances. And for an attacking basketball player, it is extremely important to be able to make lightning-fast breaks to the ring. All these techniques and skills are practiced in training.
What basic skills are there?
- Holding the throw. It is performed with two hands. Fingers wide apart grip the ball on both sides. One of the basic skills for any player.
- Catching the ball. Another basic skill that no basketball player can do without. But are you sure that you know how to do it correctly ?!
The easiest way to catch a ball is at chin level. To do this, you need to take a small step forward and stretch out your arms towards the ball with fingers spread wide – a “funnel”.In this case, the thumbs should be directed towards each other and brought together up to 3-5 centimeters. This will save you from slipping and hitting the ball in the face if you catch it at high speed. At the moment of touching the ball with your fingers, you need to make a shock-absorbing movement and transfer it to your chest. When catching the ball above the head, the actions are similar, but you need to extinguish the speed of its flight from top to front, and then transfer it to the chest in an arc.
One of the most difficult techniques is to catch the ball flying after. This pass is often used for a quick breakthrough to the opponent’s ring.For him, without reducing speed, make a small turn of the shoulder and head towards the ball, and then catch it with the far hand and transfer it with a raking motion to the chest.
Basic transmission methods:
There are several technically correct methods of passing the ball. One of the most basic is a two-handed pass from the chest. In this position, the ball is the most protected from the attacks of opponents, and besides, the pass from the chest is the most accurate and reliable, regardless of whether it is carried out on the spot or when the player is moving.
- Two-handed bottom gear is more commonly used after stops and turns. During the swing, the ball is returned to the thigh, after which it is sent to the other player with a sharp movement of both hands. Such a pass is effective for outplaying especially tall opponents.
- One-handed passes are less accurate and are more commonly used when speed is important. Their development should be given special attention in training in order to achieve maximum strength and accuracy.
- A pass from the shoulder is used when the ball needs to be passed as far and as quickly as possible, and a hook pass, performed in an arched motion, is good for outflanking an opponent.
- A rebound pass is also good for outflanking a nimble and agile opponent. It can be done with one or two hands. In this case, the push of the ball must be strong, and the bounce point must be closer to the receiving player.
What about dribbling?
Dribbling is the most basic thing in basketball. What sets this sport apart from the rest. Simply put, dribbling is dribbling. It allows the player in possession of the ball, without violating strict basketball rules, to enter an attacking position, approach the ring and throw the ball.Dribbling is carried out with elastic jerks of the ball with your fingers. It is dribbling that should be given special attention in beginner training.
Perfected dribbling technique will teach you not only to move on the court, but also to skillfully take the ball away from your opponents, which will bring you closer to the cherished ring.
But we have already written about how to properly throw the ball into the ring in our other article;)
90,000 Illusive Networks Announces Breakthrough in Trajectory Prediction of Attackers on
Illusive Networks, a leader in lateral attacker movement detection, improves understanding of the attack surface and automates the process of identifying and remediating risk clusters in an organization’s network
NEW YORK, 12 December 2018Illusive Networks, the leader in lateral unauthorized movement detection and response, today announced Pathways, a breakthrough new capability that automates the detection and inspection of all trajectories that an attacker can use to reach specific valuable assets on a company’s network. The advanced solution proactively increases cyber resilience by enabling security departments to prevent attack paths and trajectories, and remove artifacts that attackers use to advance their targets.
“We are addressing a frequently exploited vulnerability that allows them to control a company’s network for too long,” says Ofer Israel, Founder and CEO of Illusive Networks. “The ability to reduce the lateral mobility of an attacker, and therefore significantly complicate the transition from system to system on the internal network, is a critical, but still missing, opportunity to increase the security of an organization.We are delighted that Illusive is the company that brought this unique technology to the market. ”
In a recent Ponemon Institute poll of more than 600 security professionals analyzing the risks of post-breach attacks, more than 70% of respondents reported a failure to quickly identify illegal account use, and even fewer were confident in their ability to identify storage breaches. accounts in systems.
“Prior to the release of the new functionality, security experts were puzzled by the problem of figuring out the ways and methods that attackers can use to move towards an attack target on an organization’s network.A quick analysis of the latest headlines confirms that traditional approaches are the Red Team’s periodic exercise, heavyweight tip point agents, behavioral analysis, etc. – do not keep up with the growing capabilities of attackers. In addition, these approaches only identify a subset of the vulnerabilities that can be identified by the new Illusive Pathways technology, and none of them provide the ease of use, deep visibility, and continuous prediction and remediation of attack trajectories that are achieved through the use of Pathways. “
Attack Surface Manager (ASM)
The new Pathways functionality comes as an add-on to the Illusive Attack Surface Manager (ASM), a powerful tool released earlier this year. ASM is widespread and 83% of Illusive customers are already using the product. Pathways’ new functionality runs continuously, enforces organization-wide policy, does not use agents, and does not require significant resources. In comparison, a single Red Team exercise can take several weeks, cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, and yet still yield incomplete results for the types of threats that are easily and quickly detected thanks to Illusive’s new capabilities.
“Illusive is already a major player in the growing category of deceptive technology that is a powerful addition to the threat detection arsenal,” says Rick Turner, Principal Analyst for Infrastructure Solutions at Ovum. “ASM has moved the company into the threat prevention category, and a new Pathways capability brings automation and repeatability to the Red Team.”
When used in conjunction with Illusive’s deceptive functionality, ASM reduces the attacker’s real lateral movement options as the number of false options increases, thereby increasing the likelihood that attackers will deceive and be detected early in an attack.
Newly improved ASM reduces attacker’s lateral mobility in multiple dimensions:
- Detect and remove shadow administrator accounts – Most dangerous form of rogue high privilege accounts that grants unintentional administrative authority
- Detailed inspection of attack trajectories leading to critical assets – GPS-like map of an organization’s network to enable security experts Determine the exact trajectories and credentials that attackers can use to access critical assets, and block unwanted paths before attackers take their first step,
- Risk Details – Decision support by security experts to further mitigate the intruder’s mobility in the organization’s internal network.
With the new release, ASM functionality now includes:
- Pathways – continually identifies attack paths, provides detailed information about each path, and allows you to remediate risks at the click of a mouse,
- Attack Surface Rules Engine – defines and enforces attack surface policies ,
- AttackSurface Reduction Engine – automatically remediates single and massive violations,
- AttackerView (Network map through the eyes of a hacker) – real-time visualization of attack surface security violations against critical assets,
- ASM Dashboard – The provides an overview of high risk conditions, calculates attack surface metrics across the organization, and enables detailed investigations to be initiated.
For more information on ASM, including the new features announced today, visit the Illusive Networks website.
In addition, Illusive Networks, together with distributor Tiger Optics and partners in Russia and the CIS, are now offering organizations a free Cyber Risk Surface Audit service , a highly efficient non-intrusive cyber resilience assessment that leverages ASM’s capabilities to analyze customer network risks.Assessments so far have shown unexpected results, including thousands of credential violations — domain administrators, shadow administrators, and more — with many types of connections, including interactive logins, Windows Credentials Manager, and disconnected RDP sessions.
Further information on the free Cyber Risk Surface Audit can be found on the dedicated Tiger Optics blog page.
About Illusive Networks
Illusive Networks empowers security experts to mitigate the business risks posed by today’s targeted threats by eliminating an attacker’s ability to laterally move to critical resources.Illusive prevents threats by reducing the attack surface, detects unauthorized lateral movement early in the attack cycle, and provides detailed real-time forensics that enhance responsiveness and enhance cyber resilience. AI-powered Illusive technology enables organizations to actively intervene in attacks, avoid disruptions and damage to businesses, and operate with greater confidence in today’s complex, hyper-connected world.
For more information, visit our website at www.illusivenetworks.com, email us at [email protected] or follow us on LinkedIn, @Illusivenw on Twitter and Facebook.
Tiger Optics is the exclusive distributor of Illusive Networks in Russia and the CIS.
90,000 Recovery of damages caused by the destruction of the dam
The essence of the problem
During a flood in one of the districts of the Republic of Adygea, a residential building was flooded as a result of the erosion and breakthrough of a dam, which is in the republican property.
Subsequently, the dwelling house was declared dilapidated and unfit for living.
The insurance company, in which the civil liability of the regional Center for the operation of hydraulic structures (hereinafter referred to as the Center) was insured, paid the owner compensation for the lost residential building in an amount corresponding to its market value without a land plot determined by an appraiser accredited by the insurer.
At the request of the victim, another specialist prepared a calculation of the cost of dismantling a destroyed residential building and building a new one, similar to that lost as a result of the destruction of the dam.
The cost of dismantling and new construction was almost 10 times (!) exceeded the market value of a residential building without a land plot, determined by an appraiser of an insurance company.
The owner applied to the district court with a claim against the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Adygea and the Center for the recovery of the damage caused minus the amount of insurance compensation, as well as compensation for moral damage.
The court of first instance dismissed the claim, citing the following arguments:
- The plaintiff did not provide evidence of the Center’s guilt for the dam break and the flooding of its house.At the time of the pre-flood survey by the Center, the section of the dam where the breakthrough occurred was not damaged and was in accordance with the design documentation. The destruction of this section of the dam was preceded by “a rare recurrence of a rapid rise of flood waters.”
- The Claimant received an insurance payment corresponding to the market value of the lost apartment building as reported by the insurance company appraiser. In this case, the plaintiff applied to the insurer for payment precisely on the basis of the specified report, thereby recognizing the market value determined in it.
The Supreme Court of the Republic of Adygea upheld the position of the court of first instance, and additionally indicated that the expert attracted by the plaintiff immediately decided to calculate the dismantling and reproduction of an unfit for habitation of a residential building without researching the real estate market in this area and determining the value of a similar property … At the same time, the appellate court noted that the calculation had not been prepared for the date the residential building was declared unfit for living.
What have we done
Our specialists prepared a cassation appeal, in which they gave the following arguments:
- the activity of operating a hydraulic structure (dam) is associated with increased danger, therefore, in order to exempt from liability, the defendants must prove that the harm was caused due to force majeure or the intent of the victim;
- The courts erroneously placed the burden of proving the existence of force majeure circumstances on the plaintiff.It is the owner and operator of the dam who must prove that the only (sufficient) reason for the breakthrough was an anomalous natural phenomenon and that the dam was properly operated. That is, it is the defendants who must exclude the factor of improper maintenance of this structure;
- there is no evidence in the case file that served as the basis for the courts’ conclusions about the good condition of the dam on the eve of the flood and about its breakthrough solely due to the rapid rise of water, and not as a result of improper operation;
- the courts did not eliminate the contradictions in the evidence of the amount of damage caused to the plaintiff, taking into account the tenfold difference between the market value of a similar residential building without a land plot and the cost of dismantling and reproducing this house;
- the application in this case by the appraiser of the comparative approach does not correspond to the principle of full compensation for damage , since the sum of the market value of a residential building without a land plot in all cases will be insufficient both for the acquisition of a similar object and for the construction of a new similar house on a land plot owned by the plaintiff on the right of ownership;
- the appraiser incorrectly determined the composition of the appraisal object – did not take into account the presence of outbuildings, as well as a detached summer kitchen;
- the courts did not discuss the issue of involving in the case the insurance company , which insured the Center’s civil liability for causing harm during the operation of the dam.
What we have achieved
The Fourth General Jurisdiction Court of Cassation (Krasnodar) upheld our complaint, overturned the decisions of the lower courts and sent the case for a new trial to the first instance court.
Why it matters
The recovery of property damage from public entities and institutions subordinate to them not only helps to protect the rights of specific victims, but also helps to prevent future incidents resulting from the unprofessional performance of their duties by the authorities.
90,000 Regional Champions Cup 2014. Day 3. Wall to wall battle – Admin’s Blog!
So many emotions that it is difficult to convey all the impressions of today. We were ready that with the growing importance of MLBL, the adrenaline level would start to go off scale, but sometimes even seasoned fans are surprised.
Today the Timiryazevka parquet was simply burning from the heat of the struggle. The match, which we dubbed the mini-final between the champion of Moscow and St. Petersburg, may go down in history, well, or will be remembered for many years – for sure! But first things first!
The first activity in which we were to take part was a conference on the development of amateur basketball.We believe that this is the most important thing, because at such events, we receive feedback from teams, find out the problems of entire leagues and regions.
The MLBL management made a presentation of what we have done this year. If you look back, then they managed to do a lot! And the championship of Russia among veterans was held, and the finals of eight federal districts were organized, and the Champions Cup was prepared. But, the most important thing that we managed to do was to find people who believe in our project and support it.Someone supports with a good word, someone with the participation of their team, someone with the participation of an entire league or basketball federation.
The more such people there are, the better the future of our favorite game. That is why the MLBL motto – We Love Basketball – words that every basketball player will subscribe to.
And it was these words that became the chants of the teams that took part in the first ever FanSport friendship match, which took place immediately after the conference. Coaches and team leaders from all over Russia came together on one site.
It was very pleasant that all the teams of the Champions Cup came to the game in full force. Well, of course! The coach plays when you see this again! The teams were headed by favorite players – Alexey Savrasenko and Dmitry Domani.
Savrasenko coached the regional team, and Domani coached the Moscow team, which won this super positive match by 2 points. The best player was the president of MLBL and the European champion among veterans – Alexander Novozhilov. With which we congratulate him!
On this day, almost every match was equal.The teams were already roughly distributed in strength, and someone fought with equal rivals for lower places, and someone fought for gold.
Khabarovsk Erofei, for whom their fellow countryman Eduard Sandler came to cheer, fulfilled his role of underdog 100%. The match was very reminiscent of the game Spain – France at the World Cup, when one team wanted to win “in half”, and the second played on the courage.
Until the last minutes, the clear favorite of the Yekaterinburg Ural-UPI pair, which was losing the whole game, did not believe that he could concede.And only 3 minutes before the end, it became clear that Khabarovsk was not thinking of losing!
Khabarovsk players won in single combats, butted on shields, boldly walked into the aisles and scored three! The scenario of the game was clearly not dictated by the star line-up of Yekaterinburg. Only a couple of minutes before the end, Ural-UPI turned on the speed, but Khabarovsk also played responsibly and fought at the right moments.
Siren recorded the score 66-68. The players of Khabarovsk ran out onto the court, beside themselves with joy! This is what happens in basketball, when overconfidence and underestimation of an opponent leads to defeat.
After the first pair, it seemed that there was nowhere better. How wrong I was!
The match between RN-Guard and Tauras became a real gem of the tournament! There were simply no indifferent people left after this game. At some point, the players became so hot to the shouts of the fans “Moscow! Moscow! Peter! Peter! ”That a scuffle ensued in the fight for the ball, as a result of which 5 people were removed from the game! 3 people in Moscow and 2 in St. Petersburg.
I will not judge now how correctly the judges worked – I suggest you do it yourself (homework)!
One thing I can say, 4 players were disqualified according to the rule that during a fight all players who left the bench area are removed from the court. True, the video shows that one of the players in Moscow was unfairly disqualified. This rule was introduced so that in basketball there were no wall-to-wall fights, which 2-3 referees cannot even theoretically cope with.
As a result, Peter, exsanguinated by the loss of the leaders, could no longer pull out the match. RN-Guard won by 10 points.
Going home, I could not calm down for a long time – too many events in 24 hours! The semi-final day was overwhelmingly cool. It is not for nothing that they say that at such tournaments, it is the semi-finals that are often key.
Total dry residue. Tomorrow at 17:00 Moscow will host the MLBL SUPERFINAL, in which Moscow will meet with Khabarovsk. At 19:00 we will already know the name of the new MLBL champion! Good luck to both teams and may the strongest win!