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On ball Defender Jump to the Ball

The oldest basketball play in the offensive playbook is the give-and-go! As the offensive player passes the ball, (s)he cuts to the basket. If open, the recipient of the pass passes ball to the cutter for a layup.

If you’re on offense, great! If you’re on defense, not-so-great! As the defender, this play can be stopped. How? Jump-to-the-ball.

When the ball is passed, the on-ball defender should “shuffle” and “slide” their feet in the direction of pass, jump-to-the-ball. This forces the offensive player to cut behind them, which nullifies the give-and-go or front cut pass.

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Coach Berry

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a basketball coach and skill development trainer since 1993 and has coached hundreds of games and instructed 1,000’s of kids. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court.