For decades coaches have told their players to talk on defense. But why? Here are 6 definite benefits of defensive communication:
- Intimidates the offense. So few defenses consistently talk that the extra communication can not only distract the offense but can play with your opponents heads.
- Gives you a head start on whatever your next defensive action is. For example – when fighting over a screen, early communication lets you get into a more advantageous position and start to beat the screen before it even gets there.
- Gives the man guarding the ball much more confidence in attacking the ball handler.
- Snaps defenders out of a lackluster performance and gets everyone more engages and on the same page.
- Catches and eliminates mistakes and breakdowns before they are made.
- Energizes the entire team – including the coaches. Usually our best and most productive practices also happen to be our loudest practices.