Don't Close Out, Close OFF - SAVI Performance - Issue #46



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SAVI Performance
Pat Riley once said that the only skill he trained EVERY practice he ever ran was close outs.
It’s the thing that happens most on defense. Every catch requires one. Outside of transition the moment of recovery is the moment your defense is most vulnerable.
The game has changed significantly since Pat Riley was a head coach. In fact the Miami Heat, of which he is the President, don’t close out…they now close off.
The difference is a response to the drastic increase of the 3 point shot volume and efficiency. Look at the image below, the traditional high hands & choppy feet close out doesn’t work on todays best shooters.

The rise of the 3 point shot via Tom Kim
The rise of the 3 point shot via Tom Kim
What's a Close Off?
With any skill you choose to teach, start with WHY! You must know your objective with any skill you teach and reverse engineer your training from that place. Form follows function. If you want more information on how to start with why, check out this webinar I did on the subject.
Intent = Intensity
Close Out - keep the ball outside the arc and contest a 3 point shot.
Close Off - get the ball handler to dribble inside the arc and discourage any 3 point shot.
With a more relevant intent comes different technique. I’ve created a video to teach it here.
Whether you run the LockLeft defense like so many teams have adopted, with great success or you run another system. This principle will make your players more effective guarding the 3 point line.
Enjoy the video and if you want to learn more about how to train this principle, measure it and what teaching points we use, join a LockLeft cohort next month.
How to guard great shooters. Don't Close OUT...Close OFF!
How to guard great shooters. Don't Close OUT...Close OFF!
Start with Why
I started SAVI to help coaches apply principles.
SAVI is wisdom applied.
Closing off is a principle. The objective is to eliminate 3 point shots off the catch. The technique to do so flows out of that principle.
If your principle is to force 3 point shots and take away dribbles, then you should utilize a different technique. Form follows function.
It all starts with why, know your why and you’ll find your way.
I’m Tyler and I’m here to help. If you want help to level up your team or your program, just respond to this email.
I’m on a mission to revolutionize the way the game is taught and played.
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Tyler Coston
Tyler Coston @tylercoston

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