This version of The Shell Defense Drill comes from the blog post “Rethinking Shell Defense” on

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Teach how you will defend the post and stress to your perimeter players to provide ball pressure.

1 passes to 3



This forces 2 to sprint to backside help.



In this frame 1 will exchange with 2. This will force your helpside to communicate and stay disciplined



This alignment mimics a lot of the offensive alignments and cause your helpside to be even more engaged and your defenders on the wing to stop baseline penetration.

Here 1 passes to 3 and 3 will immediately drive baseline

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