The “Full Stop” Defense and Better Basketball’s Dynamic Defense

I was born in Alaska, but I’ve spent quality time in the United Kingdom — in fact my wife and 4 of our 7 children were born in Bournemouth, England. As a result, I am often struck by the differences between the English that Americans speak, and the English that the rest of the English speaking world speaks. For instance…

British English

A Brit would pull his estate car off of the dual carriageway just prior to the flyover into a car park to queue for petrol and check under the bonnet…

American English

An American would pull his station wagon off of a highway just prior to an overpass into a parking lot where he can get in line for gas and to check under the hood.

BasketballogyWith this in mind, in the mid 1990s I designed my own half court defense which I call my “Full Stop Defense.”

For those Americans reading this who might not know what a “full stop” is, a full stop is the punctuation mark: “.” which is used to end sentences when they are a statements. It is the mark which Americans call a “period.” I have always liked how the British name for that punctuation mark carries over to basketball:

When you want to make a statement, you end with a full stop.

And by FULL stop, I mean our defense can’t just focus on preventing our opponents from scoring, but on getting possession of the ball.

While many of the details of the Full Stop Defense have evolved over the years, having been influenced by the different books I’ve read, videos I’ve watched, games I’ve watched, and playing and coaching experience I’ve obtained, the core principles of the Full Stop Defense are still in tact and are being written up for my (now seriously delayed) Basketballogy book.

The mission of my teams on the defensive end of the court is to either (1) force a turnover, or (2) coerce our opponents into taking a poor quality shot so we can get the rebound.

That rebound is key, so I’ve built advantageous rebounding into my defense. For my teams, rebounding isn’t what we do after we’ve played defense, rebounding is part of our defense. Not only do I teach players to get rebounds, but I teach them how to help each other in ways that leave our best rebounders nearer the rim.

Better Basketball's Dynamic DefenseI tell my players that playing lock down defense without getting the rebound in the end — is like chewing up a steak dinner without swallowing any of it. Be hungry enough to make sure you get that rebound.

At any rate, because I have a large number of subscribers who express interest in Better Basketball’s Read and React Offense, I thought I would let everyone know that I have ordered Better Basketball’s new DVD bundle called Dynamic Defense, and I will be ingesting it and writing a review here.

So if you are wondering if spending US $86 (with shipping) for the set is worth it, or if it will basically tell you what you already know, I’ll try to give you a detailed understanding of the offering so you can make an informed decision.

  1. Dale HDale H06-16-2012

    I just ordered Dynamic Defense, too. Given the quality of other BetterBasketball stuff I have purchased, I expect it to be very worthwhile. That said, once you post your review and I’ve had a chance to go through the DVDs thoroughly, I’ll let you know if I agree with you or not. 🙂

  2. Tom7Tom706-16-2012


    I agree it will probably be great, but will it be stuff I already know?

    Oh, and maybe I should mention here… the advert video BB posted on YouTube shows coaches teaching their players “how to take charges” in a way that looks an awful lot like how to FLOP convincingly. I am very anti-flop, so I hope that is not the case.

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