Mainly used as a 3/4 court, containment press. However, it is very flexible and can be deployed in a variety of situations. The "shadow" player (4 as diagrammed below) plays 8 to 10 feet behind the ball in a supporting role and has the option of trapping (shown below), faking a trap or jumpswitching.
Phase One - Trap Action
Trap - X1 assumes a pass denial position against Player 1. If/when Player 1 receives the the ball, X1 assumes and on ball position pushing Player 1 to the sideline checkpoint.
X2 assumes a pass denial position against Player 2 then rotate to Top I helpside denying any pass to the middle.
X3 assumes a pass denial position against Player 3 denying the critical pass up the sideline.
X4 playing off, SHADOWS Player 1 and locks up with X1 trapping Player 1 near the sideline checkpoint.
X5 assumes a helpside Low I position against Player 5 and protects the basket.
Phase Two - Pass Out of Trap
Close Out Rotations - X1 maintains a pass denial position on Player 1 preventing any return pass.
X2 closes out to an on ball position against Player 4 pushing them to the near sideline checkpoint.
X3 assumes a Low I helpside position against Player 3 and is responsible for basket area.
X4 sprint releases to top of circle and closes out into a psss deny position against Player 5.
X5 rotates out to a pass denial position against Player 2.
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