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Bob Huggins: Full & Half Court Pressure Defense

with Bob Huggins,
West Virginia University Head Coach;
2015 Big-12 Coach of the Year;
2015 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year;
over 765 career wins; C-USA Coach of the Decade

Learn how to build team morale and improve team chemistry by incorporating Huggins' disruptive press system.

Bob Huggins has been a pioneer in pressure defense all over the court. In recent years, Huggins has kept his core principle, but tweaked and changed multiple areas of his pressure defense. These changes have molded his team into a relentless full-court pressure style of play.

In this video, Huggins takes a deep dive into his defensive style - discussing where he started pressing from, the keys he uses with his players, and showing us daily drills that have been useful in this process.

Press Philosophy

Effort and activity are the key ingredients required to run this defense. Huggins provides keen insight on how to encourage players to provide maximum effort. He explains what the definition of their full court pressure is and takes you to the half court to show principles of half court defense that apply when moving into the full court..

Two of Huggins' concepts are forcing the ball handler to his left (or weak hand) and making the bigger post players dribble. He exposes weak ball handlers by having defenders get up into the opponents' dribbling and passing pockets. West Virginia doesn't believe in giving up any space on the floor, providing relentless pressure for 40 minutes. Huggins requires his team to pressure the ball all over the floor and deny inbound passes while looking for trapping opportunities. His players are trained to find their man and deny them immediately as soon as the ball goes through the basket.

Disrupt Spacing

Offenses are based on spacing and direct passes can lead to shots. Coach Huggins shows how his team forces opponents to pass over, under, around, but never through. Direct passes are going to hurt your team because they lead to good shots that players and teams practice. Huggins fronts the post, which forces teams to throw over the top, which allows your defense to rotate and get into position. Lobs take time to reach the player, and bounce passes also take time to arrive.


Huggins breaks down his half-court defense, explaining the concepts of "forcing the ball to lines" and "giving help defense in line." When teams are forced to a line, they are easier to trap, which results in no "direct drives" to the basket. Huggins explains that a line can be trapped because it breaks down spacing. In this system, players must never play with their hands down because it makes them too easy to get screened. Huggins requires his players to constantly look for traps when the opponent's spacing breaks down.

4 on 4+1 Drill

By pressing and trapping, you are going to give up numbers. Huggins uses on-court demonstration to simulate playing with a disadvantage. In 4 on 4+1, your defense works on being down a player against the offense. This drill forces your team to cover the floor, both in the full and half court. Your defense must work on rotations and pressuring the basketball to take away direct passes. Players in help defense are on the help line, and athletes one pass away are in the passing lane.

Q&A Session

Insight provided by Coach Huggins will make you re-evaluate your philosophy on basic team defense, motivating players, and building team morale and chemistry. Huggins takes questions like:

  • Do you press on a miss?
  • Do you trap a ball screen?
  • How much time do you spend on denying the inbound?
  • How he utilizes a "centerfielder" to take away all over-the-top passes?
  • What is his "run and sit" method of getting his team to play hard?

If you're looking to install a system that not only makes your opponent uncomfortable, but increases your team morale and chemistry, then this is just what you're looking for! Make yo

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Matt Painter: Building a Championship Defense

with Matt Painter,
Purdue University Head Coach;
2017 Big 10 Regular Season Champions - has led Purdue to three Big 10 titles (2009 regular-season and 2010 tournament;
3x Big Ten Coach of the Year; 2x Sweet Sixteen appearances;
2009 US U19 National Team (Assistant Coach), Gold Medalist at the FIBA U19 World Championship

Known for his great defensive teams at Purdue, Matt Painter uses this on-court demonstration to show ways in which he builds his team's trademark man-to-man defense. Building from transition defense to half-court defense and rebounding, Painter takes you through various drills to show you how to build a great defense which you can rely on every night.

Transition Defense

Beginning with how offense is taught, Coach Painter details the ways in which his team gets back after a shot is taken. Painter has always focused on the ability to pick up the ball off of a make or a miss in order to work the primary ball handler from the opening tip to the end of the game. Getting his point guard to the top of the key area and another guard back as a rim protector, Painter's teams begin to build their defense in transition.

The main job of the point guard in transition defense is to stop the outlet. This is done to slow down the other team's transition attack on a missed shot. With an emphasis on having a disciplined point guard being a "centered safety," the design is to stop the pass, head up the floor, and force the other team's point guard to come back to the ball and buy time for the defense to get set.

Building transition defense begins with 3 on 2/2 on 1. Painter uses this drill to teach how to rotate with a two-man defense against three oncoming offensive players in a 3-on-2 situation. The 2-on-1 defense places an emphasis on protecting the basket and forcing a pull-up jump shot. Additionally, a modified progression develops defense in 4-on-3 and 5-on-4 transition situations.

Scrimmage Drills for Transition Defense

With three teams of three, Painter introduces the Kansas City drill. This drill works on transition defense in a 3-on-3-on-3 scrimmage. Coaches are along the sideline and underneath each basket in this cutthroat-style drill. Outlet passes made to coaches along the sideline get passed up the floor to simulate a transition attack.

A drill progression is introduced to teach transition defense. Starting with a free throw, the drill progresses to 2-on-1 to 3-on-2 to 4-on-3 to 5-on-4 to 5-on-5 play with players getting added into the drill. The teaching points that were introduced earlier with 3-on-2/2-on-1 are covered, as well as a modified progression that works on teaching 4-on-3 and 5-on-4 transition situations.

The Rush drill is used to work on how to get back on defense and play at a disadvantage. With a big man already in the front court, four offensive players attack against a defense caught in transition. As soon as the offensive player gets the ball passed to them by the coach, their man runs and touches the baseline as the offense advances the ball up the floor.

Half-Court Defense

Two variations of the Shell drill are introduced by Painter as he teaches stunting and rotational slides that are important for a strong half court defensive team. The first is 4-Out Shell Drill as a way to teach how to guard against cutters, baseline drives, and dribble-thrus. Using this setup, guarding against these situations is taught by covering rotations on defense.

Second is the 3-Out/1-In Shell drill alignment. The first feature of this alignment is the ability to teach post defense in Shell drill. A high 3/4-denial is used when the ball is above the free throw line extended while a full front happens with both hands up. Post release is also covered with baseline drives from the wing with the big man rotating down to help to stop the drive.

Painter ends with defensive skill drills to begin your practice in order to avoid foul trouble and limit your opponent's offensive efficiency rating.

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Geno Auriemma's Complete Offensive System

with Geno Auriemma,

  • 3x U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Head Coach (3x Gold Medal; '00, '12, '16)
  • 1000+ career wins - Fastest coach to 800, 900 and 1,000 wins, any level, men's or women's
  • 11x NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship Coach ('95, '00, '02 -'04, '09 - '10, '13 - '16)
  • 9x AP Coach of the Year; 8x Naismith Coach of the Year; 7x WBCA National Coach of the Year; 6x USBWA Women's National Coach of the Year
  • John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award (2012)
  • Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame ('06); Women's Basketball Hall of Fame ('06); National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame ('07)
  • 19x Big East regular season and 22x Big East tournament titles

Offensive progress often comes at a slower pace than gains on the defensive side of the ball. Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma shows how you can build the foundation for offensive excellence in a short period of time.

This video is a condensed version of how Auriemma and his staff install and practice their up-tempo offensive attack. Coach Auriemma teaches the offense in the half-court and progresses to transition, teaching players the 'why' behind each offensive set and how to read the defense.

By using a variety of transition drills that flow seamlessly into offensive sets, this video will help you increase the pace of play your team is comfortable executing. Different transition and secondary break sets will help streamline your offense and keep players from struggling for good looks at the basket late in the shot clock.

Coach Auriemma discusses the following keys to making your offense the best that it can be:

  • How to simplify and execute an unstoppable basic offense.
  • When and why coaches need to make adjustments to their game plan.
  • Why and how team success is related to shot selection.
  • Drills you can use to improve your transition game.

Strong, Curl, Pinch

Auriemma and his staff run their players through several different actions and set plays including Strong, Curl, and Pinch. Each action is run 5-on-0 and many options are discussed and practiced. This is a perfect example of how to teach your players the reads within your offense and set plays.

Making Adjustments and Set Plays Philosophy

Learn how the most successful program in women's college basketball utilizes set plays to augment its offensive execution. Taking a "less is more" approach, Auriemma discusses when not to use set plays and how they can hamper your team's scoring.

If your team sometimes struggles to create open looks for shooters, you'll want to pay particular attention to Auriemma's breakdown on how to utilize a dribble drive attack to free up shooters and force difficult defensive rotations.

Team Practice Drills and Breakdown Drills

Auriemma runs the team through a number of drills - at championship-level practice speed - and with plenty of teaching and corrections, starting with the Kansas drill, a full court drill with four trips where players complete different shots and actions. The first trip finishes with a lay-up, the second a jumper, third a skip pass and a drive, and fourth a drag screen action.

Another full-court drill to teach an attacking mentality and full court offense is the 5-man weave to 3-on-2 drill. Players go down in a weave and then come back to 3-on-2 with the person who made the lay-up and the last person to pass the ball becoming the two defenders. Auriemma breaks down the drill and explains how to best defend a 3-on-2 situation.

Special Situations and Baseline Out of Bounds

Coach Auriemma shares his thoughts about practicing special situations and then you'll move back to the court and see how they practice their out-of-bounds play execution. Auriemma also shows the different options that will be available.

At every stage of this video, Auriemma's principles and actions are concise and thoroughly explained. By d

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Geno Auriemma's Complete Defensive System

with Geno Auriemma,

  • 3x U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Head Coach (3x Gold Medal; '00, '12, '16)
  • 1000+ career wins - Fastest coach to 800, 900 and 1,000 wins, any level, men's or women's
  • 11x NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship Coach ('95, '00, '02 -'04, '09 - '10, '13 - '16)
  • 9x AP Coach of the Year; 8x Naismith Coach of the Year; 7x WBCA National Coach of the Year; 6x USBWA Women's National Coach of the Year
  • John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award (2012)
  • Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame ('06); Women's Basketball Hall of Fame ('06); National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame ('07)
  • 19x Big East regular season and 22x Big East tournament titles

If you were given only six days to prepare your team to play aggressive, tenacious defense, how would you accomplish that feat? In this video, the coach of the most successful team in women's college basketball shows you how to do just that.

Discover the tenets of how to construct a tough and tenacious defensive team. Geno Auriemma presents a clear philosophy to operate from and how to effectively communicate the defensive principles needed to stop any team you face.

After outlining three basic goals for every game, Auriemma and his coaching staff show you how to plan your practice and break down defensive skills into a variety of intense stations that will challenge your players every minute of practice.

Defensive Philosophy

The defensive approach begins with ball pressure. Coach Auriemma likes to use ball pressure to take the opposing team's offense outside of their comfort zone. Doing this forces more mistakes by the offense and results in more turnovers and bad shots.

Second, Auriemma works on defending the areas of the court that are the most important. The use of a line running down the middle of the court is used to get help a defender get in position to defend what is most necessary to protect against.

Third, three objectives are laid out by Coach Auriemma: eliminating transition baskets, eliminating 3-point shots, and not fouling. When these objectives are accomplished during the course of a game, it is much more difficult for their opponents to score.

Individual Defense Drills

The first key to individual defense is to get into a good defensive stance. The Stance and Slides drill teaches how to get into a good stance and how to move correctly. This mass drill, one that involves the entire team, incorporates fundamental on-ball defense. It shows that even the best players in the country don't overlook learning the basics of stance.

Next is the Zig-Zag drill with a twist from a traditional version of this drill. Each on-ball defender will go through two rounds by guarding the ball to the half-court line. When the first dribbler reaches the half-court line, the defender starts the second round by executing a closeout to the baseline. Containment of the dribble and forcing changes in direction are critical elements that are taught.

Defensive Stations

To better teach individual defense, the team is broken into groups where the assistant coaches run five minute stations to work on various aspects of defensive play. In small groups, players have a chance to learn how to better defend in breakdowns of scenarios that might arise during a game. You'll be able to see the instruction and the repetitions of players as they rotate through the various stations.

The 1-on-1 defensive station is designed to teach how to guard the basketball properly. The on-ball defender is to position herself one arm's length away from the dribbler. To simulate this, the inside hand reaches out to mirror the basketball while the other hand helps deny passes and drives to the sideline or to the baseline. Auriemma uses a live-action drill to teach these concepts with a three-dribble limit starting from each wing.

To teach defensive rebounding, a drill is devised with an offensive and a defensive

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Geno Auriemma's Complete Skill Development Program

with Geno Auriemma,

  • 3x U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Head Coach (3x Gold Medal; '00, '12, '16)
  • 1000+ career wins - Fastest coach to 800, 900 and 1,000 wins, any level, men's or women's
  • 11x NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship Coach ('95, '00, '02 -'04, '09 - '10, '13 - '16)
  • 9x AP Coach of the Year; 8x Naismith Coach of the Year; 7x WBCA National Coach of the Year; 6x USBWA Women's National Coach of the Year
  • John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award (2012)
  • Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame ('06); Women's Basketball Hall of Fame ('06); National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame ('07)
  • 19x Big East regular season and 22x Big East tournament titles

How can you make your team better in a limited amount of time? Geno Auriemma and his assistant coaches show you how to raise your team's proficiency in all phases of the game from the first day of practice.

With a virtual list of the who's who of women's basketball players having played for him, Auriemma takes you inside to show you the drills he uses to develop his players. The drills presented in this video are designed to improve fundamental skills and have made Coach Auriemma arguably one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time.

Auriemma details the breakdown between offensive and defensive focus and the amount of practice time spent on individual skill development. Particular attention is paid to designing a skill development program that incorporates the need to develop well-rounded players at every position for today's"positionless" game.

Guard Drills

Like many coaches, Coach Auriemma looks to utilize the pick & roll in a variety of ways. He utilizes unique drills designed to develop ball-handling, coming off ball screens, and making quality shots. These drills will improve the individual skill sets of players to execute offense to near perfection.

One of the guard drills utilized teaches dribble drag action. After executing a guard-to-guard dribble hand-off, the guard receiving the ball comes off of a pick & roll. The guard coming off the pick & roll executes a pull-up jump shot while the guard who made the initial hand-off touches the baseline and comes back to the wing to shoot a 3-point shot.

Another ball screen drill for the guards works on utilizing a trailer ball screen in transition. The guard executes a hesitation dribble to wait on a ball screen from the trailer. The guard then uses the ball screen to come off for a shot or a drive to the basket.

Post Skills

Coach Auriemma and his staff utilize much of their post player development within the confines of his team's offense. The breakdown drills not only develop the skills of post players, but also work on being able to execute the offense.

The first of these drills for the post players is used to work on drag ball screens. This drill is the breakdown for the post players of the earlier trailer ball screen drill the guards run. Post players work on rolling to the basket, getting set for a post feed, and pick-and-pop action.

Another breakdown is for the pinch post aspect of the offense. Parts of the pinch post that are worked on include the dribble hand-off, the look for the high-low duck-in, and penetration dribble for a pull-up jump shot.

The breakdown drill Big works on the dribble hand-off into a high-low look in the offense. A dribble hand-off begins the action before a post player flashes to the high post area to look for a pass. The player who made the dribble hand-off then rolls to the basket looking for the high-low feed.

Overall Individual Skill Development

A ball-handling drill for 12 players is introduced with the idea of attacking defenders and being able to dribble through traffic. With six players lined up along the baseline and at half court facing each other, the two groups dribble in opposite directions with five student managers attempting to make it difficult for dribblers to ge

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