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Best of Club Volleyball: Attack Training Progressions

with Silvia Johnson,
Metro Volleyball Club - Director (Washington, D.C., VA, MD),
2015 Girl's Junior 18 National Champions; all of Johnson's players have gone on to play volleyball in college and beyond.
Served as Assistant Coach at American University (where she played); also played for Long Beach State on the undefeated 1998 NCAA Championship team.

Having the ability to break down the art of hitting will help your players become better all-around hitters. You'll be able to teach hitting with this video's step-by-step guide, which works from the arm swing all the way down to footwork.

Silvia Johnson demonstrates how to break down and teach the three main concepts of hitting. She uses progressive drills to train the arm swing, footwork, and the ability to hit in system and out of system balls.

Teaching the Arm Swing

Learn how to use your warm-up time more effectively and put a greater emphasis on improving your arm swing. With the use of some tennis balls and a box, Johnson explains the teaching points involved in successful arm swing movements, from shoulder to wrist snap, and how to teach each segment of the arm swing. Players are prompted to focus on hips, loading, whipping and snapping to generate more power on their attack.


Through the use of self-tossing progression drills, you will learn how to train your players to use footwork to generate speed and power. Johnson talks about the importance of a slow to explosive three-step approach and how to get into a loaded position to become even more powerful.

In System and Out of System Balls

Johnson demonstrates how to transition from the net to becoming a hitter. She runs her players through two competitive drills to work on transition and hitting balls off of both good and poor passes. The 5 Kills Drill is an adaptable, yet challenging drill that forces players to meet a goal while driving them to maintain speed, power and accuracy. Balls have to be hit hard and kept away from certain spots on the court.

Coach Johnson explains everything you need to know about becoming a better attacker. This video will teach you to break down hitting and also how to institute fun and competitive drills in your practices!

52 minutes. 2017.

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Bo Ryan: Transition Defense

with Bo Ryan,
member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2017);
former University of Wisconsin Head Coach; Back-to-Back NCAA Final Four ('14 & '15); 4x Big Ten Coach of the Year; 7x Big Ten Champions (three tournament & four regular season titles);
former UW-Platteville Head Coach - 4x NCAA DIII National Champions); over 740 career wins (.762 winning percentage)

If you want to create a great defensive team, start with an obsession in mastering transition defense. Eliminating easy fast break opportunities and building your half-court defense to full strength will dramatically improve your team's ability to shut down the opponent.

Bo Ryan consistently had tough defensive teams throughout his Hall of Fame career. In this video, Ryan shares insights into the details that create good transition defense. He includes seven practice drills that work on communicating defensively and understanding how to play defense in transition at a disadvantage.

Transition Defense Starts on the Offensive End

Strong defensive teams begin on offense by taking care of the ball. Eliminating turnovers is critical to preventing the fast break opportunities that are challenging for your transition defense to stop. You'll see how to communicate on offense through the body language of the receiver and passer. Hand targets and positioning will help your players to relay when and where they want the ball passed to them.

Ryan demonstrates his Partner Passing drill to reinforce this concept at the beginning of every practice. You'll learn six variations that cover a range of passes and situations where your players will need to pass on offense.

Practice Drills for Transition Defense

Seven drills break down Ryan's system for transition defense. If you want to be great in this phase of the game, your players are going to have to make an individual commitment to hustle back every single time. Ryan reinforces this attitude with the Pursuit Drill. This drill teaches players to never give up on the play by running down the dribbler to disrupt the breakaway layup. Ryan explains how the first players back on defense will protect the rim against fast breaks.

You'll learn the technique for first player back, second player back, trailers, and for players acting as a goalie at the rim and how to coordinate players to take away open shots without giving up rim protection.

With a series of four weave drills, you can practice how to stop 3-on-2 and 2-on-1 advantage situations. Ryan breaks down each player's responsibilities when outnumbered in transition defense. The 6-Man drill is an additional way to strictly reinforce how you want players to defend 3-on-2 situations. The Search & Destroy Drill challenges your players even further with an extra offensive player to cover.

All of these drills show you how to slow down your opponents and allow your trailing defenders to get back and build to full strength team defense. Throughout each drill, Ryan teaches and shares valuable concepts behind the "why" and "how" of these drills and his beliefs on stopping the other team from scoring in transition.

With a great focus on details in this video, Ryan shows how you can have tremendous success with your transition defense!

Produced at the Spring 2017 Las Vegas (NV) clinic.

61 minutes. 2017.

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Mike Dunlap: Organized Fast-Paced Transition Defense

with Mike Dunlap,
Loyola Marymount University Head Coach;
former Charlotte Bobcats Head Coach;
former Metro State Head Coach, 2x NCAA D-II National Champions, 2x NABC Division II Coach of the Year

A veteran of coaching on the college, international, and professional levels, Mike Dunlap uses this on-court demonstration to discuss what's included in an effective transition defense. With teams trying to use their athleticism and their quickness to play at a faster tempo, playing solid transition defense has never been more important to a team's success.

Elements of Defensive Transition

Coach Dunlap discusses the seven elements for an effective transition defense designed to slow down offenses that like to get the ball and run:

  • Shot balance
  • Stop the ball
  • Sprint your lane
  • Match up
  • Rotation
  • Contest all shots
  • Rebound

Many of the concepts that are discussed come from concepts other coaches, including Tom Izzo and Rick Majerus, have used in their coaching careers.

Rebounding and Shot Balance

One of the most important aspects of transition defense that's discussed by Dunlap is getting a balanced floor on a shot. The transition from offense to defense and shot balance begins on the raise of the shot by the shooter. From there, rebounding and get-back responsibilities are put into practice.

Dunlap wants to send three to the boards on every shot by creating a rebounding triangle. To achieve this, three rebounders are assigned to the two blocks and an area in the middle of the free throw lane.

vMeanwhile, the two remaining players get to designated spots so that they are ready to get back on defense and slow down the other team's transition offense. One player is designated to get back to the top of the key and the other at half court. These players will sprint back first and try to protect the basket and lane areas on the break.

Sprint Back and Match Up

If the offense isn't able to get the rebound on a missed shot or if the ball is stolen, it's imperative that the offense convert to defense and sprint back quickly. More importantly, the defense must be able to match-up against the offense as quickly as possible.

More important than getting the right match-up at the outset is the importance of sprinting back. Even if the match-up is not assigned, getting matched up against an offense becomes important. For this to be effective, an element of trust has to be established by the players.

5-on-5 Evaluation

Dunlap uses this drill to set up a realistic transition phase. Starting the drill at the three-quarter court, which would allow an element of containing the basketball, you are placing an emphasis on pressuring the basketball immediately and setting up your defense off of that. Ball pressure is a must, and forcing your opponent to change direction up the floor allows your defense to get back and set up. This drill runs for six possessions, and the one priority is guarding the basketball. This drill can be adjusted to set up to allow how many you are sending to the basket, and who falls back into transition.


Building off the 5-on-5 Evaluation drill, this drill allows you to build on your defensive rotations. The drill can be set in the half court with a time frame to get a shot up. You're still instilling how many you send to the offensive glass, and still have an emphasis on ball pressure immediately. Communication is important, players must talk to know who is picking up the basketball and who picks up the other defensive assignments. The pressure allows for players to rotate and get back into position.

Use this great resource from Coach Dunlap to improve your team's transition defense today!

Produced at the 2016 Phoenix (AZ) clinic.75 minutes.


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'Floppy Defense'- A System to Disguise Your Zone & Man Half-Court Defense

with Robert Jones,
Norfolk State University Head Coach;
2014 Finalist for the College Insiders Joe B. Hall Award (most outstanding first year D1 coach) ;
nominated for the Ben Jobe Award (top minority coach in US) in 2015, 2016, 2017

Zone defenses are becoming increasingly popular among college and high school basketball coaches because they make it difficult for opponents on offense. In this video, Robert Jones demonstrates how to create confusion and chaos by switching your defense in the middle of a possession.

Coach Jones explains and demonstrates his "Floppy Defense" during his chalk talk segment and later uses on-court demonstrations to illustrate how to execute the defense.

"Floppy Defense"

Learn the three defenses used in the Floppy defense: a 2-3 zone, a 3-2 match up, and man-to-man defense. Jones shares his defensive principles and how and when to switch the defense when the offense is running their play to create confusion and slow offenses down.

Jones starts his defense in a traditional 2-3 zone, and switches into man-to-man (Floppy 5), 3-2 zone (Floppy 3), and 2 flat, which maintains the 2-3 zone. On the first pass to your 3-man's side, you designate into what to adjust into. By switching with the ball on your 3-man's side of the floor, your post players pick up opposing post players and you don't end up with mismatches on the wing.

Next, Jones covers how to defend common actions against the 3-2 zone such as defending the baseline runner, and the X-action that many teams utilize. He also details how he wants to defend the 2-1-2 set with his "baseline shift." Defending ball screens is a must for any defense, and Jones demonstrates the Norfolk State method of defending side ball screens and middle ball screens.

Breakdown Drills

Jones uses on-court demonstration to show you man-to-man breakdown drills that emphasize denying passes, helping on the ball, post defense, and bumping cutters. Drills begin with 1-on-1 and incorporate other defenders to build your team defense. Solid closeouts and constant communication are emphasized in every breakdown drill.

Jones provides his 3-2 zone breakdowns, including "top 3 breakdown" and "3-on-3 shoot the gap drill." You'll also see various 2-3 zone breakdown drills. In his "top two" breakdown, one player gets number to number pressuring the ball, while the other top guard defends the high post. Coach Jones demonstrates his "bottom three breakdown" and his 4-player breakdown to super-charge your 2-3 zone.

Full Court Pressure

Using a full court press before the Floppy defense will force opponents to play fast and lead to turnovers and easy transition baskets. In the full court portion, Jones demonstrates how to go from a 1-2-2 zone press into his Floppy-5 defense and he also shows how you can go from a 1-2-2 press to a 2-3 zone.

The Floppy defensive concept is sure to confuse your opponents and give your team a way to level the playing field when they take on more talented teams!

80 minutes. 2017.

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Drills to Simulate Pressure & Increase Training Efficiency Using Time as a Tool

with Jodi Schramm,
founder of Premier Volleyball Academy; 18-Onituka Head Coach;
2016 Club Coach of the Year nominee;
has led her teams to four AAU/USA Indoor and Beach National Championships and 36 AAU/USA Indoor and Beach top 5 National Championship finishes.

The more your team can practice game-like conditions and making decisions under pressure, the better prepared they will be to cope with the stresses of real competition. Successful teams have the ability to anticipate offensive and defensive transitions while under game conditions to make the best decisions available.

Adding a time clock to your training can add a level of pressure and accountability to replicate the feelings teams have in match situations. In this video, Jodi Schramm shows you how using time as a tool in practice can help give your team the ability to execute technical skills and demonstrate tactical thinking under pressure, even while fatigued, and ultimately perform in a consistent manner.

While it's important to work on skills and drills to develop players in practice, it's hard to recreate the feeling of being in an actual game. Coach Schramm has come up with great suggestions to help create a game-like feel in the gym by adding time clocks into practice and incorporating them into every drill. She explains a drill, tells each player their goal, then gives them a certain time frame to get it done. All drills are five minutes or less and allow your team to repeat them to try to beat previous scores.

Schramm shows five drills and explains how she times and scores them. She highlights the Free Ball Frenzy drill as her team's favorite drill. It's a 6-on-6 drill focusing on first ball side out. The receiving team must side out on the first ball by killing it anywhere on the court except zone 6. They must earn six kills before the time runs out.

Adding time clocks and scoring to each drill has saved Schramm's teams between 15 and 20 minutes per practice. She's found players get more done and waste less time in between drills using this method. Schramm even goes into the gym an hour before practice to start the countdown to practice and times every water break for 1 minute. This way, every player knows when everything will start and how long each segment will go. This focus on efficiency can lead to more intense practices.

Coach Schramm gives you some great ideas to use with your current drills to create a game-like atmosphere in your practice. She knows coaches are "taxed with the task of having to come up with game-like competitive drills" and she shares her expertise of how she has gotten that done with her own team.

Produced at the 2016 AVCA Annual Convention in Columbus, OH.

52 minutes. 2017.

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