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Mike Hopkins: 2-3 Zone Defense - Scouting Adjustments and Breakdown Drills

with Mike Hopkins,
University of Washington Head Coach;
former Syracuse University Assistant Coach;
Court Coach for Team USA in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2010 and 2012;
two-year starter for Syracuse and was a team captain his senior year

Mike Hopkins has been an assistant coach for the Syracuse University basketball program for more than 20 years. Under head coach Jim Boeheim, Coach Hopkins has helped guide the Orange to the NCAA Tournament 16 times, including a National Championship in the 2002-03 season. In addition to his role at Syracuse, Coach Hopkins has been an on-court coach for Team USA's Men's National 21-and under team trials (2000, 2001) and recently was responsible for player evaluation and selection for USA Basketball at the London Olympics.

Syracuse basketball is acclaimed for its exclusive use of the 2-3 zone defense. Mike Hopkins has a unique expertise in this defensive style. He has both played for legendary coach Jim Boeheim and coached for the Syracuse Orange for over 20 years. Along the way, they have made postseason appearances every year with just one lone exception. This is in large part because of the 2-3 zone's ability to frustrate opponents.

Coach Hopkins gives you the "secret sauce" to the Syracuse 2-3 zone. You will learn everything that makes their zone defense unique through a detailed explanation of player responsibilities of each position, in-game adjustments, breakdown drills and more!

2-3 Zone Rotation and Responsibilities

With his coverage of each position, you will learn critical teaching points for guards, forwards, and centers. With the ball at the wing, Coach Hopkins shows how players should slide to take away the shot without giving up driving lanes. You'll see how to take away the high post pass and cover return passes to the top. The ball in the short corner initiates their "54 Trap." Coach Hopkins demonstrates how to pressure opponents with this trap and how to counter the high post dive with help-side defenders.

2-3 Zone vs Common Offense Sets

With a long history of running the 2-3 zone, the coaching staff of Syracuse University has had to pioneer the evolution of numerous defensive adjustments as opponents find new ways to attack their defense. Coach Hopkins shows you how to adapt to some of the most common offensive strategies used against the zone.

  • Change your tactics versus high post players with different skill levels
  • See how you can press up or sag with your center when the ball gets to the high post
  • Keep the ball out of the middle by disrupting double high post flashes with your guards
  • See how you can fight through "inside" ball screens and rotate players to cover shooters versus quick ball reversal
  • Learn how to defend high ball screens by creating a wall with your center

Additional strategies are discussed for defending the low post, rotating your center to cover perimeter shooters, "icing" ball screens, stunting versus dribble penetration, and defending opponents that use four perimeter players on offense.

2-3 Zone Position Drills

Coach Hopkins demonstrates five position-specific drills to help you teach the fundamentals to each piece of the zone defense. Three drills for your center will train them to become a living wall that can shut down drives into the paint. One drill will help your guards focus on denying the high post and fighting through screens to cover shooters. Another drill teaches your forwards how to rotate from the wing to short corner.

Additionally, Coach Hopkins discusses how to defend plays using the 1-4 High alignment and using the zone versus baseline inbounds. You will also gain some ideas for increasing your pressure with different half court traps and full court pressure.

Coach Hopkins has delivered THE must-have resource for any coach looking to play with a 2-3 zone defense.

"This is one of the most specific, if not the most specific, video done in a clinic setting. I have Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone video - this video blows the Boeheim title away! Hopkins was so much more thorough than Boeheim and showed how to guard specific scenarios. He also provided breakdown drills, which Boeheim did not. For a video to be this specific, in a clinic scenario with someone else's players, is amazing." - Customer Review

Produced at the Spring 2016 Chicago (IL) clinic.

80 minutes. 2016.

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AVCA Volleyball - Online Video All Season Pass
VVD-03208: with Neil Mason,
TCA Founder/California Club Director/Coach;
US Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year in 2006

Neil Mason feels that the jump serve offers the best opportunity to teach aggressive play and to help a player develop court and game sense. Coach Mason begins this AVCA on-court convention DVD with drills for how to incorporate jump serving into a practice warm-up activity. He then demonstrates a technical progression for teaching and coaching the jump serve. Mason includes keys for teaching the toss, footwork and arm movement, as well as strategies for how to generate speed and power into the skill. Adding invaluable substance to the technical aspects, Mason shares ongoing tips for coaching the skill and how to hold players accountable for proper technique. Mason's instruction includes a high velocity jump serve and a jump float serve, with differing contact techniques for a variety of ball rotations. He also shows a series of serving strategies for game con

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Game Winning Strategies for Special Situations

with James Graham,
University of Pacific Head Men's and Women's Water Polo Coach,
2013 Men's National Coach of the Year; 2013 National Runners-Up (men), Head of Water Polo Analytics Group

What happens when you don't have a full complement of players in the field or when you're down by one with only a few seconds left? James Graham addresses these special situations and more. He presents ideas on how to utilize your team's strengths in designing plays, keep all your players moving in the field, and design plays that address time constraints.

Time Management

Take control of the clock by incorporating time in the design of your plays. Graham shows you how to create scoring opportunities using less than 10 seconds of clock, allowing you to get one more play in to retake the lead.

Prevent your opponent from scoring with a few seconds left on the clock. With a steady press and a quick steal, put the ball in a position that eats up time to get the ball and prevents the goalie from putting it right back into play.

Special Situations

Preparing athletes for all situations is essential for success when it comes to game time. Graham shows a simple 5v5 setup in which movement can be cycled on alternating sides to create continuous scoring opportunities.

Explore over 10 different situations of score or player deficit while maintaining awareness of the time left on the clock. Each detailed explanation is followed by multiple demonstrations in the water. Plays include:

  • After Goal Play with less than 15 seconds left
  • After Goal Play with less than 10 seconds left
  • Down by 1 with less than 10 seconds left without any timeouts
  • 2-for-1 (Down by 1 late in the game)
  • Defend Direct with Less than 5 Seconds Left
  • Run Out the clock vs Goalie Press
  • 5v5 Motion (double exclusion from the game)

Designing Your Own Plays

With clear plans on the white board and demonstrations in the water, Graham gives you insights into how he plans his plays. No need to reinvent the wheel, but you can custom tailor these plays to fit your team's strengths to be successful down the road.

This video is a must-have to better plan for unequal numbers and limited time so your team is better prepared when the situations arise!

50 minutes. 2017.

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Coaching Self-Reliance Through Creativity, Motor Skills, Games & Problem Solving

with Louis-Pierre Mainville;
High Performance Manager for Ontario Volleyball Association;
Founder of Jump Volleyball Training;
former member of the Canadian Men's National Volleyball Team

Volleyball is a technically difficult sport to learn. Volleyball-specific skills are hard to acquire and the rebound nature of the sport adds to its complexity. For this reason, young athletes who've developed a variety of basic motor skills prior to learning volleyball are likely to be more successful in acquiring volleyball-specific skills.

We don't often think about volleyball being a 'creative sport,' but creativity is helpful for players' abilities to adapt to different situations defensively. Louis-Pierre Mainville, former captain for Team Canada, brings a unique perspective to adding creativity and motor skills to your volleyball practices.

Motor Skills and Drills

It's necessary to adapt in volleyball. Learning how to move your body, think about two things at once, balance and coordination are all necessary for a player to learn to adapt to different situations. Coach Mainville shows a variety of drills that simulate game-like situations, requiring rapid movement and motor skills. By spending 5-10 minutes on motor skills, your players will be better equipped to handle disruptions during a match

Motor Skill Games

Games are a great way to develop motor skills and make practices more enjoyable for your players. Coach Mainville does a great job of pushing players to problem-solve various defensive situations that require multiple ways to score from various positions.

These motor skills games can be short 1x1, 2x2 and multi-player games. They can also be individual challenges that involve a problem players have to solve. Games are played with a combination of one or many of the following: volleyballs, tennis balls, hoops, and balloons.

The sport of volleyball happens quickly. The more skills and creative abilities you've practiced before game time, the more likely your team will win the game.

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

60 minutes. 2017.

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Developing Attacking and Passing Skills

with John Kosty,
Stanford University Head Men's Volleyball Coach;
2010 AVCA D I-II National Coach of The Year;
2x Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year;
took Stanford from three wins in 2007 to national champions in 2010 - a three-year turnaround

Stanford University's John Kosty demonstrates attacking and passing skills on the court. You'll learn how to re-train the art of forearm passing, how and where to utilize overhead passing, mechanics of the arm swing, developing a successful attacker, and more key tips to improve your team.

Forearm and Overhand Passing

Coach Kosty goes through step-by-step instructions on how he's set up his players to have a solid platform for more control with forearm passing. He includes key drills he does in his own practices and also provides detailed explanation for each drill.

Next, Coach Kosty transitions into overhand passing techniques and drills. He describes the different times when his team uses both ov

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