Open Practice: Team Drills to Simulate Game Pressure
with Sandy Montgomery,
Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville;
2015 Ohio Valley Conference Champions;
2015 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year - 5x Conference Coach of the Year;
2007 NCAA D-II National Champions; over 980 career wins
Are you finding it hard to coach all aspects of the game? Too many drills and not enough time? If so, then this is the video for you! Sandy Montgomery has developed a drill system that allows coaches to coach all parts of the game and save time during practice.
In this 'open practice' video of an actual 'live' practice session, Montgomery creates game-like situations that involve the whole team, allowing you to work on any specific scenario you feel your team needs. Montgomery demonstrates the use of a front toss drill series to maximize the performance of your hitters, base runners, and defense in a competitive practice environment.
Front Toss Rotational Reps
The game of softball has so many scenarios to cover, and sometimes you can't work on all of them at practice. Coach Montgomery presents a live game-speed drill that combines three different skills into one practice drill that will prepare your defense for unique situations that may occur during a game. This drill and its variations allow you to:
- Give your hitters a chance to get BP reps and productive situational at-bats under game-like pressure with live runners.
- Train base runners how to react to and read live balls off the bat and run bases against an active defense.
- Prepare your defense with a large volume of situational repetitions and work on game strategies in a controlled environment.
Montgomery shows how to split into groups or rotate individually through all the stations while getting high-intensity reps at each one. This segment demonstrates how practical the drill is at working on any phase of the game (excluding pitcher defense) in a fast-paced, pressure-packed manner.
Infield/Outfield Pressure Reps
Game pressure and practice pressure are two completely different things. Montgomery teaches you a fast-paced team drill that creates defensive pressure and requires your players to communicate and hustle while working on reacting to a hit ball and making throws to all bases. The coach dictates the pace of the drill to help create game-like pressure and anxiety, which forces players to overcome adversity.
- Infield/Outfield Whole Team Pressure Drill - Montgomery demonstrates this drill using multiple players at each position, which allows the entire team to participate. Even though only one ball is in play at a time, everyone is involved in each play and must maintain their focus to know what their responsibility is on each batted ball.
- Infield/Outfield Starters Only Pressure Drill - This drill is a variation of the whole team drill in that it utilizes only one player per position, yet still maintains the fast-paced pressure defense concept. All players make throws to all bases throughout the drill and outfielders work on appropriate backups.
- Indoor Infield Pressure Drill - This variation explains how the same drill would work in an indoor facility, which allows you to see how to create the pressure defense drill with limited space available.
Throughout this 'open practice', Montgomery and her assistant not only explain the drill, they give real time feedback to the players during and between reps while still maintaining the pace of the drill. It's this pace and pressure which helps to create a level of anxiety that players will learn to work through as if they were in a game situation. She also explains what adjustments can be made by the fungo hitter to put additional pressure on a team by keeping the reps unpredictable.
Efficiently organizing an offensive practice in a team setting is a challenge for even the most experienced coach. With this video, Sandy Montgomery provides you with an excellent solution!
69 minutes. 2017
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Joe Dooley: Drills to Teach Transition Drive and Screen Offense
with Joe Dooley,
Florida Gulf Coast University Head Coach;
2014 Atlantic Sun Regular Season Champions (Florida Gulf Coast);
2016 Atlantic Sun Postseason Tournament Champions (Florida Gulf Coast)
So many teams are continuing to develop up-tempo fast paced offenses to exploit opposing defenses. At the same time, many coaches look to implement these quick offense entries without developing the skills required for them to become effective elements in your offensive identity. Joe Dooley takes you through breakdown drills and skills that will help develop your team within this up-tempo style of play.
Coach Dooley's drills are uniquely designed to develop players. The individual and breakdown drills shown focus on how to cut, pass and shoot. You'll learn options for guards and post players using ball screen offense and drift passing that can be used at multiple skill levels.
Coach Dooley presents passing drills to eliminate turnovers that you can use regularly in practice. Drills include:
- Nash Drill - a simple warm-up drill that utilizes both hands and works on making good one-handed air and bounce passes.
- Gap Passing Drill - a three-man drill that focuses on quick movement to exploit bad closeouts and get into the gaps of the defense.
- Pocket Passing - works on early offense entries, focusing on drag screen in transition and hitting the roll man off the ball screen.
Drive and Kick
Coach Dooley takes you through a drive and kick series that will help your team not only penetrate to the basket, but also find open players when they do drive and kick. The series is designed to work on a variety of situations including using the L cut, drift passes to the corner and passes back to players filling behind drivers. The drills develop post play and work on posting-up, executing the `Okafor move,' kicking the ball back out to the perimeter, and chasing passes to the perimeter with ball screens.
Part of developing a team to play up-tempo basketball is the ability to play good defense. The closeout is one of the most important aspects of defensive basketball, as it helps a defensive player transition from help or denial to pressuring the basketball.
Coach Dooley demonstrates a 3-on-3 closeout drill designed to work on closing out and going live on the catch. In what turns into a game of 3-on-3, all of the breakdown drills utilized presented earlier get put to use.
Offensive Build-Up Drills
Every day in practice, Coach Dooley's teams play 1-on-1 or 3-on-3. The 1-on-1 drills are presented with the action starting off of a maneuver or a situation in practice. Each offensive player is given a three-dribble limit and must find a way to create a scoring opportunity for themselves against on-ball pressure.
A unique part of the 1-on-1 drills is the use of ball screen defense. Coach Dooley takes players through the ways in which his players guard ball screens before going into a live 1-on-1 situation. All of these 1-on-1 drills then lead up to 3-on-3
The skill development drills presented by Coach Dooley are designed to create an up-tempo style of basketball that can generate offense and produce points all night.
Produced at the Spring 2016 Biloxi (MS) clinic.
68 minutes. 2017.
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The Best Quick Hitters & Late Game Plays from the 2016 Olympics
with Fran Fraschilla,
International Basketball Analyst for ESPN;
former Division 1 college basketball coach (Manhattan College, St. John's University, and University of New Mexico);
former NABC District II Coach of the Year & MAAC Coach of the Year
Fran Fraschilla has analyzed the top international teams from the 2016 Rio Olympics and identified the very best offensive plays and tactics. Drawing from his experience as an ESPN analyst for international basketball, Fraschilla provides you insight into some of the effective innovations in basketball offenses on the world stage.
Coach Fraschilla goes in-depth on an easy to implement (but impossible to guard) continuity pick & roll offense. Additionally, you will learn the tactics international teams are using to optimize their spread ball screen plays. If you feel that you have already refined your offensive system, Fraschilla demonstrates 10 quick hitters from some of the top international teams such as Lithuania, Serbia, Australia and more!
Continuity Pick & Roll Offense
Coach Fraschilla shows you a continuity pick & roll offense that Australia ran to great success in the Rio Olympics. This offense is a great way to isolate a talented post player in addition to creating great player movement that will scramble the defense as you run into side ball screens. You will see how to play off early post feeds in transition with speed cuts and weak side screening actions. An integral part of this continuity is the dribble hand-off, and Coach Fraschilla explains the technique and reads that are necessary to execute offensive action.
In addition to the basic scoring opportunities built into the continuity offense, you'll also get to see seven quick hitters to keep the defense off guard. These sets will help your post players score through back screens, cross screens, and high ball screens. Your guards will find open looks running off multiple types of screens, including staggers, pin screens, and flares. Fraschilla also shows what Australia did to deal with defenses that overplayed, and the ones that would switch on screens.
Spread Pick & Roll
Learn new strategies to optimize your spread pick & roll offense. See how Venezuela and Croatia utilize false motion to occupy defenders before snapping into the ball screen. You'll be able to catch defenders every time in the late angle change of the Varejao Screen. Maximize the strain you put on help defenders with short rolls and back action. Coach Fraschilla also explains how to use the five D's to space the floor on baseline drives.
You'll see two effective quick hitters that flow into the spread ball screen alignment. Learn a set play from Serbia that runs defenders through shuffle cuts and stagger screens. Lithuania provides another set that will dissect the defense with a flurry of offensive movement in screen the screener action.
Quick Hitters, Set Plays, End of Game Situations, After Timeouts
Coach Fraschilla demonstrates 10 of his favorite set plays from Olympic competition. Each set play gives you a different scoring opportunity that has proven its effectiveness on the world stage.
- Dribble Hand off Action - Used by Serbia, this is a great play for a team with an excellent play maker and will catch defenders in a hard to guard screen with huge amounts of space for the offensive player to score.
- Latvia Quick Hitter - This set looks like side pick & roll, but develops into a spread pick & roll with the use of floppy action and false motion.
- Australia Post Up Quick Hitter - Utilizes flex action for post players.
- Australia Quick Hitter - Starts from a 1-4 set and utilizes the Iverson cut to generate lob opportunities. It also contains continuity and dribble hand offs.
- Lithuania Quick Hitter - Set out of the flex looking for a 3-point shot.
- Serbia Post Entries - Great set if you have a post player who is a very good passer. Contains lots of movement and cutting that will keep defenses honest.
- Australia Late Game Quick Hitter 1 - Uses Hammer action.
- Australia Late Game Quick Hitter 2 - Uses a stagger screen to set up a 3-point opportunity.
- Lithuania Late Game Quick Hitter - Uses backs and double screens to generate multiple scoring options in a short span.
This video by Fran Fraschilla is an excellent, in-depth look at pro-style offenses that were used by international teams at the Rio Summer Olympics. Every coach will find new set plays and strategies to add into their offensive playbook!
107 minutes. 2017.
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Essential Basketball Drills for Everyday Practice
with Norm Persin,
Oak Hill Union High School (OH) Head Coach; over 670 career wins;
2009 National High School Coach of the Year;
7x Ohio Coach of the Year; 16 conference championships;
member of the Ohio State Coaches Hall of Fame;
coached in the 2010 McDonald's All American Classic and the 2007 Jordan Classic
While watching videos from major college and pro coaches can always benefit you and your team, sometimes the best lessons learned come from high school coaches who truly need to teach the game of basketball.
In this video by Norm Persin, you get the opportunity to learn some of the most important essentials in teaching the game of basketball. Along with this knowledge are a set of drills he has used to win 16 league championships and seven Ohio Coach of the Year awards.
Coach Persin's drills will help build your players' discipline and skill levels. Every drill is designed to allow players to work multiple skills at the same time. Additionally, Coach Persin makes sure the teaching points involved in each drill directly carry over to various game situations.
Every Day Fundamental Practice Drills
Coach Persin goes through some of his everyday essential drills. He starts off with an excellent fundamental drill, the Cut Drill, to get his athletes warmed up. With this drill, players work on a v-cut, basket cut, slash cut and continue to use their triple threat position throughout. All of these cuts and actions are aspects of Persin's offense.
Next, he adds a two-way drill in Trace Passing that teaches players to handle pressure when passing as well as put pressure on the passer when they're a defender. The Triangle Rotation drill has players work both offensive and defensive concepts, including help defense, defensive rotations and offensive attacks. Other drills are added throughout the presentation that cover a variety of areas such as closeouts, passing and shooting.
Coach Persin includes competitive drills that both teach players and give them a challenge, such as the 95 Points in 2 Minute drill. This drill puts players against the clock and forces them to hit shots that matter.
Throughout the presentation, Persin passes on insight into the "Why" question that players often have. He can easily answer these because all of his drills have a purpose that relates to the way he expects his kids to play. His thoughts on the game, on kids and on practice are fantastic and can help any new coach develop their philosophy; or remind any veteran coach as they look at how and why they do what they do.
One of Coach Persin's beliefs is his players should never be standing around. Most of his drills keep his players active and involved. He also strongly advises that the drills you use in practice should somehow match what you expect athletes to do in games.
In this video, you'll get everyday drills that can build your players and your team. You will also get some fantastic insight into how a program should be run. Coach Persin doesn't hold back his thoughts on developing basketball players and building a fundamentally sound team. Both the drills and the knowledge passed on are sure to help any team improve.
Produced at the 2016 IBCA Clinic.
58 minutes. 2017.
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Defensive Basics - Drills to Build Your Man-to-Man Defense
with Steve Prohm,
Iowa State University Head Coach;
2016 Sweet Sixteen;
former Murray State University Head Coach; 2012 Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year (top 1st-year coach in D1 college basketball);
3x Ohio Valley Conference Champions, 2x OVC Coach of the Year
Iowa State basketball has recently been known for their explosive offenses. Heading into his second year as head coach, Steve Prohm has begun to change their identity. While still maintaining a powerful offense, Coach Prohm is bringing his defensive mentality to the table and looking to help the Cyclones reach new levels.
In this great on-court, instructional video, Coach Prohm breaks down some of the fundamental drills he uses on a daily basis to build his defense - the same drills he has used to take two different teams to the NCAA Tournament. By methodically moving from individual basics to team concepts, this video gives you a road map to improve player skill levels and continue the arc of improvement throughout the season.
Closeout and Denial Drills
An essential element of Coach Prohm's team is executing fundamental closeouts on a consistent basis. In each of the first five drills he introduces, the closeout is a highlighted skill. While each drill is different and combines other important defensive concepts, the closeout unites them all. Other concepts covered in these five drills are:
- Straight and angled closeouts
- Help defense
- Sprints and slides
All of these first five drills cover fundamental elements required to play great defense. Each drill can be incorporated into your practice easily and can be adjusted to your style of defense.
Prohm then hits one of the most complete drills shown in the video. The 6-Point Defensive drill covers each element necessary to having a complete defensive system:
- Playing the gap
- Denying the post
- Playing two passes away
- Giving early help
If your players are able to learn each aspect in this drill, they will always be a step ahead of their competition.
Coach Prohm adds two other drills that he refers to as "energizers," which builds the progression of the defense with additional defenders. Each of these drills allows athletes to work on valuable defensive concepts while also getting up and down the court in both 2-on-2 action as well as 3-on-3 play.
Prohm also focuses some time on help defense. Great man-to-man teams are successful because of their help side defense. The drills passed along in this video are fantastic teaching tools for this area of defense.
Disadvantage and Transition Drills
There are many times in a game where your team will have to defend at a disadvantage, and you need to teach and practice these situations to be prepared to stop them in a game. Prohm shares three drills that teach the defense to work hard and be accountable to make stops through the defensive rebound. Drills include:
- 4v3 Contest Drill
- 4v3 Disadvantage Drill
- 5v3 Transition Drill
You can easily modify the drills to add actions that you expect your next opponent to run.
This set of drills and instruction from Coach Prohm is valuable for any coach looking to build a defense that can help them win championships.
Produced at the 2016 IBCA Clinic.
"Rarely do I sit through a clinic segment and wish it were longer, but this is the exception. Coach Prohm is high-energy and his teaching order is progressive and logical." - Customer Review
67 minutes. 2017.
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