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Jim Shannon: How to Attack Trapping, Changing & Special Defenses

with Jim Shannon,
New Albany (IN) High School Head Boy's Coach;
over 500 career wins;
2016 4A State Champions;
2016 Indiana Boys Basketball Coach of the Year;
2018 IndyStar Indiana All-Stars coach

In high school basketball, if you have a great pressure and trapping defense, you can blow the competition out of the water. In this video, Jim Shannon, the 2016 4A State Championship coach and Indiana's High School Boys Basketball 2016 Coach of the Year, shows you what he does to beat those pressure, trapping, and special defenses!

Though the use of individual drills, breakdown drills and team drills, see how Shannon teaches how to break pressure defenses.

Individual Defense Drills

Attacking a pressure defense is important. Coach Shannon goes through individual drills that build skill and provide your players with the ability to be strong with the basketball while facing pressure. The drills also train players to come and meet the ball against pressure situations.

'Pull Back Crossovers' is a drill that allows players to attack a cone on the floor, retreat dribble away from the pressure, and then change direction with a crossover. This drill teaches your athletes to keep their body between the ball and the defender, and then change direction to attack a different area of the floor. Shannon emphasizes keeping the head up, allowing players to see teammates and the defense.

Breakdown Drills

Shannon gives you four effective breakdown drills for attacking pressure and trapping defenses. You'll see drills that work on multiple skills at once, including recognition of the trap and passing under pressure, plus how to pass out of a trapping situation and how to receive accurate passes while being trapped. Defensively, players will work on trapping, hustle, and getting deflections/turnovers.

The Texas Ringer drill uses the key and trains players to use their pivot, ball fakes, and make strong passes against defensive pressure. Shannon extends this drill into the half court, which forces strong passes and good use of ball fakes. The defense has more area to cover, but the offense cannot throw a soft pass allowing the defense to get into position to deflect or get a steal.

Team Drills and 5-on-5 Situations

Learn four drills to attack pressure defenses in a team and 5-on-5 setting. Drills include: 5-on-6, breaking a 1-2-1-1 press, breaking a half court 1-2-2 half court trap, and beating a box-and-1 set.

You will also see:

  • How to give a trapped player three passing options
  • How to post up in the center of the court to prevent a steal from happening in a trapping defense
  • How to create a scoring system while working on breaking a press

This video gives you a wealth of knowledge on how to break pressure, trapping, and special defenses. If you're a coach who plays in a league where pressing and pressure defenses happen regularly, you'll see the impacts almost immediately!

Produced at the Nike Championship Basketball Clinic in Indianapolis (IN); Fall 2016

73 minutes. 2018.

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Hugh McCutcheon: Establishing Effective Blocking Systems

with Hugh McCutcheon,
University of Minnesota Head Coach;
2015 AVCA National Coach of the Year;
2015 Big Ten Coach of the Year;
2013 AVCA North Region Coach of the Year;
2008 USOC National Coach of the Year;
2x NCAA Final Four (2015, 2016), 2012 NCA A Elite Eight and 2x NCAA Sweet Sixteen (2013, 2017);
former Men's and Women's U. S. National Team Head Coach (2012 Women's Olympic team silver medal; 2008 Men's Team gold medal)

Hugh McCutcheon provides multiple considerations in establishing an effective blocking system. He explains multiple defensive court scenarios and how to place your players in the best position for your team to be successful.

The true goal for blocking balls is to stuff the hitter for points. Hitting efficiency is reduced as more blockers are introduced. Coach McCutcheon demonstrates multiple drills that can be used by players at every level to increase their body position awareness and foot speed in relation to effective blocking skills.

The Five Blocking Movements

McCutcheon explains that defensive footwork should depend on the speed of the offense as well as the speed of the blocker. He stresses the importance of how the body - from the feet to the head - should respond when blocking.

The five blocking movements that McCutcheon covers include:

  • Three-Step Crossover - The most widely-used blocking technique, where the first step is a short one and the second step is long. The first step is just a simple push and go, while the last step is a jam step used to push back toward the court.
  • Two-Step Block - A simple hop move that is used to cover a small space in a short amount of time.
  • Five-Step Blocking Movement - Utilizes the combination of the two-step block and the three-step crossover.
  • Quick 3 - This blocking move is run as fast as possible. Blocker drift is acceptable for this action.
  • X2 - This move is similar to a layup in basketball. The takeoff is done with one foot and is even faster than the Quick 3 blocking movement.

Blocking Footwork Drills

A great way to check footwork is to create lines on both sides of the net to work on the five blocking movements concurrently. With players lined up across from each other, coaches are able to get a visual of the potential mistakes that can be made while identifying gaps that may exist in athletes' training.

One method that McCutcheon uses is to call out a series of movements to allow players to become comfortable using multiple blocking strategies quickly. This is a game-like action that adds some fun and creativity to blocking systems.

Ultimately, there is much misconception regarding the use of the swing block. The swing terminology is only intended for the jumping portion of the block. There should be no swinging of the arms with the blocking motion itself. McCutcheon has the expertise to break down the entire swing blocking movement and concepts in an easy-to-understand segment.

This video gives you all the tools and knowledge required to improve your team's blocking game. Coach McCutcheon has a unique perspective having been a high school player, professional player, collegiate player, Olympic athlete, and now elite coach of the sport of volleyball. Let him help you take your team's blocking skills to the next level!

Produced at the 2018 Iowa Volleyball Coaches Clinic.

60 minutes. 2018.

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Quick Game Made Easy

with Matt Nally,
Melissa (TX) High School, Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator

Melissa High School is a 4A school in the football-rich state of Texas. In 2017, the Cardinals enjoyed a 12 win season and scored over 600 points.

Defenses are forced to limit their schemes with the speed of the tempo offenses, so having a simple and effective quick passing game can expose weaknesses in coverage and give your offense an opportunity to run the ball.

Matt Nally provides over an hour of detailed instruction in how to implement a deadly quick game in the spread offense. In this video, he breaks down three main quick passing concepts. Every route, technique and read is detailed, allowing for incredibly fast and easy yardage gains against any defense. You'll get:

  • Open routes for bailing linebackers.
  • Open routes for blitzing linebackers.
  • Open routes for press man coverage.
  • Open routes for out of position safeties.

Snag, Stick & Spacing Routes

For each scheme, Coach Nally demonstrates where your QB's eyes should be, both pre & post-snap, and the proper depth every receiver should get to in order to "get their teammate open!" He presents the QB read and route progression versus 1 high or 2 high defenses. You'll learn simple route rules that will allow you to run Snag, Stick, and Spacing from a variety of formations, including:

  • 2 by 2
  • 3 by 1
  • Empty
  • The use of motion

Route concepts are presented using a PowerPoint and followed up with both practice and game video. You'll get detailed instruction on QB footwork, how to find "open grass," and easy rules to implement concepts to any spread formation.

Nally helps you understand how an effective quick game gets your offense first downs, and after that, touchdowns. He even provides a simple practice schedule on how to get repetitions to build confidence going into game day.

This video will show you how your team can play fast without thinking, allowing for precision execution to limit mistakes. Coach Nally details how you can implement a simple but effective short passing game that will elevate any offensive style.

63 minutes. 2018.

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Everyday Drills to Maximize Practice Time

with Peter Turner,
San Jose State University Head Coach;
the winningest coach in San Jose State program history (over 300 wins);
2017 Mountain West Conference Champions; 2x Conference Coach of the Year;
member the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame (2007);
former USA Softball Men's National Team coach ('02 - '13)

Don't have enough time to cover everything you want in practice? Feel like your team isn't making the best use of practice time? Some coaches waste too much time hitting ground balls and fly balls to one player at a time while the rest of the team waits their turn.

Peter Turner shows you how to run an efficient practice where infielders and outfielders practice the skills they will need most on game day. Additionally, you'll get a unique pitcher's workout that uses a lot of run-through drills to build on accuracy as well as conditioning and fielding.

With over 20 drills showcased, Coach Turner takes you "behind the scenes" and allows you to learn from a program that gets the most out of practice time.

Practice Philosophy

Learn how to avoid long practices by drilling the skills needed most on game day. Coach Turner shares his practice philosophies and offers simple suggestions to make practices and drills you already run more efficient. He teaches how to plan a practice and what to cover at various parts of the season - pre-season, mid-season, and post-season - and how to maximize your staff and their abilities.

Infielders Catch and Throw

Cut down on throwing and catching mistakes and you will eliminate a lot of your team's errors, in general. Turner shows you seven drills to work on game-like throwing and catching technique, while challenging your players to be quick.

In the 21 drill, players must make 21 perfect throws in a row. Just like on game day, they need to make 21 outs, while the coach times the group. This drill challenges players to be quick while applying pressure similar to the pressure they may experience in a game.

Infield Everyday Drills

Practice eight of the most common plays for infielders in a controlled setting using Coach Turner's everyday drills. These drills are designed to get infielders lots of reps where the player and coach can focus on fielding technique and fundamentals. Improve your infielders' glove work while ensuring that they take proper angles to the ball, which will give them more range. Key teaching points include:

  • Stopping the ball with the glove instead of squeezing the ball for quicker transfers.
  • Taking a 45 degree angle to the ball up the middle or in the hole.
  • Assessing speed of the players around them, on the bases, and at the plate.

Outfield Everyday Drills

Get outfielders involved with four everyday drills of their own. These drills will help your outfielders take better angles to the ball, which will result in more caught fly balls. You'll see how to teach players to catch a line drive coming directly at them - one of the hardest plays for outfielders to read.

Pitcher Run-Through Drills

After the pitcher releases the ball, they're no longer a pitcher - they are a fielder! Help your pitchers improve their pitching and fielding skills with three run-through drills. These run-through drills will help your pitchers practice fielding the ball and improve their conditioning and athleticism.

Lower Half Pitching Drills

Coach Turner introduces two drills to improve the lower half of your pitchers that will get them driving harder and rotating faster in order to throw the ball harder. These drills will emphasize the importance of rotation and location in pitching. He also demonstrates six drills that work on improving accuracy while incorporating other aspects of pitching

Having enough time to cover all skills and give every player the reps they need is a challenge for coaches at all levels. This video gives you plenty of techniques for accomplishing more at practic

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Mike Procopio: Building a Shooter

with Mike Procopio,
Director/President of Hoop Consultants;
Director of Player Development for the Dallas Mavericks (NBA);
Director of Basketball Operations for ATTACK Athletics in Chicago (IL);
has worked with Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Caron Butler, as well as 75 other NBA players;
Strategic Game Management Coach to Kobe Bryant for two seasons (2009-12 and 2 NBA Championships); former Maine Red Claws (NBDL) Assistant Coach

He is the best player development coach in the NBA. Mark Cuban - Owner, Dallas Mavericks

Every coach looks a little more like an offensive genius when his or her team can shoot the ball well. In this video, you will learn how to improve your players' shooting from one of the top player development coaches in the world!

After having worked with hundreds of NBA players over his career, Mike Procopio has distilled the essential principles that must be present in great shooting technique. You will learn how to emphasize these fundamentals through a variety of situations that players need to master in order to excel in any offensive system.

Shooting Form

The best shooters are able to consistently go up with the same form. It shouldn't matter whether players are spotting up on the perimeter, dribbling into the paint, or cutting off a screen. Coach Procopio breaks down these different situations and shows you how he teaches players to utilize the same mechanics in their shooting form despite the variation that these scoring opportunities create.

Throughout the video, Coach Procopio prioritizes several common teaching points that will help your players release the ball on time and in line with the rim. While there are many details to perfect shooting form, focusing on these key concepts will result in the greatest improvement in the shortest amount of time and eliminate the frustration that results when coaches over-complicate their shooting instruction.

Shooting Drills

You will learn drills to train the following:

  • Perfect shooting form with simple warm-up drills that help your player focus on mechanics while incrementally expanding their shooting range.
  • Simplify shot motion with drills that will teach your player to spot up with consistent footwork on his or her perimeter catch and shoot.
  • Pivot on the inside foot to go up into the shot quickly and on balance from cuts that take the player away from the basket.
  • Become an effective shooter off the dribble with efficient footwork and mechanics on the attack dribble and pull-up jump shot. You will also learn how to add pump fakes and jabs to create separation from a defender.

Two additional drills shown by Coach Procopio introduce a competitive element to shooting sessions that motivate players to improve at a faster pace. These drills will challenge your players to focus on making every shot with perfect form by trying to achieve goals within a limited number of attempts.

Make sure your training sessions translate to in-game results with these must-have shooting fundamentals identified by Coach Procopio!

61 minutes. 2018.

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