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Open Practice: Beating the 2-3 Zone with the 1-3-1 Set

with Jamie Dixon,
Texas Christian University Head Coach (TCU) Head Coach - 2017 NIT Champions;
former University of Pittsburgh Head Coach;
2009 Naismith College Coach of the Year; 2x Big East Regular Season Championships (2004, 2011);
USA Basketball U-19 Team Head Coach - 2009 FIBA World Championship Gold Medal

With today's game centered around the drive, more teams are finding ways to incorporate zone defense into their program. Having a zone offense that includes counters, set plays, transition offense, and in-game adjustments is 'a must' for every program!

Jamie Dixon has faced some of the best zone defenses in the history of NCAA basketball, such as Jim Boeheim's legendary 2-3 zone. During this time, he has developed a zone offense that is effective regardless of the type or style of defense played by the opponent.

In this video, Coach Dixon takes you inside of a TCU practice session and outlines what it takes to beat a zone defense, and, how to make little adjustments to be two steps ahead of your opponent. With white board diagrams and on-court demonstration, you'll get an insider's look at how Dixon prepares his team to play against even the highest pressure 2-3 zone!

13 Move

Most teams have a typical 2-3 zone defense installed and ready to use in their repertoire. Dixon has adjusted his zone offense to beat any type of 2-3 zone: packed in, extending with the forwards, and guards pressuring the wings. The basic principle of his zone offense is to keep constant pressure on the defense. By being a threat every time you catch, the zone will constantly be on their heels. Wings have three options when they catch - drive, ball reversal, or shot. Dixon details every offensive situation - high post entry, short corner entry, ball reversals, etc.

Counters and Set Plays

Using the 13 Move offense, Dixon draws up numerous actions that players can use, including high/low actions, ball reversals and actions from a 1-4 set. During their practice session, players are given multiple scoring options to run. You will get a feel for how players can transition from a rebound to fast break against a 2-3 zone.

Adjustments Against the Zone

In this segment, Dixon outlines the special situations you could see a zone try. He includes:

  • How to use the high post against extended 2-3 zone
  • What to do when the defense traps the short corner

As he demonstrates on the court, players must find what the defense is trying to do and look to attack and take away their strength.

Guard/Post Breakdown Drills

Every drill in this segment is a shot or rep your players will need to be successful against the zone. Everything he coaches and reinforces is movement and common actions/situations your players can recognize in the game as they work to find the gaps and holes in any zone.

Since Dixon has coached against some of the best zone defenses in the country, his approach to countering them is a 'must-have' video for your library! Your players will learn how to read the defense and then find the gaps and scoring lanes against a 2-3 zone.

"A comprehensive zone offense video that has easy to teach actions and movements. I was able to start the guard/post breakdown's right away in practice! Great video!" - Customer Review

68 minutes. 2018.

DVD
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Cover: high/low motion offense
High/Low Motion Offense

with Robyn Fralick,
Ashland University Head Women's Coach; 2017 NCAA DII National Champions;
Coached the first perfect season (37-0) in NCAA Division II Women's Basketball history (2016-17);
2017 Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coach of the Year;
2x Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions

Coaches looking for an offense that will increase post touches with some high ball screen action mixed in may find the High-Low offense works for them. Robyn Fralick's offense answers so many questions that coaches are looking to answer about scoring from both inside and out.

With the High/Low action, bigs are the main focus. Scoring easy buckets near the basket is the key, but because of this post attack, the guards actually end up more open as their defenders drop down to help in the paint. Fralick's offense is a great tool for any coach trying to have offensive balance and a productive scoring attack. In this video, she covers great transition concepts that are sure to help your team get easy baskets quickly.

Coach Fralick does a great job throughout the video of breaking down the pieces of the offense so players can just go play.

Building the Break

Fralick introduces her transition offense - a great complement to the High/Low offense - by first breaking down some of the 3-on-0, 4-on-0 and finally 5-on-0 aspects. This build up helps players see some of the opportunities that are presented in the offense. Key points are:

  • Attack with the ball out of the net
  • Get the ball up the court with speed
  • Point guard needs to get her backside to the sideline

While these are some fundamental concepts that all fast breaks should have, Fralick does a fantastic job in the build up drills of getting her players to stay true to these concepts, which help ignite their fast break. Another nice part of this break is that it shares some of the same concepts that will eventually be shown in the High-Low offense, specifically the constant and immediate looks into the post.

Fralick includes a game of "Baseball" using the transition concepts. While this sounds like a fun drill, it's still part of the build up she uses to help her players learn to play the game instead of running plays. Additionally, she works the transition concepts with 2-on-2, 3-on-3 and 4-on-4. This build up shows the pieces of the offense, as well as how they work to get the ball into the post.

High/Low Motion Offense

This offense is great because it has a structure that all players can follow, but also allows athletes to play basketball within the structure. Another important facet of the offense is consistently working through the post with ball screens and interchangeable post action. Fralick expects that both bigs are interchangeable and also expects that her 1, 2, and 3 are interchangeable with each other. This ability to have players playing multiple positions takes away many restrictions that can plague some offenses.

Coach Fralick begins with a 5-on-0 workout. Players run through many of the concepts that are in the offense, but are still encouraged to make decisions out of the offense instead of just following a set drill structure. Fralick then gets players into another Baseball Game where they once again build up from 2-on-2 to 3-on-3 to 4-on-4. In this session, post ups, drives and especially skips for open threes consistently present themselves.

Included are shooting drills for the post and perimeter players. These drills are also great additions to the whole package as they emphasize shots that players will see in games. The post players get short corner looks and shots from the top of the key, while the guards work on dribble hand-offs and skips that are constantly present in the offense.

Game Footage

Fralick finishes the video by breaking down game footage of the different aspects taught throughout the video.

Develop and implement an effective offense that gets

DVD
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Cover: dominate the plate: drills for becoming a complete hitter
Dominate the Plate: Drills for Becoming a Complete Hitter

with Edwin Thompson,
Eastern Kentucky University Head Coach

Coach Thompson's 2017 Eastern Kentucky Colonel's offense ranked among the top 50 in the nation in home runs per game, home runs, slugging percentage, scoring, batting average, doubles per game, runs, and hits.

Repetitions are key to developing good hitters, but getting hitters to do those reps will often create a robotic or mechanical swing. Coach Edwin Thompson takes you inside an EKU hitting practice and shows you how he helps players 'put purpose behind every swing.'

Thompson shares a large number of individual hitting drills that will improve your ability to hit for average and power. He incorporates a progression of tee work, front flips, batting practice and pitching machine work to help players transition from the "Zoo to Jungle." With more than two dozen drills, this video offers something for all areas of player development related to individual offense:Drills that address critical components of the stance, stride and swing will improve mechanics that allow for a quick reacting, explosive swing. Game-like drills for pitch recognition and reaction coupled with situational hitting are also shared to further prepare you for success on game day.

Over 25 Progressive Drills to Dominate the Plate

Having a progression of drills allows your hitters to work on perfecting their swing based on their individual needs. Thompson starts with all of the tee work that a player needs to improve their swing and continues through a natural progression of incorporating front flip work, a fun twist on traditional batting practice, and some dynamic pitching machine work.

The Colonel Drill is a fun drill that can be done in the cage or on the field during live batting practice. It is designed to help the player make split-second, game-like decisions. It can be controlled in such a way that you increase or decrease the "pressure" applied to the hitter.

The Combination Tee Drill utilizes two tees and coach commands to work on quick reactions, changes in timing with fastball and off-speed pitches, striding under control, and keeping the head down and shoulder in until committing to an inside or outside pitch call. This type of game-like drill will improve motor memory and chances for success on game day.

Other drills include:

  • Underload/Overload hitting to develop consistency and hitting bat speed.
  • Elephant Trunk Drill to develop rhythm in young hitters.
  • Wall Drill to develop a compact swing.
  • Cardinal Drill to enhance pitch recognition, combining tee and flip drills into one effective drill.
  • Machine drills to develop tracking and bat speed.
  • Over-speed drills to adjust to varying speeds in hitting.
  • Zone hitting batting practice to help hitters look for their pitch and adjust accurately to varying planes of pitches.
  • And more!

Coach Thompson does a fantastic job of incorporating drill work that enhances athleticism and improves hitting mechanics without players becoming mechanical. This is a great resource for any coach wanting a comprehensive tool for teaching hitters to become great.

51 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: situational hitting: team drills to manufacture more runs
Situational Hitting: Team Drills to Manufacture More Runs

with Edwin Thompson,
Eastern Kentucky University Head Coach

Coach Thompson's 2017 Eastern Kentucky Colonel's offense ranked among the top 50 in the nation in home runs per game, home runs, slugging percentage, scoring, batting average, doubles per game, runs, and hits.

Everyone has seen and maybe even been part of a traditional batting practice that's boring, mindless, and only mildly effective. Well, there's no more need to follow that model in your practices! Coach Edwin Thompson demonstrates 10 team drills that you'll be able to use to develop a juggernaut offense.

Learn how Thompson changes the approach rapidly to keep players focused on new goals with almost every swing. Make practices more competitive by challenging your hitters to pass a hitting exam. Then, get the whole team involved with competitive bunt and flip scrimmages, as well as different versions of batting practice.

Coach Thompson employs a unique approach to baseball: evaluate your players' strengths to adjust your offense to those strengths. Through a series of stations, players perform all possible in-game situations they can face in a real game.

Hitting Exam

Hitters need to be prepared for situations where the game is on the line and they have to get the bunt down, or when they must get a 2-out hit with runners on base. Help simulate that game-like pressure in practice by having your hitters complete a hitting exam. Thompson uses this as a benchmark for players and it helps him understand how to develop a player development plan that's specific to their skills.

In four rounds of batting practice, the hitter will be given various tasks for each swing, and will have to be successful a certain number of times to pass the test. Knowing what type of hitters you have allows you to structure practices for each hitter to capitalize on their strengths.

Bunt and Flip Scrimmage

Get the whole team involved with either bunt or flip scrimmages, where you can work simultaneously on offense and defense.

  • Bunt scrimmage - A fun approach to encourage your hitters to make reads and develop their sacrifice, drag, and push bunt skills.
  • Flip scrimmage - A live and fast-paced approach to helping base runners and hitters improve their offensive mindset and ability to execute in different situations.

Batting Practice

Coach Thompson offers seven different versions of batting practice to challenge hitters with varying goals, purposes, and intensities. In one particular pressure batting practice drill, a hitter has to learn to deal with distractions, including hecklers. The coach will have teammates stand around the cage, yelling and trying to distract the hitter, forcing them to focus if they want to be successful.

Every baseball team wants to gain effectiveness and efficiency in their batting practice. This video gives you the blueprint to do just that! Coach Thompson shows you how to help your players prepare to compete and execute under pressure.

71 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Linebacker Play in a Hybrid 3-4 HAVOC Defense

with BJ Campbell,
Montana Tech Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach;
back-to-back Frontier Conference Champions (2015-16)

Under Coach Campbell's direction, the Montana Tech Defense finished in the top 25 in the nation in eight categories in 2016, including 11th in scoring defense, holding opponents to 19.2 points per game. This followed a 2015 season in which his defense finished in the top 25 nationally in seven categories. He has guided at least one linebacker to All-Conference honors in each of his six seasons as coach.

The Havoc 3-4 defense is designed to bring pressure by stemming and disguising where it's coming from. BJ Campbell explains his philosophy of creating a disruptive defense that focuses on creating negative plays and turnovers. He discusses four different types of plays the outside linebacker must master: line of scrimmage plays, box plays, space plays, and blitz and pressure plays. Alignment, rules and pursuit angles are shown for each.

Campbell goes into detail about his teaching progression, and specifically, focuses on how to teach linebacker play from a standpoint of what the linebackers are asked to do in the hybrid 3-4 defense.

Keys, Reads, Footwork and Block Destruction

Using game footage, Campbell explains and illustrates the various reads, keys, footwork, and block destruction techniques that he teaches to his linebackers. You'll learn:

  • Specific reads and run fits in the hybrid 3-4 defense against a variety of offensive schemes, including popular spread offense concepts.
  • Several techniques for defeating blocks, including a long-arm technique and a splatter technique that is becoming popular among.
  • defensive coaches across the country.
  • Block destruction techniques that are effective with inside linebackers, including the rip and post.

Blitz and Pressure

Campbell shares his coaching points for teaching players to blitz and pressure. He shares coaching points for teaching both edge rushers as well as interior blitzers. You'll see how to teach stance, aiming point, get off, and keys for the edge rusher. Additionally, Campbell explains how to coach interior rushers on aiming points and how to time the get-off in the blitz.

Hand Combat Arsenal

Most players will get a sack due to their best move, and not every technique will fit into every player, so having different techniques for different players will allow them to use their strengths. Coach Campbell teaches the critical elements in getting sacks with his hand combat arsenal that includes:

  • Chop, dip, rip
  • Club, pop, swim/rip
  • Double wiper
  • Speed to the ball/rush

Linebacker expectations are also covered, including a list of tangibles and intangibles linebackers must have to be successful.

The techniques shown in this video for the outside linebacker in the hybrid 3-4 give you the tools to combat the most daunting offenses on your schedule.

115 minutes. 2017.

DVD
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