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Zone Offense: Sets & Philosophy

with Brad Underwood,
University of Illinois Head Coach;
former Oklahoma State University & Stephen F. Austin University Head Coach;
3x ('14-'16) Southland Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champions;
2x (2015 & 2014) Southland Conference Coach of the Year;
2014 Joe B. Hall Award Recipient (Nation's top first-year coach)

Quick and simple actions against a zone defense can force the zone to rotate, which allows open areas to be attacked.

Coach Brad Underwood provides you with a video for breaking down zone defenses through different looks. Analytics are covered at the beginning, detailing changes to the college game, and how Underwood has adapted to them. He then breaks down secondary offense off transition against a zone, and multiple looks against different types of zones.

Different Looks

Sets are interchangeable within Coach Underwood's zone offense. By adding cutters, short corner, and flashing high post, traditional sets can be switched up within his continuity. Underwood keeps defenses on their toes with cutters and different looks, finding soft spots within the zone through ball reversals. Zone defenses can get complacent, and the simple actions taught by Underwood force the zone to rotate, opening up driving lanes and shooting areas.

Zone Passing

Coach Underwood provides a simple and effective drill that works on internal and external passing, utilizing cutters and open areas within the zone. The Zone Passing drill uses cuts to the elbow, movement to short corners and cutting lanes, all of which force the defense to rotate. Zone Passing can be worked on daily at practice and only takes a few minutes. All of the following concepts can be worked on at practice while running the drill:

  • Spacing
  • Passing
  • Finding open areas in zone
  • Building your zone offense
  • Adjusting to your team's strengths

Coaches with older teams can benefit from this video tremendously due to the different looks and adjustments within Underwood's zone offense. Meanwhile, the Zone Passing drill can be utilized to build a zone offense from the ground up with younger players. No matter your team's skill level, if you need to improve on offense when facing a zone, the concepts in this video can help!

75 minutes. 2020.

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Cover: effective & efficient practice drills - maximizing every moment
Effective & Efficient Practice Drills - Maximizing Every Moment

with Jeff Boals,
Ohio University Head Coach;
former Stony Brook University Head Coach;
former Ohio State University Assistant Coach under Thad Matta;
recruited D'Angelo Russell and Jared Sullinger while at Ohio State

The best coaches are always looking to improve their craft and generate new ideas and drills to help their teams achieve. One way to do that is to keep things fresh and competitive with new drills during practice, which will keep players focused and motivated!

Coach Jeff Boals brings years of experience as an assistant at storied programs like Ohio State to share with you some of his favorite drills which will help address any need your team may face. This video includes:

  • Drills to improve shooting with multiple reps.
  • Transition defense drills that are competitive and game-like.
  • Drills that teach the importance of each possession.

Pre-Practice Drills

Coach Boals' philosophy is that the pre-practice drills you choose to use every day should reflect the emphasis you want for the day, whether it's shooting, passing, or rebounding. With that process in mind, Boals shows many fundamental pre-practice drills he's taught his players.

The 3-on-3 Shooting drill will force players to concentrate as they focus on getting a certain number of swishes from designated spots. Next, a box out drill is shown that emphasizes being physical and making first contact as a rebounder. Another good pre-practice drill that emphasizes defense and closing out gets players into groups of three to work on footwork, using active hands, and talking. Lastly, Coach Boals talks about how often players try to dribble a loose ball instead of picking it up to secure the possession. This is addressed in a simple loose ball drill.

Practice Drills

You probably want your players to talk more on defense, but do your players know how or what to say? The 3-on-3 Talking to the Basketball drill is a 3-on-3 Shell look that teaches players how to talk to their teammates and instills communication as a habit while improving defensive principles. 3-on-3 Baseline Closeouts is another great drill that starts players on the baseline with the offensive players on the perimeter. After the ball is passed along the baseline, players sprint to closeout and enter a Shell defense type of drill. In the same setup, you'll get another passing drill called 3-on-3 Baseline Passing, which is a great continuous passing drill to work on rip-throughs, pivots, and passing fundamentals.

Coach Boals covers many other drills too, including:

  • Tip, Rebound, and Run
  • Nets Transition D
  • 4-on-4 Shell
  • 3 on the Ball
  • 5 Possession Game

Lastly, Boals wants his players to understand the value of each possession and discusses the impact that a single possession can have on the outcome of the game. The 5 Possession Game drill is an awesome way to get players invested in playing hard each possession and is the perfect setting to practice special situations.

Keep things fresh and competitive in your practices with this great compilation of basketball drills from Coach Jeff Boals!

51 minutes. 2020.

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Cover: organizing a lock-down man-to-man defense
Organizing a Lock-Down Man-to-Man Defense

with Kellie Harper,
University of Tennessee Head Coach;
former Missouri State University Head Coach;
2x MVC Tournament champions (2016, 2019);
2019 Kay Yow Coach of the Year; 2019 MVC Coach of the Year;
former North Carolina State University Head Coach;
former Western Carolina University Head Coach;
2x SoCon Tournament champions (2005, 2009);
2007 SoCon regular season champions;
3x NCAA champion as a player at Tennessee under Pat Summitt

The Tennessee Lady Vols have a rich history of success. Pat Summitt built a program with a foundation of doing things the right way. One of Summitt's most accomplished players, Kellie Harper, is following in her footsteps as the current head coach of the Lady Vols.

In this video, Harper breaks down her defensive philosophy that is a combination of what she learned under Coach Summitt and what she has picked up during her own career as a player and coach.

On-Ball Defense

While playing under Pat Summitt, Harper had a great ability to stop the player she was guarding in their tracks. She had a lock-down mentality that whoever she was guarding would not get past her.

In this section, Harper teaches her players how to use a push step and cut off the offensive player. In her 1-on-1 Drills, she has athletes work on the push step by closing out and having the offensive player take 1-2 dribbles in one direction. This helps build great defending technique and athlete confidence.

Off-Ball Defense and Philosophy

With the philosophy of playing on one side of the court, Coach Harper demonstrates how her team allows the first pass to be made while positioning help defense in the gaps. Once the ball moves to the wing, she demonstrates why wing defenders need to close out high side and while the top of key denies the reversal pass.

Using 5v5 Shell Drill, Harper shows how to teach your players technique, stance, and positioning. The Lady Vols' golden rule for half court defense is to, "Be where you're supposed to be on the catch."

Ball Screen Defense

Defending the ball screen has become a top priority in today's game. Coach Harper demonstrates how her players get physical with their ball screen defense using their "locking up" technique. In a 2v2 drill, post players jam the screener and push them higher up the line as the guards get under the screen and beat their man to the middle.

Much like the legendary coach Pat Summitt taught her while a player for Tennessee, Coach Harper, to this day and now as the coach at Tennessee, focuses on 'the details' and 'doing things the right way.'

Harper's aggressive style of defense is on display in this excellent video that will greatly benefit your own defensive philosophy and drills!

58 minutes. 2020.

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Cover: the hybrid pack line defense: stance, position & movement
The Hybrid Pack Line Defense: Stance, Position & Movement

with Tom Palombo,
Guilford College Head Coach;
4x Bob Johnson ODAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year;
4x ODAC Tournament Champions;
2007 NABC South Region Coach of the Year;
11x NCAA Tournament appearances;
over 550 career wins

"Defense wins championships" is a standard tenet in the coaching profession. In this video featuring Guilford College's Tom Palombo, you'll see how to build an airtight defense starting with the basic principles of stance, position and movement.

Defensive Breakdown

Coach Palombo meticulously breaks down each aspect of individual and team defense and shows you how to implement the fundamentals necessary to build a defensive powerhouse. By mixing in game footage, Palombo allows you to see how these drills translate into high-level execution in a game.

If your team has ever struggled with defensive rotations, Coach Palombo's X's and O's illustrations and on-court demonstrations of a variety of different drills will help your team improve. One of the key strengths of this video is the collection of drills Palombo presents for building a strong defensive base.

Stance, Position, Movement

You'll learn how to accelerate your team's defensive progress by focusing on three basic principles that form the foundation for a stifling defense. With great attention to detail, Coach Palombo describes each defensive drill and the game scenarios each drill is designed to address. Key drills you'll get include:

  • Guard Your Yard
  • 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 Positioning
  • 4-on-4 Shell (with many variations)

You'll learn key progressions for every drill and get to see how players respond and build their skills in a live-practice setting. During and between each drill, Palombo also expands his coaching to cover the individual technique he prefers to see out of his defenders.

With a mix of individual and team techniques, this video from Coach Palombo will give you drills and practice insights for virtually any defensive situation!

100 minutes. 2020.

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Cover: smothering man-to-man switching defense
Smothering Man-to-Man Switching Defense

with Ashley Howard,
La Salle University Head Coach;
former Villanova University Assistant Coach (with Jay Wright);
2016 and 2018 National Championships;
former Xavier University Assistant Coach (with Chris Mack)

Switching on screens within your man-to-man defense can make your players more dynamic defenders and give your team an advantage. In this video, La Salle University's Ashley Howard shares five drills that he uses to teach switching man-to-man defense in group and individual situations.

1-on-1 Drill

Coach Howard walks you through how to get your athletes to guard players effectively in the open court. You will see:

  • How and why smaller players need to be a "Pitbull" against bigger players in order to win their individual battles
  • How to get your players to defend without fouling
  • How to teach athletes to guard players who are quicker than they are

Team Drills

Next, Howard showcases four breakdown drills to teach your team how to play a switching man-to-man defense. You'll see how to teach your athletes great defensive footwork and positioning when switching, how to signal load your defense when players are in a mismatch situation, how your team can take advantage of defensive mismatches, and how to communicate switching situations so your athletes stay in a "ball, you, man" scenario.

BONUS: Transition Defense

Also included is a bonus segment featuring Coach Howard breaking down his transition defense approach. He details a progression of drills that puts the defense at a disadvantage so your players will know how to react and defend even without the full support of their teammates.

This video from Coach Howard will show you the power of playing switching man-to-man defense. Teams that implement Howard's tactics will have better communication, force opponents into difficult shots, and run a more versatile defense overall. This is a must-have to become an elite switching man-to-man team.

64 minutes. 35 bonus minutes. 2020.

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