Doubling the Post, Protecting the Rim & Pressure Defense
with Craig Doty,
Emporia State University Head Men's Basketball Coach; former Graceland University (IA) Head Coach;
2018 NAIA Division I National Champions; 2018 NAIA Division I National Coach of the Year; 2018 Don Meyer National Coach of the Year Award;
former Rock Valley College Head Coach; 2-Time NJCAA DIII National Champions (2014, 2016);
2x NABC National Junior College Coach of the Year
Craig Doty has experienced success at every level he has coached, having won three national championships in the span of five seasons. The staple to his success has been his ability to develop teams that apply complete defensive pressure. In this video, you'll get an opportunity to see the drills Doty uses on a daily basis to build his team defense, with a focus on defending against opposing post threats.
Coach Doty starts by explaining what his team emphasizes in practice every single day: pressure. You'll get closeout drills that work on contesting great shooters and forcing them to put the ball on the floor. Building from 1v1 closeouts, Doty demonstrates how his defense goes from hard denial to pressuring the basketball. Forcing your opponent into the deep corner and so they catch the ball further away from the basket is a must in this version of pressure defense.
With a foundation set in the half court, Coach Doty moves into a full court setting to demonstrate how he teaches and builds up his team's transition defense. Starting from 1v1 full court, players learn how to show their hands and try to stop the ball as an offensive player pushes the pace in transition. Doty builds into 1v2 to demonstrate the quality of defense when two players get back. When they sit in the gaps, athletes are able to stop an offensive player that has a full head of steam.
In 3v3 transition, players sit in gaps and focus on pushing the ball out of the middle of the floor. By showing their jerseys, the defense is able to accomplish this every possession. Your players will focus on getting deflections, forcing bad shots, and creating turnovers by being in the passing lanes.
Post to Post Drills
In 2v2 post to post drills, players work to perfect their post defense. Starting with footwork and positioning while fronting the post, defenders move from help-side to doubling the post. In this setting, your athletes must understand when they should double and when they should show. Building into 3v3, 4v4, and 5v5, all players (including guards) will learn how to rotate and defend the post.
In Doty's Verticality drill, players learn to maintain, and time, their verticality so they don't get into foul trouble. Your athletes will learn how to anticipate when they should jump and when they should hold still to avoid breaking the plane.
Building Your Culture
Rounding out his presentation, Doty explains how he has built his programs up at every location he's been during his career. He covers letting assistant coaches have a voice, teaching your players about success in life, and knowing and understanding team communication.
This is an excellent video for coaches who are seeking better post defense and for those who want to take their program to the next level. Coach Doty has won national titles at the NAIA level and the JUCO level, and his defensive principles are the foundation of his program. You will get some great defensive drills that you can immediately implement into your practices.
73 minutes. 2019.
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Transition Offense: Balance and Spacing
with Pat Baldwin,
UW-Milwaukee Head Coach;
played for Northwestern University, ranking first in school history in career steals and second in career assists;
Scoring in transition offense is one of the most exciting ways to play the game of basketball. Players and coaches alike love it, and it is becoming a mainstay of offensive systems around the country at every level. This clinic on transition offense featuring UW-Milwaukee's Pat Baldwin will give you the "why" and "how to" of transition offense, from securing the rebound to converting seamlessly into half-court offense without missing a beat.
Components of Transition Offense
Coach Baldwin explains his keys to an explosive transition offense that will get your players out wide, running hard, and scoring points. He outlines the importance of securing the rebound, having sprinters, spacing, flow and balance, and goes into detail with each as he progresses.
Building Your Transition Offense
Once the explanation of the components and essential elements of his transition offense are discussed, Baldwin dives into how you can begin to implement this fast-paced running style. He lists the three things that must happen when initiating the break after a rebound:
- No dribble
- Get wide
- The importance of the first two steps
He then talks about what each player should be thinking in transition, where to run, and what to look for. Coach Baldwin also shows how to get your post player in a favorable position to score by going under the defense. These components are shown in two drills that works on different progressions and scoring scenarios:
- Speed Drill: This drill is a continuous full-court layup drill that gets players running hard and looking up the floor to make the throw-ahead pass. It's a great conditioning drill as well.
- 3 on 0 Drill: This is where it starts to come together. Following the whole-part teaching method, the 3 on 0 Drill will make it easier for your players to see the options of the offense while running at maximum speed and effort. Baldwin slowly adds options as players go down and back in three and four trips. He also shows how to incorporate a ball screen within transition, along with multiple reads that players should practice.
Flow and Balance
If the break ends without any scoring options, Coach Baldwin wants his players to seamlessly flow into half-court offense and keep proper balance, which are the final two components of his offensive package. In this segment of the video, Baldwin shows multiple scoring options within several offensive sets that are a part of his Flow offense, plus how to keep proper balance.
This is a great video for any coach looking to speed things up this season and commit to an aggressive up-tempo transition offense!
52 minutes. 2019.
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Getting Inside Against a Zone
with Greg Kampe,
Oakland University Head Coach;
over 600 career wins; 4x Summit League Coach of the Year; 4 straight 20-win seasons (2008-2012);
Michigan Sports Hall of Fame inductee (2017)
Greg Kampe has been at the University of Oakland for the past 20 years. In that time, he has built one of the most fundamentally sound programs in the country. With an offensive philosophy of hunting for layups or 3-pointers, his players have an easy understanding of why they do what they do on offense. In this video, Kampe demonstrates how to explain the "why" behind what you do to your players, and gives you a few quick hitters to score against any zone defense.
In order to beat a zone, you must expose its weaknesses. By allowing the zone to think it's strong, you can create a level of deception and set up your offense for easy buckets. In his first few quick hitters, Coach Kampe designs his sets to screen and post up the middle of the zone. By pounding the middle of the zone, your quick hitters will wear down your opponent's post defense, leading to easy layups and buckets 6-8 feet around the rim.
Kampe emphasizes the idea of creating false motion within most of your zone quick hitters. False motion can create the action you want through simple levels of deception. Quick passes, eyeing the cutter, using shooters as decoys are all forms of deception that you can add to your offense in order to get what you want, when you want.
In Coach Kampe's high ball screen sets, he forces the defense to make a decision. By creating a 2-on-1 situation, you can control the tempo and pace of the game. When you incorporate a ball screen, you also create lanes for your best passer to be able to find anyone on the floor.
Attacking a Match-Up Zone
Match-up zones create many problems for some of the best offenses. They are hard for players to understand and beat. Using a double post, Coach Kampe shows how you can create a mismatch for a slashing guard to score in the paint.
Dribble Drive vs. Zone
Kampe demonstrates how to raise the defense on dribble hand-offs in order to create a false action and set up your best driver for a ball screen to get downhill and attack the basket. If the defense is able to stop your dribble penetration, they'll have left your best shooter wide open in the corner for an open triple. By creating 2-on-1 scenarios, you'll be able to get your team more exploitable opportunities.
Coach Kampe rounds out his presentation with some of his favorite drills. In his Closeout Drill, the ball is passed around the perimeter and players closeout with high hands and use short choppy steps to work on closing out high-side. As Kampe demonstrates, this is an outstanding drill that is great for preparing for game action.
Coach Kampe has been around the game for a long time and has built a successful program that often dominates on the offensive end of the floor. This is an excellent demonstration of how he has been able to beat even the best zone defenses using his players' ability to score around the rim and get open 3-pointers. His false action sets will provide your team with what it needs to score against your best opponents.
58 minutes. 2019.
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The Oak Hill Man to Man Offense
with Steve Smith,
Oak Hill Academy (VA) Head Coach;
Over 1000 career wins;
4x USA Today National Coach of the Year; 9x National High School Champions
One of the most popular offenses in today's game is the high octane dribble drive offense. Players love it and defenses dread it! It allows for player freedom within structured principles and teaches players how to play rather than just how to run plays.
No two dribble drive offenses will look the same from program to program - each coach has his or her own way of teaching it and running it. With nine national high school championships to his name, Steve Smith of Oak Hill Academy showcases variations within his iteration of the dribble drive offense.
Special Play and the Base Dribble Drive Offense
Coach Smith is known for his creative and effective set plays against man and zone defense. He begins the presentation by going over a play with multiple options and opportunities for players to make plays and get open looks.
The dribble drive offense has been his base go-to offense for the past several years. Smith describes the roles and options within the offense with an on-court demonstration. To begin teaching the offense he gives names to different actions to help players get accustomed to running it. Later on in the season there will be no need to call these options as players learn and develop. Coach Smith also emphasizes his philosophy of keeping things simple and allowing players to make reads and plays.
Traditionally, the dribble drive has no screening; however, Coach Smith shows two options within his base offense that utilize screens for post-ups and jumpers. He also details different ball screen options that he runs within the offense as well.
Dribble Drive Play Series
You can run virtually any set play with the dribble drive. Smith acknowledges the need to run sets when things get bogged down or you play a good defensive team. As always, he has great sets to solve this problem.
With his Drag Series and Elbow Series, you will get great looks at the basket and opportunities for your best players to get open looks and scoring opportunities. These two series of plays flow seamlessly into the dribble drive.
As an added bonus, Coach Smith shares an out of bounds play with two last-second options.
Combine the potency of the dribble drive with the set play genius of Steve Smith and you'll have no trouble scoring this season!
68 minutes. 2019.
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Toughness Drills to Improve Your Team Physically and Mentally
with John Pigatti,
South Suburban College Head Coach;
career win percentage of .833 as a coach (as of 2019);
has coached two National Players of the Year and nine Region IV Players of the Year;
9x Region IV Championships
This video featuring South Suburban's John Pigatti demonstrates and explains drills useful in practice to develop a mindset centered around toughness. In his on-court demonstration, Coach Pigatti discusses why it's important do more than just talk about being tough. Instead, he uses drills to promote the mindset of being a tough team and building a culture around toughness.
Passing Drills for Toughness
The instilling of toughness begins with warm-up drills in practice. Coach Pigatti begins with a drill called "Olympic Passing" in which eight players work on their passing skills. The three main points of emphasis are catching on the move, working on pivots, and making sure to prevent turnovers. Next, Coach Pigatti adds in how working on different types of passes are possible. For example, overhead passes can be a point of emphasis. Finally, the drill gets taken full court and requires players to go as hard as they can running longer distances.
Two other passing drills are presented by Pigatti, including "50 Pass Drill". This drill requires 50 passes be made in a row without dribbling or shooting. This type of drill is utilized to improve passing and to be disciplined in handling the basketball.
Defensive Drills for Toughness
In the "Loose Ball Charge Drill" from Coach Pigatti, a player begins positioned at the free throw lane and waits for the coach to roll a ball out onto the floor. The player then must dive on the floor, recover it, and pass it back to the coach. Next, the coach attempts to throw a ball out of bounds that must be saved. Great effort is required and the rules of saving a ball are introduced. The main rule is to save the basketball to the nearest corner. Finally, the defensive player takes a charge on a drive by a teammate. Coach Pigatti has the driver start out at the top of the key, but a variation shown gives the opportunity to work on wing drives as well.
Rebounding Drills for Toughness
With the knowledge that 72 percent of teams that win also win the battle for rebounds, Coach Pigatti demonstrates his version of "War Drill". This full-court 4-on-4 drill begins with four offensive players on the perimeter and four defensive players starting on the restricted arc facing the basket. On the shot, the defense attempts to block out the offense and secure the rebound. To make the drill tougher, one variation requires the defensive team to let the ball touch the floor before securing the rebound. For the offense, no such restriction exists. This requires the defensive team to hold their block out longer than usual to have a chance at a rebound.
There is no question that toughness often determines the team that wins and the team that loses. This video from Coach Pigatti shows the variety of ways in which tough-minded teams can be built.
76 minutes. 2019.
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