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The 7 S's of the Pick and Roll (Clay)

with Coach William Clay,
Diamond in the Rough Skills Academy;
10 years coaching high school, Division 1, and AAU,
Published "The Seven S's of the Pick-and-Roll" in Winning Hoops Magazine (2015),
WBCA Final Four On-Court Presentation of the Seven S's of the Pick-and-Roll (2016).

For decades, coaches at every level have regarded the pick-and-roll as arguably the single most efficient offensive tool in their playbooks. In the Seven S's of the Pick-and-Roll, Coach Clay gives special attention to detail in explaining the ball-handler's role in the pick-and- roll. This video presents a template for building a ball-handler's intuition, reads, ball-handling, and scoring in the pick-and-roll in seven S's. They are:

  • Survey. Read the defense from far-to-near.
  • Start. Will I need to use my speed or length/size (or both) to engage my defender below the level of the screen?
  • Setup. How will I get to the screener's outside foot before my defender to successfully use it?
  • Seal. No space can be allowed or compromised to let my defender bridge between my attack and the screen. Close the gap by "taking up space" and attacking the screen shoulder-to-hip.
  • Separate. The greater the distance covered after sealing off the screen, the greater the chance a player will find an open shot or create a mismatch.
  • Sag/soft/switch. How is the screener's defender playing the pick-and-roll?
  • Score. The purpose of the pick-and-roll is to create scoring opportunities. Maximize its potential by staying aggressive at all times.

Coach Clay presents three ball-handling series and one finishing series that are paramount to not only being effective in pick-and roll situations, but also that successful high-level pick-and-roll ball-handlers subconsciously perform routinely in games.

Ball-handling

The in-out ball-handling series builds the proper mechanics and muscle memory of executing the in-out dribble with a unique two-ball slam drill and one-ball stationary shift drill to attack a soft or sagging screene's defender, while also utilizing Coach Clay's "Equation of Separation: East-West jabs+North-South Stride" to yield max separation from the defender.

The second series, which is the escape-dribble series, compliments the scenario of "stringing" a hedging defender or escaping a trap situation, while maintaining vision of the entire floor to create scoring opportunities for teammates.

Lastly, in the "Snake-back series" Clay teaches the ball-handler to play with rhythm and pace while learning to take up the space when the screener's defender is again soft or sagging, which ultimately creates scoring opportunities for the ball-handler and or screener in the mid-range and at the basket.

Finishing

In the finishing series, X-out layups, Clay emphasizes changing speed and direction while attacking downhill utilizing "Floater", "Euro", and "Spin" finishes, all of which are common, yet effective complementary finishes for both the ball-handler and screener in pick-and-rollsituations when performed with proper footwork and balance.

Two-Man Game

The last segment combines all of the aforementioned concepts in "The 2-man game" in which the ball-handler and screener play off of each other utilizing Dribble-handoffs and re-screens to demonstrate how to properly read-and-react in pick-and-roll situations.utilizationof the Seven S's.

The Seven S's will not only add to your players individual skill set, but will also add to their holistic understanding of pick-and-roll, making them better team players as well.

34 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Bob Hurley's Drills for Offensive Mastery

with Bob Hurley,
St. Anthony's High School (NJ) Basketball Coach;
45 year career as head coach of St. Anthony's - from 1972 until the school's closing in 2017;
Distinguished member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2010);
4x High School National Champions; 3x USA Today National Coach of the Year ('89, '96, '08); 28x State Championships;
2017 ESPY Award for 'Best Coach';
83-game win streak (2010-13);back-to-back MaxPreps National Champions in 2010 & 2011; Compiled an astounding career record of 1,184 - 125 (90.5)

There are few coaches who can claim 28 state championships at any level, but the legendary Bob Hurley Sr. belongs in that exclusive club. In this jam-packed video, Coach Hurley dives deep into his coaching repertoire to bring you a complete guide to offensive development. He includes many of his favorite drills as well as some tips and tricks to improve players' individual skills with the end goal of helping your team score more points.

Warm-Up

Building a consistent offensive player begins with how they warm-up. Some of the best players in basketball spend 1-2 hours preparing for a game. Coach Hurley demonstrates several drills including Majerus Ball Handling Drill and Phil Martelli Shooting where players go through game reps/shots to develop their ball handling in the open court. By preparing to play perfectly, players are put into positions where they get outside their comfort zone so they'll be ready to perform come game time.

Full Court

Using a drill to work on a variety of different skills and concepts is a great way to maximize your practice time and space. In the Cardinal Full Court Drill, Hurley demonstrates how he uses the full team to get shots up, perfect footwork, work on getting to the rim, and improve rebounding all at once. Players run the length of the floor, push the ball in transition and look to read the defense. Athletes have the option to hit the wing, take a pull-up jumper, or attack the rim all while using a shot fake. This is an excellent drill for incorporating multiple skills.

Passing, Pivoting, and Cutting

Doing the small things perfectly leads to players getting better each and every day in practice. In the Full Court V-Cut drill, players have to take their man away and look to come back hard to the ball in order to get open. The ability to get open and make the next pass is a skill every player has to have. Building on passing and cutting, Hurley demonstrates how to protect the ball and pivot to execute a pass to the post, the open player, or across the court. All of these skills will help your players become better at reading angles and playing under pressure.

Every drill and skill that Hurley demonstrates is designed to help your players maximize their improvement at practice. As athletes learn to master the details, they will see their development soar to the next level. This is what has made Coach Hurley special throughout his coaching career: the ability to develop a player's skill set and make them better. Learn to do it yourself with this fantastic video!

82 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Bob Hurley's Drills for Defensive Mastery

with Bob Hurley,
St. Anthony's High School (NJ) Basketball Coach;
45 year career as head coach of St. Anthony's - from 1972 until the school's closing in 2017;
Distinguished member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2010);
4x High School National Champions; 3x USA Today National Coach of the Year ('89, '96, '08); 28x State Championships;
2017 ESPY Award for 'Best Coach';
83-game win streak (2010-13);back-to-back MaxPreps National Champions in 2010 & 2011; Compiled an astounding career record of 1,184 - 125 (90.5)

Legendary St. Anthony's basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr. has amassed 28 state championships in his time on the sidelines. He has coached hundreds of players and has taken great lengths to study today's game to become one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the world. In this video, you'll get the opportunity to learn a smorgasbord of defensive drills and skills from a great coach and excellent teacher.

Philosophy

Coach Hurley has built an essential list of daily habits that he requires his players to use. By teaching and modeling these habits, his teams are able to build extraordinary consistency. These daily habits along with the expectation of making practice harder than the game set the tone for a successful season. You will see how Hurley sets the tone and gets his players to work on their weaknesses early in every drill to push them out of their comfort zone.

Drills

Beginning with a solid foundation, Hurley demonstrates how he starts every year teaching the basics of defense. Skills such as stance, footwork, and hustling after a loose ball have helped his teams achieve great success in high school basketball.

Mastering the basics of rebounding, positioning, two hands on the ball, and attacking the glass are all elements a player needs to be a successful rebounder on both ends of the floor. In the Superman Rebounding Series, Hurley demonstrates five different drills you can use in your practices to build a superstar rebounder, no matter if the player is a post or a guard. Each drill makes athletes focus on using two hands, being strong with the basketball, and using a shot fake after getting an offensive rebound.

In 6 Man Closeout, your defense must be able to contest a shot and be ready for the drive as a post player sprints out to set a ball screen. Through this drill, you'll be able to teach ball screen defense or a combination of different ball screen defenses that will help prepare your players for game day.

Rounding out the video, Hurley demonstrates how to eliminate offensive celebrations and encourage your team to get back on the defensive end of floor. Once the offense scores, a new offense is ready and waiting to push the ball right back, forcing your defense to sprint and contain the ball in the open court.

Coach Hurley knows a thing or two about the defensive side of the game. By winning 28 state championships, he has demonstrated that his teams are ready to lock up and shut down some of the best offensive talent on the floor. Whether you are a first year coach or a veteran coach, you will benefit from watching and listening to Hurley explain the finer points of playing defense!

61 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Improving Players' Athleticism: Recovery Techniques

with Jason Papalio,
Athletic Recovery Training Specialist;
staff consultant for Manhattan College's 2014 and 2015 MAAC Champion basketball teams;
Has worked with high school, college and professional athletes

After a game or hard practice, it might seem normal to immediately pack up and head to the locker room. However, what you're missing out on may be one of the most important components to your team's longevity over the course of a season.

Athletic recovery training specialist Jason Papalio explains the importance of using recovery techniques in this video. You'll learn why it's essential to warm-down to prevent injuries and ensure that your athletes can bounce back quickly for the next game or practice.

Cat Cow Pose

Yoga has proven to be a beneficial tool in building strength, improving flexibility and better breathing. Injuries can occur when players lack flexibility, which makes building flexibility and strength two points you should address every day.

Core strength is important. However, players must also be flexible and not focus only on building the core. In Cat Cow Pose, athletes create space within the spine, flexibility of the spine, build muscles and incorporate proper breathing techniques.

Dynamic Lunge

Papalio showcases the dynamic lunge advanced exercise, which builds core and arm/leg muscles, incorporates balance, and strengthens the body. Body weight exercises are low-impact and can be used to help build muscles in the glutes, quads and hamstrings. Lunges are an excellent way to improve hip stability, overcome muscular imbalances and strengthen the quads to run faster and jump higher.

Stretching

This section is part of Papalio's cool-down routine. These techniques help players relax after doing poses that may be challenging. The stretching helps lengthen the muscles and open the hips. It can also help flush the lymphatic system.

Coach Papalio covers a wide array of techniques that improve recovery in this video. If you want to make sure your team stays healthy and always competes at its optimal level, you need to emphasize recovery every day.

41 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Improving Players' Athleticism: Balance & Stability

with Jason Papalio,
Athletic Recovery Training Specialist;
staff consultant for Manhattan College's 2014 and 2015 MAAC Champion basketball teams;
Has worked with high school, college and professional athletes

Every season, coaches explore various techniques to help their players improve. Oftentimes, the focus is on skill-based techniques and many people overlook how to build their athletes' balance and athleticism within the game.

In this video, Jason Papalio shows you ways to improve your athletes' athleticism on the court, utilizing various pieces of equipments such as rearrange harness and balance rings in order to build strength, power, balance and speed. Your off-season and in-season pre- or post-practice routines can be positively affected by implementing some of these training methods.

CoreVYO Harness

Papalio begins by showing a tool that engages the core. He combines breathing techniques with the harness to help improve performance. The harness will allow you to work toward preventing injuries, but with the resistance it also boosts overall performance. With a CoreVYO harness, you'll get effective, low-impact exercises that will pay dividends with your team's improved athleticism during the season.

Balance Pad

The next tool Papalio shares focuses specifically on balance and stability. A balance pad engages the core, makes you be 'in the moment' and can strengthen the joints. Additionally, it will improve the energy consumption and mental focus of your athletes by creating the same environment that players will experience in a game. The balance pads also allow coaches and trainers to see how a player naturally moves, which allows you to see, and address, imbalance.

Versatility

Coach Papalio can change the resistance when using a harness to match the needs of each individual athlete. He shows multiple drills that you can do using both the harness and balance pad including conditioning, ball handling, shooting, defense, and other skill-building drills.

This video covers improving athlete performance by building a solid foundation of balance and stability. As you progress from dynamic stretching, you can improve a player's core and strength with low-impact exercises. Papalio's techniques are effective year-round and you'll observe a noticeable increase in their overall performance as you begin to implement these into your program.

41 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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