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Cover: open practice: transition into the 4-out 1-in motion offense & special situations
Open Practice: Transition into the 4-Out 1-In Motion Offense & Special Situations

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

If you're a coach that has an offensive-minded mentality and wants to score early in the clock, or push the ball for quick scores, then you'll want this video for your collection. Jamie Dixon opens up his practice for an inside look at how he practices his team to reinforce proficiency in running motion and transition offense.

For his current roster, Coach Dixon has chosen a spread 4-Out, 1-In attack that focuses on early offense He provides chalk talk covering his transition and motion offense strategies, and breaks down the movements and key points surrounding them on the court.

Transition Offense

Pushing the ball up the floor in early offense is something Coach Dixon emphasizes. His scheme has four players that are labeled as his "bust-out" guys. These positions can all handle the ball, are able to start pushing the ball once a rebound is obtained, and find the open man if ahead - or fill in spots offensively. By doing so, early offense and quick points are achieved, and if not, you'll be able to get into your secondary offense or motion.

The action by the point guard and the trailer are also critical. If the trailer is able to get ahead of the point guard, the trailer is taught to set a good ball screen. Otherwise, the point guard can look for a good pitch ahead to another guard or making a pass to the trailer.

Half Court Sets

Dixon uses half court sets with a 2-Out and 3-Down set, which incorporates screens, dribble hand-offs, and constant motion. The offense starts with an open wing, and screens should be on that side to maintain spacing. These offensive sets can start from different areas of the floor to give you different looks and options, which can make your team less predictable. Elbow options with screens that come to the elbow allow you to switch into a Horns look.

Full Court Quick Hitter

Having plays available for all situations is important. Dixon provides options that include long passes deep, and short options that include screens and pushing the ball up the floor. These looks also provide open shots on depending on the area of the floor and what defense your team is up against. For situations with more time available, Dixon runs press break options into his motion offense.

This video gives you a rare 'insider's look' into Coach Dixon's offensive scheme practice!

"A smorgasbord of all-things offense surrounding a quick strike offensive attack"- Customer Review

72 minutes. 2018.

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Cover: trapping & scrambling pressure defense
Trapping & Scrambling Pressure Defense

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

In just her second season as head coach, Ashland's Robyn Fralick has already found the key to program success: utilizing both a full-court and half-court attacking defense to build team chemistry and facilitate a sense of ownership amongst the roster.

Coming off of an undefeated 37-0 season that resulted in a National Championship, Fralick's pressing/trapping approach yielded an increase in seven turnovers forced per game, with the added benefit of creating a tough-minded team mentality.

In this video, Coach Fralick discusses the importance of core values and the defensive philosophy employed by her team, individual defensive breakdown drills, team drills, and finally finishes up with game footage showing the effectiveness of pressure defense in live play.

Full-Court / Half-Court Pressure Defense

An efficient way to utilize the full depths of your roster is to implement an exhaustive, attacking style of play that requires bodies in order for the system to function at its peak. A system that will engage a player's yearning for opportunity, is fun to play, and tasks endurance levels will ultimately create a sense of togetherness and ownership amongst the team as every player will have a role to play in determining team success.

In discussing the philosophy and demonstrating the scheme, Fralick touches on:

  • Varying the "when" and "where" that traps occurs in order to create a sense of unpredictability.
  • The responsibilities and positioning of the "trapper, gapper, and safety" roles within the attack.
  • The four goals of the philosophy and how they directly translate to the system's success.
  • How to handle defense of ball screens in the half-court and how it falls in line with the underlying philosophy of the defensive system as a whole in the full-court.
  • Help defense positioning, both in the full-court and the half-court, and how it places players in the best possible position to achieve a deflection.
  • A review of game film in order to illustrate the talking/teaching points of the system that were on display throughout the video.

Pressure Defense Breakdown Drills

Breakdown drills are essential to isolating specific teaching points and creating a competitive environment in which to instruct players on how to react. Fralick brings a package of two offensive-based breakdown "finishing" drills (after all, what good is forcing a turnover if it doesn't directly translate to points at the other end!), and six defensive-based drills that aim to:

  • Develop offensive footwork and "finishing" move sets around the rim.
  • Simulate the 'chaotic' element where the press is beaten and the defense is forced into 'scramble' mode to match-up in the half-court.
  • Create the perfect trapping alignment via body and foot placement, in a controlled and confined space, that places an emphasis on reading the offensive player's eyes.
  • "Control" the ball-handler and force the offensive player into positions on the court that are advantageous to the defense.
  • Position the off-ball defenders up/on the line of the ball to place them in position to concurrently defend their man as well as cheat just enough to increase the odds of a deflection if a pass were to be made in their direction.

The mantra of "defense travels" still holds true today. Create a fast-paced, engaging, exciting style of play that uses defense as its foundation. By utilizing the depths of the roster within an engaging, full-court defensive pressure based attack, Coach Fralick has wielded the 'controlled chaos' ideology into a winning formula that you can apply to f

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Cover: open practice: on the line half court defense & full court presses
Open Practice: On the Line Half Court Defense & Full Court Presses

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

Jamie Dixon has led an immediate turnaround at Texas Christian University having won the NIT Championship in just his second year at the helm. This video of a live, 'Open Practice' session showcases the drills and concepts Coach Dixon has installed to construct a successful man-to-man defense.

You will see why Dixon has become one of the top defensive coaches in today's game through the multitude of drills and skills he runs his team through in this session. The TCU coaching staff provides specific teaching points throughout practice and in whiteboard segments where Dixon personally explains the important details to many of the strategies you will get a chance to observe in this practice.

Individual Defensive Fundamentals

Great team defenses are composed of strong individual defenders that do not allow the breakdowns that lead to the offense gaining an advantage. See how Dixon raises the skill level of his defenders through four defensive fundamental drills that will develop closeout technique, improve instincts to jump toward the ball, challenge shots, help on dribble penetration, and play great denial defense in the post. These are drills any program can use daily in practice to build solid defenders.

Disadvantage Drills

Coach Dixon demonstrates a variety of methods to get defenders connected into a united front. The George Karl drill intentionally creates confusion for your players to force them to quickly recognize the biggest threats and communicate every possession. See how to use a 3-Out 1-In alignment with your Shell drill to accustom your players to different angles on the floor while also involving post play in the defense. Two additional team drills force disadvantage situations to teach your players how to scramble and provide constant help defense. Your players will have to learn how to use great positioning, communication, and technique to succeed in these demanding drills.

Shell Drill

Learn how to instruct your players to fight through down screens set from different angles of the court as well as flare screens with Shell drills that will maximize the number of repetitions for your players to improve in practice. Dixon provides detailed teaching points on the technique required to utilize his technique for extending the down screen and chasing on flares. He also shows how additional defenders contribute to managing these screening situations beyond the two directly involved in the action. Adding in post defense makes this one of the most comprehensive Shell drills you will find.

Help rotations are important for preventing layups when defenders are beat on dribble penetration. Dixon breaks down the responsibilities of players in help positions to provide this support and properly recover.

Transition/Press Defense

Rounding out his defensive playbook, Dixon outlines his transition defense and press defense to make sure you're prepared for any situation. Learn how to protect the rim in transition and trap ball screens in the man-to-man defense. You'll see how you can convert into a 1-3-1 press out of free throw situations. This defense is a great way to create traps and force turnovers as your opponents struggle to get the ball safely across half court!

You'll also see how TCU extends their pressure with the Diamond press. Thanks to his past battles in the Big East, Dixon's press is one of the toughest to beat for any opponent.

Coach Dixon's defense has been a signature of his career. Since his days in the Big East, he's always had some of the best 'lock down' defense strategies. His principles and philosophies are detailed and easy to implement in your program. If you'

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Cover: read and man-to-man full court presses
Read and Man-to-Man Full Court Presses

with Eric Flannery,
St. Edward's (OH) High School Head Boys Basketball Coach;
400 career wins; 2x Ohio Division I State Champions;
3x Cleveland Plain Dealer Coach of the Year and 2007 Associated Press Ohio Coach of the Year;
2013-14 USA Men's U17 Developmental National Team Assistant Coach (FIBA World Championship Gold Medal);
2010 USA Youth Olympic Games Team Head Coach; 2010 McDonald's All American Game Head Coach (West Team)

With the purpose of disrupting even the best offenses, a pressing team works to change the flow of the game. Eric Flannery demonstrates two pressing defenses that will help your team control the pace, and in turn, control the game.

The Read Press

In the Read press, your players will make the opposing offense think. By applying ball pressure, the initial look is to cause deflections. Once the ball has been entered, players look to swarm the ball, but not allow the same second pass twice. As the ball is reversed, the press changes its look from a diamond press to a 2-2-1 press, creating confusion for opponents. After the initial read, your team can throw multiple options at your opponent: Trap, Stay, or Squeeze.

Flannery give you the rules for the Read press, as well as where to position your team based on your personnel. Your best rotation may not work against long wing players or skilled big guys. The Read press gives you the flexibility to adjust the press rotations. This will allow you to mix and match the defense to put players into areas that can benefit your team.

L Cut

Coach Flannery shows how to use the L cut as a better way to trap on the first pass. Oftentimes in a full court press, you'll see the first trap coming at an angle from the inbound pass. Flannery has his players go up the floor and come in from the side, which cuts off the dribble to the middle of the floor. This is a great adjustment to prevent the ball from going to the middle and letting the offense use either side of the floor.

Man-to-Man Press

In the man-to-man press, your team applies the same ball pressure, with trapping options, but in a man-to-man setting. Flannery guides you through rotations to make your man-to-man press look like a zone, or even trap press. He takes you through any initial set-up that the offense will try to use against your the press.

Breakdown Drills

To cap his detailed look at a disrupting defense, Flannery breaks down the press into full court drills. Each drill builds a havoc mindset by focusing on forcing sideline and containing your opponents' best ball handlers.

A variation of the defensive zig zag drills, the Sprint and Turn drill helps teach players to turn and sprint and take an angle to cut off the offensive player. This drill is effective when teaching a press since too many players chase the basketball. This drill progresses into 2-on-2, forcing your defensive players to communicate to cut off the basketball with the trap coming from the backside.

If your team likes to get up and down the floor, this press from Coach Flannery would be great for you to utilize. It creates confusion and makes your opponents think, causing them to slow their pace of play. Your team is sure to love this style of play that gets everyone involved!

88 minutes. 2017.

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Cover: the 1-1-3 and 3-2 match-up zone defenses
The 1-1-3 and 3-2 Match-Up Zone Defenses

with Eric Flannery,
St. Edward's (OH) High School Head Boys Basketball Coach;
400 career wins; 2x Ohio Division I State Champions;
3x Cleveland Plain Dealer Coach of the Year and 2007 Associated Press Ohio Coach of the Year;
2013-14 USA Men's U17 Developmental National Team Assistant Coach (FIBA World Championship Gold Medal);
2010 USA Youth Olympic Games Team Head Coach; 2010 McDonald's All American Game Head Coach (West Team)

Having a lockdown defense is critical in today's game. Being able to stifle even the best offensive opponents can allow an average team to become a great team. In this video, Eric Flannery breaks down every rotation and concept to teach you the basics of a match-up zone defense. Whether you're searching for a different look to your defensive philosophy or just something that will confuse your best opponents, this zone defense has it all.

Using several defensive set-ups, Coach Flannery teaches the match-up zone as if you were in his practices. Starting with the whole picture, he demonstrates how the rotations within the zone will allow you to disguise your defense, making your opponents think you're using your man-to-man defense. From 5v5 rotations, you'll learn how to guard a driving team from the wing, a team that has lights-out shooters, or mobile post players with some range. He gives detailed breakdowns of wing coverage, corner coverage, skip passes, screening action, and how to take away drives.

Man-to-Man Principles

In this zone defense scheme, man-to-man principles still apply. Players always apply ball pressure while closing out and shifting into help defense on the weak side. Forcing the ball sideline is the key, and athletes will deny one pass away. This ball pressure and man-to-man principles allow your defense to disguise itself by looking like a man-to-man defense. The match-up zone shifts and moves, and gives you the ability to have players in position to help and get steals off rotations. If the pass from the corner is able to make a skip pass, the zone shifts back into its original position and you're back into your match-up zone.

To help your players grasp concepts and movements, Flannery demonstrates how to defend different offensive set-ups. From a 2-guard front, to a 3-2 look, to a 1-4 high set up, Flannery's easy to teach concepts help athletes see the pattern of slides and coverages. Installing this defense is simple and can be fun to do. If you're an aggressive team, you can utilize the zone coverages to trap the ball in the deep corner or at half court, creating steals and scoring opportunities for your team. The match-up zone works in your favor by cutting the floor in half and forcing the offense to choose a side through constant ball pressure.

1-1-3 Defense

Flannery uses on-court demonstration to show his 1-1-3 match-up zone, which is aggressive like a 1-3-1. Ball pressure is a must when playing zone, and in this zone the defender puts ball pressure on the person in their area when they have it. You'll see the basic principles for each position, predicated on ball pressure and player movement to defend the offense.

Coach Flannery does an excellent job demonstrating his defensive philosophy for the match-up zone. If you're looking for a defense to stifle your toughest opponent, give this one a try!

"Our program is based around making the game simple, and this match-up zone defense was a great change of pace and aggressive look that we were looking for!" - Customer Review

76 minutes. 2017.

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