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Run Reliefs - Always Have an Out

with Matt Nally,
Melissa (TX) High School, Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator

Melissa High School is a 4A school in the football-rich state of Texas. In 2017, the Cardinals enjoyed a 12 win season and scored over 600 points.

A well-coached defense will do its best to take away your top running plays. If you run the Dash, you have a built-in run relief to solve this problem and take advantage of defenses that load the box.

Run reliefs or RPOs are common in many spread offensive schemes. Matt Nally shares his version and shows you how simple it is for the quarterback to read. He teaches you how to tag either the fit or leverage side to counter how the defense tries to attack you. The '7 yard rule' allows you to get the ball out to your best receiver on a quick screen when the corner is 7 yards or deeper.

Inside Run Game

Coach Nally diagrams three inside run plays: the power, inside zone, and counter. These three run schemes are some of the most common and successful run schemes in today's modern spread offensive attack. Next, he uses diagrams and game footage to show these plays in action against several defensive looks. You'll learn:

  • The inside zone play, including the blocking assignments and quarterback/running back mechanics.
  • Coach Nally's power scheme, which is an extremely effective way to attack both even front and odd front defenses.
  • The counter play, which features a pulling guard and tackle.
  • Key coaching points for each play with game footage as examples.

RPO Concepts Tied to the Inside Run Game

Coach Nally describes the basic rules for the run reliefs that he uses with his offense. This scheme involves a built in pre-snap and post-snap read for the QB. The rules for this concept are simple and are the same for each inside run play. This concept will allow your offense to put specific defenders into a run/pass conflict where they can't be right, no matter what they do! You'll see:

  • How Nally teaches his players to identify the leverage or pre-snap side and the "fit" or post-snap side based on the position of the running back.
  • The route concepts that are used with both the leverage side and fix side, as well as the quarterback's read progression.
  • How Nally teaches his quarterback to read and react to edge blitzers and teams that play man to man coverage instead of zone coverage.

Tagging System

In this section, Nally shares his inside run game tagging system. This system allows him to change route concepts while maintaining the same basic play and blocking scheme. The tags allow the offense to read different defenders in order to create run/pass conflicts for opposing players. These concepts are shown from 2x2 and 3x1 formations.

  • The "A" level tags read a down lineman and perimeter defender post-snap. This turns each run play into a triple option play.
  • The "B" level tags allow the offense to change the fit side to opposite the running back, and vary the route concepts used while reading either an inside linebacker or outside linebacker.
  • The "C" level tags allow the offense to read either a safety or cornerback to the fit side of the play.

This comprehensive look at run reliefs from Coach Nally will have your offense zooming down the field in no time!

57 minutes. 2018.

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Core Catching Drills: Receiving, Blocking & Throwing

with Jan Weisberg,
Birmingham-Southern College Head Coach;
Back-to-Back Southern Athletic Association Coach of the Year (2016-17);
Four straight SAA Regular Season Championships (2014-17);
2012 South Region Coach of the Year

Your catcher is the single most important position player on your team. That's why it's crucial that you work on developing yours the right way!

Developing great catchers requires more than a scattered assortment of drills and average practice sessions. In this video, Jan Weisberg provides an effective, well-organized resource for developing catchers. He demonstrates over 30 drills, from throwing to the various facets of catching, that a catcher will need to be successful.

Receiving Skills

Coach Weisberg is as good as it gets for developing catchers and it all starts with his commitment to proper receiving. Receiving the ball well creates the ability to take a ball that is 2-4 inches off the plate and make it look like a strike. In this section, you will:

  • Learn the best techniques for being in position to receive the ball.
  • See exactly how catchers can maintain soft hands for receiving.
  • Understand how to move behind the plate in a way that gets the umpire to call strikes.
  • Watch players get quicker with their hands while still being able to softly receive the ball.
  • Learn how to be firm as you receive while still being soft enough to get the calls.

Blocking & Controlling the Ball

Prevent giving up free bases by transforming your catcher's ability to block into an ability to control the baseball. Blocking is different than controlling; controlling the baseball keeps it in an area that allows the catcher to throw the runner out trying to advance.

Weisberg showcases various teaching techniques and drills that will make players lead with the glove and be more effective with controlling the ball in the dirt. You'll see specific drills designed to keep the ball in the "kill zone" and slow down base runners. Additionally, Weisberg's rapid fire drills will help players develop superb body control.

All coaches know that pitchers thrive on the success and effectiveness of a catcher. If a catcher is great at catching everything, the pitcher will gain confidence and throw effective pitches, knowing his catcher won't let anything past.


Footwork and excellent break of the hands can be the difference in trying to control the running game. Weisberg shares several drills specifically designed to help catchers develop footwork, reaction time, and accuracy to throw out runners. You'll learn mechanics for throwing around the batter and even throwing from the knees

Throwing from the catching position is more about redirecting the baseball. Daily development of quick and accurate transfer of the ball from the glove to the throwing hand is essential!

It's impossible to imagine a more thorough look at the skills necessary to become a high-level catcher. This video from Coach Weisberg has the daily drills and skill development techniques to help get you there!

85 minutes. 2018.

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Open Practice: Drills to Develop Your Program

with Seth Tierney, Hofstra University Head Coach; U.S. Men's National Team Assistant Coach; 4x Colonial Athletic Association Regular Season Champions; four consecutive NCAA Championship berths from 2008 thru 2011;

As most coaches know, if you don't come to practice with a plan for a theme (offensive play, defensive movement, stick work, ground balls, etc.) your practice is doomed to fail and both you and the players will be frustrated. Additionally, the energy and tone your team starts practice with is going to carry on throughout the rest of the practice.

Step onto the field with Hofstra's Seth Tierney as he leads his squad through two practice sessions that cover a variety of practice aspects: stick work, skill work, small sided games/situations, man up vs man down situations, small sided games, half field drills, and more!

Coach Tierney's teaching method lays out each drill on the white board before taking you to the field, allowing you plenty of time to comprehend each drill so you can immediately use them within your team's practice plans.

Practice One

You'll get 15 high-paced, challenging drills to get your team ready for the season. The first type of drills he demonstrates focus on individual or small group skills. The second type put together those smaller drills into game-like situations.

Coach Tierney transitions from small group drills focused on attack/midfielders and defensive players to small group situation play. All of this supports his coaching philosophy of fast paced practices, efficient use of time, and what he terms "Turnpike" mentality.

Drills include:

  • The Star Drill - A great drill to start with because it sets the tone for players, makes them stay focused and engaged, and emphasizes the most basic aspects of the game. Athletes will work on accurate passing, catching anything thrown their way, and handling their stick in traffic.
  • The Transition Drill - Helps break down scenarios on the field and encourages players to expose the 2v1 man up situations on the offensive end of the field. Athletes must work together to get into spaces where their teammate can find them. It also pushes the defense out of their comfort zone.
  • 3242 Drill - Reinforces Coach Tierney's philosophy of fast paced quick transitions with a competitive edge. This drill has a quick transition from a 3v2 defensive advantage to a 4v3 man down situation and addresses offensive players learning to play a man down while defensive players get a chance to score.
  • Pressure Cooker - This drills breaks the team into defensive and offensive players. The concepts force either the defense or offense to move the ball with a man advantage around the cage, trying to keep it away from the other side for one minute without a turnover.

Practice Two

This practice is a continuation of the first practice and includes more game play, followed by skills work.

You'll see why having good stick skills and empathizing them at the beginning of practice translates to better half/full field play at the end of practice. Each drill can be tailored to fit the skill level of your players. Drills include:

  • The Perimeter/Approach Drill - Allows your defense to work on their positioning without having to think about protecting the goal as well. This drill emphasizes the need to communicate effectively amongst all players.
  • The Full Field Face Off Drill - Players need to know how to translate the small-sided/half field drills to a full field. This drill helps them prepare for a game by starting with a face off and then attacking and defending.

This extensive look at the practices of four-time NCAA champion head coach Seth Tierney will give you some great ideas to improve the effectiveness of your team's own sessions!

148 minutes. 2018.

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Mike Procopio: Building a Perimeter Player

with Mike Procopio,
Director/President of Hoop Consultants;
Director of Player Development for the Dallas Mavericks (NBA);
Director of Basketball Operations for ATTACK Athletics in Chicago (IL);
has worked with Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Caron Butler, as well as 75 other NBA players;
Strategic Game Management Coach to Kobe Bryant for two seasons (2009-12 and 2 NBA Championships); former Maine Red Claws (NBDL) Assistant Coach

He is the best player development coach in the NBA. Mark Cuban - Owner, Dallas Mavericks

In order to create a year-round skill development program that your players can do in the off-season (and you can implement into your practices during the season), you need to prioritize what skills are most important and drill them as efficiently as possible.

In this video, Mike Procopio shows you the type of training sessions he runs with the highest-level basketball players in the world. These skill sessions are short and fast-paced so your players can maximize their repetitions in as little time as possible. This video is not going to waste your time with drills or skills that have little carryover to the game. Instead, you'll see the most critical offensive skills needed to excel as a perimeter player at any level of competition.

Ball Handling

While there are countless dribble moves your players could learn, very few are practical on a regular basis in game situations. Coach Procopio has refined this list of moves to the absolute essentials your players should focus on developing. Doing these five dribble movements in a stationary ball handling workout will improve the ability of your players to control the ball on the court by creating a more powerful and tighter handle.


Being able to get open or quickly get a shot off depends all on footwork. Coach Procopio meticulously covers footwork that allows for catch and shoot, dribble drive, and jab step opportunities while minimizing the risk of traveling. Being consistent with your footwork prevents mistakes. Having the repeatable footwork for each of these attacks keeps the defense on its heels and allows a player to take advantage of however the defense chooses to defend.

If you want your perimeter player to be an offensive threat, they will need to be able to stretch the floor and create their own shot. Procopio shows you how he expands the scoring ability of his players with simple fundamentals rather than developing an array of fancy moves. You will learn Procopio's three keys to great shooting and how to integrate these into any type of shot your players might take, such as catch and shoot jump shots, pull-up jumpers off ball screens, and shooting on the move.

Coach Procopio also demonstrates how you can create space for your shot with step back jumpers or gain an advantage with ball and foot fakes in the triple threat.

A must-have scoring move for smaller players is the floater. Coach Procopio explains how to execute this move in addition to showing you the ideal locations where this type of shot should be taken in a game. These fundamentals will help your players score efficiently from anywhere on the court in any type of offense.

Weak Hand Training

Improving the effectiveness of your players' weak hands will double your team's scoring ability! This video will give you a short training routine that could easily be done in practice on a regular basis to dramatically improve your players' confidence in using both hands to score around the rim. Your players will learn how to finish with multiple types of reverse layups, jump hooks, scoops, and floaters all using their non-dominant hand.

Building a complete wing player is vital to any successful program. Coach Procopio is a master at developing elite players and continuing to make them better. His proven drills and techniques will help you improve your players immediately!

"Great workout. Love how coach explains each detail so players are able to

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Jason Papalio: Dynamic Warm-Up for Basketball

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

A good basketball warm-up targets both the skills needed for the game, and the systems and muscles used in the game. Jason Papalio's dynamic warm-up shown in this video will give you the ability to tailor your pre-game warm-up to both prevent injuries and increase your team's athletic prowess.


Learn how to tailor exercises needed to prepare your team mentally and physically for the game. Focusing on core, mobility, stability, balance and flexibility, Coach Papalio demonstrates a variety of drills that target body position and muscle groups to make your players the best they can be. Papalio gives you a menu of drills to choose from, which include a variation on jumping jacks, pogo jumps, a lunge series, a walking series, a band series, and more.

Cool Down

Papalio also explains and demonstrates a post-game and post-practice cool down and stretching routine, incorporating both yoga and static stretching to help prevent injuries and increase flexibility and recovery in athletes. Increasing the flexibility of your players will help them play in a better stance and be more productive on the court.

These warm-up and injury prevention techniques go beyond the usual X's and O's of a coaching clinic. Coach Papalio's emphasis is on how to keep players healthy and strong. His recovery techniques, drills and exercises focus on making your players the best athletes they can be!

Produced at the Nike Championship Basketball Coaches Clinics in Cleveland (OH), Charlotte (NC) and Minneapolis (MN); Fall 2017.

44 minutes. 2018.

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