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Doug Bruno: Building Your Offensive Philosophy Through Individual Skill Development

with Doug Bruno,
DePaul University Head Women's Coach;
over 650 career wins;
Conference USA's Coach of the Decade;
has guided DePaul to 16 straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2003-18);
USA Women's National Team Assistant Coach (2010-16);
winning Gold Medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics;
served as the head coach for the USA Women's U18 (2006) and U19 (2007) teams - led both teams to a Gold Medal at the FIBA World Championships;
only coach to be named USA Basketball's Developmental Coach of the Year twice;
past President of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association

How coaches teach is just as important as what they teach athletes. In this video, Doug Bruno gives you the foundation around which you can build your own coaching philosophy.

Bruno has been regarded as one of the best basketball minds in today's game. His ability to teach at a deliberate pace where players can focus on detail has resulted in top-rated offensive teams year in and year out. From learning to build a better player to improving your teaching method, you will become a better basketball coach and teacher by watching Coach Bruno explain his philosophy.

10 Ingredients of a Building a Better Player

Bruno spends time explaining how you can develop your players through daily skill development. He not only stresses becoming a player skill-wise, but also mentally and emotionally. The ingredients that make a dynamic and complete basketball player, according to Coach Bruno, include:

  • A love to compete.
  • Ball handling skills and performance in pressure situations.
  • Attention to footwork.
  • Focus on all aspects of offensive moves: with/without the ball, on the bounce, in triple threat and in the post.
  • Great eyes and vision.
  • Listening ability and being coachable in order to develop IQ.

Teaching Method

A player is only as good as their teacher. Learning to become a great teacher and developing a method where players will flourish is just as important as having the right mindset.

Players need to know the teaching mode and attitude of practice every day. Understanding what kind of day and teaching they will receive that day creates the perfect setting for learning and developing skill.

Bruno explains how starting slow and building through demonstration, imitation, and repetition will create the perfect learning environment for players to develop their optimal skills.

Offense and Drills

Coach Bruno uses one of his favorite offensive drills to demonstrate how his philosophy works. Starting with simple triple threat situation, he shows how to use a shot fake and attack an open gap. He builds onto this by adding crossover footwork and executing a change of direction move.

While developing a guard in the open court, Bruno turns his attention to the other part of offense: players without the ball. He teaches how to get open using a V-cut and use a backdoor cut for an open layup. As he lays his foundation, he also progressively builds the 1-4 offensive system with scoring options off of a hand off, fake hand off, square up and attack, and split/slip option.

Coach Bruno's offensive philosophy, through detailed player individual development, is one that every coach, at any level, will appreciate and find applicable to use with their team in the seasons ahead!

Produced at the 2017 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Clinic.

68 minutes. 2018.

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Jeff Young: Improving Your Team's 3-Point Shooting

with Jeff Young,
Walsh University Head Coach;
all-time winningest coach in Walsh history (no losing seasons in past 14 years);
third highest winning percentage of active Division II coaches,
12th all-time in college basketball history;
NAIA National Championship (2005), NAIA National Championship Runner-up (2010)

Analytics are becoming a popular way of evaluating team strengths and deficiencies, as well as a way to identify the best shots in basketball. This has resulted in teams across the country at every level depending more on the 3-point shot. The fact is, the best teams in basketball are efficient 3-point shooters, so to compete and become the best in your league it's imperative that your team shoots it well from beyond the arc.

Jeff Young's teams have historically been great at 3-point shooting partly due to the fact that shooting is emphasized every day in practice. In this presentation, Young opens his drill book to show you multiple individual and team shooting drills. He also shares his philosophy on changing a player's shot and how to perfect their shooting mechanics while getting high reps in practice.

Teaching Points

Coach Young begins by breaking down his philosophy and the rationale behind it for shooting the basketball. His insights will challenge any preconceived notions on shooting mechanics you might have and get you to start analyzing your beliefs about shooting. His discussion ranges from the feet to the follow-through and everything in between, including confidence and the mental aspect of shooting.

Improving 3-Point Shooting

Coach Young discusses the three points of emphasis that his program reinforces to develop great 3-point shooters: recruit great shooters, shot selection, and repetition. He breaks down each part and discusses other things such as shooting off of receiving a bad pass vs. shooting off of a good pass and how to control shot selection. In a typical Coach Young practice, the team spends a minimum of 30 minutes each day on shooting, working mostly on catch-and-shoot situations.

Shooting Drills

Young breaks down shooting into individual and team drills. Each drill has an element of time and score for a player to reach or to compete against and ends with a consequence to add a level of competitiveness. You'll get five individual shooting drills and four team shooting drills.

  • Individual Drills:

    • Five Minute Threes
    • Two Minute Three Minute and Four Minute
    • Three Minute Shooting
    • How many makes before two misses
    • Twenty Minute Shoot

    Team Drills:

    • Three Minute Team Shooting
    • Cavs Transition
    • Memphis Shooting
    • Full Court Shooting

    As today's game continues to trend more toward maximizing 3-point shot attempts, you and your players must adapt. Using the drills provided in this video by Coach Young, your players can learn to become great shooters and lead your team to new heights!

    72 minutes. 2018.

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    Cover: eric kasperowicz: basics of the 4-3 defense
    Eric Kasperowicz: Basics of the 4-3 Defense

    with Eric Kasperowicz,
    Pine-Richland High School (PA) Head Coach;
    2018 WPIAL 6A Champions (3rd title in 5 years);
    2017 Pennsylvania Class 6A State Champs (16-0 record);
    finalist for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Coach of the Year (2017)

    Eric Kasperowicz has a wealth of experience playing and coaching defensive football. As head coach of the Pine-Richland High School Rams, he won a Pennsylvania 6A state championship in his fourth season at the helm with a perfect 16-0 campaign.

    In this video, you'll see Coach Kasperowicz present on the 4-3 defense and its ability to control and run and pass in today's version of the game that features many Run-Pass-Option looks on offense. He will give you ideas for adjustments that you can use to help your players quickly counter any offense.

    Defensive Philosophy

    Kasperowicz begins by giving an overview of the defensive philosophy that helped his team capture a state championship. He describes the simple, but aggressive approach that allows his defense to defend modern offenses without having to change personnel. Kasperowicz also describes several turnover drills that he uses with his team, and shows several examples of these skills in action during games.

    Base Rules and Responsibilities

    Kasperowicz diagrams the base rules and responsibilities for each position group. Responsibilities against the run and pass in the base defense are explained, as well as demonstrated with game film. You'll get:

    • The basic alignment and responsibilities for defensive linemen, including: stance, technique, and run fits.
    • Alignment rules, run fits, and basic pass coverage responsibilities for linebackers.
    • Basic alignment and rules for the press quarters coverage that Kasperowicz uses with his 4-3 defense.

    Adjusting the 4-3 Defense

    The presentation concludes with a whiteboard session focused on common adjustments to the base defense against various formations. Kasperowicz describes how he can teach his players to align to virtually any offensive formation in a sound manner by teaching them a few simple rules. He includes:

    • How to adjust the secondary to 3x1 formations with or without a tight end.
    • The importance of setting the "3 technique" to the field against spread attacks.
    • Simple rules for linebackers to help them get aligned against any formation.

    Coach Kasperowicz does an outstanding job presenting the base rules of the 4-3 press quarters defense. The Pine-Richland 4-3 offers solutions to stopping the run game while defending RPOs and spread offenses. Coaches looking to transition from an odd front to an even front defense will find this video very useful.

    54 minutes. 2018.

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    Eric Kasperowicz: Adjusting the 4-3 Defense to Stop the Run

    with Eric Kasperowicz,
    Pine-Richland High School (PA) Head Coach;
    2018 WPIAL 6A Champions (3rd title in 5 years);
    2017 Pennsylvania Class 6A State Champs (16-0 record);
    finalist for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Coach of the Year (2017)

    The 4-3 defense is a fantastic option against teams that run the ball heavily because it can be flexible at the point of attack. You'll see how to make it hard for teams to pound the rock against your defense in this comprehensive video from Pine-Richland High School head coach, Eric Kasperowicz.

    Coach Kasperowicz gives an overview of his defensive philosophy and why his version of the 4-3 press quarters defense is so tough against the run. He describes the ingredients necessary to build a run stopping defense, including alignments and individual responsibilities for each position.

    Base Rules and Responsibilities

    Kasperowicz diagrams the alignment and run responsibilities of each position in the 4-3. Stance, reads, and reactions for each position are covered. Additionally, Kasperowicz describes tags that change the alignment of each player to give the defense an advantage against a variety of formations and blocking schemes. He includes game footage of his defense that helps illustrate the 'how' and 'why' behind each rule in his system.

    Adjustments and Automatic Calls

    Kasperowicz brings everything together by diagramming how the defense adjusts to several personnel groups and formations. He also gives you some of the automatic calls that he uses against certain teams that are determined by the game plan. In all, you'll learn how to:

    • Adjust your defense while keeping run fits similar for all players./li>
    • Coach the field and boundary linebackers when they're taken out of the box against the run./li>
    • Use automatic calls to adjust the front based on the position of the running back.

    This video from Coach Kasperowicz will help you learn how to maintain a balanced and structured defense that can adapt to defeat run-heavy teams. Improve your 4-3 today!

    60 minutes. 2018.

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    21 Passing/Receiving Activities for Reinforcing Effective Ball Movement & Off-Ball Movement Skills

    with Marcus Wood,
    Hardin-Simmons University Head Women's Soccer Coach;
    2010 NCAA D-III National Champions; 2010 NSCA National Coach of the Year;
    2017 NCAA D-III Final Four appearance; over 330 career wins;
    led Hardin-Simmons to 15 straight American Southwest Conference titles (16 overall)

    Ball movement, and off-ball movement, is a foundation of a successful possession game. In this video, 2010 NCAA D-III National Champion and NSCA National Coach of the Year head coach Marcus Wood walks through 21 of his most-used passing and receiving activities that will help your team automate the technique. Coach Wood uses passing patterns to raise the technical abilities of his players so when game situations occur, they are prepared to play at a high level.

    Practice Organization

    Coach Wood begins by explaining how to organize practices so they run smoothly from exercise to exercise. His style of practice plan is also great for players because they will easily understand what the main point of practice is on a given day. Wood shows how to pick key points for players to focus on during practice so they can maximize their improvement.

    Technical Drills

    Through a series of 15 passing and receiving activities without pressure, your athletes will learn to automate the technique of passing and receiving with game-like movements. You'll see how to read and execute a proper pass for players "showing" or making a stretch run. Additionally, Coach Wood's instruction will help your team keep shape and maximize available passing lanes as they possess with a purpose.

    Wood uses each drill to help his team with tempo of play. He stresses the importance of moving the ball as fast as possible so that when it becomes game time, the practice is harder than the game itself. You'll see Wood use many variations of pattern play to mimic different game-like situations. Once they've practiced the patterns enough, your players won't have to think anymore - they'll just be able to naturally run through the patterns during competition. Wood shows different play combinations your athletes can use to get out of a bad situation or to score.

    The highlight drill of this video is the Jeff Tipping drill. This drill will teach your forwards how to make runs by using timing and space to get behind defenders and shoot. Midfielders must learn how to put the right touch on their service so forwards can easily collect the ball and shoot.

    Coach Wood's practice planning techniques and drills are excellent and are sure to boost your team's passing and receiving abilities. This video solves the problem of figuring out which passing drills or games to run in practice and will provide you with a foundation of exercises you can use going forward.

    183 minutes. 2018.

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