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Pack Line Defense for High School Basketball
with Brian Field,
Providence Day School (NC) Head Coach;
2016 USA Today North Carolina Coach of the Year; 2016 North Carolina (NCISAA) 3A State Championship

Brian Field has put together one of the best videos on building and teaching the pack line defense! He shows the defense's primary concepts on the chalkboard before giving you a detailed on-court presentation with drills and demonstrations.

You'll see a variation of the pack line in which players force the offense to the baseline. Coach Field explains how this defense has improved his team's ability to force opponents into much tougher shots. He also details the only time he wants his players to switch, as well as the half court philosophies used with this defense that have created so much success for his teams.


One pass away, defenders are inward and upward towards the ball. This allows your defender who's one pass away to be there against dribble penetration. As Coach Field mentions, you'll see a lot of younger players guarding too close to their defensive assignment, which slows rotations. By maintaining a triangle, your defender can get into the passing lane, be available for help, and, be close enough to close out if their assignment catches the basketball.

Forcing Baseline

Most resources explaining the pack line defense have players force the offense to the middle of the floor, which is where your help is waiting. By forcing baseline, you'll take away the offense's ability to use both sides of the floor. Coach Field shows that keeping the offense on the sideline forces them to float a pass when they skip to the weak side. By forcing a tough pass across the court, your defensive players will be in help position to jump that pass.

Brockport Drill

Coach Field's 'Brockport Drill' is like Shaka Smart's 'Ironman Drill' where players must take a charge. The difference though, is the Brockport Drill is more of a variation of the Shell Drill. Instead of one player doing multiple effort/toughness actions, Brockport uses four players who must rotate into help and on-ball defense as the ball rotates. Meanwhile, weak side helpers must cut off baseline and take a charge. This drill reinforces a toughness element while ensuring proper rotations and communication.

This video gives you a complete look at Coach Field's variation of the pack line defense, which is different than most videos on the same topic. The subtle tweaks taught in this video have proven to be effective at the high school level, meaning this is a must-watch for coaches of that age group!

76 minutes. 2018.

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'Chaos' Full Court Pressure Defense

with Brian Field,
Providence Day School (NC) Head Coach;
2016 USA Today North Carolina Coach of the Year; 2016 North Carolina (NCISAA) 3A State Championship

Brian Field has learned from some of the best minds in high school basketball, such as Dave Price, Kipper Todd and David Carrier. Along the way, Field built a full court pressing system based on the details and philosophies from each coach. His system is one of the most chaotic full court defensive systems in today's game thanks to its ability to create traps all over the court.

In this video, you'll learn the ins and outs of how Coach Field utilizes his intimidating pressing system.

Black 1-2-1-1

In your typical 1-2-1-1 full court trapping defense, you work to speed up your opponent and force rushed shots and bad passes. In this system, Field uses this same philosophy and adds a flooding system. Once the ball is rotated to the front court and into the deep corner, the defense floods the paint in order to protect the rim from easy baskets. Field uses this system off of any made basket in the paint.

As you force your opponents to take rushed shots or turn the ball over, your team also works to create re-trapping angles and opportunities. Communication is a must for this defense!

White Run and Jump

Building on his system, Coach Field shows his man-to-man run-and-jump press. In the demonstration, he describes the element of surprise and why he doesn't use this as a typical run-and-jump press.

Once the offense turns their back at half court, Field uses his trail defender to sprint ahead and trap just after half court, only allowing a long, cross-court skip pass as an open look out of the trap. By taking away passing lanes with off-ball defenders, your team will create deflections and pressure all over the floor.

Full 2-2-1

In a more traditional approach, Field uses his 2-2-1 full court press to speed up opponents and force traps just past half court. Starting in an offset alignment to the right, he plays into his opponents' strengths and forces them up the sideline into a trap with his most athletic and long players. As the ball is moved up the floor, he also has his trapping players creep up the floor. Players learn to trust each other as they sell out once the traps occur to cover open areas.

Blue 2-3 Zone Trap

Used after a timeout or change of a quarter, Field takes advantage of a stoppage in play to change the pace. Using a packed-in style of play, guards start the trap once the ball goes below the free throw line. Your defenders will focus on trapping in the deep corner and only allowing a skip pass (that oftentimes sails into the stands!).

Pink 1-3-1

Rounding out Field's chaos pressing system is the 1-3-1 half court trap where players fly all over the floor trapping in the four corners. Field uses this trapping defense to trap in the high corners, low corners, or all over; this style of defense is used at a stoppage of play or during a timeout.

Coach Field has constructed a system that will allow your team to play up-tempo and have fun playing fast. Use it with your team this season to create more turnovers and score more points!

78 minutes. 2018.

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Jim Boeheim's (Updated) Guide to Running the Stifling 2-3 Zone Defense

with Jim Boeheim,
Syracuse University Head Coach;
2003 NCAA Champions; 2006 John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award;
distinguished member of the Naismith Hall of Fame (2005);
In 2010 - named the Naismith, the AP , the NABC and The Sporting News National College Coach of the Year and won the Henry Iba Award;
Clair Bee Coach of the Year (2000); 4x Big East Coach of the Year (8X regular season champions, 5X conference champions);
US Men's Olympic Basketball Team - Assistant Coach (2008, 2012, 2016 - all Gold Medals);
2013 NCAA Final Four; National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (founding class of 2006)

The legendary Jim Boeheim has become one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history by using his patented version of the 2-3 zone defense to dominate opponents for decades. In this video, you will learn how to run this defense, updated to include all new wrinkles and insights, from the '2-3 master' himself!

Coach Boeheim shares his philosophy for the zone defense and the advantages that motivated him to exclusively run the zone. Additionally, you'll see the zone defense broken down into the slides and strategies required to cover the ball in every spot of the court. This video will also give you ideas for using zone defense in out-of-bounds situations, how to optimize your rebounding in the zone, and the tactics Boeheim utilizes to beat even the trickiest offensive strategies.

Slides, Bumping, and Other Tactics

Learn how to smother your opponent with defensive slides that will lock down every scoring option. Coach Boeheim explains the responsibilities of each defender as the ball is moved from the top, wing, corner, and high post. You will also see how to trap along the baseline and rotate on skip passes. See how to take away 3-point attempts with Boeheim's strategy to extend the zone with guards and forwards by bumping. You will also be shown the situations where the 2-3 zone shifts into a match-up defense to optimize coverages.

Boeheim also presents some of the more challenging tactics that opponents will use against his zone defense. You will learn how to defend dribble penetration to protect the rim without losing track of shooters. Boeheim also demonstrates how you can beat "inside" and "outside" screens that are meant to disrupt your guards from covering the perimeter. How to defend the overload is also discussed, along with how you can discourage this tactic with the use of double teams.

Practicing the Zone

In addition to the full breakdown of the zone defense, Boeheim also explains how he builds his defense with ideas for multiple drills and how his practices are constructed to efficiently teach zone defense. You also learn two strategies for using the zone defense against baseline inbound plays. Finally, Boeheim addresses how you can optimize rebounding in the zone defense so opponents are unable to take advantage of missed shots.

This video gives you the unique opportunity to learn from one of the greatest zone coaches in basketball history!

81 minutes. 2018.

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Improving Basketball Athleticism 2-Pack

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.


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.


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, qua

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Defending the Dribble Drive Motion Offense and Ball Screens

with T.J. Otzelberger,
South Dakota State University Head Coach;
2018 Summit League Coach of the Year; 2018 Summit League Regular Season Champions;
former Assistant Coach at Iowa State University and the University of Washington

Two of the most popular offensive schemes run in today's game are the dribble drive motion offense and the ball screen offense. These offenses have caused many coaches nightmares when wondering how to defend them properly. Coach T.J. Otzelberger covers the ways in which his team guards the dribble drive and the ball screen in this on-court presentation.

Defensive Philosophy

At the core of how Otzelberger defends dribble drives and ball screens is his philosophy on defense. He answers the following questions that must be addressed:

  • Are we going to influence to the sideline or the middle?
  • Where is our point of pick-up going to be?
  • How are we going to build in our help defense around that?

Otzelberger explains the reasoning behind his philosophies, including not fouling, keeping dribblers in front of the defender, and being in good position to rebound the basketball. He also addresses the argument about the mid-range jump shot being a "lost art" as part of the reason as to why he looks to force contested 2-point jump shots.

Building Dribble Drive Defense

To defend the dribble drive motion offense, Coach Otzelberger begins with containing the dribble. From his earlier question about point of pick-up, the pick-up point determined begins with the strengths of his players' defensive abilities. To do this effectively, every player on defense must at least touch the three-point line with their heels before preparing to square up and guard the basketball.

Another aspect of guarding the dribble drive motion offense is the shrinking of gaps. Offenses such as the dribble drive motion offense live to spread out the defense with their spacing. To reduce the gaps and prevent penetration, the defensive stance one pass away is that of a "shallow triangle."

Several drills are presented to teach how to execute every detail of defense against dribble drive motion. A 1-on-1 drill builds from closing out on the corner, to defending dribble penetration from the top, to defending back cuts. From this 1-on-1 drill, Otzelberger builds up to 2-on-2, 3-on-3, and shell drills.

Defending the Ball Screen Offense

In addition to defending the dribble drive motion offense, Coach Otzelberger covers ball screen defense coverage with his pack line principles. The first of these is to take the ball away to the outside. Next, the ball screener's defender is to get their feet aligned with those of the ball screener. Otzelberger explains the movements for the on-ball defender and the ball screener's defender.

Coach Otzelberger includes several important points to emphasize while teaching effective ball screen defense, including:

  • Communication
  • Being low, wide, and active
  • Jumping up the floor

Ball screens on the side with the corner filled and middle ball screens are also covered.

With more and more teams opting to run the dribble drive and ball screen offenses, it's essential to have your team well-equipped to defend them. This video from Coach Otzelberger will give you all the tools you need to play 'lock-down D'!

43 minutes. 2018.

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