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Cover: mike rhoades' full court pressure defense system with breakdown drills
Mike Rhoades' Full Court Pressure Defense System with Breakdown Drills

with Mike Rhoades,
VCU Head Coach;
former Head Coach at Rice University (2014-17), leading the Owls to their first 20 win season;
was Associate Head Coach under VCU's Shaka Smart for five years, including the 2011 Final Four;
former Head Coach at Randolph-Macon (D-III), compiled a 197-76 record (.722 win percentage),
x NCAA tournament appearances and 2x Final Fours; ODAC Coach of the Year from 2001-03

Creating havoc for the offensive game plan of opponents has long been a staple for the VCU basketball program. In this video, head coach Mike Rhoades takes the full court style of play that Shaka Smart brought to the national spotlight and breaks it down for you to install in your program. You'll learn simple breakdown drills that emphasize little techniques to help your players be in the right place at the right time to wear down opponents.

Fist Cover Press

To teach the beginnings of the full court havoc system, Rhoades breaks down the rules of the press and the responsibilities of each player. Simple tactics shown help players understand how they should create pressure on the ball handler while staying between them and the basket.

In 3v3 stunting, Coach Rhoades lays out the foundation of getting teams to play at your pace. Your players will learn how to jump to the ball, see both ball and man, and jump back toward the offensive player. Rhoades also explains why strong communication is a must within the press.

Double Fist Press

In the Double Fist Press, you'll see how VCU creates an element of surprise when they trap. Unlike an aggressive trap that forces players to trap immediately, Rhoades teaches how to be aggressive playing man-to-man defense while forcing opponents out of the middle of floor toward the sideline. As the ball handler dribbles up the floor looking to turn the corner, Rhoades brings a trapping player over once the ball handler turns their head away from the defense.

In order to train a players' ability to recognize when to trap, Rhoades uses a series of build-up drills, starting with 2 on 1 Corral. In this drill, athletes learn to force sideline and speed up the ball handler. It's important that all players know how to trap so teams cannot use a post player to dribble up the floor. From there, Rhoades progresses to 2v3 Corral, 3v3 Trap the Turn with an Interceptor, and 4v4 Trap Interceptor to teach full court rotations. The goal is not to force or get turnovers right away, but to wear down your opponent and force them to turn the ball over late in the game.

Diamond Press

Rounding out Rhoades' instruction is the Diamond Press. This press isn't your typical Diamond Press that forces the opponent into corners and chases all over the floor looking for traps. Instead, this version of the Diamond Press uses a series of stunts to get opponents out of the middle of the floor and into a third of the court closest to the sideline.

Using a 4v4 drill, Rhoades demonstrates how to rotate out of a trap and get into an intercept spot. Once there, players must square up and stunt at the ball handler, allowing them to swing the ball and get into another trap.

This is a fantastic video to add to your collection, especially if you're looking for a video that will kick your full court pressing defense up a notch!

"This video stands above other press videos because of the breakdown drills. I'm looking forward to using them with my team for the upcoming season. Highly recommend this video for all coaches!" -Customer Review

100 minutes. 2018.

DVD
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Cover: the modified virginia tech 4-2-5 defense for high school: installation, base sets & alignments
The Modified Virginia Tech 4-2-5 Defense for High School: Installation, Base Sets & Alignments

with Lew Johnston,
Western Branch HS (VA) Football Consultant/Assistant Coach (former Head Coach);
5x District Champions, 4x District "Coach of the Year";
former Nansemond-Suffolk HS (VA) Head Coach;
2015 VISAA Division III State Champions

High school offenses across the country have taken to attacking defenses with multiple formations and by getting athletes into space. Old school defenses designed to stop power running attacks are no longer sufficient, and simple pass coverages get easily exploited by well-coached quarterbacks and wily offensive coordinators.

Your modern high school defense needs an answer, and Lew Johnston is the coach to give it to you! Having been mentored by the likes of coaches like Bud Foster (Virginia Tech Defensive Coordinator), you will learn the very best strategies, coverages, and blitzes that will help you dominate offenses on game day.

Using an informative slide show with detailed instruction and game film, Johnston demonstrates the necessary steps to adapt today's popular college football defense, the 4-2-5 (used by teams like Virginia Tech and TCU), and modify it for the high school game.

Alignments, Assignments, and Techniques

Johnston gives you his keys to managing personnel, as well as multiple fronts (odd and even) that will keep your team gap-sound while confusing opposing linemen. Additionally, you'll get stunts that further frustrate your opponent by pressuring gaps before or after the snap.

To wrap it all together, Johnston provides play calls and communication lingo that will allow your defense to quickly adjust to motions and shifts.

From Philosophy to Game Film

Coach Johnston dives into multiple fronts to keep your defense flexible, innovative stunts that can exploit weak gaps on the line, and, provides valuable play calls to make sure you have an unblocked defender at the point of attack.

You'll get fronts and adjustments such as:

  • Even fronts, standard 4-2-5, "Nickel package"
  • Odd fronts, modified 3-4-4, "Dime package"
  • Proper alignments against spread offenses from doubles, trips and empty sets
  • Split field pass coverage to frustrate QB pre-snap reads
  • You'll also see Johnston use a well-designed slide show presentation to break down each defensive front with diagrams and discussion.

    This video has everything you need to know about defending pass-happy spread offenses. You will learn the personnel, alignments, stunts, and the system of communication that will counter your opponents' spread offense and render their 'athletes in open spaces' useless.

    89 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: the modified virginia tech 4-2-5 for high school: split-field coverages
The Modified Virginia Tech 4-2-5 for High School: Split-Field Coverages

with Lew Johnston,
Western Branch HS (VA) Football Consultant/Assistant Coach (former Head Coach);
5x District Champions, 4x District "Coach of the Year";
former Nansemond-Suffolk HS (VA) Head Coach;
2015 VISAA Division III State Champions

With today's sophisticated offenses, it's difficult to remain set in one coverage and have success. With "split-field" coverages, your team can run two independent coverages on each side of the ball, which puts the pressure back onto the offense.

In this video, Lew Johnston shares how he utilizes split-field coverages in his state championship defense, which is Johnston's 'Bud Foster/VTech teams'-patterned version of the 4-2-5.

Split Field Coverage

Coach Johnston shares all of his split-field coverage secrets, including the best "read-side" coverages, complementary "away-side" coverages and special "trips" and "empty" coverage combinations.

You'll learn how simple calls off of the release of the number two receiver dictate coverage on the routes. A "line of demarcation" dictates if the receiver is vertical or not. Johnston shares that the "read" side is the strength of the formation and the coverage call is made based on the formation of the receivers. Meanwhile, the "away" side is called for the weak side of the passing strength.

Dare Opponents to Throw the Ball!

Johnston details multiple coverage combinations and even some secondary blitzes. These include coverages that will produce double teams on key receivers, "robber" players that take away easy throws, and surprise blitzes that will leave your opponent at a huge disadvantage. There's also explanation on how to best utilize:

  • Quarters coverage
  • Cover 2 scheme
  • Special calls for single receivers

You'll also see Coach Johnston use a well-designed slide show presentation to break down each split-field coverage with diagrams and discussion.

Split-field coverage is the answer for defending teams that run spread offenses on your schedule. Coach Johnston simplifies the concept in this easy-to-follow instructional video!

39 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: the modified virginia tech 4-2-5 for high school: man blitzes & whole field coverages
The Modified Virginia Tech 4-2-5 for High School: Man Blitzes & Whole Field Coverages

with Lew Johnston,
Western Branch HS (VA) Football Consultant/Assistant Coach (former Head Coach);
5x District Champions, 4x District "Coach of the Year";
former Nansemond-Suffolk HS (VA) Head Coach;
2015 VISAA Division III State Champions

Stopping today's multiple spread offenses often requires blitzing and playing multiple coverage schemes. Keeping the scheme simple is always the key, and in this video, Lew Johnston shares how he does it in his state championship defense.

Using an informative slide show with detailed instruction and game film, Johnston demonstrates how to attack offenses with aggressive blitz packages and how to use sound, whole field defensive coverages.

Man Blitzes & Whole Field Coverages

Over 12 blitz packages that attack every gap are covered by Johnston. He shares the best way to communicate these blitzes with your players in today's fast-paced game. Additionally, you'll see six whole field coverages that make your defense rock solid on both the front- and back-end.

Coverage rules for how to best use blitzes AND whole field coverage in the multiple 4-2-5 are also provided.

Send the House!

Johnston runs through coverages that will have your defense ready to match any offensive pass combination, while also giving you the option to pressure the quarterback through aggressive blitzing. Some of these blitzes include:

  • A gap and double A gap blitzes
  • B and C gap blitzes
  • Secondary blitzes

You'll also see Coach Johnston use a well-designed slideshow presentation to break down each blitz package with diagrams and discussion.

The simplistic approach to identifying the blitz scheme is what makes this video so valuable to any coach looking to learn more about man blitzes. Allow Coach Johnston to help you make your defense better this season!

50 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: the modified virginia tech 4-2-5 for high school: zone blitzes
The Modified Virginia Tech 4-2-5 for High School: Zone Blitzes

with Lew Johnston,
Western Branch HS (VA) Football Consultant/Assistant Coach (former Head Coach);
5x District Champions, 4x District "Coach of the Year";
former Nansemond-Suffolk HS (VA) Head Coach;
2015 VISAA Division III State Champions

The zone blitz was popularized by the Pittsburgh Steelers and has now worked its way down to the high school level. In this video, Lew Johnston shares his high school version of the Virginia Tech zone blitz he adapted after consulting with Bud Foster.

Using an informative slide show with detailed instruction and game film, Johnston demonstrates how to dominate offenses with zone blitzing. A favorite of the NFL and of college teams, this sophisticated defensive blitz is easily modified for the high school 4-2-5 defense.

Zone Blitzes

Coach Johnston teaches the best defensive fronts for zone blitzes. You'll learn the best "areas" or sides of the offense to attack. Additionally, Johnston provides eight zone blitzes out of multiple formations and gives you the techniques that linemen, linebackers and defensive backs need to find success using the zone blitz.

Be Aggressive!

Johnston covers multiple zone blitz packages and even some stunts to keep opposing lineman guessing. These include coverages that will sometimes produce "big man touchdowns" when defensive ends intercept quick game passes. With this multiple front defense, you can install zone blitzes out of:

  • Odd fronts
  • Even fronts
  • Three deep coverage
  • Three under coverage

You'll also see Coach Johnston use a well-designed slide show presentation to break down each zone blitz in his arsenal with diagrams and discussion.

Any coach wanting to learn an effective zone blitz will quickly become knowledgeable knowing where to begin by applying Coach Johnston's main points in this video!

61 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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