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Teaching Players to Read Closeouts

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This video is with Emmanuel College Head Men’s Coach TJ Rosene. It is a drill to teach players to read the defender who is closing out.

The drill is called “Attack Closeouts”

Over closeout–player drives
Under closeout–player takes shot
Solid closeout–the offensive player makes a move to move the defender off his line.

In the first round of the drill, the player knows what type of closeout is coming and develop recognition and reaction skills.

In the second round of the drill, the closeouts are random and the player must read and make the correct reaction.

The video was produced by PGC Basketball.

This video is provided by the Glazier Coaching Video Vault.

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Andy Enfield 5 Minute Toughness Shooting Drill

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This toughness shooting drill is among the resources for both coaches and player available from basketballhq. They have several more videos as well as basketball coaching resource articles.

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Click the play arrow so see the drill. The drill is a You Tube video, so you will need to be able to access You Tube to see the drill.

The Coach in the video is Ryan Panone, one of the co-founders of Basketball HQ. He credits Andy Enfield as the Coach he got the drill from.

The video was shot when Andy Enfield coached at Florida Gulf Coast. He has since moved on to USC.

Any drill you pick up from another program or coach has to be modified to fit your needs. My philosophy behind the post is to get you thinking about ways to improve the drills that you use.

Players can compete against themselves or against a teammate. The goal is to get in the high 40s of makes in 5 minutes. In the drill, the players only go for 3 minutes so that are not close to that. You will need to adjust your standards and the types of shots you shoot in the drill. You might want to start at 3 minutes and work your way up to 5.

If you run the drill for 5 minutes, there certainly is an aspect of toughness required.

These types of toughness shooting drills are good at working on shooting when fatigued, getting shots off quickly as players must do in a game, and maintaining fundamentals and proper shooting form.

Andy Enfield 5 Minute Shooting Drill

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Competitive Zig Zag Drill

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This video is with Baylor’s Scott Drew making the traditional zig zag drill competitive by putting a time on it.

If the offense does not make it end to end in 8 seconds, the defense wins. If the offense does make it without losing the basketball, the defense wins.

Coach Drew also discusses a version of the drill where the defender must get a stop to get out of the drill.

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If you are interested in learning more about the DVD that this sample was taken from, click here: Scott Drew: Improving Performance with Competitive Practice Drills

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The video is 4 minutes long.

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Fred Hoiberg Shooting Drills

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Chicago Bulls Head Basketball Coach Fred Hoiberg takes you through some basketball shooting drills that he uses in the skill development of their players. The drills utilize the the 8000 series Gun by Shoot-A-Way.

You can see more information about the Gun at www.shootaway.com

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2 Player Go and Catch Shooting Drill


4 Shot Shooting Series Drill


Shooting Form


Shooting Off the Move

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A Leader in Every Locker

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The End of Yesterday
By Dr. Cory Dobbs
The Academy for Sport Leadership
Excerpt from A Leader in Every Locker (2016)
“I’m not used to supposing. I’m just a working man. My boss does the supposing . . .”
This quote is a line from the classic movie 12 Angry Men. During the opening dialogue among
jury members, each feeling out their place and role in the deliberation of the fate of a young
man’s life, a blue‐collar working man makes this declaration of powerlessness. The implication
is that all the power—at least that of “supposing” rests in the hands of his superior. Just a
movie? Hardly.
It’s been the rule for over a century in team sports to install a hierarchical leadership structure.
This is accomplished by appointing a couple of players as team captains (as well as modeled by
the hierarchy of the coaching staff). Surely everybody knows that on any sports team only a
few players are able to really perform peer leadership. This is the team captain axiom, the
basic axiom of traditional team leadership.
An axiom, of course, is a truth so self‐evident it doesn’t need to be proved. After all, everybody
knows an axiom is accurate and correct. So then, it’s indisputable that you need a pecking
order in order to get things done.
Not too fast, things are not what they always seem to be on the surface. The bad news is that
far too often our intuitive ways of thinking about the world are wrong. Yes, axioms can be
wrong. The good news is that it’s possible to set them right.
What’s self‐evident, what’s obvious, what everybody knows, has deep roots and of course isn’t
in need of change. Yet, paradoxically that which is self‐evident hides something–covers over
what might be a deeper truth. Axioms, by their nature, are anti‐learning. Nobody ever
questions an axiom. Nobody ever discusses an axiom (save for a few propeller heads). It’s just
taken as a given. And nobody ever talks about the possible counterproductive consequences of
what everybody knows. The fish, after all, never questions the water he lives in.
Then, all of a sudden, someone comes along with a breakthrough idea and turns the old axiom
upside down. The taken‐for‐granted truth, it turns out, wasn’t really the truth after all. “The
world is flat,” was the truth people lived by for thousands of years. Then, along comes Nicolas
Copernicus who proves to the world the old axiom to be wrong.

Twenty years ago, to choose a different model of team leadership was unthinkable. In
elaborating on the end of two decades as a premier athlete Kobe Bryant had much to say when
asked the question, if he could go back in time and offer advice to himself as a rookie, what
would he say? His response: “It’s hard to tell somebody ‐‐ a player at that age ‐‐ to understand
compassion and empathy, but that would be my advice.”
Why of all things would Bryant endorse caring, compassion, and empathy? “Well,” Bryant
continued, “because that’s the biggest thing about being a leader, I think, and winning a
championship is understanding how to put yourself in other people’s shoes.” “That’s really the
most important thing. It’s not necessarily the individual skill you possess. It’s about
understanding others and what they may be going through. And then, in turn, when you
understand that, you can communicate with them a little bit better and bring out the best in
them. Bringing out the best in people isn’t passing them the ball and giving them open shots.
It’s about how to connect with them, how to communicate with them so that they can navigate
through whatever issues they may be facing. That’s a very, very hard thing to do.”
I’ve never been a fan of Kobe Bryant, and I seldom look to professional sports for deep insights
and understanding on leadership, but it appears that the wisdom in Bryant’s words fit hand‐inglove
with today’s call for a more heartfelt approach to coaching and leading. So what’s the
way forward in this brave new world?
Don’t worry. While you’ve been trapped in the axiom of team captaincy, I’ve been turning over
rocks to find a better way of designing a high‐performing team, its culture, and of course,
leadership. I’m not done yet. It might be another decade or so before I’m finished. But this
workshop workbook is a start.
So, What is Leadership?
There has been a long running debate in scholarly circles about whether people learn to lead
from their experiences or if leadership is something a person is born with. Today, however,
most academics agree that leadership is best considered as a set of skills and qualities that can
be learned and developed along within a wide‐range of personal styles. It’s widely agreed that
all people have the potential to develop leadership skills. I point this out because it is also
clear that leadership is viewed and valued differently by various fields, disciplines, and cultures.
So then, what is leadership? This is the big question that every person, group, team,
organization, community and society seeks to answer. Our American culture, which of course
includes a heavy dose of sporting influence, exalts the lone ranger, the hero, the charismatic
leader. We see this in the election and glorifying of politicians, the deifying of business tycoons,
and the adoration and idolization of great coaches and athletes. This notion falls in line with
the traditional ideas of leadership—that it is the make‐ up of the leader that makes all the
difference. Individual determinism has been and will continue to be an easy and favored
explanation of things. But traits such as self‐confidence, intelligence, and a can‐do attitude—

favored qualities of a leader—do not always predict the effectiveness of a leader; rather, they
can be very misleading.
However permeable the traditional mental model of leadership seems, it does not provide a
path to sustainable effectiveness as it leaves out the detail and nuance of the context in which a
leader takes action. It also ignores the fact that it tends to reduce followers to passive
participants; resulting in deliberate apathy and often conscious withdrawal from the leadership
provided by one’s peer. Careful examination of this aspect of team captaincy suggests it may
promote the discounting or dismissing of the potential of all members of the team to learn and
perform in a leadership role.
Both the context and followers are foundational to leadership and are central to The Academy
for Sport Leadership’s search for a new conceptualization of team leadership. The leader in
every locker approach to team leadership is, no doubt, a paradigm shift. Paradigms, as you
know, are the common patterns and ways of looking at things in order to make sense out of
them. Leadership has long been presented as an elusive phenomenon available to only a select
few. It is my contention, however, that understanding the relational nature of leadership and
followership opens a team up to an immensely practical and dramatically richer form of team
member involvement.
The basic foundation of any leadership process is relational. As leadership expert Margaret
Wheatley notes, “None of us exists independent of our relationships with others.” At the core,
it is a relationship which comes into existence because of some sense of commitment by people
to a common purpose. Thus, the ASL framework for answering the question “What is
leadership?” begins by grounding it in the following core assumptions:
1. Conventional views of leadership are changing. Leadership is not limited to a chosen few; it is an
educational component of participation in student‐athletics and must contribute to the growth and
development of all athletes. A leader in every locker embraces the potential of all student‐athletes to
take on leadership roles now and in the future.
2. Leadership is a relational process. That is, leadership is a socially constructed phenomenon consisting of
student‐athletes working together to accomplish something.
3. Team leadership is distributed. Leadership is not the sole responsibility of the coach, coaching staff, or
selected team captains. The best team leadership results from the actions and activities of those best
positioned to provide leadership contingent on the context.
4. Leadership is a process to create change. Leadership is about making things happen; transforming
people and programs. Effective leadership accelerates change. Change is necessary for growth,
development, and improvement in performance.
5. Leadership growth and development is personal. There is no time frame related to progressing through
stages of development. It’s also recognized that all potential leaders begin at a different starting point.
Leaders grow and develop through deliberate practice, informal practice, roles, reflection, and the
observation of role models.


6. Leadership is a process that involves followership. All coaches and student‐athletes participating in a
leader in every locker understand and embrace both roles—leading and following. Followership implies a
relationship to the leader, but does not imply one that places the follower in a less important position.
7. Leadership develops over time. There is no one way to lead. The practice of leadership involves the
continual practice of finding the best way to lead with the particular capabilities that the student‐athlete
possesses at a specific time, while constantly working to improve and expand those capabilities.
Embedded in the seven assumptions above are the four P’s of team leadership. The framework
highlights the integration of the four key domains of leadership. The framework answers the
question What is Leadership? Leadership is a position, it is a process, and it is performed by a
person for a purpose.
Too often leadership is narrowly defined exclusively as a person. Conceptually this leads us
back to a focus on the leader, her traits and disposition. But leadership is more than the
idiosyncratic actions taken by a chosen person. It is a process. A process is simply a
coordinated way of doing things. Can student‐athletes, including those that don’t possess the
so‐called necessary traits, learn a process for doing leadership things? Of course they can.
Leadership is also a position. In The Academy for Sport Leadership’s way of doing things we
suggest giving each student‐athlete a “role” to on‐board them into the leadership team building
development process. You’ll see this later when I introduce you to my 8 Roles of Teamwork. A
leader’s words and deeds provide purpose, a compelling vision of the future. Effective team
leadership answers, for all team members, the questions, “why am I doing this?”
The four P’s, like the compass that they form, are only a tool for answering the question “What
is leadership.” Each student‐athlete (and coach too) brings his or her own unique values, skills,
experiences, and personality to the leader role; and each student‐athlete has his or her own
personal way of making change happen. The compass is a simple model that represents the
key domains of an effective leadership development program.

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10 Second No Paint Defensive Drill

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This 3 on 3 defensive drill is coached by Iowa State Men’s Coach Steve Prohm. Coach Prohm believes that the hardest thing to guard is the dribble.

Defenders must keep the ball from being dribble into the paint for 10 seconds. If the offense attempts a shot and the defense rebounds or turns the ball over before the 10 seconds is up, the 10 second count stops and then picks up at that point with a new possession.

As soon as the offense dribbles, the 10 second count begins, if they shoot the ball after six seconds and miss and the defense rebounds, then the next possession will start with only 4 seconds to go.

If the offense scores, the defense has to start over and defend until they complete 10 seconds.

The idea of the post is to stimulate ideas. You should change the rules, scoring, timing, expectations, techniques, and emphasis of any other coaches’ drills that you see anywhere to fit your team’s needs.

I would add the rule that if the defense fouls they start over with an additional 2 seconds so that the drill becomes the “12 Second No Paint Drill.”

There is sound with the video, so please make sure that your sound is on.

The video is hosted on You Tube, so you will need to be on a network that allows you to access that site.

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If you are interested in learning more about the Championship Productions Basketball Coaching DVD that this drill came from, you can click the following link: Defensive Basics: Drills to Build Your Man-to-Man Defense

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When, Where, and How: Shot Charts Help You Find Your Hot Spots

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Shot charts show you where an offense excels and struggles, and pairing them with video allows for valuable insights.

The best way to craft an effective offense is to get your best shooters launching from where they’re most efficient. Chasing that data led to the creation of the shot chart, as coaches often had assistants charting makes and misses from the bench or while watching the video afterward.

But relegating a shot chart to a piece of paper is exercising only a fraction of its ability. Hudl allows you to craft nearly any shot chart for your team or an individual player based on shot type, quarter/half and zone breakdown. You can call up your own shot chart or see how opponents have done against you, exposing holes in your defense.

Video Brings Shot Charts to Life

Shot charts are taken to a whole new level when connected to video. With one click you can call up all shots from that specific area, saving you the time of having to hunt through game video and find specific moments. It’s an edge that the nation’s best programs have fully embraced.

“You can go back and watch all the times they were in the corner, all the times they’ve taken runners, all the times they’ve had a hook shot in the paint,” Kevin Cullen, the Director of Information Technology for Duke basketball, said. “You can look at that right away and see not only were they 4 for 5, but here are the four times they made it and the one time they didn’t.”

If a post player struggles from one block but excels from the other, call up video from both spots to see what he or she is doing differently. Tired of watching your opponent rain 3-pointers from the corner? Check out the video and find the holes in your rotation.

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You can’t put a value on that,” Ryan Fretz of Clyde High (Ohio) said. “You really can’t. Just to be able to click on that and look at what type of shots he’s taking, you stick it right in the scouting report – 75 percent of his shots came off a down screen. Three of his 10 shots were catch-and-shoot, the rest were all taking it to the hole. It allows us to get that edge, to know what the guy is going to do before he gets the ball.”

Shot Charts Provide Clarity

Our minds simply aren’t capable of being completely objective, especially in the heat of battle. That’s something Chris Horton, the women’s coach at Lone Oak High (Texas) realized, but going through shot charts after the game brings things back into balance.

“When you’re in the games, you’re just in the flow of things,” he said. “My assistant coaches see it and we talk about who’s doing what. But in terms of what particular areas they’re scoring from, it’s hard to see until afterward. When I can look at the chart and see what’s going on, I’ll click on the specific area and that’ll pull up video.

“If I’ve got a girl that’s having trouble scoring inside, why? What’s she doing? It helps me coach them. It helps me big picture with offensive design, but it also helps me help them. I’ll go into each individual area and I’ll pull up the video. It helps me as a team concept and it helps me individually. I’ve had them start looking at their own stuff.”

Scout Like a Pro

Shot charts aren’t limited to learning about your own team. Use the data to find out where your opposition tries to get shots and craft your defense to keep them out of those spots. If there is an area where your opponent struggles, try to get them in that space more often.

Christian Selich, the women’s coach at Millington High (Mich.) has found great value in scouting opponents through shot charts and brings a TV into the locker room a few times each week to lay out the game plan to his players.

“There are certain opponents that we know shoot well from a certain spot and this is a spot that we don’t defend well, maybe we’ll spend some extra time in practice defending this area so we’re not giving up points,” he said.

Shot charts have always been useful, but their evolution has turned them into one of the most important weapons in a coach’s arsenal. To get more information on Hudl’s stat reports, check out this blog.

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2 NCAA After Time Out Plays

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This post contains two man to man after timeout plays.

The fist play is from UCLA’s Steve Alford.

The second is from Dr. John Giannini’s LaSalle Explorers.

Adjust these sets to fit your players and philosophy and/or take bits and pieces to combine with what you already run.

The plays are from The Best of Special Teams Playbook assembled by Chris Filios.

The playbook contains 210 basketball plays from 40 different NCAA teams.

It is paired with Faces in New Places 2017 as this week’s eBook special.

You can find out more about what is included in the bundle at this link:

Best of Special Teams Playbook and Faces in New Places 2017

You can also get any two of our eBooks for $25 at this link: 2 eBooks for $25

If you have any questions, feel free to call/text me at 765-366-9673 or email me at [email protected]

UCLA Staggers


1 passes to 3 coming off a staggered double screen from 2 and 5.








5 screens for 2 to curl to the elbow.







3 passes back to 1.

4 Ducks into the lane to set up a screen for 2.

3 comes off a back screen from 5.





2 comes off a triple staggered screen from 4, 3, and 5.






LaSalle Fake HO DHO


5 brakes to the elbow and receives the entry pass from 1.








1 cuts around 5 for a fake hand off.








5 runs a dribble hand off and roll with 3.

You could also fake this one and have 5 take the ball to the basket on the dribble.

The intent of the post is not that you have to run the plays as is, but for them to get you thinking about things that would work for you.


The plays are from The Best of Special Teams Playbook assembled by Chris Filios.

The playbook contains 210 basketball plays from 40 different NCAA teams.

It is paired with Faces in New Places 2017 as this week’s eBook special.

You can find out more about what is included in the bundle at this link:

Best of Special Teams Playbook and Faces in New Places 2017

You can also get any two of our eBooks for $25 at this link: 2 eBooks for $25

If you have any questions, feel free to call/text me at 765-366-9673 or email me at [email protected]

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Size Disadvantage Finishing Moves

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3 Finishing moves for players at a size disadvantage from Drew Hanlen.

Drew is an NBA skills trainer and founder of Pure Sweat Basketball.

This video is posted in the Pure Sweat You Tube channel. You can access their channel of instructional videos at this link:

Pure Sweat You Tube Channel

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Also, please make sure your sound is on for the instruction with the video.





3 Small Guard Finishing Moves

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Veer Back Pick and Roll Defense

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This post was originally from Zak Boisvert on his basketball Coaching Website: Pick and Pop

His You Tube channel has several videos with various types of man to man plays, zone sets, and inbounds plays. You can subscribe to receive an update when he posts a new video Zak Boisvert You Tube Channel

You can follow him on Twitter at this link: @ZakBoisvert

This is how Coach Boisvert described the video:

Embedded below is a video I put together exploring the NBA defensive concept of “Veer-Backs.” Through the first 5 days of the playoffs, you’re seeing a ton of these teams executing veer-backs on a lot of middle pick & rolls.

Make sure that your sound is on and that you are connected to a server that give you acccess to You Tube Videos.

The first few clips are using a Veer back

I have also posted some notes below the video from as well as some links to other resources from Pikandpop.net from NBA coaches on defending pick and roll.

The video includes clips of: Veer Back vs. 1) Snake on a Middle Pick and Roll, 2) Pick and Pop 3) Side Pick and Roll 4) Icing a Side Pick and Roll and finishes with a triple switch.

Ron Adams, Golden State Warriors Defensive Guru, FIBA Basketball Coaches Clinic

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-As soon as guard hears the “Flat” call by his teammate, he presses into the ball-handler and directs him towards the screen and then he chases the ball over the top of the screen.

-In “Flat,” the screener’s defender slides with the ball. The worse the screener is as a shooter, the deeper the big defender gets on this “Flat” coverage. The shooting ability of the screener dictates the depth of our “Flat” more than the shooting ability of the ball-handler (although against a great shooting point guard, we won’t utilize “Flat” much).

-Veerback: If the ball-handler gets too deep and attacks the big, the guard calls “Veerback” to tell the big (x5) that there’s a switch. X5 will keep 1 in front while x1 veers back and drives his butt into 5 on his roll.

-Big-to-big communication is so vital. They’re playing defense together.

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