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July 31, 2017

Volleyball: Creating competitive game-like drills

The best drill to teach passing is one where you pass-set-hit; the best drill to teach setting is one where you pass-set-hit; and the best drill teach hitting is to pass-set-hit. Those words, attributed to former national team coach Marv Dunphy, imp...


September 21, 2014

Soccer: Three drills to perfect your throw-ins

There is a lack of fundamentals in today's game when it comes to throw-ins. A throw-in is an opportunity to continue possession and even attack at certain times. Too many turnovers are being committed when it comes to throw-ins. We work with our p...


March 9, 2012

Baseball: Mastering first-and-third defenses

Your team defense is critical in forcing the opposition to earn what it scores and not allowing anything more. One area that constantly needs your attention as a coach is your defense when runners are on first and third, so that all players on...


February 22, 2012

Football: Pound the defensive line with this combination offense

The Pistol-Flex is a hybrid of the strengths of both the Pistol and Flexbone offenses. The Pistol-Flex “T” package is just one of the possible variations that this flexible offense offers. The following are the four best plays to show just how d...


March 24, 2011

Basketball: Shaka Smart’s three best inbound plays

DIAGRAM 1: Inbound Play 1 (A). From a box set, 5 screens for 4. 4 heads toward the ball-side corner. 5 then receives a backscreen from 2. 5 rolls to the hoop while 3 shifts for a possible outlet pass.       DIAGRAM ...


November 18, 2010

Synchronized movements to apply defensive pressure

A question asked frequently within defensive circles is, “When is the best time to apply defensive pressure?” We believe the answer to this question is from the opening kickoff to the final play. The most difficult football games for me to view are...


October 2, 2009

Football: Drills to develop man coverage skills for defensive backs

Man-to-man coverage begins with the proper alignment of the defensive backs to the receivers at the line of scrimmage (LOS). This normally places the corner backs 5 to 7 yards off of the LOS, with an inside shade on the receivers. At the snap of the ...


October 2, 2009

Football: Training your linemen in the 43 defense

Click here to read part one of this article. There are four basic combination blocks that we cover in our daily practices. Depending on the type of offense we face each week, we determine which ones to put more emphasis on — double team, scoop-o...


October 2, 2009

Football: D-line techniques and drills from the 43 defense

Coaching is a world of give and take. I know that in my last years as a coach, I have certainly bent the ears of many great coaches in developing my philosophies and techniques of defensive line play. I have been fortunate in finding coaches who a...


October 2, 2009

Ball disruptions in football: Winning with defense

At Apache Junction High School in Arizona, we believe our defense has as much responsibility as our offense in winning football. We try to achieve this by creating turnovers and scoring points. We have had considerable success at this and once led th...