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September 18, 2017

10 concepts to become more defensive-minded

by Nathan Livesay, contributing writer

Coaches hear the phrase “defense wins championships” so often that they regard it as a cliché instead of the cornerstone of every successful basketball program. There are many types of defenses that can win — from Rick Pitino’s relentless pr...

August 9, 2017

‘The Freak’ defense slows opposing offenses

by Ryan Freeman, Burlington Williams High School, North Carolina

We have all tried gimmick defenses to steal possessions or slow down the opposition’s best player. “The Freak” defense is a modified triangle-and-two or box-and-one, depending on how you implement it into your defensive arsenal. The defense wo...

August 7, 2017

PCA video: Notre Dame coach Mike Brey discusses body language

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-RcL-j4cU8 Mike Brey is the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Notre Dame. He led his 2014-2015 team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. His success in South Bend includes leading nearly every ...

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...

July 14, 2017

Using ‘Elevator Screens’ to close the door on defenders

The “elevator screen” is appropriately named because it has two stationary screeners that are stacked together but leaves just enough room for a teammate to cut through to the opposite side for a perimeter shot. Once the cutter has passed through...

May 25, 2017

Effectively using brush screens in your offense

The brush screen is more popular in the college game and has been modified from its original form: the downscreen. With a brush screen, the cutter breaks from a screen that is in motion and stays in motion. There is no jump-stopping by the screener b...

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 ...