Get an all access look inside three University of Texas-Arlington`s practices as head coach Scott Cross takes you through a series of drills he uses during each of his basketball practices. The foundation of UT-Arlington philosophy is their belief that successful basketball begins and ends on the defensive end of the floor.
Cross opens up his gym and demonstrates the fundamental breakdown drills he uses to teach aggressive full-court and half-court defense. In addition, Coach Cross demonstrates the basis of the team`s ball-screen offense. The terrific looks at their defensive breakdowns and their ball screen offense will help you see how this mid-major team is able to have so much success.
Disc 1Everything starts on the defensive end and that's what you will get in this first practice. Coach Cross takes his team through the defensive principles that have guided his teams to success year after year. He spends most of his time demonstrating how to build your man-to-man defense starting with a solid foundation of defensive stance and building up to 4-on-4 half court competitive game with an emphasis on taking charges and communicating.
He begins with a unique set of ladder drills that lead into a closeout drill and end with players taking a charge. Cross shows a twist to your shell defense in their Spurs Shell Drill where players have to earn their stops in order to be successful in this competitive drill. In 2-on-2 Turn Drill, Cross lays the foundation for building a successful Run and Jump Full Court Press. Your players will be pushed to the limit to get stops in the open court.
Disc 2Full of innovative drills, this disc picks up where the disc one left off. Coach Cross continues to build his man-to-man defense with different progressions. He lays out his vision for the Run and Jump Full Court Press with competitive drills in a 2-on-2 full court and half court set-up.
Knowing that defense creates scoring opportunities, he details his half court man offense called Cross. He provides you with a new look to 3-out 2-in motion offense including quick hitting strikes you can use out of the original set that will keep your opponent on its toes. He uses Box Shell Drill as another competitive drill where multiple down screens are set to help players get open and defenders learn to fight through the traffic.
Disc 3In his third practice session, Coach Cross offers insights of how to teach your players to run pick and roll offense by reading how the defense is playing you. In order to do so, Cross demonstrates a variety of breakdown drills that provide his players with the necessary fundamentals to make plays and develop an attacking mentality off of ball screens. The emphasis is on reading and reacting to the defense in three ways: caboose, split and twist.
Whether its pick and roll shooting or cavalier pick and roll, you will learn how to effectively teach a ball screen offense that will create many scoring opportunities. You will learn about two highly competitive drills that have made UT-Arlington successful: The 3-on-3 Run and Jump and Boys to Beast Drill. Each drill will push your players to learn how to trap and pressure their opponent anywhere on the floor. In addition to these drills, Coach Cross also shows some of the out of bounds options the team runs along the baseline.
Implementing the drills and concepts in this video will help to build your team's defensive identity. This season, create offensive opportunities by pressuring your opponent all over the floor and locking them down.
387 minutes (3 DVDs). 2013.
I love the buildup drills for defense carried into disc two with the full court man defense. Coach Cross breaks down all the defense you need to know. The pick and roll offense just adds to the complete set. A great item that focuses on offense and defense.
Coach Cross displays a passion and energetic style to coaching his team. The breakdown drills will help any coach progress or add to their system. If you want to play aggressive this is a must watch video. You will enjoy the thoughts of the day and the pursuit to create TOUGH GUYS!!!!
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