Introduction by Dom Starsia,University of Virginia Head Coach, 4x NCAA Championship Coach; 3x National Coach of the Year
Associate Head Coach Marc Van Arsdale provides cumulative instruction on how to build an offensive structure that can successfully attack from behind the goal. Beginning with whiteboard explanations, practice drills, on field skeleton offense demonstrations and live game clips, Coach Van Arsdale details the steps needed to teach your offense this vital skill.
Coach Van Arsdale demonstrates:
Instruction begins with whiteboard diagramming that shows correct player movement and continues with an explanation of what the movement behind the net is trying to accomplish. Concentrating on the two-man game, Coach Van Arsdale explains how to set effective picks and how these two players should work together. Off-ball positioning for the remaining offensive players is also important. Positioning the four remaining offensive players becomes easier to understand when the DVD moves to the on-field instruction. Behind the net movement is defined for specific circumstances, which, in turn, require choreographed movement from the offensive players above the crease. Two-, three- and four-man drills are used to further orientate the players to their position and off-ball movement.
Instruction for attacking behind the goal concludes with clips from actual games. These clips, showing defenses responding to well placed picks, is the final part of instruction to reinforce this philosophy. With each clip, Coach Van Arsdale explains the movement of his players, showing the effectiveness of the strategy. Multiple attacking situations are shown and explained. The role on good field positioning in creating multiple options for the offense and off- ball movement brings this DVD to an easily understood conclusion.
Attacking the goal from behind the net gives the offense with the means to stretch the defense, thus opening more shooting lanes and forcing the defense to communicate.
67 minutes. 2014.
This video has a lot of excellent stuff. Coach Van Arsdale does a great job explaining why to use the 2-man game and how to use various pick plays to effectively adjust to how the defense is playing against you.
That said, this video takes some effort to use. Van Arsdale talks VERY fast. If you take notes (like me) be prepared to hit "pause" and "rewind" a lot. Also, Van Arsdale when he talks at the white board says things like "...and he flares and throws a little pull pass...." If you don't know what those terms mean, you can figure it out from context, but it'll require more effort. Secondly, when demonstrating skeleton offense and drills, Van Arsdale refers to the demonstrating players by name and not position. If you've not internalized the drill concept it'll be harder to figure out what is being taught. For these reasons alone I rate the video 4 stars and not 5.
This is advanced level stuff; I would not recommend it for a new High School coach or a beginning youth coach, but for experienced coaches it's an excellent resource for expanding your offensive systems.
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