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One Year Anniversary on Bob Hurley DVDs!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A year ago we released Bob Hurley’s Basketball DVDs and since then he has had an exceptional performance as a coach.  During this time period he passed the 1,000 win mark for his coaching career.  He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, and selected as National Coach of the Year by USA Today in 1989 and 1996.  Here are the One Year Anniversary Bob Hurley Basketball DVDs:

Bob Hurley: Motion and Zone Offenses

  • Learn how to breakdown the 2-3 zone, 2-3 match-up zone, 1-3-1 zone, and the 1-2-2 zone with multiple looks
  • Discover the importance of attacking any zone defense from behind
  • Maximize your Motion Offense with 10 key concepts to defeat man-to-man defense
  • Bob Hurley: Practice Planning & Program Development

  • Learn practice planning strategies from one of the most successful high school coaches in the country
  • Get a look inside the coaching philosophy, keys to success, and the basketball contract to building a successful program
  • Get a variety of fundamental drills for passing, dribbling, shooting, defense and rebounding
  • Implement and benefit from the same coaching and program philosophies that have made Bob Hurley one of the nation’s elite high school coaches.
  • Bob Hurley: Building a Multiple Defensive System

  • Create a dominating Multiple Defensive System that confuses your opponents
  • Learn four signature presses and traps
  • Implement strategies to shut down your opponent’s best player
  • Bob Hurley: Developing Perimeter Players

  • Develop 3-point range and mid-range jumpers
  • See on-court demonstrations of 11 multi-dimensional drills
  • Drills teach ball handling, passing, shooting, cutting, pick & roll, as well as individual defense and rebounding
  • Purchase any of the above Bob Hurley DVDs and use the code BH38MM to get $10 off each of these discs! Hurry, offer expires by 3/16/2012!

    3 Valuable Team Rebounding Drills that Produce Results

    By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Hurley has racked up more than 1,000 wins and 26 championships during his illustrious career. In this week’s team concepts feature, learn three of Coach Hurley’s favorite and most effective rebounding drills. The drills – used frequently by St. Anthony’s (NJ) – can be adapted for any level of basketball and focus on recreating competitive, game-like rebounding situations.

    Bluejay Drill

    First, have your players set up at one end of the court. Get two “white team” players on the baseline and two “blue team” players at the elbows. (Also, you can put two more elbow players behind the other two as the next group on deck to participate in the drill.) Down at the other end of the court, there should be six more players doing this same exact drill. A coach has the ball on the baseline.

    The Bluejay Drill is all about aggression and has nothing to do with technique. Simply, it gets guys to really go after the ball. Have a coach throw the ball to one of the elbow players. The player will catch it and if the baseline players don’t close fast enough, they can just catch and shoot it. The elbow guys must score twice and the baseline guys must score once.

    Note: Often in this drill, the baseline guys will bust out and the elbow guy shoots a jumper but the defender will turn and get the rebound and lay it in, resulting in his team winning. Therefore, the shooters must go in and get the ball on a miss.

    The two teammates must work together to get the ball in the hoop. It’s 2-on-2, so use your teammates and finish the play. The drill rotates players through and make sure that players take turns at the different positions.


    Huggins Drill

    Looking to teach your players proper box out technique? In the Huggins Drill, players start out back-to-back and sitting on the floor in pairs. When the coach yells “Up” the players get up and block each other out.

    Tips: Get your elbows out, feet wide, and look to hold your positioning for about five seconds. Drive the hands and get your hands up.


    4-on-3 Blockout Drill

    Start out with three teammates (the defensive team) in the lane and standing next to each other while facing out. Meanwhile, there are four other teammates (the offensive team) spread out around the perimeter.

    The coach will throw the ball out to any one of the offensive players. When he does, the defensive players come out and guard the ball. The second guy takes the next pass, and the third guy sits on the help side. As the ball gets moved, always look to guard the two most dangerous and then split the distance with the other guy. When it moves from the corner to the nearest up-top guy, the defenders change up their positioning. The middle guy now goes to play the ball and the others work the passing lanes. In other words, when the ball moves, there should be constant defensive rotation.

    First, work on movement and getting proper positioning on defense. When the coach says to shoot, the player with the ball grabs it and immediately takes the shot. The defensive players must block out everyone but the shooter. Therefore, it’s key that the defenders communicate effectively. As soon as coach yells “shot”, a fourth blue team player comes into the play and blocks out the shooter. Be sure to switch teams from offense to defense.


    The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Bob Hurley: Practice Planning & Program Development.” To check out more rebounding drills, click here. To check out more videos on program development, click here.

    8 Tips and Strategies for Practice Planning with Bob Hurley

    By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    St. Anthony’s (NJ) head coach Bob Hurley is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most respected and top overall high school basketball coaches. The two-time National Coach of the Year and winner of 25 state titles was a recent inductee to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

    In this exclusive look, learn eight tips and strategies for practice planning from Coach Hurley. The segment covers everything from drills to time management and to practice organization. Finally, we’ll reveal one of Coach Hurley’s favorite warm-up drills that gets players thinking and playing sharp early in practice.

    Practice Planning Strategies

    1. At all times, you must get your practice plan on paper and stick to the schedule. Difficult things (like rebounding drills and screening drills) must be short in duration so the kids can follow and pick them up.

    If a drill didn’t work, like a blockout drill, it’s up to the coach to come back the next day with a different drill. Don’t come back and be stubborn and try the same exact thing. In terms of drills, variety is really important for successful practices.

    2. Alternate hard and easy drills/segments. We go four minutes with a particular segment. For instance, we got the explanation in the beginning and validation at the end (Coach Hurley picked this up from Vance Walberg).

    With validation, pick a person at the end of the drill to shoot a free throw. If he makes it, move on to the next drill. But if he misses it, the team must run a sprint, do crunches or pushups. Do this for every segment. It incorporates pressure free throws. Plus, winning and losing is involved, some conditioning/running, and pressure situations.

    3. Use the clock daily. Make use of your managers. One can do the clock and the other can help with drills. This is helpful for keeping time of drills, rebounding, and keeping track of makes.

    4. Make practice competitive and fun. Competition lends to game speed. End practice each day with something challenging but fun.


    5. When the team comes in to stretch, they do dynamic stretching now. After stretching, the team does a 30-second meeting and something to motivate the kids right before breaking. The team meets before, during and after practice. Coach Hurley blows the whistle, and everything stops in the drills. Kids must respond to the drill. If Coach Hurley points to the circle, that means the squad must come together for a quick meeting. The last kid that arrives must do 10 pushups. The team might do this 4-5 times a day.

    6. In the first 15 minutes of practice, every coach must say something positive about every player. It’s not hard to do. As practice goes on and gets more intense, Coaches tend to get pickier. At the end of practice, the squad will get together again and have a 30-second meeting. John Wooden once said, “Always leave practice on a positive note.” We try to do this every day, even if it was a tough practice.

    7. Win and lose starting jobs at practice. Make this happen every single day. Don’t allow guys to become “game-day players.” This will motivate players every day of the season.

    8. Implement something new every day. It’s never too early to make the kids think.


    Warm-Up Drill: “Fire”

    Here’s a terrific warm-up drill to get players thinking and making quick decisions early in practice.

    Start at the baseline with two players spaced out about 5-7 feet. First, there’s a pass from the inside player to the outside player. The inside player then cuts to the elbow. Note: Use only chest passes right now and focus on catching and moving. That elbow player gets the ball back. Next, that same player passes to a third player up at mid-court. The player from the corner now comes to the top of the circle. We hit him with a pass. That passer now follows him and heads to the end of the line.

    The player with the ball now passes to yet another player up on the right side of the mid-court line. He then follows behind. The ball then goes back to the player at the top of the circle, then on to a player in the far corner/three-point area. Now, this player hits a different player cutting to the hoop for a layup.

    The passer and the layup player are then immediately off and the next two players on the baseline start again. Start with layups and then mix in some jumpers. You can also get up to three balls going at once, that is if players aren’t daydreaming.


    The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Practice Planning and Program Development.” To check out more videos in the Bob Hurley catalog, click here.

    Legendary Coach Bob Hurley Appears on 60 Minutes!

    By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    Legendary Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley recently appeared on 60 minutes! He is a 2010 Hall of Fame inductee, 3x USA Today National Coach of the Year, he has led St. Anthony’s High School (NJ) to 25 State Parochial Championships and 3 USA Today National Championships! Championship productions is proud to say it has partnered with Bob Hurley on various basketball DVD projects. Learn the drills and philosophies of an outstanding coach by checking out Bob Hurley’s DVDs!



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