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Congratulations to Rick Pitino & Geno Auriemma on their 2013 NCAA Championship Titles!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Take your team to the next level with time-tested instruction from 2013 NCAA Championship coaches, Rick Pitino & Geno Auriemma.  Learn exceptional offensive and defensive drills in the Championship Classic DVDs from Coach Pitino.  The collection of Coach Auriemma’s DVDs give you complete insight of a world class basketball team.  Watch these incredible instructional DVDs to help you and your team start playing better basketball today!

Rick Pitino 4-PackAll Access Basketball Practice with Geno Auriemma (2011-2012)

Also, take advantage of our basketball special going on right now! Get any 3 Basketball DVDs($39.99 or under) for $99.99, click here!

Brand New All Access DVDs featuring the Top Basketball Coaches in the World!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Get a complete look at some of the best coaches in across the world such as Geno Auriemma, Billy Donovan, Mark Gottfried, and Mike Rice.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see hours of exceptional games, practices and meetings. Take a look at these world class Basketball DVD:

All Access Basketball Practice with Geno Auriemma (2011-2012) 

  • Watch eight-time National Coach of the Year Geno Auriemma coach his team through five up-tempo practices
  • See how Coach Auriemma organizes his practices and designs his drills to fit his team’s style of play
  • Over 13 hours of fast-paced practices featuring individual skill work and offensive and defensive systems

All Access Florida Basketball Practice with Billy Donovan

  • Three live practices with 2x NCAA Champion Billy Donovan!
  • Use quick moving drills that reinforce fundamentals while getting players into shape at the at the start of the season
  • Learn how to run your offense while using the post to effectively create open shots
  • Learn to guard common offensive looks in a 4-on-4 shell situation

All Access NC State Basketball Practice with Mark Gottfried

  • Create break-down drills that emphasize 2-man/3-man interaction that equates to specific movements involved within the overall offensive scheme
  • Develop a shooting routine that will help your players develop proper footwork, form, and fundamentals to make them a better shooter
  • Incorporate an individual skill development session that involves core skill sets that translate into game action
  • Run defensive shell drill to teach multiple aspects of team defense
  • Install a 2-3 zone that is simple to play but hard to score against
  • Implement a strength and conditioning program to build muscular endurance, conditioning, and core strength
  • Plan an efficient practice down to the very minute

All Access Rutgers Basketball Practice with Mike Rice

  • Execute the Screen / Re-screen offensive system that details a screen the screen action for open layups and jump shots
  • Build a complete defensive mindset that involves defensive close-out technique, sideline/baseline emphasis, jumping to the ball, and help and recover responsibilities
  • Execute the Scarlet Knight Zone package
  • Break down segments of the offensive and defensive systems into 2-, 3-, and 4-man drills in order to isolate specific movements and teaching points critical to the overall scheme

We have more than 45 All Access Basketball DVDs in our huge library!

3 Fast Break Drills for an Explosive Offense

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma believes that teams should focus on drill work that translates directly from practice to the game. The following drills place an emphasis on fast break basketball and the transition game and replicate common game situations. The drills are also a staple of Auriemma’s practices and should make for a tremendous addition to your own this season.

Fast Break Layups

Get two lines of players just beyond half court. The player with the ball should be looking to get to the top of the key in two dribbles as fast as he/she can. Once there, stop, and then dish off to a wing player who’s making a hard cut and layup.

After a while, put a coach out there at the foul line and have them stand there. After the dish, the passer must run around the coach to the opposite side of where he passed it and go rebound the ball. Try to simulate like it’s a game situation. Rebound, outlet, and head to the back of the line.

Tip: Stop and go around the coach to prevent the charge.

Goal: Hit 10 straight with no misses, bobbles, turnovers, or fumbles. Then switch to the other side of the court.


Pull-up Jumpers

Start with three lines at half court. This drill is simply a 3-man weave for a pull-up jump shot. Be sure to shoot from just above the low block. Do not go in the lane. Also,  get a coach positioned on the block to make sure of no charges. Always bank it in from this angle.

Meanwhile, the other two guys in the drill are fighting for the rebound (going 1-on-1) and boxing out. Whichever player gets the rebound, he/she must put it back up and in the basketball. Switch lines when complete. Also, don’t score twice, only go for the basket on a miss.

If you have 14 players, the goal should be to make 14 bank shots and then switch sides. Hit 14 more and then move on. This is a great drill for boxing out, offensive rebounding, shooting, and defensive rebounding. Plus, you can run this five minutes into practice and you’ve already gotten your guys warmed up. If you’re in a bad mood, go for 14 straight. How many in a row can your players get? All the while, this drill also puts a lot of pressure on the guys. You can quickly find out who can handle the pressure early in the season.


Long and Short Drill

The Set-Up: Start out with three lines. The first line is under the basket, the second line is near midcourt near the sideline, and the final line is on the opposite mid-court area near the sideline.

The Action: Start by throwing the ball off the glass, outlet to the nearest teammate up court (who is coming to meet the ball). That player will take the pass, turn, and pass to the other player who is cutting to the opposite hoop for the layup in stride. There should be no dribbles, no fumbles, and no misses. Simply catch the ball and lay it in.

The Finish: Next, he second passer runs to the top of the key and then starts heading the other way with the same three players. You’re now looking to get out on the break using the entire floor. Meanwhile, the big guy who first passed the ball must sprint all the way down and catch the layup on the other end before being the outlet man again. This time, he outlets to the player who just hit the layup.

Tip: Time the run for the transition. Timing and spacing are crucial.


The previous clips can all be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Geno Auriemma: Dynamic Offensive Practice Drills.” To check out more drills and set plays, simply visit our basketball library

Got any fast break drills that work well for you and your squad? How do you get your players ready for specific game situations (i.e. transition defense, etc.)?

All Access UConn Women’s Basketball: Ball Handling and Fast Break Drills

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In this week’s edition of All Access, we take you back to Storrs, Connecticut for an exclusive look at a University of Connecticut women’s basketball practice. Watch as head coach Geno Auriemma walks through several team drills for you and details specific roles, player movements, overall strategies, and general tips.

Layup Drill and Fast Breaks

This first layup drill starts with three lines on the baseline and the ball in the middle. Initially, there’s a full-speed dribble to the opposite foulline. Then, the players immediately turn around and come back and get a layup. The ball handler should push the ball out in front each time. Players should also keep their heads up. When coming back, the middle player hits a wing player for the layup in stride.

With fast breaks, the players focus on different 3-Man Weaves starting at half court. The drill — which incorporates layups, pull-up jumpers, and five-footers using the glass — serves as a terrific warm-up drill.


Passing and Shooting Drills

For this passing drill, two players at a time will get down in a defensive stance, both on opposite sides of the paint starting at the baseline. Each pair will stay in their defensive stance all the way down the floor while catching and passing continuously. Players should stay in their defensive stance the entire time until the end. Once the first team hits the foul line, the next group starts.

Next, the team moves to a popular shooting drill. Two players will work with each other at one basket. Players should get their own rebound and make good passes to their teammate. The first team to make 10 shots at five baskets wins. Players count their made shots out loud. Shots are taken from the foul line, elbows, and just inside the key.


Ball Handling

Finally, in this particular ball handling session, UConn guards are working on dribbling down at one end of the floor. It’s a half-court drill where each player has a ball and goes up and back in a 1-on-0 situation. Players work on hesitation dribbling, stop and go’s, crossovers, and more — with both hands. Eventually, the guards move into drills against stationary defenders while incorporating layups.

Meanwhile, post players are on the other end of the floor working on low post positioning, entry passes, and moves in the paint with a defender on their back.

According to Auriemma, there’s only so much time during the middle of the season that you can devote to ball handling, but hopefully everything you do leads into it and incorporates it. The preseason and postseason are the optimal times to really work on your team ball handling.


The previous clips can be seen in Championship Productions’ DVD “All-Access Practice with Geno Auriemma.” To check out more videos featuring Coach Auriemma, click here.


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