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All Access UConn Men’s Basketball: Full Court Drills and Defending the Pick & Roll

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2012

In the latest edition of All Access, we take you back to Storrs, Connecticut for an exclusive look inside a University of Connecticut men’s basketball practice. Watch as renowned head coach Jim Calhoun leads the Huskies through an early season pep talk plus a variety of team drills during the second practice of the campaign.

After opening comments and discussion, Connecticut runs through several full court drills that include 2-on-1 Throw Outs, Fast Break 5 Full, and Straight Pick & Roll. Make sure that you pick up some new tips, insights, and drills from this all-access session and look for ways to incorporate them with your own squad.

Opening Comments and Huddle

Coach Calhoun opens up practice with a discussion on opportunities and chances to get better as a team every day. Says Calhoun, “Don’t just come to practice to survive, come to excel.” Additional topics discussed include rebounding, transition, execution, effort, and attitude.


2 on 1 Throw Outs

This is a full court transition drill involving three lines of players. The middle player throws the ball out to around the free throw line area before quickly hustling down court and defending the impending 2 on 1 transition break. The defensive guy must get back as fast as he can to stop the fast break or else it’s an easy basket for the offense. Meanwhile, offensive players must make good decisions and finish the play.


Fast Break 5 Full

Next, this full court drill starts with a rebound in the half court setting and continues with a fast break up the floor 5 on 5. The group plays it out on both ends as each team gets a shot at offense. Teams should be immediately looking to run and get the ball up the floor fast. It’s key that players communicate with each other and help teammates through picks.


Pick & Roll Straight

Finally, this last team drill focuses on having players talk their teammates through a pick and roll in a 4 on 4 setting. Communication is crucial here. The goal is to get your teammates through the picks and don’t allow the ball handler to come off the screen too quickly. Get out on the help and make sure that you show yourself.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Practice with Jim Calhoun.” To check out more videos in our All Access collection, click here.

New Basketball DVDs Featuring Jim Calhoun, Tara Vanderveer, Sean Miller, Mike Dunlap, Brian Gregory, Don Showalter, Scott Schumacher, and John Spieza!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

We have recently released eight Basketball DVDs featuring Jim Calhoun, Tara Vanderveer, Sean Miller, Mike Dunlap, Brian Gregory, Don Showalter, Scott Schumacher, and John Spieza.  These eight new Basketball DVDs are titled:

Championship Ideas for Player and Coach Development 

  • Learn how to get the most out of your players every day and prepare them for competition
  • Discover individual skill development drills to improve shooting, rebounding, conditioning and more
  • Jim Calhoun gives you a lesson plan of how to be the coach you want to be and how to practice with purpose

All Access Stanford Women’s Basketball Practice with Tara VanDerveer 

  • Get an insider’s view into the practices at one of the top college basketball programs
  • All-Access into the transition offense and triangle offense that has made Stanford so successful
  • Get insight into VanDerveer’s man defense, zone match-up defense, and the drills they use to teach the fundamentals

Sean Miller: Beating Pressure Defenses 

  • Create an offense to attack any pressure defense
  • Learn how to effectively get the ball into the half-court to initiate your offense
  • Give your players tools and methods for attacking pressure defense
  • Execute special late-game and out-of-bounds situations

Mike Dunlap: Transition Offense – The First 6 Seconds 

  • Get easy lay-ups within the first six seconds of the shot clock!
  • Pressure and control the defense
  • Instill the confidence in your players to aggressively attack the rim

Brian Gregory: Early Offense and Set Plays 

  • Maximize your talent with these effective ball screen sets
  • Put tremendous pressure on the defense while getting in position to score
  • Teach players how to run their transition against man or zone defenses

Don Showalter: Full Court Trapping Defensive System 

  • Learn six different full-court trapping methods
  • Adjust to your opponent’s press break to confuse the offense on every possession
  • Learn how to adjust your press to match your team’s ever-changing skill level

Scott Schumacher: Building Blocks for Aggressive Half Court Defense 

  • Learn how to create a culture of toughness within your program
  • Improve your teams overall man-to-man technique
  • Gain insight on how to get your players to play hard in practice and in games

John Spezia: Motivational and Competitive Practice Drills 

  • Learn drills that will keep your players communicating and working hard
  • Gain insight into goal setting and commitments by your team
  • Get strategies to obtain player and team goals

All-Access UConn Men’s Basketball: First Practice

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

In this week’s edition of All-Access, we take you to Storrs, Connecticut for a behind-the-scenes look inside a University of Connecticut men’s basketball practice. Watch as legendary head coach Jim Calhoun leads his squad through an early pep talk plus a variety of team drills during one of the first practices of the season.

This All-Access look is a terrific way for coaches, players and parents to see exactly how one of the nation’s most renowned basketball programs conducts practice. In this particular instance, Connecticut runs through several team drills that include three-man weaves and 3-on-3 half-court simulations.

Be sure to pick up some tips, insights and new drills from this exclusive look and look for ways to incorporate them with your own program.

Inside the Huddle – Practice – Day 1

Coach Calhoun emphasizes three areas for these early-season practices: Get out and run, play with intensity, and use tempo to create an advantage. Next, Calhoun sets expectations for his team and gives them a short and long-term game plan. As for the very near term, it’s all about having a positive practice – one in which the team gets stuff done and everyone improves.


3-on-3 Half-Court Drill

Using just one section of the court in a half-court setting, the team moves into a 3-on-3 offense/defense drill. While the post man is looking to establish positioning on the block, the guards are looking to use screens to get open and then get the ball down low (and not far away from the hoop).

Meanwhile, the drill works on offense and defense at the same time in the half-court setting. As soon as the wingman passes to the man in the post, he should immediately set a screen for the opposite guard. If a defender overplays you, reverse the ball. Eventually after a few reps, the players switch to the left side of the court.


3-on-0 and 5-on-0 Drills

First in the 3-on-0 drill, players look to get the ball up the court quickly. It’s a two-pass drill with layups to start. Eventually, the drill moves into quick off-ball screens and splitting the post.

In 5-on-0 action, the goal is to move the ball quickly up the court in an effort to beat the defense. As Coach Calhoun reiterates, 5-on-0 means you run it like there is five guys against you. Use your imagination. Calhoun also talks about positioning frequently, such as where you want to post up exactly, where to play depending on a defender’s positioning, etc. Players should stay wide and go full speed at all times.


The previous clips can be seen on the Championship Productions’ DVD  titled “All-Access Basketball Practice with Jim Calhoun.” To check out more exclusive videos featuring Coach Calhoun and the Huskies, click here.

National Championship Instruction Featuring Jim Calhoun!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Friday, April 8, 2011

Congratulations to Jim Calhoun & the Connecticut Huskies on their 2011 NCAA National Championship! Learn the various tips, techniques, drills and systems that Calhoun has implemented into his championship program by checking out the DVDs below:

All Access Practice with Jim Calhoun

The 2-2-1 Press

Jim Calhoun: The Attacking 3-Out-2-In Motion Offense

Jim Calhoun: Rebounding Drills & Basketball Wisdom

Jim Calhoun’s Fastbreak Drills

Jim Calhoun: Total Zone Offense and Pressure Man Defense Drills

Jim Calhoun: Competitive Offensive and Defensive Practice Drills




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