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All Access Stanford Women’s Basketball: Team Shooting & Passing Drills

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

In this week’s edition of All Access, we take you to Palo Alto, California for an exclusive look at a Stanford University women’s basketball practice. Head coach Tara VanDerveer leads her squad through a variety of shooting and passing drills during one of the first practices of the 2010-11 campaign.

First, VanDerveer’s squad runs through “Cut Passes and Driving” before moving into partner passing and shooting drills. The squad finishes off the session with an effective passing warm-up called “Showtime Passing.”

The Cardinal squad is currently 24-1 overall this season and ranked No. 2 in the country in both ESPN and AP polls.

Cut Pass and Driving

The drill begins when one player flashes to the free throw line. This player immediately receives the ball from a wing player. Next, this player then makes a bounce pass to a cutting player (starting from up top) and hits a layup in stride (with a coach as the defensive presence).

Meanwhile, that flash player who dished it off then immediately catches a pass from a coach/teammate, dribbles down the lane and hits a pull-up jumper.

Tips: Switch sides to which you pass and cut. Guards must go full speed to the basket. After going through layups, switch to short pull-up jumpers. Look to make good passes and knock down your shots.


Partner Pass: Bounce & Chest Pass

This drill can be conducted right down the middle of the court. Players work in pairs and should be set up about 15-20 feet away from each other.

Start with a bounce pass. Make a “T” with your hands. After catching the pass, players simply go through their shooting progression. No baskets are in play. Step in and take a nice jump shot. Every time the ball touches your hands, you should be looking at the basket.

Tips: Try to get a good rhythm going. Remember the fundamentals and deliver nice passes. Get your feet set and be ready to shoot. Eventually, switch things up to chest passes and then change partners.


Partner Shooting: Rep Shooting

Next, we’re shooting three-pointers at game tempo. There should be one rebounder and one shooter at each basket. Start with the shooter in the corner. The rebounder passes to a coach or teammate and they pass right to the shooter. After one minute, the players switch. Eventually, work your way around the perimeter.

Tips: Look to get a ton of reps with this drill. Players should always be stepping into their shot. Catch the ball looking to shoot. Push up and follow through and remember your footwork. Repetition is key in every shot you take.


Showtime Passing

Showtime Passing starts at the baseline. The first player up (Player 1) passes to a wing player (Player 2) and then immediately passes to Player 1 cutting up the floor. Player 1 delivers a pass to the next player (Player 3) in line at midcourt. Players replace each other and follow. The same passing technique continues now with two midcourt players. The passing moves all the way around the half-court area and ends with a layup on the left side.

Tips: Start the drill going to the left and then switch to the opposite side. Catch and pass the ball quickly. Players should always be moving and communicating.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Stanford Basketball Practice with Tara VanDerveer.” To check out more videos in our All Access lineup, head over to our basketball library.

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

Learn From the 2011 NCAA Women’s NCAA Final Four Coaches!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Championship Productions would like to congratulate the teams who qualified for the 2011 Women’s NCAA Final Four! Championship Productions is proud to say it has partnered with two of the four 2011 Final Four Coaches on various basketball DVD projects.  Learn the systems, tips, techniques, and drills that these outstanding coaches implemented within their programs…taking them to the top!

1 seed- Connecticut Huskies (Geno Auriemma)
1 seed- Stanford Cardinals (Tara Vanderveer)

Connecticut Ranked #1 in 2010 Women’s AP Division I Basketball Poll!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, October 29, 2010

The University of Connecticut, coached by Geno Auriemma, is ranked #1 in the 2010 Associated Press women’s basketball preseason poll.  The Huskies enter the 2010-11 season with a 78-game winning streak after posting a perfect 39-0 record in 2009-10 en route to the program’s seventh NCAA National Championship!  UConn has been ranked #1 for a total of 144 weeks in the program’s history, the most of any team nationally.

The AP Top 25 is filled with programs / coaches who have partnered with Championship Productions to produce instructional basketball DVDs.  Check out the Top 25 coaches who have worked with us below:

1.  Connecticut  (Coached by Geno Auriemma)
2.  Baylor
3.  Stanford  (Coached by Tara Vanderveer)
4.  Tennessee  (Coached by Pat Summitt)
5.  Xavier
6.  Duke  (Coached by Joanne Palombo-McCallie)
7.  Ohio State  (Coached by Jim Foster)
8.  Texas A & M
9.  Kentucky
10.  Oklahoma  (Coached by Sherri Coale)
11.  West Virginia
12.  Notre Dame
13.  Georgetown
14.  St. John’s
15.  North Carolina  (Coached by Sylvia Hatchell)
16.  UCLA
17.  Texas  (Coached by Gail Goestenkors)
18.  Florida State
19.  Georgia  (Coached by Andy Landers)
20.  Iowa State  (Coached by Bill Fennelly)
21.  Maryland  (Coached by Brenda Frese)
22.  Iowa
23.  TCU
24.  Vanderbilt
25.  Michigan State

2010 Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket Announced!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The pairings for 2010 Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament were announced last evening (March 15, 2010).  Many of the participating programs’ coaches have produced basketball DVDs with Championship Productions.  The programs / coaches include:

Connecticut (Coached by Geno Auriemma)
Stanford (Coached by Tara Vanderveer)
Tennessee (Coached by Pat Summitt)
Duke (Coached by Joanne Palombo-McCallie)
Ohio State (Coached by Jim Foster)
Oklahoma (Coached by Sherri Coale)
Iowa State (Coached by Bill Fennelly)
Georgia (Coached by Andy Landers)
Virginia (Coached by Debbie Ryan)
Texas (Coached by Gail Goestenkors)
LSU (Coached by Van Chancellor)
Rutgers (Coached by C. Vivian Stringer)
Middle Tennessee State (Coached by Rick Insell)
North Carolina (Coached by Sylvia Hatchell)
Depaul (Coached by Doug Bruno)


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