with Matt Bollant, University of Illinois Head Women's Basketball Coach; former University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Head Women's Basketball Coach; 4x Horizon League Coach of the Year (2012, 2011, 2009, 2008); back-to-back 30+ win seasons (2010-12); Kay Yow National Coach of the Year 2011
Learn proven techniques and drills to improve your team's focus, effort and competitiveness. Green Bay Head Coach Matt Bollant shows you how he builds the Phoenix offensive and defensive systems in a live practice setting.
Bollant's practice starts with a 5-0 offensive shell drill and several drills to teach players to cut, communicate, and play with poise on the offensive end and in their primary and secondary breaks.
He uses a rapid fire drill for practicing high percentage game shots out of the Phoenix offense. This is followed by full court 2-on-2, 3-on-3, and block-hold-release drills which emphasize offensive fundamentals in the half-court game and the primary and secondary break. These drills are a great way to help your players make mental transitions during games and to get your players' "brains flowing."
Teach your players how to be aggressive using full court "blood drills" to build an attack mentality in the open court. Pick up defensive fundamentals with a 3-on-3 Cut Throat Drill that emphasizes closing out low, communicating with teammates (offensively and defensively), being in a triple threat position, utilizing the jump stop, and making sure his players do not use a "butt ball" action.
The defensive emphasis continues as Bollant teaches "closeouts inside the V." He uses a 1-on-1 drill to demonstrate how to square up to a defender off the closeout. He puts an emphasis on teaching high hands, long and low first step, and making sure you don't open the gate. You'll also see a 4-on-3 passing drill to teach defenders how to communicate and pressure the ball while making your opponent think about their next pass.
The practice session ends with variations of 4-on-4 shell drill. Bollant takes you through his layers of shell to teach his players the cutting and screening action of their motion offense. He uses 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 shell to create a tough practice mentality and for game preparation on both the offensive and defensive end of the court. You will learn how to build solid defensive principles and pressure, how to create good help side defense and help the helper action, and how to move and think without the ball. Coach finishes up his practice with "3 Ways" Drill to put it all together.
Get practice ideas to get your players to think quicker and play faster. 97 minutes. 2012. DVD.
Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5. Sports Nation Video Sales Rank: 3 out of 190 for the category Women's Basketball DVDs.
Fun Facts About Coach Bollant: Bollant came to Illinois after a successful five-year stint at Green Bay, where he guided the Phoenix to five straight Horizon League titles and four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.