with Dana Altman, University of Oregon Head Coach; .623 all-time winning percentage in 22 years as a NCAA Division I head coach; Has won four "Coach-of-the-Year" awards from three different conferences; former head coach at Creighton University where he led the Blue Jays to 13 consecutive postseason appearances, and 11 straight seasons with 20-plus wins.
Dana Altman: Drills for a Competitive Team Practice
Your practices should prepare your players to beat good teams. Using on-court demonstrations with players, Altman takes you through over 20 small-group and team drills that emphasize the importance of fundamentals and quality play on both ends of the court.
PRE-PRACTICE - Before every practice, Altman breaks up his team into small groups to drill offensive fundamentals. These drills are not position-specific, but rather emphasize developing the total player. Specifically, this drill work is intended to improve a player's: Ball-handling, Ability to finish at the rim, Footwork, Passing, Shooting form
DEFENSE & REBOUNDING - Defense and rebounding are drilled at the beginning of every practice to set the tone for the day. These drills allow players to work on multiple skills at one time. Altman also keeps score between the squads to make it more competitive. Practice does not progress until these drills are performed correctly. In all defenses you have to be able to guard the player with the ball. Coach Altman builds his defensive system from the ground up through half-court and full-court 1-on-1 drills. Through the 1v1 drills you can easily evaluate which players need improvement and more importantly which players are competitors and do not like getting beat! Close outs and rebounding are taught through a competitive 2-on-2 drill. Lastly, Altman walks through six different ways to defend and rotate on ball screens from a 4-on-4 set up.
FULL-COURT - Rather than simply running his team, Coach Altman improves his team's conditioning through a variety of full-court drills. Altman demonstrates three of his most popular full court drills that any coach should have as part of their practice plan. These drills force players to play in transition with and without numbers and make shots while tired. The demonstration is good for any new coach, but his "fine-tuning" instruction and "nuggets" of information are helpful even for the more seasoned coach.
Coach Altman demonstrates a variety of drills on the court that will help your players focus on fundamentals at all times to make themselves better basketball players, and to make your team better. These drills, working from individual all the way to team drills, focus on individual fundamentals on a daily basis, and then apply those to a team setting. All players learn the drills in a game-like setting instead of making drills "position-specific."
Incorporate this drill work into your practices and prepare to beat good teams! Produced at the Spring 2011 Las Vegas (NV) clinic. 71 minutes. 2012.
Dana Altman: Using the High Post Offense to Attack Zone Defense
Utilize player movement and quick ball movement to effectively score against zones! In an on-court demonstration, Dana Altman begins by showing you his basic spread set against man-to- man defense. This offense is ideal for any team that has undersized post players that can generate scoring, both inside and outside. He discusses in detail how to use incorporate offense that can work against man and zone defenses. In particular, through spacing, ball movement, and player movement, he is able to make the 3-point shot a big weapon.
Basic Spread Zone Offense - Altman provides a detailed breakdown of his basic Spread Zone Offense and shows numerous counter actions to take advantage of how the defense is positioned. Altman shows what to do if the defense takes away the first or second options and what to look for on ball reversal. He goes through several options that get the ball in your best player's hands in the scoring area while also providing open post looks for undersized post players.
Quick Hitters Against a 2-3 Zone - Learn 8 quick hitters that will provide nightmares for anyone trying to stop your zone offense. Altman gives you plenty of looks that will confuse your opponent while creating easy scoring chances for your team. And just as defense starts to adjust to what you are doing, Altman provides counters within these quick hitters that will leave the defense scrambling and put you ahead on the scoreboard.
1-3-1 Quick Hitters and Baseline Out of Bounds Plays Against a 2-3 Zone - Altman shows two quick hitters against the 1-3-1 zone, as well as three baseline out of bounds plays from a 4 high set that will open up the paint for layups or get your best shooter wide open looks from behind the three point line.
Great coaches at any level, this DVD does a good job of explaining the importance of using man offensive principles against a zone defense. By using player movement, screens, quick ball movement, and the use of the 3 point shot, this DVD will improve your team's offensive efficiency against zones--even if your team is undersized! Produced at the Spring 2010 Wisconsin Dells (WI) clinic. 66 minutes. 2012. DVD.
Your practices should prepare your players to beat good teams!
Utilize player and quick ball movement to effectively score against zones!