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This website was started while I was coaching in Switzerland at Versoix Basket and Ecole Internationale de Genève. The offensive and defensive systems, tactics, skills and drills will hopefully be useful to basketball coaches and players too. Systems and drills in bold are among my favourites (including drills used with kids at summer camps), and bold red shows select favourites (staples of practice). More-recent revisions and additions are highlighted (e.g., Coaches handbook), and below is a rolling list of latest additions. See the Index to find drills or systems by source (e.g. a DVD).

Eric Johannsen
Technical Director, Nepean Blue Devils
Coach, Ashbury College
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

What's new

Youth dynamic warm-up
Offence - Matt Bollant dribble-drive
Tactics - Matt Bollant dribble-drive
Dribbling - Gooroo fullcourt
Dribbling - Wojo guard box
Shooting - Borg
Attack/defend - 2 on 2 Ontario
Post play - Billy Donovan workouts
Conditioning - Agility drills
Fast break - Break integrity
Shooting - Eastman four chairs
Try-outs - Three stations
Rebounding - Thunder
Dribbling - Matt Doherty
Post play - Sherri Coale post feeds
Shooting - Billy Donovan workouts
Defence - Havoc double-fist press
Defence - Havoc diamond press
Fast break - Enfield 5 on 0
Fast break - Enfield 5 on 5
Quick hitters - Enfield ballscreens
Tactics - Enfield ballscreen spacing
Tactics - Enfield penetrate-kick spacing
Shooting - Triano 7-spot workout
Fast break - Triano first big
Inbounds - Baseline Coastal Carolina
Defence - Messina off-ball screens
1 on 1 - Ryan Goodson
Shooting - One bounce
Attack/defend - Baseball
Passing - Magic
Shooting - Lee Rose off the dribble
Fundamentals - Coaches Handbook
Inbounds - Baseline Stack series
Inbounds - Sideline Line
Shooting - Tom Crean screens
Attack/defend - Tom Crean 4 on 3
Rebounding - Tom Crean 3-12
Defence - Sideline inbounds
Defence - Baseline inbounds
Dribbling - Agility-cone game
Dribbling - Ganon Baker four-square
Fast break - Shootout
Inbounds - Baseline basic stack
Quick hitters - Ohio State
Dribbling - Florida State
Defending - DeMatha shell
Defending - DeMatha perfect slides
Defending - DeMatha zig-zag
Defending - DeMatha close-outs
Defending - DeMatha star close-out
Defending - DeMatha wildcat
Fast break - DeMatha Bingo recognitionup
Post play - Danny Manning
Post play - Danny Manning two shots
Post play - Danny Manning warm-up
Defending - Danny Manning post
Defending - Danny Manning ballscreens
Fast break - DeMatha transition shooting
Passing - DeMatha 2-line
Passing - DeMatha pass and follow
Passing - DeMatha weave
Transition - Dematha 2 on 2
Post play - 1 on 1 rebound-outlet-post
Shooting - Pivot kick
Footwork - Ball tough
1 on 1 - Reads
Inbounds - Baseline Jayhawk
Shooting - King of the hill
Offence - High-low basics
Offence - High-low sets
Quick hitters - Clear sets
Offence - DeMatha flex
Offence - DeMatha high motion
Attack/defend - DeMatha flex 2 on 2
Shooting - DeMatha flex
Fast break - 6-cycle dribble-drive
Offence - Dribble-drive ballscreens
Defence - 1-2-1-1 basics
Defence - 1-2-1-1 thumbs up
Fast breaks - Early ballscreens
Offence - Denial counters
Shooting - Eagle
Shooting - Bulldog
Quick hitters - Duke actions
Defence - Dean Smith 52 zone
Tactics - 2 on 0 side
Shooting - Continuous
Shooting - Pirate
Shooting - Pop-out
Dribbling - Handles
Scrimmage - George Karl 45-54-45
Defending - Close-out and reach step
Fast break - Dean Smith drill
Dribbling - Lee Rose fullcourt
Shooting - Lee Rose pre-game
Shooting - Partner 1-2-3
Shooting - Maryland
Defending - Herb Brown slide-backpedal-run
Pressing - Dean Smith scramble
Shooting - 80 hoops
Dribbling - Speed dribble chase
Layups - Chase
Dribbling - Speed race
Fast breaks - Grinnell
Rebounding - Grinnell kickout
Rebounding - Grinnell offensive
Layups - Flex cuts
Defence - Petitgoue youth
Defending - Petitgoue shell
Defending - Petitgoue conversion
Layups - Two minutes of hell
Defending - Chair closeouts
Defending - Husky closeouts
Defending - Petitgoue closeouts
Layups - Pass and cut opposite
Shooting - Circle
Dribbling - Stepbacks
Offence - Wootten four to score
Defence - Match-up press
Pressing - Porter 1 on 2
Pressing - Run and jump
Fast break - Air it out
Layups - One-hand passing
Layups - Outlet
Layups - Passing
Scrimmage - Dribble-drive motionup
Defence - BNSW transition
Defending - BNSW transition warm-up
Defence - 2-2-1 Vance Walberg
1 on 1 - Screening
Dribbling - McCormick partners
Passing - Run the circle
1 on 1 - Fosters
Pressing - 2 on 2 rugby
1 on 1 - Pasquali corner-wing cuts
1 on 1 - Pasquali dribble-defend
1 on 1 - Pasquali weakside
Attack/defend - Pasquali 3 on 3 advantage
Passing - Pasquali 4-corners
Defending - Pasquali post
Scrimmage - Pasquali 4 on 4 stunt-recover
Fast breaks - Petitgoue simplified break
Fast break - Petitgoue lead-up drills
Post play - Zone passing
Shooting - Moneyball
Shooting - Popeyes
Post play - Pasquali agility
Post play - Pasquali moves and shots
Post play - Pasquali power layups
Post play - Pasquali reaction
Pressing - Pasquali
Defending - Pasquali closeouts
Defending - Pasquali denial
Shooting - Pasquali reaction
Fast break - 5 on 0 both ways
Transition - 5 on 0 defensive transitionup
1 on 1 - Dave Malowski
Post play - UCLA shooting
Shooting - Pull-thru
Layups - And twos
Fast break - Auriemma long and short
Layups - Auriemma fast break
Post play - Tom Crean ball reversal
Dribbling - Danny Hurley fullcourt
Dribbling - Halfcourt moves
Dribbling - Halfcourt drives
Shooting - 5-spot series
Fast break - Transition finishing
Post play - Fullcourt tip and finish
Defence - 1-1-3 Huggins
Defence - Diamond and 1
Attack/defend - 2 on 1 penetrate-finish
Inbounds - Sideline Frankston stack
Inbounds - Sideline CSKA under 2
Inbounds - Sideline 52 skip
Inbounds - Sideline Phoenix lob
Inbounds - Sideline Slip to hand-off
Inbounds - Sideline St. Francis
Defending - Pistons post 1 on 1
Defending - Calipari box close-outs
Transition - Calipari transition defence
Defence - 1-3-1 breakdown drills
Defence - Gapping screens
Defending - Circle the wagons
Post play - 1 on 1 circle
Defending - Jacobson alley
Layups - Jacobson 2-minute
Dribbling - UMass
Transition - 5 down 3-on-2 back
Layups - Auriemma backdoor
Shooting - Auriemma zone
Attack/defend - Pistol action
1 on 1 - Fill cuts
Press breaks - In the flow
Defending - Zig-zag closeout
Fast break - UConn 3 on 0
Passing - Auriemma 3-line
Rebounding - Izzo 1 on 0up
Shooting - Kelbick quick shot
Shooting - Duke halfcourt 3-ball
Defending - Gauntlet screening
Post play - Terps rebound explode out
Tactics - Teaching basic 4-out motion
Press breaks - Xavier
Defending - Dematha K-State close-outs
Layups - Dematha speed
Shooting - Dematha 4-corner jumpers
Layups - Primary-secondary moves
Layups - Blast cuts
Transition - 2 on 2 delay
Shooting - Pre-game
Shooting - 3-ball
Defending - Close-out 3x
Dribbling - Partner
Shooting - Procopio game shots
Shooting - Procopio wing workout
Post play - Procopio post workout
Defending - Procopio 3 on 3 shrink
Shooting - Procopio ballscreen series
Fast break - Procopio 4 on 0 ballscreens
Defence - Procopio ballscreens
Zone set plays - Hurley Sacramento
Zone set plays - Hurley delta
Zone set plays - Hurley X play
Zone offence - Hurley cutters vs matchup
Zone offence - Hurley rotation
Zone offence - Hurley basic set
1 on 1 - 3-player rush to 1 on 1
Press break - 5 on 5 trapping
Shooting - Hurley 5-3-1
Shooting - Hurley curl-pop-fade
Defence - Hurley 2-1-2
Defending - Hurley naked post
Press breaks - Hurley flood
Scrimmage - Hurley 11-pass drill
Scrimmage - Hurley 3 on 3 line of the ball
Scrimmage - Hurley 4 on 4 on 4
Scrimmage - Hurley overplay
Defending - Hurley 5 on 5 command
Defending - Hurley command
Passing - Hurley figure-8
Passing - Hurley weak link
Shooting - Hurley
Layups - Hurley fire
Inbounds - Sideline Hurleyup
Fast breaks - Xavier
Offence - Xavier middle ballscreens
Tactics - Lawrence Frank ballscreens
Shooting - Mike Procopio post-perimeter
Scrimmage - Hurley 3 on 3
Defence - Help rotations
1 on 1 - Zig-zag to transition
Offence - Carleton Ravens
Free throws - Lokar rotate baskets
Shooting - Lokar Trojans transition
Passing - Lokar slide & pass
Passing - Lokar meet the ball
Rebounding - Tauer 1 on 1 box-out
Rebounding - Tauer pivot and pass
Rebounding - Tauer shooting
Fast breaks - Duke down series
Passing - Tauer monkey in the middle
Passing - Tauer partner
Passing - Tauer 3 on 3
Passing - Tauer 4 on 3
Dribbling - Tauer stationary
Dribbling - Tauer halfcourt
Shooting - Tauer form
Shooting - Tauer triple-threat
Shooting - Tauer on the move
1 on 1 - Tauer
Zone set plays - Auriemma vs 1-2-2
Zone set plays - Auriemma vs 2-3
Defending - Face cuts
Passing - Raytown
Shooting - 4 on 0 dribble-drive
Defending - Memphis shell
Defending - Memphis stance
Dribbling - Run rabbit run
Inbounds - Baseline Memphis #1
Inbounds - Sideline Memphis A
Defending - 2 on 1 wall-ups
Shooting - Triangle elbows
Offence - Portland ballscreen
Offence - Corner ballscreen
Inbounds - Sideline Villanova
Inbounds - Sideline Villanova butter
Inbounds - Baseline Izzo chips
Inbounds - Baseline Izzo special
Inbounds - Baseline Izzo special-special
Inbounds - Sideline Izzo play 1
Inbounds - Sideline Izzo wizard
Inbounds - Sideline Bill Self
Offence - 5-out youth motion
Tactics - 5-out youth drive and kickup


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