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Friday, December 5, 2008

Flex Offense Review and Dribble Drive Offense

Flex Offense & Dribble Drive Motion

The Flex continuity is a powerful screening game utilizing strong baseline and down screens. The continuous "Pick the Picker" screening action puts a tremendous burden on the defense by having to defend two different types of screens simultaneously. Teams that exhibit good patience will surely create open shots. The Flex continuity also provides strong offensive rebounding and second efforts by constantly having two rebounders on the weakside. To purchase an eBook with this information go here: Flex Offense Encylopedia

Dribble Drive Motion Offense

Interesting article here:

To learn more about this offense and to purchase an ebook diagramming this offense and its breakdown drills go here: Memphis Dribble Motion Offense with Presses/Sets/Under Out

Keys to Success in ANY Motion Offense

Nothing creates more problems for the defense than movement. However, this movement must be with a purpose. To create a lead, make a sharp basket cut, set a screen, or establish rebounding position. Constant motion will not only create good shot opportunities, but it also prevents the defense from sagging off or double teaming along with drawing the big defenders away form the basket.

Players must be a complete player and develop their triple threat skills. In a motion offense, every player plays each position, it requires that all players develop their triple threat (Pass, Drive & Shot) skills to their utmost. In developing these fundamental skills players become complete players which not only contributes to an improve team effort, but also provide long-term benefits for future play.

Patience is key ingredient of any motion offense. Players must develop an aptitude and attitude to cycle the offense uninterrupted until a good, open shot is achieve. This means giving up a good shot at times to achieve a great shot. This also means sacrificing individual statistics for team statistics.

Maintain proper spacing is a must. Most passes should be made within a 12' to 15' distance. This spacing spreads the defense and allows for quick, accurate passing. Passes beyond 15' carry a high risk of interception.

Motion relies on teamwork, not individual talent, to create open shots. Therefore, setting and using screens is paramount to any motion offense. It is the responsibility of the receiver to set up and run their defender into the screens. When setting a screen, players should execute a bent knee jump stop to assume a solid, wide base. They should hold their arms close to their body and have vision on the ball. Set strong screens and do not allow defender to push through. However, players must be remain stationary and not step out or lean at last moment.

Back cut, do not fight defensive pressure. Recognize passing lane denials and back cut hard to basket. On back cuts go all the way to the basket. Do not head fake to get open. Head faking fakes out the passer more times than it does the defender.

Practice Thoughts
When first installing a motion offense do not expect immediate results. Like most offenses, motion type offenses take time sometimes even years to develop and refine to their fullest potential. Keep in mind that according to the laws of learning it takes a minimum of five to six week to create habits.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Memphis Dribble Drive Motion Offense Breakdown with Donnie Jones

Donnie Jones from Marshall University breaks down the Memphis Dribble Drive Motion Offense. If you want to learn more about this offense, go here: MEMPHIS DRIBBLE MOTION OFFENSE

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Flex Offense & Billy Donovan Workout Secrets

The Flex Offense is a derivative of the old Deweyville Shuffle Offense, also called the Auburn Offense, or what Pete Carrill calls his Reverse Action Offense. Everyone knows the basic set of Flex, but we have some of the best breakdown drills and adjustments used by collegiate coaches.
We have a 97 page eBook available for purchase here:

A sample of the secondary offense featured in the eBook.

The Billy Donovan Collection

We have put together a huge set of individual workout notes, offensive screen/roll sets, and matchup press notes used by the Florida Gators when they won their two NCAA championships.

To purchase a 92 page eBook with this collection click here:

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Free Newsletter: Transition Defense & Memphis Dribble Motion Offense


I am going to start a Basketball Coaches' Club Newsletter. This is free and if you would like to receive free copies in your email, please

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Transition Defense - Offensive Rebound or Protect the Basket?

Memphis Dribble Motion Offense & Trouble Shooting - we diagram the offense as well as discuss the most common problems coaches encounter when implementing this offense and we offer solutions to those problems. A great read if you use this popular offense.

We discuss Jamie Angeli's Scouting Hoops which offers all the best programs in the nation broken down by a coach with over 25 years of experience at the highest levels of the sport. Want to know what Louisville runs underneath out of bounds or what Tom Izzo runs against a zone defense? Check out his web site and take a free test drive today.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Top 5 NBA Guards & Individual Development DVD

As the seasons begin to change amidst unprecedented political debate while entering a new era of financial irresponsibility, I for one am ready for some hoops. There is nothing better than watching this game on a cold December weekend protected by the warmth of the gym lights, awakened by the sound of that bouncing ball...In honor & anticipation of the upcoming season, I have chosen my Top 5 NBA Guards and included information on how to purchase a DVD compilation of over 300 MB on individual workouts & drills including breakdowns of the Memphis Dribble Drive and Herb Welling's Dribble Motion. Go here to purchase:

5. Deron Williams - I know this guy might not be on everyone's list with guys like Billups, Davis, Iverson, and McGrady left out, but I can't help it. I love his game. He is a smooth player with a remarkable court savvy and sense of how to play. On top of that he is a big, physical guard that can dominate a game with his outside touch or ability to create offense for his teammates. His leadership will determine if the Jazz are able to make another run to the Western Conference Finals (2007).

4. Steve Nash - What more can I say about the toughest guard in the league? He is the grittiest competitor since Michael Jordan in my opinion as evidenced by the way he handled the Spurs/Suns debacle two years ago in the playoffs. I don't want to reopen any wounds here, but most men would have lost their temper after any one of the cheap shots unhinged by the Spurs. Despite the trades and chemistry problems, Nash continues to lead one of the fastest scoring attacks in the league. Go here to learn about the Suns vaunted fast break attack:

3. Dwayne Wade - Despite injuries holding him back most of last season, DWade elevated his status to the second best player in the world during the Olympic games. At 6'4, 215-pounds, Wade is an exceptional athlete that relies on his spin move near the 15' marker as well as his Jordanesque ability to finish plays at the rim. His rugged, reckless style can cause injury as he has missed many games each season. However, I love watching this competitor play basketball and if he remains healthy, he will be a force to reckon with in the JV league Eastern Conference. If you interested in Marquettes complete individual workout, go here:

2. Chris Paul - At 23 he is the youngest guard on the list, but has the potential to be the best. After struggling through 64 games his second season, I was worried about his durability. However, after leading his team out of nowhere last season to the Western Conference semifinals before bowing out to the reliable Spurs, Paul has shown the ability to be his best when his best was needed. This competitive greatness is a trademark of the great ones and if Paul can remain healthy, he has a chance to be part of that elite group.

1. Kobe Bryant - This was the easiest position to choose in my opinion. Even Michael Jordan recently went on record saying Bryant is the best floor player of the era. Even more impressive is that he did it with a torn ligament in the pinky finger of his right hand, should have had surgery in February and probably won't have it done until the end of next season. Topping it off, he proved to be the clutch performer for the U.S. Olympic team on its way to a gold medal. There is no arguing this position.

Speaking of Michael is an old clip of him breaking a backboard...

Read other TOP 10 Lists here:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Team Tougheners & Warrior Drills

These are a few of the team toughener drills included in the collection. The one shown is one of 17 pages of Herb Livesey's Group Warrior Drills. Go here for more information on this collection:

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Don Haskins & the NBA's Best Plays and Individual Workouts

Don Haskins was a legend in his own time for starting five black players while the head coach at Texas Western when they played Adolph Rupp's team for the 1966 NCAA National Championship. Disney made his story into the movie entitled Glory Road. I found this article and was amazed at the life of this man even after he had retired.

Check it out here:

This is an article that includes quotes from Bobby Knight on Coach Haskins:

Also updated to our coaching notes is a collection of NBA plays and individual workouts. Included is a collection of the Phoenix Suns offensive sets (8 pages) and a dozen other NBA coaches. This is a fantastic set of notes that includes the Boston Celtic's Individual Skill Development Guru Kevin Eastman as well as Kloppenburg's SOS Defensive System. Also included is the 1974 LA Laker Playbook at just over 43 pages. Just look below at what is offered in this set and learn from the world's best coaches.

Phoenix Suns Offense - 8 pages
1974 Laker Playbook - 43 pages
Greg Poppovich Favorite Drills & Motion Offense
SOS Defensive System - 31 slides Powerpoint
NBA Pre-Draft Camp Notes
Utah Jazz Philosophy
Charlotte Bobcats Scouting Report of Utah Jazz
Chicago Bulls Training Camp
Detroit Pistons Training Camp
WNBA Indiana Fever - 2 Practice Plans
Boston Celtics Practice Plan
Larry Brown Myrtle Beach Clinic Notes
Jeff Van Gundy - Knicks Defensive Philosophy - 15 pages
Bullets Open Post Offense
Steve Nash Shooting
Golden State Warrior Out of Bounds Plays
NBA Eurolive Tour Notes
Kevin Eastman Individual Improvement Notes
Kevin Eastman - 26 Skill Development Drills
Hubie Brown Special Situations
Hubie Brown How to Win with Less Talent
Hubie Brown Playbook for Success
Eric Musselman - Motivation and Coaching
Mike Dunlap Defensive Philosophy

Friday, September 5, 2008

Basketball Conditioning Drills & Best Practice Drills Collection including Dribble Drive Drills

This is our latest edition to the collection. We have included the Best Basketball Conditioning Drills as well as the Best Practice Drills to get everyone ready for the start of basketball season. Enjoy and feel free to email me with any trades or updates!

Basketball Conditioning Drills - includes Duke's Agility & Defensive Drills, the Chicago Bulls Training Regimen, a high school program's complete workout, a spreadsheet workout plan, HIT conditioning, 2 sets of Alan Stein notes, and more. Over 250 pages of notes and plans...

Best Practice Drills Collection - includes 150 pages of the Memphis Coaching Retreat, Larry Brown Practice Ideas, 4 Seasons High School Complete System from man to man, zone, practice, UOOB, everything, 37 Essential Skills for Coaching by Eric Mussellman (NBA), Don Meyer Practice Planning 60 pages, Brian Gregory's 10 Best Practice Drills, Vance Wahlberg's Practice Drills for the Dribble Attack Offense, and many other team practice plans.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Team USA & Memphis Dribble Drive Offense

I have been gone to BASIC training for 10 weeks and I am back to a civilian lifestyle. It was a real learning experience and I made friends there, but the most important thing for me was volunteering to serve the country at a time of its greatest need. I missed my hoops and at least was able to see TEAM USA implementing the dribble drive offense. It was a beautiful to see our country back on top in basketball where it deserves to be. Also, what can be said about Michael Phelps that hasnt already been said? He is the all-time greatest...

Read the blog posts below for more information about the files we are offering.
Buy Any Collection for $15 each using a secure download. Buy all the notes on one DVD mailed to you for $40.

These are the items we have available:
Collection of Motion Offense Notes - Buy Now
Memphis Dribble Drive Motion Offense - Buy Now
Top Set Play Offense Notes - Buy Now
Encyclopedia of Defense Notes - Buy Now
Top Open Post Notes - Buy Now
Top 5 Individual Workout Notes - Buy Now
Top 10 Offensive Clinic Notes - Buy Now
Memphis Coaching Retreat PowerPoint - Buy Now
4 Out/ 1 In Motion Offense Notes - Buy Now

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Memphis Dribble Drive Motion Offense by John Calipari & Vance Walberg

Click here to buy and download our eBook for the Memphis Dribble Drive Motion Offense:

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This is an e-book that contains a wealth of information on Coach Walberg's system of dribble drive offense. This is the same offense that John Calipari used at Memphis this season to reach the National Championship game. It includes all of the notes, diagrams, build up drills, breakdown notes, and full court press philosophy to help implement this system. It also includes a section on set plays to use in this offense. A great package to understand this new style of offense.

Go to for more information.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Easy to Download Basketball Clinic Notes

Coaches, I have uploaded some notes to be downloaded at this page:

If you want to see detailed descriptions about the notes go to

Buy Any Collection for $15 each using a secure download:

  • Top Set Play Offense Notes - Buy Now
  • Encyclopedia of Defense Notes - Buy Now
  • Top Open Post Notes - Buy Now
  • Top 5 Individual Workout Notes - Buy Now
  • Top 10 Offensive Clinic Notes - Buy Now
  • Memphis Coaching Retreat PowerPoint - Buy Now
  • 4 Out/ 1 In Motion Offense Notes - Buy Now
If you just want to purchase a combination of these notes, you can go here:

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Basketball Transition Defense: Are you Tom Izzo or Dick Bennett?

Why is this Important?
If you ask most coaches to describe what the game of basketball is when you simplify it to its basic principles they will give you offense and defense. While this is true, Bobby Knight believes that transition is a critical component of sound basketball. Think about it for a second…if you are a great half court defensive team, but you allow transition lay-ups, how good is your defense? In a worse cast scenario, if your players aren’t crashing the glass for the offensive rebound and they aren’t back in transition, then where the heck are they? We are going to examine where they should be in regards to two different philosophies on what a team should do after a missed shot.

Offensive Rebounding or Limiting Transition Opportunities
As a coach you basically have to choose between two options in regards to transition defense. Remember that you can’t be good at everything or you are going to be good at nothing. For example, if you try to crash the offensive glass, but you expect the other team not to score any lay-ups in transition then you are setting your team up for failure. CHOOSE and EMPHASIZE your philosophy based on the talent of your team. Also remember that the philosophy a coach chooses should mirror their offensive philosophy. I would like to present the two basic philosophies that most coaches adopt in regards to transition defense.

The Philosophy to Offensive Rebound
Tom Izzo, the great coach at Michigan State, has built his program on the belief that most teams aren’t good at the defensive box out. His teams are among the nation’s leaders in rebounding margin (+11.7) since he took over the Spartan program. He spends at least 15 minutes each practice on teaching his players the habits to crash the offensive glass. They fight and compete to tip the ball, keep it alive, and own the offensive glass. A byproduct of this hard work is that his teams are fantastic at defensive box outs because they are used to going to “war” (a drill he uses) each day in practice. Most teams don’t compete like the Spartans on the glass. For more information, take a look at his DVD: Tom Izzo-Dominating Rebounding & Man to Man Defensive Drills.

Basic Offensive Rebounding Principles

1. Choose if you are more athletic than the best teams in your conference
2. Point guard to half court line and everyone else to the paint to rebound
3. Stress that 70% of all rebounds come opposite – overload that side on shots
4. Practice and chart – do your players get 4 to the paint and the PG to half court in your
drills? Offense? Defense?
5. Teach them to tap the ball against the backboard if they can’t come down with it
6. Keep the ball alive – TIP it!
7. Celebrate offensive rebounding
8. Never accept it, but be prepared to see teams fast break more often

The Philosophy of Limiting Fast Break Opportunities
On the other hand, another great coach that believes coaches have control over transition, Dick Bennett of Washington State, would send two and sometimes three players back depending on the opponent in an effort to neutralize fast break opportunities. His teams traditionally held opponents under 60 points per game. Coach Bennett’s philosophy was that his team was better than your team at half court execution on offense and defense. His teams only pressed if behind in games late and they played strictly man-to-man defense. In other words, his teams were simple to prepare for, but difficult to beat because of their execution. For more information, take a look at his DVD: Dick Bennett’s “Pack-line” Pressure Defense.

Basic Principles of Limiting Transition Opportunities
1. Choose if you are less athletic than the best teams in your conference
2. Send the PG to the opposite FT line and the Off Guard to the half court line
3. Another option is to also send the shooter back immediately against superior teams along with the two guards
4. Stress that we are not giving up ANY transition lay-ups
5. Work on defending scramble situations in the full court every day
6. Teach how you want to match-up and remember that open shots NOT match-ups beat you
7. Practice and chart – do your players have defensive balance in your drills? Offense? Defense?
8. Choose offensive sets that allow for defensive balance; For example: stay away from 1-4 low sets or the Flex. Instead use 2-3 high sets or 4 out – 1 in motion

Prepare them the best you can so that your team can achieve to the best of their potential because you put them in the best situation to succeed. Transition is often overlooked and the main thing a coach needs to do is decide from Day 1 what their team is going to do in regards to defensive transition. Teach that all year long and emphasize it in practices and games. I hope this article has helped you to better understand the two basic philosophies of transition defense. If you want to learn more about these coaches or philosophies, join our online coaches club.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Get Hired Packet & No Post...Plus Other New Notes


I have collected some new notes for you. Some coaches will be heating up their resumes and I have included Ed Schilling's Get Hired Packet which is basically his 18 page resume for Wright State University.

These are the latest editions with more to come. Check out for a complete list of the notes offered on the DVD.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Feedback & Kansas Notes

In honor of the Jayhawks National Championship, I have added some Bill Self notes to the DVD.

Bill Self Hi/Low Offense (35 pages)
Kansas Press Break
Kansas Zone Motion

I hope you enjoy. Keep trading notes!!

Also, this is the feedback I have received from one coach...keep sending feedback fellas...thanks.

Coach D:

The DVD is absolutely fantastic! I really appreciate it. You have covered everything with the DVD! I went through it the other night, and I spent two hours on the DVD. The funny thing is I had another 1000 hours to go through. So much stuff. Great stuff. Lee, you are a true basketball junkie!!


Dan Kiser
Boston Mavericks

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Reviews & Top 5 Defensive Clinic Notes

Check out our entire set of notes at

Thank you to everyone that has purchased the DVD and I appreciate your support. Soon I am going to post all of the reviews of the DVD.

Top 5 DEFENSIVE Clinic Notes

These are the ones I thought were the most informed and well put together from the notes that I have collected. I have notes on any topic that you may be interested in from man to man, to junk defenses, to full court presses, to zones, and all you need to do is email me in order to receive them. Let’s share notes.

5. Mike Dunlap’s Defensive Philosophy – This is a small set of 7 pages of notes that discuss his ideas on defense. Now with the Denver Nuggets, Dunlap talks about his ideas on rotating vs. helping and other drills he focuses on to make his teams effective defensively.

4. Dick Bennett’s Pack Line Defense – This collection of notes is over 20 pages and includes his philosophy of the “pack line” and forcing the ball middle. While most defenses push the ball to the baseline, this defense tries to keep the ball middle in order to limit post touches and with the idea that there is no help/recover move because the defense is already in help. This defense has to have a team committed to smart closeouts and an understanding of the “pack line” which is an imaginary line inside the 3 point line at approx. 16 feet. The basic rule is that if your man does not have the ball then you are inside the pack line ready to help while all out pressure forcing the driver middle is put on the ball. A good set of notes to understand the old philosophy of funneling the ball middle.

3. UW Green Bay & Mike Heideman – This is a great collection of notes based on the same “pack line” ideas as Bennett. It is over 25 pages of diagrams, break down drills, and coaching philosophy on this popular defense. Used by many NBA teams, the idea of protecting the gaps in helpside is not new, but the presentation delivered in these notes is excellent to help coaches understand this system.

2. Jim Calhoun’s Multiple Zone Defenses – Calhoun is a master teacher/coach and this collection of 20 pages of notes covers his 2-2-1 zone press, 1-3-1 zone, and match-up zone. Also included with this set of notes are his breakdown drills for the different defenses. I have included this as a basic guide of a 2-2-1 zone press and odd front zone defenses. Effective in his teaching, this is a good starting point for coaches wanting to learn more about these types of zone defenses.

1. Ernie Wood’s SOS Pressure Defense – This is a PowerPoint presentation of 31 slides with detailed pictures of the basic slides and terminology of this defense. Kloppenburg, a former NBA assistant, also makes a case for the reasons to play this style of defense and shows many of the adjustments that can be made. All out disruption similar to Bobby Huggins’ box defense, it is a different way to defend and has to be committed to 100% to be effective.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Breakthrough Basketball eBook: Fun with Youth Basketball

Click here to see all of the notes we currently have available

Breakthrough Basketball has produced a fantastic new eBook about how to have fun youth basketball practices. Any high school coach that has a successful program will tell you how important the feeder program(s) are to the success of their varsity team. The thing most coaches forget is how to make practices fun while still improving their players. I think it takes a special person to coach at the middle school/elementary/AAU/USSSA level and do it RIGHT. If you have a coach that is willing to sacrifice a loss in order to teach kids how to play basketball the right way (ie. man to man defense, a few plays on offense, motion, transition to half court) then you are blessed. Most are devoted to proving how smart they are or how much knowledge they have and get caught up in trying to be a Bobby Knight clone on the sidelines instead of keeping basketball fun for these kids.

How many of us have seen a kid that wasn't skilled or developed at the middle school age turn into a beast by the time they are in high school? If it hasn't happened yet, it will. My point is that the more we can get a basketball in these kids hands AND have them enjoy it, the better off basketball will be in our program. Breakthrough Basketball has put together a ton of great drills that will keep our kids interested when so many of them simply want to go home and play XBox.
I reviewed their eBook 60 Fun Drills to Make Youth Basketball Fun this week and was impressed. We all want effective skill development as early as possible and this book provides numerous drills/games that can be used at any level.

What separates this eBook from just another book of drills are the 7 Critical Elements to Making Practice Fun section that precedes the drills. Many of these drills are used by coaches already, but the 7 Critical Elements contain coaching wisdom useful for any coach designing an effective practice. The 7 Critical Elements are:

#1 - Make Practice Fast Paced
#2 - Set Your Players Up for Success
#3 - Establish Discipline
#4 - Get Your Players' Attention
#5 - Structure Your Practice Properly
#6 - Stay Positive and Upbeat
#7 - Make Your Drills Fun

They go into great detail into how to accomplish these seven goals and I have picked out some of the key coaching points that I thought were insightful and included them below.

Transition to New Drills Quickly - In the pursuit of the newest play or drill we often forget the importance of getting those kids moving to the next thing IMMEDIATELY. Just so you know, our players never move fast enough the first week of school...Thanks Dad.

Use Stations - Just like basketball camps, any coach that hasn't included stations in their practice at least once a week is missing out on something that will teach kids many skills in a short amount of time. Also, they suggest great drills to use as stations and this is important to a youth coach that is solo.

Keep Everyone Busy - They also suggest 10 different drills designed to keep your players busy and active - THE ENTIRE PRACTICE! What good is standing around in a lay-up line? They have many drills that can be done to develop skills instead of waiting around...this is critical because many youth coaches only have one gym or even worse, one end of a half court. Do as much as you can with what you have...isn't that the heart of coaching?

This is just a review of the first section and this eBook has many more nuggets to offer any coach, not only a youth coach. To order this eBook, go to for more information or to order this eBook. They also have many other titles available.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

NBA Miami Heat, KY State Tourney & Princeton Offense

I just got my hands on some NBA stuff that I will post soon. It is a huge manual that is basically the Miami Heat playbook when Riley was there. It has all the NBA defenses and offenses. Most people dont believe the NBA runs anything and that all they do is come down and shoot. Nothing could be further from the truth and they do try to score in the break, but almost everything they do is a read/set least according to this mini-book that I have.

Coaches, I am interested in hearing from you on this one. Can you win championships running the Princeton offense? I have ran this in the past and it is fantastic if you want to stay close with a more talented team and is a motion offense that will help you later in the season. BUT have any teams won championships running this offense? I am interested in hearing more from you. Thanks!

The state of Kentucky has the best state tournament in the country. Only one champion from the entire state...there is no class system. I think there are a few other states that do this (New Jersey & Vermont), but I am not sure if they sell out each session with over 15 - 20,000 people in attendance. I just watched Mason County beat Louisville Holmes with Darius Miller (UK signee) leading the way. Oh yeah, somebody better sign Scotty Hopson (University Heights), he is the most talented player I have seen in a long time...6'5" athletic that can finish in a variety of ways...nice floaters in the lane...NBA player.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Feedback & March Madness Conspiracy

Coaches who have bought the DVD, please send me some feedback. What did you like? Was the organization helpful? Etc.

March Madness is here...I am not a big conspiracy theory guy, but the next time you watch a televised game see if this happens. Division one schools have media timeouts at 4 minute intervals. They have them at 16 mins, 12, 8, and 4 on the next dead ball. For example, if the ball is called dead at 16:02 then they have to continue play until the time is under 16 minutes and would stop the clock as soon as 15:59 if they could.

Where is the conspiracy? Well, let me guarantee you that as soon as the clock runs below one of these benchmarks you are going to see the most ticky-tack, "nickel dimer" foul you have ever witnessed. Just WATCH! I can promise the next time you see a D1 game, you won't see it in the same light...there is going to be a push, handcheck, 3 second in the lane, illegal screen...something to stop the game so we can go to commercial.

I think that as a coach, I would have a play that we would run when the clock got under these times to get the ball into the post or to drive at the other team's best player. There will be a foul called and you will be at commercial before the announcers can ask...what happened there?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

New Notes and More...3 cents per article!

Coaches, I am not the best guy with math, but if you are interested in more than 20 articles then I suggest you buy the DVD. Right now you are paying 3 cents per article regardless of the size. Pretty good deal.

This is one of the best sites on the web and has a link that I found interesting because it talks about the type of defense that we play. While some coaches prefer to force baseline and take away the middle of the floor, this defense focuses on funnelling the ball into the middle where there is built-in "elbow help" thus eliminating the need for help AND recover. Check out this link on the "PACK"

These are the new notes:

Nike Coaches Clinic 2004
Memphis 2nd Annual Coaches' Retreat (128 pages) PDF
Features NBA Coaches Larry Brown and others, covers man offense/zone offense and rotations that NBA coaches use to defend the pick/roll and all other screening situations. Also includes coaching anecdotes as well as drills used by these guys. Big time stuff.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

New Notes for March 11

Coaches, I have received the following notes and added them to the total. If you want to know about the 600+ notes that I have then go here:

Tim Floyd - Playing Without Size Clinic
North Carolina Complete Conditioning - 17 pages
Open Post Motion Notes - 32 pages
Steve Smith - Oak Hill Conditioning & Defensive Drills
Rob Evans - Arizona State Program - 23 pages

I have listed all of the notes that I have received.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Dribble Drive Notes and Memphis Attack

Click below to download the notes on the Memphis System of Attack:
Pass: coachdeforest

This has been the most popular request from coaches. Also, I have uploaded the following notes to mediafire for you to download for free.

Kloppenburg's SOS Defensive System - 21 PowerPoint Slides
Don Meyer - Building a Program Clinic Notes 61 pages
Mike Dunlap' Defensive Notes - 7 pages

If you want to learn more about how to coach youth basketball, this is a great web page full of anecdotes.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Top TEN Clinic Notes on Offense and Defense

I have taken a collection of notes and organized them into the very best for you coaches that are interested. If you want to see the top ten lists, log in to with the username(email): and pass: coachdeforest. Good luck the rest of the season!

I have updated the mediafire notes to include the most requested notes which include the Memphis Offense Attack, Practice Organization Notes from Don Meyer, and Mike Dunlap's Defensive Notes.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

New Notes for March 4


These are the notes that I have received. Keep emailing me with ideas and we can make this a great resource for everyone. Good luck the rest of the way!

UCLA Offense on PowerPoint - 21 slides of the old offense on PowerPoint
Primal Leadership Competencies
Primal Leadership Styles at a Glance
Steve Klaas 1-3-1 Zone and Adjustments
5 Steps to the Perfect Shot

Also, go to then username:coachdeforest pass:coachdeforest
and check out free notes there as well as the Top Ten Lists.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Top 10 OFFENSIVE Clinic Notes
E-mail me with a trade

10. 1-4 High Offensive Sets – This is a collection of 1-4 High Offensive sets put together by Dan Kiser. It is the best collection of 1-4 high sets I have seen and includes over 60 plays that start from the 1-4 alignment popular because of its ability to limit help during the initial alignment. Dan is the originator of the coaches’ club and the main reason I am putting this blog together. This is just strictly plays from a 1-4 high offensive set and has some of the best scoring options available.

9. Billy Donovan Spread Pick/Roll Offense – 20 pages of the two-time national championship teams’ spread pick/roll offense. The details of these notes are excellent and it includes a section from UF’s coaching clinic from 2007. Great clinic notes that provide special insight into the offense of Billy Donovan and another version of a penetrating motion offense. The pick/roll is one of the oldest tactics in basketball and is still being implemented at the highest levels of basketball.

8. The New Memphis Offense – This is 24 pages of a basketball clinic that is very organized and detailed describing what John Calipari calls his “Princeton Offense on steroids.” Based on Vance Wahlberg’s system of dribble motion, it has the basic principles, terminology, and some quick hitters included. There are tons of notes out there on this new style of play based on the dribble drive, but this one keeps it simple and allows you to understand the basics to see if you want to learn more. Great notes.

7. McDermott’s Set Play Offense – This is a collection of coaching notes based on his DVD and makes a good case for coaches that like to call out sets rather than rely on motion offense. He says that good set plays have counters for what the defense can try and take away. He also likes the ability of a coach to determine who is going to get the next shot by use of the set play. These notes include his thoughts about teaching set plays and have over 20 pages of different sets and alignments. This is a great set of notes for coaches that like quick hitters or just want to brush up on some sets for late game situations.

6. Duke’s Motion Offense to Attack Man/Zone Defense – Coach Jerry Nicholson reviewed this popular DVD and his website is This is over 43 pages of a video review that offers coaches the chance to learn a, “a sound method that is effective against man and zone defense.” The thing I like the most about this review is that it includes ALL of the breakdown drills needed to make any offense successful. This is a great review of a video by a master of motion offense in Coach K.

5. Vance Wahlberg’s Pepperdine Offense – This is popular offense that led to the success of Vance Wahlberg while he was a high school coach and a JUCO coach. However, he ran into problems at Pepperdine where the platoon system was less effective because of the talent level of division one players. I think it works well in JUCO where kids have a hard time making adjustments to the game and in high school where that same problem is exacerbated. This is a great system for motion coaches, but like the Princeton, you have to play the entire system. This is not a collection of plays, and instead is a style of play that you have to live and breathe for it to be successful. Check out Vance Wahlberg Nation for more information about this system.

4. UAB/Indiana Basketball Playbook – This is a 57-page notebook of Coach Mike Davis’s Hi/Low Offense. This is very similar to Bill Self’s offense at Kansas as well as former Coach John Brady’s offense at LSU. Personally, I have seen this offense at different levels and even used it. I HATE it because it puts too much pressure on you to get the ball reversed to the middle of the floor with one of your post players. It is too easy to force a team to immediately use their counters because it is so basic. While one cannot argue with the results of some teams using this focus on the Hi/Low attack, it is still too dependent on talent for most teams to use. But that’s just my opinion…I know guys that love it.

3. Princeton Rules and Offense – This is quickly becoming one of the most popular offenses to run due to the success of teams like Georgetown, Richmond, Northwestern, and don’t forget Bill Carmody at Northwestern. He still teaches it better than anyone even though he hasn’t had the players to win with it in the Big 10. Jeff Bdzelik at Colorado formerly of Air Force is another genius using this offense. I think that this is a great offense, but more than that, it is a system of play that demands disciplined defense as well as a commitment to ball movement and shot selection. There are several great books out on this offense and I encourage you to seek out someone already running this after you have reviewed the notes.

2. 4 Out-1 In Motion/3 Out-2 In Motion – Two separate packets over 70 pages and 120 diagrams…put together by John Carrier and is very basic while still being detailed oriented. He talks about the different cuts, angles, and types of screens that can be set in a true motion offense. Great details, but you need a basic understanding of motion to really make use of these notes. A great encyclopedia of all of the options available in motion, but none of the adjustments that the great ones make to adjust the offense to their personnel. John did a great job of detailing everything and is a good review set of notes.

1. Jerry Wainwright’s Encyclopedia of Coaching – This is one of the best collection of basketball thoughts that I have seen. It has over 60 pages of thoughts on offense, defense, coaching philosophy, sets, special plays, and motivational quotes. Too much information to describe here. It also includes side outs and under outs…details, details, details…

Friday, February 22, 2008

New Stuff Feb. 22


4 out 1 in Motion Overview (40 pages)
2 and 3 Man Drills - Newell (4 page PDF)
Book Review: A Passion to Lead by Jim Calhoun (Thanks Pete)
Greek 1-4 High Offense
Basketball Quotations
Checklist for Championship Coaching

Thanks to all who are participating...keep the notes coming.

On another note, most of these notes were purchased on a DVD full of notes. I am combining those notes with my own. I have had to filter some of them which are books that have been scanned with no credit to the writer or publisher and then resold.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

New Coaching Materials...Feb. 10

Thanks coaches. I have added the following notes. Let's continue to share notes:

Vance Walberg System (10 pages)
Mike Dunlap Practice Planning
Hubie Brown: How to Win with Less Talent

Also, I have discovered two new sites that have great information on them. If you are interested in coaching at the college level then I recommend learning more about "The Path" from former D1 Head Coach Randy Brown. Learn more at Also I have found a forum that is doing some unique things with basketball including producing highlight tapes for high school seniors and specializing in technology. The link for that page is Planet Hoops Basketball.

Thanks and let's continue to share notes.

Friday, February 8, 2008

New Coaching Materials...

These are the coaching notes I have added. Let me know if you want to exchange.

Vance Wahlberg Pepperdine Drive/Kick Offense
Princeton Offense for High School (22 pages)
Bob Knight Clinic Notes
Arizona State Practice Notes

Thursday, February 7, 2008


I want to start this blog to share notes with any coaches that are interested in learning more about this great game. All that I ask is that you share your notes with me in exchange. Just let me know which notes you are interested in and we can all benefit.

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