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Coaches Choice Video Reviews

PowerBasketball will periodically be reviewing the Science of Coaching Video Lecture Series. The videos, graciously supplied by Coaches Choice, are part of a series of video lectures. The quality of the tapes are not of the caliber that you may be accustomed to. However, these are videos taken from actual clinics each presenter has been featured at. If you ever thought you couldn't afford to attend these clinics. These videos are an inexpensive solution to certain coaching situations. If you don't mind sacrificing a little quality for a lot of knowledge these tapes are worth it.

Don't forget to check back once in a while of bookmark this page for future reference.

Video Review - January 12, 2001

Organizing Effective Practice Sessions
Lecturer - Mike Montgomery, head coach of Stanford
Tape length - 65 minutes

Now here is an hour long excerpt from a clinic featuring Stanford head coach, Mike Montgomery. Coach Montgomery does not just focus on the right drills to use or even how he goes about planning a practice. But, he does give some insight into running offense, selecting defense schemes, and the ins and outs of establishing and keeping good habits and player effectivenes. Coach Montgomery goes over what he feels are important in planning. Yeah, he talks about practices, but he does not just throw up on a blackboard what Stanford does every day. Remember coaches, we are all trying to learn not just copy. Coach Montgomery offers some great advice in this video.

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Video Review - January 12, 2001

Coaching Youth Basketball: Team Defense
Lecturer - Bruce Brown
Tape length - 92 minutes

This video is from the Coaches Choice Instructional Series. It is also part of a 4 video set. The cost of $39.95 may make you think twice about purchasing this video. But, I can tell you, you will get your money's worth. Coach Brown goes through defensive basics. Footwork, position, drills, etc. Every coach can find something good on this video. The use of high school aged athletes will help to impress the ease of implementing some of Coach Brown's ideas and drills into your practices. An hour and a half of nothing but defense. What more could anybody ask for? Offense, but that's another tape! Good stuff!

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Video Review - October 10, 2000

Developing a Winning Program
Lecturer - Mike Jarvis, head coach of St. John's
Tape length - 26 minutes

It would be nice to hear this entire lecture, but this 26 minute excerpt is excellent. Mike Jarvis offers some insight into directing team organization. His concepts on team management demonstrate his abilities as a leader. This tape is not necessarilly just for beginning coaches. Coach Jarvis offers other tips as well. His discussion on scheduling team meetings, player contracts, team slogans, and tryouts offer a wealth of knowledge. I like his idea of a feeder program starting in elementary school. I won't spoil the entire idea, but it is good. Coach Jarvis stresses making the player accountable for his actions. Goal setting, style of team play, and selecting quality assistant coaches round out the video. The bonus is the last 5 minutes of the video, his 5 C's and a D. Conditioning, confidence, consistency, communication, committment, and discipline.

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Video Review - August 1, 2000

Building a Man-to-Man Defense
Lecturer - Coach Morgan Wootten, DeMatha High School
Tape length - 95 minutes

Coach Morgan Wootten will take you through the methods and intricacies of breaking down your man-to-man defense. He goes into great depth on understanding great man principles and breaking down each. The clinic focuses on proper methods of the double team, switching, swinging the ball, reversing the ball, etc. Through the use of actual athletes demonstrating proper techniques you can watch and learn from one of the greatest high school coaches of all time. The use of particular drills to breakdown an offense also adds to the quality of a great learning experience. An excellent choice for the coach looking to improve his teams defensive skills.

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Video Review - August 1, 2000

Attacking the Zone
Lecturer - Coach Morgan Wootten, DeMatha High School
Tape length - 58 minutes

This video concentrates on breaking down a zone defense. Coach Wootten describes some of his offensive sets to breakdown and score on a zone defense. His knowledge will surprise you. We all know how important a fast break is. Coach Wootten puts its effectiveness into the proper perspective. His "drift" set is a good example of simplistic offensive patterns to score easily. Most coaches try hard to make offensive sets complicated. Not Coach Wootten. His sets are quick and concise. There is no messing around. The point guard steps up. Becomes a threat offensively, then looks for a pass. This one, often forgotten, important role of the point guard is stressed in a good 10-15 minute demonstration of Coach Wootten's coaching prowess.

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