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(Rental)-Open Practice With Pat Skerry

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    Basketball Practice with Pat Skerry

    Develop offensive skills and learn how to use competition in practice to keep your players focused and engaged in this video from Towson University head coach Pat Skerry. Coach Skerry took over the Towson program in 2012 and engineered the biggest single-season turnaround in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history.

    In this basketball practice video, Coach Skerry shows you how he completed the turnaround. This all-access look at a Towson practice allows you to see how Coach Skerry teaches the fundamental skills and the drill he uses to do so. You also see many of his offensive and defensive sets.

    The basketball practice begins with fundamental skill development and position-specific drills. Players work on ball handling and passing early in practice giving players a chance to work on those skills while getting loose. From there, players split by position. Post players work on sweeps that lead to attacking the rim. They also work on catching the ball as they trail and finishing.

    Basketball Practice Drills for Guards

    Guards work on penetrating the lane, making accurate passes, and pivoting. Guards also work on attacking the hedge off the ball screen. This is an extremely important skill especially in a ball screen offense.

    The next phase of practice finds players working on defensive breakdown drills The Wall Drill teaches big men to play solid post defense without committing fouls. Guards run a 2-on-2 drill with an emphasis on dealing with cross and down screens and working the gaps in the defense.

    Next, Coach Skerry runs his players through the multiple offensive sets. You get a great look at Skerry’s Shuffle Offense which features back screens and ball screens. These different actions prevent defenses from anticipating and disrupting the offense. The Option Offense teaches players to curl off of screens to get open shots. Each of these offensive sets can generate open looks for your best players.

    Transition Drills 

    Coach Skerry then runs his team through a segment in transition. The Scrabble Drill has one team of three on defense going up against four players on offense. Players must play good position defense and scramble to the ball. When the possession changes, the defense transitions to offense and gains two players. These overloaded drills emphasize defensive help concepts. The Cycle Drill is also introduced here. The offense runs through a set zone offense in a 5-on-0 situation then transitions to two possessions against a live defense.

    The practice ends with the 6 Possessions and 6 Points competition. The offense gets six possessions to score six points. The drill emphasizes being efficient on each possession and adds an element of competition. Coach Skerry gives you a number of very useful drills in this 100-minute video. Rent this basketball practice DVD today.

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