In this section, we introduce the latest books, videos, CDs, and other tools that are primarily aimed at coaches, but certainly useful for all of our readers. Please send your suggestions and comments about our basketball-related media for review in this section.
Raffaele Imbrogno, former Director of the Italian Basketball Federation Study Center, is an Instructor with the Italian National Coaches Committee of the Federation. Imbrogno is the author of several technical basketball publications.
Bobby Knight, the former coach of Indiana University, once wrote that there are four phases in a basketball game. They include defense, offense, and the two transitions: defensive and offensive.
Many specific terms that underline a precise moment of the game, are connected with the offensive transition. So we can speak about primary and secondary fastbreak, transition game, early offense or basket up-tempo.
During a recent clinic devoted to the transition and the development of a motion offense, Ettore Messina, coach of Benetton Treviso, Italy, clearly stated that the primary aim in this game phase is to force the defense to react, keeping the game initiative on the court.
This is the main idea presented in an interesting video by Steve Smith entitled The Oak Hill Attacking Fast Break. Produced by Championship Books & Video Productions in 2003, Smith, the coach of Oak Hill Academy (a high school located in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a small number of students and a large number of basketball players now playing in the NBA) introduces his rule break, in which a precise responsibility is given to each player.
After having presented the ten options, starting with the pass from the play-maker to the wing to start the regular break, coach Smith considers the situations bound to the dribble break.
Six further options are offered, each making great use of staggered picks. The third sequence of options is called “left side break,” with the ball passed to the left side, with six other options presented to get the ball to the basket.
Particular situations with the use of pick-and-roll in transition are presented.
Duke Basketball DVD is a recent novelty from Human Kinetics. This DVD is a compilation of coach Coach Mike Krzysewski’s three best-selling videos: Team Defense, Transition Game, and Championship Practices all put on one high-quality disk.
Two full hours of on-court discussion, demonstration, and instruction are divided into three easy-to-access main segments.
Two videos produced by two USA basketball gurus are very useful for youth basketball coaches. The first, Full-Court Offenses is by Morgan Wooten, the former coach of DeMatha High School, was released by Championship in 1999.
Jerry Petitgoue of Cuba City High School in Wisconsin, has amassed an 84 percent winning precentage in his more than 25 years as a coach.
In Simplified Transition Offense for Youth Basketball, which was released by Coaches Choice in 2000, Coach Petigoue discusses a number of fundamentals to help young players get started on the right foot in basketball. Championship has also produced Jim Calhoun’s UConn Fastbreak Drills (1999), High-Scoring Transition Offense (2003) by Steve McClain, the head coach of the Uiniversity of Wyoming, and Drills for an Effective Fastbreak Offense (2002) by Regina Miller, the head women’s coach at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV).
Other interesting videos include: Coaching Youth Basketball: Volume 3 Fast Break, Early Offense, Press Offense by Bruce Brown (Coaches Choice); Transition Offense by Bonnie Hendrickson, women’s coach at Kansas (Coaches Choice); Fast Break by Tara VanDerveer, women’s coach at Stanford University (Fever River Productions); The Primary/Secondary Break Pass Option Attack System by Jamie Angeli former assistant coach of UCLA (Fever River Productions); Primary and Secondary Transition Breaks by Bruce Weber, Illinois University’s coach (Coaches Choice); and Press Break & Press Offense, by Bill Self, the head coach of the University of Kansas (USA Coaches Clinic).
When it comes to books on coaching basketball, we have quite a few we would like to recommend.
They include Coaching Fast Break Basketball by Cliff Ellis, the Auburn Univeristy head coach (Coaches Choice); Coaching Basketball’s Secondary Fast Break Offense by Tom Reiter (Coaches Choice); The Running Game, a Formula for Success by David M. Arseneault (Reedswain Editions); Fast Break Finesse by Larry Perkins (Basketball Sense Edition); and Fast Break Basketball and Fast Break and Control Offenses by Joe Piscopo (Piscopo Editions). Two web sites with interesting information about the fastbreak include: www.cybersportusa.com/hooptactics/earlyoff/earlydefault.asp and www.bbhighway.com/Talk/Coaching_Box/Clinics