These videos teach the drills you and your team need to take your defensive play to the next level. Hall of Fame coach Dick Helm brings his four level approach to building an excellent defensive player and a superb defensive team to this series, Dynamic Defense by Coach Rick Torbett. Dynamic Defense Levels 1 & 2 will teach players the skills they need to guard their opponents with or without the ball.
Dynamic Defense -2 Player Level 1 Defensive Workout
To cut off the drive into the lane, players need practice. The drives start in a predictable way and then finish up with random moves, so that players learn the ability to counter any action taken by the offense. This video is for building and testing your level 1 Defense.
Dynamic Defense: Mental Toughness Training
When the skills have been mastered, is the game won? No! Strong offenses and clever opponents will still throw you for a loop. Dr. Spencer Wood returns to teach both players and coaches the mental toughness needed to achieve excellence. “Mental toughness alone will never guarantee anyone a championship; but a lack of mental toughness is guaranteed to cost you a championship.” – Dr. Spencer Wood
Vise Defense: Half Court Pressure System
Turn your defense into your offense with the VISE Half Court Pressure System. Force lower percentage shots, more turnovers, and dictate the pace of play with this defensive system.
The LockLeft Defense will be back soon as we are currently working on making enhancements to the content and flow of this course. Stay tuned!
LockLeft Defense Part 2.
Tyler Coston answers questions related to the course, LockLeft Defense Part 2.
Pressure Man to Man Defense
Sam Allen will lead a discussion on pressure man to man defense strategies including, but not limited to layered teaching, progression drills, and points of emphasis.
Attacking Junk Defenses
Sam discusses what principles are most effective to teach and utilize when your opponent uses junk defenses and changing defenses.
Tyler hosted a mid-season Q&A, check-in, and follow-up to the last three layers of the LockLeft Defense.
Vise Defense Q&A
Sam will lead a call follow up on his Vise Defense system & strategy. He’ll answer questions and share drills with members.
Tyler hosts our first Monthly Master Class sharing on his latest LockLeft Defense learnings with members.
Tyler will lead a follow-up roundtable to the LockLeft Master Class to connect with members, answer questions, and discuss additional insights.
Handling Pressure Defense
Sam leads a call on handling defensive pressure in both the full court and half court situations. Instilling an attack mindset and winning habits is also a must.
Post Circle Defense
How to win in the post without being physical.
Shell drill in which the pace is slowed in order to focus on communication.
Scramble Cut Defense
Teams learn how to defend cuts and scramble out of tough situations.
What Matters Most – Offense, Defense, Leadership
Sam will host a roundtable to discuss how to practically apply our knowledge the most important areas of our program and ensure we’re showing the way for our players.
In this course, Rick Torbett will teach you adjustments to your teaching strategies when using the Read and React Offense when attacking Zone Defenses. As a Read and React coach, Coach Torbett does not want you to have to change from the Read and React actions that your team already knows. This course details how to take what your team already knows about the Read and React Offense and apply it to attacking zones. This course will cover strategies for how Rick Torbett would attack each type of Zone Defense. In addition, the course contains a comprehensive team drill library and detailed instructions on how to guide your team to implementing these actions from the Read and React Offense when facing Zone Defense.
Scoring Without the Ball
Coach Rick Torbett is known worldwide for the development of the Read and React Offense. A system for implementing 5-player coordination without the use of set plays. In this course, Rick Torbett explains techniques to increase your basketball IQ. You spend 80% of your time on offense without the ball, so the last thing you want is to make it easy on the defense by standing around! Rick explains how to become a dangerous player without the ball in three and a half hours of quality coaching. This course also contains two bonus sections! All-Star Jason Kidd and Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lieberman make an appearance to help explain the concepts of this instructional video.
Point Guard College: Defensive Stoppers
Players spend hours at the gym working on the shot, working on dribbling, and doing drills – but few of them work on defense! Half the game is being forgotten! Our friends at Point Guard College are here to help. In this quick course, they will take you through 3 lessons full of tips and drills so that you can become a defensive stopper. Learn how to take a charge, five habits of good defenders, and how to stop penetration and make sure your defense gets some time in the gym too!
Better Basketball first gained its notoriety with Rick Torbett’s player development series which cultivates the fundamental skills of basketball. This course is designed to provide you with everything will need to learn or coach the skill of becoming an effective passer. Over 60 minutes, Coach Torbett is joined by NBA player Mike Bibby to cover how to read your teammate, the defense, and choose the right pass to make. As Mike Bibby demonstrates techniques throughout the course, you will learn 13 game hints and passing principles, 22 types of passes, and work through 16 fun and effective passing drills! To conclude the course, Mike will lay out NBA-inspired techniques and insights to help you take your passing game to the next level!
Read & React Youth Practices & Drills: Practice 8
Coach Rick Torbett is known worldwide for the development of the Read and React Offense, a system for implementing 5-player coordination without the use of set plays. This course is the eighth in a series of eight practices that Coach Rick Torbett directed for a youth team. Even though youth players are demonstrating, you can tweak certain amounts of almost every drill to fit the level you are coaching. You can link these into a series of complete practice plans or mix-and-match to create your own practice plans! The drills you’ll learn in this online course focus on team coordination and tempo control in the Read & React offense. The drills that the team is running become the offense. There are no drills in this course that do not directly relate to what your players learn while operating the Read and React Offense. In this course, Coach Torbett introduces the team to the operation of the Read and React Offense vs Zone defense. The drills demonstrated focus on the scoring opportunities the Read and React Offense creates versus a zone defense. The adjustments that the offense makes flow seamlessly from Read and React actions already learned in previous parts of this series.
Emmanuel College Practice
During the summer of 2010, we held a few clinics for those coaches already running the Read & React. One of the two major themes was Practice Planning – how to implement the Read & React. So, we decided that Coach TJ Rosene of Emmanuel College (2009 NCCAA National Champions) should simply run a practice. Coach Rosene never strays far from the Reaction Drills and Reaction Habits that run the Read & React. He incorporates them in everything that he does. If he’s focusing on defense, the offensive component is the Read & React. If he’s working on transition, the transition is going to end in the Read & React. If he’s warming up or just getting in shots, he’s always doing it out of the R&R Reaction Drills. In doing so, Coach Rosene sends a clear message to his team: This is how we play. This is what we do. This is who we are. With this being Coach Rosene’s third season with the Read & React, you’re going to see players who have two years of the R&R under their belt, some with one, and some who are learning it for the first time. This is a real practice in real time – nothing is staged.
Read & React Offense: Practice Plan 4 – Layers 13-16
Coach Rick Torbett is known worldwide for the development of the Read and React Offense, a system for implementing 5-player coordination without the use of set plays. In this video, part 4 of a 5-part series, Coach Torbett and a demonstration team simulate a practice with content for the later part of your season. This Practice Plan for implementing the Read and React remains in the Screening Actions of Pin & Skip, Cutter Screens, Post Screens, and Ball Screens, but goes further with more Combo Drills and applications of the screens. X-Screens and other additions are introduced. Full Court Trips blends it all together into a single offense. You are only a couple of weeks away from the Post Season. Everything you do should have the majority of your attention on your defense. How does your team defend everything in the Read & React? Your emphasis should be switching to defense.
Read & React Offense: Practice Plan 5 – Advanced Teaching
Coach Rick Torbett is known worldwide for the development of the Read and React Offense, a system for implementing 5-player coordination without the use of set plays. In this video, part 5 of a 5-part series, Coach Torbett and a demonstration team simulate a practice with content for the very end of your season. This Practice Plan for implementing the Read and React in an example of of focusing on the FLOW – how to move seamlessly from transition to man-to-man and zone attacks without “setting up”. Color Codes are introduced to practice changing our tempo and emphasis of attack depending on the strengths and weaknesses of our opponents. We work on changing these codes during transition (our Full-Court Trips). Your practice emphasis could be 90% on your defense.
Read & React Offense: Variations
To win a basketball game, you need to score. In order to score, your players need to be able to quickly read the defense, react immediately, and use the most effective move possible for that situation. The Read and React system ties these two man reads into a seamless offense that can be adjusted to any set, formation, type of player, or style of play. Once you’ve mastered the framework, you can customize Read and React to fit your personnel and the style of play your team needs to be successful. The Read and React offense is the best way to do this because it is a principled framework that gives your players the tools they need to anticipate the actions of the defense and respond with the best possible move. It is a system that can be drilled to the point of habit. It’s like jazz; the same rules are used throughout, but the songs always come out a bit differently (and keep the defense guessing). In this course you get 3 hours, 27 minutes of video. You’ll see 28 variations that will add some additional dimensions to your Read & React, and your offense will continue to improve.
Read & React: Zone Offense Simplified – Fantastic Four
Don’t settle for jump shots when the opponent switches to a zone defense! These four strategies can be put into use quickly and give your players confidence in playing against a zone defense by increasing the number of threats the defense has to face.
Randi Henderson: Zone Shooting Drills
Work on your zone shooting in a shootaround with Coach Randi Henderson. These fast-paced drills are designed to give the players practice shooting against a zone defense – they encourage players to find the open shot, pass the ball, and finally take shots against the zone. Remember, practice makes perfect!
Read & React Boot Camp: Day 3
Coach Rick Torbett is known worldwide for the development of the Read and React Offense, a system for implementing 5-player coordination without the use of set plays. In this course, part 3 of a 5-part series, the women’s team from Emmanuel College was filmed experiencing the Read and React Offense for the first time. The series covers five consecutive days of two or more hours of practice. The course teaches from a whole-part-whole perspective and introduces the team to the Screening action of cutters, players in the post, and the “counter” to sagging defense: Pin & Skip screens. But first, the team reviews and rehearses. There is no need for a “perfect practice”. Players are going to make mistakes, therefore we encourage the players to coach each other. This allows for less stoppage and more repetition, which speeds up their learning curve.
Read & React Boot Camp: Day 5
Coach Rick Torbett is known worldwide for the development of the Read and React Offense, a system for implementing 5-player coordination without the use of set plays. In this course, part 5 of a 5-part series, the women’s team from Emmanuel College was filmed experiencing the Read and React Offense for the first time. The series covers five consecutive days of two or more hours of practice. The course teaches from a whole-part-whole perspective and shows the team going through diagnostic testing of playing live. All players are included in a full-court cut-throat format that will help determine which actions are “sticking” and which ones are not. This will determine what actions need to be worked on next. This testing will also help to determine which drills, how long to run the drills, and which areas of player development and defense to focus on.