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Steve Bergman Championship Basketball 2-Pack

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"Positionless" Motion Offense

with Steve Bergman,
Iowa City West (IA) High School Head Boys Basketball Coach;
2017 Iowa High School Class 4A State Champions;
6x Iowa Class 4A State Champions, including back-to-back-to-back titles from 2012-14;
Over 500 career wins; 12x MVC Coach of the Year

Steve Bergman has achieved record-breaking levels of success in the state of Iowa, winning five state championships, including three in a row from 2012 to 2014! Year after year, his teams are a threat to make a deep run in the playoffs. In this video, you will see how his motion offensive system has enabled Coach Bergman to have consistent success despite a constantly revolving lineup of players with their own unique skill sets and abilities.

By playing through five primary motion concepts, Coach Bergman has created a highly adaptable offense that can be tailored to the personnel of any team. These options are simple to teach, but generate a huge variety of scoring opportunities through cuts, back screens, post play, and more.

Through whiteboard lecture, Coach Bergman shows you the five critical elements to building his motion offense. Additionally, you'll gain five key rules that influence execution to every phase of the offense. These rules will help your team maintain spacing while getting players to cut hard, set great screens, and communicate with one another.

Moving to the court, Bergman takes players who have never run the offense through a series of drills to develop players' understanding of basic principles, cuts and positioning. By using players who are new to the offense, Bergman demonstrates how to set up and run a motion offense almost immediately and how to spot and correct problems in the offense's execution.

By building layer upon layer, Bergman shows how to position and react to a player who has a penetration advantage on either a middle or baseline drive. You'll also see how to incorporate post play and how to add pick & roll elements for an intricate and effective offense that will put pressure on any man-to-man defense.


Create constant ball and player movement in your offense with strategies for cutting and filling. Coach Bergman shows how to maintain spacing for alignments with four or five perimeter players. You'll learn the teaching points that are essential to train players to make the proper cut by reading the defense, improve timing by watching the cutter, and how to work through mistakes that players might make in the course of a possession.

The use of back screens is also demonstrated to help correct spacing issues and to incorporate an additional element that will create a variety of easy scoring opportunities for your players.

Dribble Penetration

Teach your players to space off dribble penetration to create an open shot. Players will react differently depending on whether the drive is directed toward the middle or the baseline. These strategies stress the ability for your opponents to help on drives while also maximizing the number of passing options available for the dribbler.

Using two breakdown drills, Bergman demonstrates how players in the paint, such as cutters or post players, should react to open up the driving lane.

Post Play

Raise the pressure you place on the defense after post feeds with four scoring options for your perimeter players. All of these concepts create additional movement to occupy help defenders while the ball is in the post.

In addition to breakdown drills to teach these different cuts, Bergman shows an example of how this motion offense could accommodate teams wanting to utilize two talented post players.

Pressure Release

When teams increase their pressure and begin to challenge passing lanes, you need to have a strategy to maintain your ball and player movement. Coach Bergman presents his strategy for spacing defenders out and beating them with backdoo

Building Your Half-Court Man-to-Man Defense

with Steve Bergman,
Iowa City West (IA) High School Head Boys Basketball Coach;
2017 Iowa High School Class 4A State Champions;
6x Iowa Class 4A State Champions, including back-to-back-to-back titles from 2012-14;
Over 500 career wins; 12x MVC Coach of the Year

"Defense wins championships" is a longstanding basketball axiom. In this video, five-time state championship coach Steve Bergman details the four basic defensive concepts he's used to win over 500 games over the course of his coaching career.

Coach Bergman believes in using an aggressive man-to-man defense that forces opponents to operate in uncomfortable scenarios. Using whiteboard "chalk-talk" segments and on-court demonstrations, he provides you with a detailed overview of his defensive system. You'll learn about the rules to Bergman's three levels of pressure, which are based on whether you want to deny all passes or drop back and offer more help support against dribble penetration. He also shows you how to tailor the defense to your own personnel and the teams you'll face during the season.

In addition to outlining the fundamental tenets that form the foundation of an effective defense, Bergman demonstrates 13 practice drills to build this style of defense. These drills will lay down the entire foundation you need to force your opponents into bad shots and turnovers.

Individual Breakdown Drills

Whether your team can get out in the passing lanes without giving up easy baskets is going to be heavily dependent on the ability of your players to keep the ball in front of them. Coach Bergman explains the details he values in a defensive stance, footwork, and close outs through three drills that break down these techniques. In each drill, you'll learn how you can adjust the drill to emphasize what needs to be taught based on the ability level of your players.

Shell Drills

You can begin to build the larger team concepts to the defense through four- and five-man shell drills. Coach Bergman demonstrates numerous variations that will help you teach positioning, helping on dribble penetration, denying cutters, and defending ball screens with the hedge and over technique. Drills include:

  • Box Drill - Work on defending off-ball screens such as pin downs.
  • 15 Second Drive Drill - Challenges your players to make the right rotations to stop dribble penetration and recover.
  • Five-man shell drills - Incorporates post defense and the responsibilities of the post to step up versus dribble penetration.
  • 5-on-5 Change Drill - Perimeter players learn how to "help the helper" in drive situations.

Small-Sided Cut Throat Drills

After you've instilled basic man-to-man fundamentals, Bergman shows how to use small-sided "cut throat drills" to ramp up the intensity of your team's defense. These drills change the defensive emphasis from all-out pass denial with the 8 Passes Drill, to rotating to help on drives in the 4-on-6 Scramble Drill. The 35 Second Perfection Drill is a great way to demand that your players are paying attention to every detail in your defensive system.

Every team needs to prepare for the mental toughness that is necessary to succeed in the adversity of end-of-game scenarios. The Wahlert Drill simulates these conditions by forcing your players to fight through fatigue to get defensive stops.

Coach Bergman gives you all the tools needed to build a great half-court defense from concept to application in this video!

90 minutes. 2017

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