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Bruce Weber's Open Practice 4-Pack

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  • Get variations of the shell drill that teach defending actions, help side defense, ball screen defense, and defensive rebounding
  • See a complete practice that includes half court offense, skill development, zone offense, and transition offense
  • Teach your post players to finish at the rim in practical game situations
  • See a lower body work out that details how to be explosive and keep players moving

Open Practice: Building a Defensive Mindset

with Bruce Weber,
Kansas State University Head Coach;
2013 Big 12 Coach of the Year;
former University of Illinois Head Coach; 2005 Naismith 'College Coach of the Year' Award; 2005 NCAA National Runner-up; 2x Big Ten Championship Coach

At the beginning of every season, high school coaches understand the struggle of trying to install enough of their defensive system to be successful by the first game. With limited time, decisions must be made on which defensive fundamentals get prioritized and how they can be efficiently taught.

Bruce Weber demonstrates how he approaches this same challenge with shell drills that will develop the team concept of his man-to-man defensive system. With modern basketball, stopping dribble penetration must be a collective effort. In this video, you will learn how to help through defensive rotations in addition to shutting down a variety of on-ball and off-ball screens.


The strategies behind coordinating the rotations of all five defenders are diagrammed in a lecture segment where Coach Weber explains the most important concepts of his man-to-man defense. He describes how they build on basic defensive concepts - closeouts and positioning - using the shell drill. From there, his teams build up into help side defense, rotations off of a drive and kick, jumping to the ball, and being on the line of the ball.

As his teams progress and get better each day, he continues to use the shell drill to build his team defense philosophy. By using 3v3 and 4v4 shell drill, players have to concentrate on guarding more ground and getting into the right position to help each other.

Coach Weber builds all the way up to 5v5 shell defense and is able to teach schemes and defending different actions and situations players will see during the season. You'll see how to help on "alley" drives down the lane and how to stop dribble penetration along the baseline. Beyond stopping the ball, you will learn how teammates take away the next pass by sinking to the line of the ball.

Individual Build-Up Drills

To help build his shell defense, Coach Weber focuses on individual defensive segments within practice. Players progress from working on maintaining proper position against ball and player movement all the way up to guarding complex offensive actions. From 2v2 and 3v3 guarding the ball screen, to individual post defense, Coach Weber is able to teach detail and technique his players need to become a force on the defensive end of the floor. Each drill is designed to be competitive with a winner and a loser to help reinforce the idea that defense wins championships.

Full Court

Coach Weber outlines a variety of full court drills to help build his team's pressure. In 4v4 full court shell, players are forced to contain in the open court and work to stunt. This helps slow the offensive player down and force them to give the ball up, allowing his team to get set in the half court.

The rotations for stopping alley drives are demonstrated in addition to how Kansas State defends high ball screens and dribble hand-offs. Your players will learn how to chase cutters off wide pin downs and flare screens. The techniques and team concepts for defending common screening plays such as Floppy or single-double screens, Horns and the New York screen-the-screener action are also included.

Coach Weber also shows how you can apply these concepts at game-speed with several competitive drill formats. These competitive drills develop defensive toughness, get players to go hard, and allow you to emphasize important teaching points with your scoring system. It also gives you a chance to evaluate if your team is game-ready with the additional tempo and chaos created with full-court play.

Even teams with less athletic players can limit their opponents' shots at the rim. This video from Coach Weber will give you the tools your t

Open Practice: Man, Zone & Transition Offensive Drills

with Bruce Weber,
Kansas State University Head Coach;
2013 Big 12 Coach of the Year;
former University of Illinois Head Coach; 2005 Naismith 'College Coach of the Year' Award; 2005 NCAA National Runner-up; 2x Big Ten Championship Coach

Bruce Weber leaves nothing out of this video when it comes to offense. He demonstrates both offensive concepts and breakdown drills that you can use to include in your ball screen motion offense.

Transition Drills

Coach Weber gives you eight great ideas for getting players in shape while working on your transition offense. Through transition build drills and 5v5 touch, players work on pushing the ball up the floor to hit their primary breaks. If kick ups are not open, Coach Weber looks to use their ball screen offense to score right away before the defense can get set.

Various situations are broken down with drills from 1-on-1 attacks from a quick pass up the court, to attacking with ball screens in 5-on-5 early offense. These practice drills will show you several unique twists on how to simulate advantage-disadvantage situations in transition. This suite of fast break drills will create the instincts your team needs for spreading the floor and playing fast.

Zone Offense

See Coach Weber's zone offense in action through several scrimmage segments. Weber progresses from 4-on-4 scrimmages to 5-on-5 to help players understand how they can attack space in the zone with drives and cuts. This offense will help your posts get looks with overload situations and the constant movement of perimeter players will keep the defense scrambled throughout the entire possession. Your players will also learn how to surprise opponents with weak side flashes into the high post and filling out to gaps created by misdirection dribbles that distort the zone.

5v5 Scrimmage

The best way to look at Kansas State's ball screen offense is to see it live in practice. Coach Weber uses a big chunk of practice having his team go up and down the floor flowing right into their half court offense. You get a detailed look at how Coach Weber teaches his ball screen offense. The coaching staff lets players play through mistakes before going back and outlining where mistakes were made and how to correct them.

Coach Weber gives you knowledge in how to install offensive concepts in a short amount of time. From zone offense and inbound plays to transition offense, this video is packed with nuggets to help your team be ready for competition.

170 minutes + Bonus material (2 DVDs). 2017.

Open Practice: Player Development Drills for the Ball Screen Offense

with Bruce Weber,
Kansas State University Head Coach;
2013 Big 12 Coach of the Year;
former University of Illinois Head Coach; 2005 Naismith 'College Coach of the Year' Award; 2005 NCAA National Runner-up; 2x Big Ten Championship Coach

Bruce Weber runs a multi-dimensional ball screen motion offense that incorporates a variety of screening actions to keep the ball and players moving. To establish the skills and instincts needed to run the diversity of options in this offense, he has tailored his skill development to strictly reflect the methods of scoring his players will use in games.

In preparation for a summer trip to play in Europe, Coach Weber takes you inside basketball practice at Kansas State. This open practice demonstrates an expansive list of breakdown drills that will teach players how to operate off ball screens, dribble penetration, wide pin downs, flare screens, and more. Additionally, Weber includes a lecture segment to give you detailed insight into his philosophy regarding structuring practice plans.

Ball Screen Drills

See how Kansas State trains their post and perimeter players through multiple pick & roll scenarios with the use of breakdown drills. Posts train their scoring options against different tactics that opponents might use to defend side ball screen and middle ball screens. Within these breakdown drills, you'll learn strategies for teams that try to "ice" side ball screens, and switching defenses. You will see five scoring options for posts off middle ball screens by using either the pop or short roll that range from long distance jumpers to post-ups at the rim. Guards work on making the next pass off middle ball screens for open jump shots or drives against closeouts.

Finishing Drills

Post players go through a segment of drills to help them finish at the rim through different situations. Several variations of the classic Mikan drill are demonstrated to help players develop touch on their layups. Posts learn three different finishes to score from the "Room" position along the baseline. Three additional scoring moves are taught for finishing strong on offensive rebounds. You will also learn drills for teaching your bigs how to space off baseline penetration and score from the high post.

Closeout to 1-on-1 is a competitive drill that challenges your players to quickly react on a baseline drive by lifting off the block and then attacking a closeout to score. Your posts will also learn how to use leverage to find a scoring advantage in the low post with the 7 Second Booty Ball drill.

Dribble Penetration

Guard-specific skill drills focus on the drive and kick game. You will work on the technique to make your players' drives lower and more explosive for either pull-up jump shots or strong finishes at the rim. Players also learn how to space off dribble penetration to create their own scoring advantages. The 3-on-0 Step Off Passing Drill teaches players how to coordinate their movements with baseline drives and middle drives to find open shots. Five layers of the attacking closeouts drill will show you how to create space and score off drives down the lane. You will also see drills that show guards how to apply their drive and kick concepts to zone offense by attacking gaps and using the misdirection dribble.


Six skill development drills help both your post and perimeter players score to their strengths in transition. Breakdown drills will help post players develop the hands needed to catch over-the-top passes while rim running. Your inbounder can also become a scoring threat with drills that teach them to pull up into jump shots on the run or rip into aggressive drives to the basket. Bigs learn how to create seals for early post feeds from the wing or high-lows from the trailer. Two drills will help your guards learn how to play off advance passes that afford them open shots

Open Practice: Strength Training & Conditioning Drills

with Bruce Weber,
Kansas State University Head Coach;
2013 Big 12 Coach of the Year;
former University of Illinois Head Coach; 2005 Naismith 'College Coach of the Year' Award; 2005 NCAA National Runner-up; 2x Big Ten Championship Coach

All basketball programs are looking for an edge on the court. Most find that edge in the weight room. Through tough, physical training, players are able to play at peak performance. In this video, you'll see how Bruce Weber utilizes his strength training coaches to build athletes to play at the top level of college basketball.

Strength and conditioning coach Luke Sauber starts off the video with a discussion covering his workout plan for the video. He covers each portion of the workout and how it translates into the game of basketball. Using a white board, he lays out the rotations and repetitions he uses, specific areas being worked, and how they translate into the game of basketball.

Lower Body Workout

The first of the two days of strength training conducted by Coach Sauber deals with developing leg strength and explosiveness. After a generalized warm-up routine, a more specific warm-up routine follows that is designed to get the legs fired up and ready for a full workout.

The workout is broken into three blocks. The first block is designed as a plyometric program, one that is targeted at increasing speed and agility. As the plyometric workout progresses, it goes from working the core, to increasing mobility, to developing explosiveness.

The last two blocks build around the strength program. The trap bar deadlift is an exercise that gets the emphasis for the day's workout. Included in the workout's final two blocks are a series of medicine ball drills that are designed to increase explosiveness, power, and core strength required to become an explosive basketball player.

Upper Body Workout

During days in which the upper body is the focus of work in the weight room, power is the main emphasis. Starting with the bench press, the design in preparing for the trip to Europe has to do with maintaining gains made in the off-season program to improve upon testing results.

Post activation potentiation is activated when moving into work with a 20-pound medicine ball following bench presses. While the 20-pound ball doesn't sound heavy, the ball seems to weigh more because of the exhaustion of the arms. This is then followed by cable rotations designed to increase core strength.

The finishers of the upper-body workout are two team drills designed to build up atmosphere and energy during the workout. A team push-up drill takes place followed by a team defensive stance drill to make this happen. Not only does a workout need to maximize athletic performance, it also needs to increase team morale and commitment to the team.

This KSU basketball strength and conditioning program will give you a collections of new ideas to produce results for your team!

108 minutes + Bonus material. 2017.

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