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Most Recent Basketball Drills
Purpose Players learn to put defensive fundamentals into play in real game-like action. Drill Setup Set a line of offensive players at the wing. The defender stands on the same…
Purpose Teaches players basic passing and Players learn to shoot a layup off of the dribble. Drill Setup Players form two lines at the wings. Younger players should start from…
Purpose Breaking the zone defense can be tough – this drill will help condition players to pass quickly to spread the zone out. Drill Setup To start, you only need…
Purpose Players learn to shoot a layup after receiving a pass. Drill Setup Players form two lines, one on each wing. Two coaches stand near the top of the key…
Purpose Being able to measure improvement over the course of the season can be difficult in some drills, but not so in Olympic shooting. This is a great transition drill…
Purpose To make the defense get two consecutive stops or a three-stop total before they rotate out. Drill Setup Five offensive players are across the baseline. Five defensive players are…
Purpose To work on team defense, communication and positioning Drill Setup Four offensive players spread out around the arc – two players free throw lane extended, and two out on…
Purpose Working on getting low and using body to create space for rebounding Drill Setup Pair players off with teammates of similar size and skill Designate a ring – the…
Purpose To improve defensive footwork and conditioning Drill Setup Players spread out in the half court Coach stands in front of group facing the team How it Works Drill leader…
Purpose To work on first step explosion, footwork, and finishing Drill Setup Split players into 2 groups, one on each elbow, one with balls, and one without How it Works…
Print n' Go Basketball Practice Plans
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Here are a few quick tips to help you get started.
Getting the Most out of Your Basketball Drills
The most effective basketball drills use a concept called "high intensity training." They are designed to force a level of mental concentration or physical skill that wouldn’t otherwise be needed in a game. This is because we want the game to be the easy part!
For example some of the dribbling drills incorporate dribbling two basketballs or going up against two defenders at the same time. Some offensive drills force the offensive team to make five consecutive passes before taking a shot. Some defensive drills force the defenders to play with their hands behind their backs, and so on.
When we remove that handicap and your team is competing on a level playing field, your players will find the fundamentals of the game much easier to perform.
Don't Forget the Weak Hand!
When working on skill development, it's extremely important to have your players practice both the dominant hand and the weak hand equally. While some of the drills will only have a diagram showing the drill being done on one side, it is implied that you would flip the drill and work the left side after as well.
This is because one of the first things any good coach or smart defender will do against a talented scorer is force them to their weak hand. Most players will become exponentially worse when forced to go away from their dominant hand, and by developing the weak hand, the offensive player can go in either direction, allowing them to dictate the terms of each possession.
Use Your Practice Time Effectively
One of the biggest mistakes coaches make is trying to "wing" their practice sessions. Not only will this waste your gym time, it will slow down the development of your players, and create unnecessary stress for your coaching staff as well.
At the very beginning of the season, spend 30 minutes creating a season practice plan. Write down all the skill development goals you are trying to accomplish and how you will structure your practices over the course of a season.
Next, create individual basketball practice plans that lay out exactly what drills you're going to run and how long you'll run them for. Make sure your assistants have a copy of the plan so they can transition quickly from one activity to the next.
When you get to the gym, use the first 5-10 minutes of practice to get your players warmed up. Dynamic warmup exercises (like walking knee hugs, buttkickers and carioca) are preferable to the traditional static stretches. They allow you to work on joint mobility, footwork, and balance, while raising your body temperature and getting your body ready to perform at a high level.
Spend the majority of your practice time on fundamental skill development. Choose drills (like the ones on this site) that put a large number of players on the floor or that rotate players in and out quickly, so that your players are spending the majority of the time improving their skills and not just watching their teammates. Remember to avoid the "three deadly L's" whenever possible - laps, lines and lectures.
Don't forget to practice your team defense. A simple shell drill will help teach your players the concepts of on-ball, denial, and help-side positioning. So all five players can work together as a unit, protect the paint, and deny your opponent high percentage shots.
Always include a block of time to practice your go-to basketball plays. As a starting point, you'll need a man to man offense, a zone offense, a sideline inbounds play and a baseline inbounds play. More advanced teams should also have a full court pressing scheme, a press breaker, and a few set plays for after time-out and late game situations.
Here are some additional articles to help improve your coaching skills. Enjoy!
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- 16 Laws Of Basketball Offense
- 8 Laws of Basketball Defense
- 10 Easy Ways To Improve Your Basketball Defense
- 5 Tips For Better Half Court Defense (video)
- 9 Competitive Drills That Get All Your Players Involved
- Winning the Battle of the Boards
- Keys to a Successful 1-3-1 Zone Defense