This idea for a drill for [tag]basketball man to man[/tag] comes courtesy of Brian, one of my readers. A great [tag]drill[/tag] to bring out the best in your team!
I coach a young girls’ [tag]basketball[/tag] team (6th grade) in a very small town. We inter-league with other small schools. The action is very low key, and the girls were always surprised when someone bumped them or slapped them. They were not aggressive at all.
I have slowly introduced this group of girls to AAU action, and again, they were getting overwhelmed. I learned the following drill, which has helped them get over their “aggressiveness shyness” and they love it. It’s called NBA – No Babies Allowed.
Everyone lines up at the [tag]free throw[/tag] line.
The first three in line spread out around the key.
Coach shoots the first basket and then it’s each “man” for herself. They play [tag]one-on-one[/tag]-on-one until one of them makes a basket. She goes to end of line and is immediately replaced by the next person in line.
They aren’t allowed to double [tag]dribble[/tag], but are allowed to go out of bounds to chase a [tag]rebound[/tag] or deflected shot. They’ve had to get in there and really fight to get that ball and to put it back up in order to get out for a rest.
I think it was the name that gave them the “permission” they needed to get physical. It’s made a big difference in the way they play their games now.