By the time the season starts I will have my basketball practice plans planned out with the exact drill and game plan focus for the first 4 weeks of the season. This jump starts our season into high gear.

Our first weeks are focused on conditioning drills. I don’t believe in running a drill without the ball involved– major ballhandling drills for all positions, defensive drills, shooting drills and what I call “Decision Drills”.

The defensive drills are half court drills helping offensive players to react to different defensive attacks, usually 3 on 2 or 4 on 3 situations because I teach success on offense (or press break) in part situations before I go to a full 5 on 5 .

Then start to focus more on offensive sets (and I use sets rather than exact plays because I want players to learn to read and react within the framework of our offensive set or formation.)

Try beginning your basketball season structured with these drill ideas and you’ll be pleased with the outcome.

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