Last week, I sent out a request for my newsletter subscribers to send in their favorite [tag]coaching girls basketball drills[/tag]. Check out this one below (very creative!).
I coach a team of 5th and 6th grade girls and this is something beneficial I recently came up with and have used in my last few [tag]basketball practice[/tag]s.
I spread out 4 defenders across the whole court and then I give the [tag]basketball[/tag] to one of my guards on the baseline. When I blow the whistle, my guard is basically playing 1 on 4 and has to dribble the length of the floor and try to get off a good shot playing against all 4 defenders.
This [tag]basketball drill[/tag] has been helpful with improving my guards dribbling under pressure, teaches her not to pick up her dribble, to protect the ball, and forces her to improvise her dribbling moves to try to beat her defenders.
You can also vary the number of defenders depending upon the skill level of the dribbler. Start with 2 or 3 defenders and then add more as they improve. Obviously, this is not how you teach them to break a press, but this will improve their ball handling skills on the open floor. I could tell the difference at our last tournament, my guards played well under pressure and with much more confidence.