practice plan corry irvin

A good basketball philosophy is grounded on the understanding that hard work pays off and if we shortchange the game, the game will shortchange us in the end.  Today’s practice plan spotlight featuring state championship head coach Corry Irvin talks about the importance of implementing this philosophy so that your players can have the opportunity to produce their very best!

Coaching Philosophy:

My philosophy is that basketball resembles life. The time devoted to mental thinking is just as important as what is done on the basketball court. My philosophy is to build and maintain an atmosphere in which every single player on the team understands their role and strives to be their very best every day in every single thing that we do on and off of the basketball court. My philosophy is grounded on the understanding that hard work pays off and if we shortchange the game, the game will shortchange us in the end. I believe in hard work when we are in the gym and if everyone in the gym is not displaying hard work then they are sent home. Lastly, I believe that if I expect their best they will produce their best, simply put.


Practice Plan Drills

Sideline Out of Bounds Quick Hitter Vs. Man

This play is ran in a special situation when we have the ball on the sideline and need a basket. It involves the team’s best passer, best post player and shooter. The shooter can be a decoy, but it is important to use a shooter that the defense will respect.

Favorite Full Court Shooting Drill

3 Weave with 4 passers

This drill needs to be done either for a specific time period or until a certain number of points are reached. It is best with 11 players involved at least.

Favorite Passing Drill“ 

Chinese 8 player Passes

This drill involves conditioning and passing. Players must sprint between the spots while focusing on making strong passes of your choice (bounce, chest or over the head). Players will begin passing to their right, but you can change it to their left. This drill can be done either half court or full court, obviously half court the focus is on passing and full court involves passing and running. 8 players are needed to complete the drill, any extra players can ballhandle or work on another skill on the side.

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Diagram 1: 8 players do the drill. Players 2 and 7 must have a ball.
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Diagram 2: Passes are thrown to the right (or left) during the entire timed drill. Drill is best in 1-3 minute increments. Players are partnered with person directly across from them. After player passes to right, player sprints to exchange spots with partner.
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Diagram 3
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Diagram 4
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Diagrams 3, 4 and 5: Players pass to right then exchange spots via a sprint.
Keys: Players must sprint. You can rotate spots each new time you start. You can change the pass type.



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