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Robert Morris University Head Coach, Andy Toole, explains how important it is to step to a pass and catch it before the defender is able to close out. This segment will help you become better offensively as you’ll work on footwork and squaring up to the basket to shoot.
Drill Summary: This drill consists of one player who catches a “reverse rolling pass” from the coach and squares up to the basket as quickly as he can using the proper footwork. The drill is conducted on the short corner block on one side of the court and continues to the short corner on the other side of the court around the entire perimeter.
In order to improve your transition game, you need to implement the mindset of getting the ball up the floor quickly with effective passing. Iowa State University Head Coach, Fred Hoiberg, presents the speed full court drill that works on quickly transitioning up the floor.
Athlete Movement: One player takes the ball out of the net. The person who passed to the scorer on the previous section of the drill will run around the cone in order to keep proper spacing up the floor. The waiting line on the sideline will sprint to the center of the court and receive the pass from the waiting line underneath the basket. This will be continuous until 28 shots are made.
Drill Summary: The goal of this drill is to make 28 shots. You can time your players to beat their best record of shots made in two minutes. Each time the goal has to be at least 28 and they can still try to match or beat their best.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Open Practice: Skill Development and Practice Drills.” View other world class Basketball videos!
Basketball Skill Trainer and coach, Lyndsey Fennelly, starts all of her workouts with ball handling as a warm-up for her athletes. In this clip, Coach Fennelly has her athletes perform single basketball ball handling drills. Coach Fennelly wants her athletes to make mistakes when doing any ball handling drill because she emphasizes you need to get out of your comfort zone to improve. Communication and energy are crucial to this workout.
This segment features the following drills:
1) Hard Pound – Driving the ball with power into the ground using the fingertips.
2) Baby Dribbles – Keep the basketball below the ankles. If you’re stationary doing this drill, work the ball around your legs.
3) Pound Crossover – This is a hard dribble where you change hands with power.
4) Between the Legs – Be sure your legs are in a straight line when the ball is crossed over between the legs. Those who are stationary will do a scissor action.
5) Behind the Back – Be sure you change hands quickly.
1) Be sure you use both hands for the Hard Pound and Baby Dribbles.
2) Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Errors are encouraged.
4) Bring Energy
Danny Manning, former head men’s basketball coach at the University of Tulsa, works closely with Ryan Horn, Tulsa’s Director of Athletic Performance, to show you the “Falling Start Sprint.” This particular drill is best used to teach players the proper way to explode off an almost standing still position which is principally a standard part of the game of basketball.
Athlete Movements: Coach Horn directs a single player through a drill commencing with a “Falling Start Sprint” technique. At the command to “go” the player leans / falls into the sprint to the designated stop area, then performs an easy slow down then slow jog back to the starting line.
Players must power sprint at 100% effort. The coach/trainer must make sure players get the full recovery or rest period between max outputs.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Progressive Strength and Conditioning Warm-ups for Basketball.” View other world class Basketball videos!
Lehigh University Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Eric Markovcy, uses a ladder drill that is designed to keep the players’ feet under them. In addition, it is important that the players lead with the proper foot when changing direction. Coach Markovcy also makes the drill more “game specific” by having the players do the ladder drill based upon his voice commands and also upon his hand signals.
Drill Summary: In the ladder drill he stresses hips low and chest high and proud. With the chest up he also wants the eyes up so that the players have the vision to see everything. The players go through the drill with their sticks in their hands. On his mark, the player steps in with both feet and then out with both feet. The players will go both right and left.
Teaching Point: Progression to the voice or hand signals should only be done once mastery of the initial ladder drill is achieved.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Speed, Agility and Explosiveness Training for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!