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St. Joe’s University Head Coach, Phil Martelli, discusses the strategy he uses if his team is at the free throw line and need to miss the shot in order to extend the game. One of the common mistakes that players make is when instructed to miss the shot they often shoot a wild shot hoping for a ricochet bounce back to them, but this may lead to them missing the rim completely.
Drill Summary: Martelli instructs his players closer to the baseline lane spots to sprint at the opposing player across from them lined up for the free throw. This strategy gives your team a chance to compete for the possession.
Vanderbilt University Head Coach, Melanie Balcomb, loves to have many options out of a single play and believes that emphasizing the details of each option puts her team in position to get the best shot. This segment features their primary break option to the post and what they try to do.
Drill Summary: Players must sprint their lane with the post player running the middle of the floor to the front of the rim and the trailing big filling the opposite slot position of the point guard. Vanderbilt looks for the first quick hit they can get, which in this situation, they look to get a post feed right away. The post player must sprint and seal whoever is under the basket playing defense. Coach Balcomb says that most teams are not good at matching up in transition, so matchups are thrown off because opponents will try to guard ballside first and then weakside. If you train your post player to sprint middle and seal, they may have an advantage or a favorable matchup which will cause problems for the opposing team.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Essential Components for a Successful Offense: Cutting, Spacing and Fakes.” View other world class Basketball videos!
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 continuously improve players’ strength and agility and minimize the risk of injury. In this segment, you will learn the “Moving Pogo Series,” which is great for warming up and preparing the ankles, shins and the rest of the leg for the more demanding drills done later in practice.
Drill Summary: The Preparatory Block of Drills are the root of Tulsa University’s explosive power and development program. In addition, the Preparatory Block is the core of what is done relative to the men’s basketball training cycle, focusing on the following:
The core of the pogo drills series is to keep the eyes up, core tight, remain ridged, and pointing the toes up.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Progressive Strength and Conditioning Warm-ups for Basketball.” View other world class Basketball videos!
Louisville Women’s Head Coach, Jeff Walz, presents a two-ball drill, which simulates multiple options in Louisville’s secondary fast break. For each option, the wing player is getting a shot as well. You can also add a defender to the wing to make the post entry pass more challenging.
Drill Summary: The drill starts with the point guard getting ahead to a wing as the first post player runs to the rim. As the wing looks to drive baseline, the post player will look to seal the defense up the lane line. The wing will use a “baseline curl pass” to enter the ball to the post player for a layup. The wing, who just made the post entry pass, will then receive a pass from a coach out of bounds for a jump shot along the baseline. That way the perimeter player is also getting a shot.
Coach Walz demonstrates how you can add other options so that you can build-up your secondary break. The other options are:
– Add a second defender to double team the low post. The offensive post player will split the double team while going middle.
– Add a second trailing post player on the perimeter and have the low post offensive player reverse seal for a high/low post entry.
– Have the second trailing big dive, while the low post is double teamed.
1) Wing must cut to get open
2) Post player must sprint and make contact with the defense
3) As the wing drives baseline, the post player must seal the defense up the lane line.
4) The wing must be shot ready after making the post entry pass
3x National Championship Coach, Don Zimmerman, presents the “Diamond Drill.” This drill is good for working on passing and catching on the run and for getting the players to communicate. With four balls in the drill at once, players should be animated in calling for the ball and use each other’s names to avoid confusion when passing and catching.
Drill Summary: The drill begins with a line of Attack players at the top of the box in the middle, two lines of Middies, one on each side of the field where the midfield line and the restraining line intersect, and a line of Defenders at the top of the box at the other end of the field.
The drill begins with just two balls starting opposite of each other, with the first and third Middies. On the whistle, the first player in each line runs 45 degrees towards the line to the right and would make a right-handed across the chest pass. After a couple of passes, you will have four balls all going at the same time. As with most drills, you will want to reverse the direction and have the players go to the left for work on that side as well. It is important to pass such that you lead the player who will be catching.