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Geno Auriemma is the current women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut. His resume includes 8 national championships and 8 National Coach of the Year awards. The drill below promotes transition basketball and focuses on passing while moving. Talking and leading your teammate down the floor with the ball is critical.
Athlete Movements: Each player must call out the name of the teammate he or she is passing to. Once the three players in the drill reach the opposite baseline, it is 3 vs. 0 coming back on offense. The player in the middle is the ball handler. The other two players in the drill are running the wings at full speed. It’s critical the ball handler gets from the baseline to the opposite top of the key in as few dribbles as possible. In other words, you must cover as much ground as you can with the least amount of dribbles. When the ball handler reaches the top of the key he will jump stop and bounce pass to one of the wings for a layup.
2) Good Passes Which Lead Your Teammates Down the Floor
3) Cover as Much Ground as You Can with One Single Dribble
4) Have a Goal for Makes in a Certain Amount of Time
Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the University of Florida, Preston Greene, shows you the proper technique for the Back Squat. It uses all the fibers of the lower extremities and posterior chain, the parts of the body that are used when jumping.
Athlete Movements: Going all the way down on the squat is very important in increasing vertical jump because it makes sure that all the necessary muscles are being used.
Teaching Points: This exercise works best with a higher number of sets and lower number of repetitions.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “AAU Basketball Skills Series: Increasing Your Vertical Jump.” View the latest video selections on Strength Training.
Fran Fraschilla was a Division 1 college basketball coach for many years and is currently an International Basketball Analyst for ESPN. Here Coach Fraschilla will provide you with a baseline out of bounds play called Princeton that you can add to your offense, which is designed to have the team’s best shooter get open.
Athlete Movements: He shows different counters that can be used depending on how the opposing team defends it. It is a play that can be used by teams at all levels because it is simple enough for young players, but also has enough counters and options for the older players.
Teaching Points: Using a double screen at the elbow is key to getting the best shooter open.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “AAU Coaching Boys Basketball Series: Zone Offense and Specials.” View the latest video selections in the AAU Basketball Series.
Coach Fran Fraschilla believes in really looking at defense in terms of preparation prior to the season, and making sure that drills are logical, progressive, and habitual. He also believes in the “Overload Principle,” where conditions are created within the drills that are harder for players than game situations. The ‘Switch Drill’ and ‘Change Drill’ are two drills that instill this principle and build communication and mental toughness for players.
The Switch drill is a variation of a drill made famous by Coach Bob Knight. Watch how Coach Fraschilla shows this as a drill that will promote a tremendous amount of talk defensively. The drill begins in a 4-on-4 Shell Drill setting. The offensive team will pass and cut until the coach makes a “Switch” call. At that point, the offensive puts the ball on the floor and the offense goes to defense, while the defense goes to offense. One restriction is that when you switch to defense, you cannot guard the man that was guarding you.
The Change Drill progresses from the Switch Drill, by working on defensive transition and building defense from the inside-out in a full-court setting. The Change Drill is run until the coach says “Change”, which initiates the offense going to defense and defense going to offense, but this time the players are changing ends.
Teaching Points: For the Switch Drill, this promotes a tremendous amount of communication and teamwork to get the ball stopped, and keep it out of the lane. And for the Change Drill, this forces talk amongst the players, and also for the new defensive team to sprint back to the paint and immediately build their defense out.
Although known as a basketball innovator with his Dribble Drive Attack Offense, Vance Walberg shows a couple of time-tested and proven drills that many coaches will recognize in this edition of the newsletter. However, with the Scramble Drill, Coach Walberg shows that it truly is the “little things” – the concepts and details – that lead to success of the Dribble Drive or any offense.
Player Movements: This drill has commonly been called 11-Man Break, and is a continuous 3-on-2 drill that begins with 3 offensive players attacking 2 defenders. When the shot is taken by the offense, the rebound is up for grabs by any of the 5 players. The player that secures the rebound will make an outlet pass to the first player in the outlet line on his side and the drill continues.
Teaching Points: Watch how Coach Walberg incorporates principles of his Dribble Drive Attack Offense by emphasizing where players should spot up, move to on penetration, and run lanes with proper spacing.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Vance Walberg: Mastering the Dribble Drive Attack Offense.” To view the latest video selections on Dribble Drive Motion Offense.