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Rob Fulford, head coach at Huntington Prep High School, demonstrates the “3 Man Position with Charge” drill. This drill works on closeouts, defensive positioning in relation to the ball, communication, and help defense.
The drill has three offensive players on the perimeter with three defensive players along the baseline to start. A coach on the baseline will roll the basketball out to one of the three offensive players on the perimeter. The defensive player, who will be guarding the ball, will closeout with hands up and using short, choppy steps. Depending on where the ball is, depends on where you closeout to. If your man is two passes away you’re on the helpline. If you’re a pass away from the ball, you’re denying the pass. When the ball is rolled out to a player on the wing, he will drive it. The defensive player, who is on the help line, must meet the ball outside the lane to take the charge. Once the player takes the charge, his teammates, who are not participating on the on the baseline, must help his teammate up.
Point of Emphasis for the Drill:
2) Closeout on the Ball Under Control and with Active Hands (Trace the Ball)
3) Know Where You Are in Relation to the Basketball
4) Take the Charge Outside the Lane
This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Huntington Prep High School Basketball Practice.” View our complete library of over 800 basketball DVDs here!
Terry Layton, a highly respected basketball coach, scout, and consultant both here in the states and internationally, shares a transition drill that emphasizes the importance of spacing and being efficient with the dribble during the break.
The drill begins with three offensive players going 3-on-0 the length of the floor. The ball handler in this drill is limited to three to five dribbles, depending on the skill level. Once a layup is converted, the two players who are not rebounding the basketball, must go around the obstacles in the corners and run the floor to get spaced for another 3-on-0 break coming back. When coming back, the two players who are not shooting the layup need to go into the lane with their hands up, anticipating an offensive rebound in transition. Every member of the team yells out the number of makes once the ball goes through the basket.
Points of Emphasis for the Drill:
1) Limit Your Dribbles
2) Get Spaced on the Fast Break
3) Think Offensive Rebound in Transition (Don’t Assume a Make)
This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD “Explosive and Full Court Drills from Around the World.” View our complete library of over 800 basketball DVDs here!
USA Developmental National Team Head Coach, Don Showalter, has been one of the most successful coaches in his position and always creates a defensive minded team. If you’re looking for drills to create that mindset, Coach Showalter gives you just that with some of his easy and effective defensive drills, including his “Cutthroat” drill.
Coach Showalter shows a defensive 4 on 4 drill, that gives the players a competitive drill in order to create a defensive mindset. Showalter gives basic rules that if you defend and get a stop, you earn a point. The goal is to get three points for a win. If you get a stop on defense you stay and defend the next group of 4 players. Throughout this drill you can implement certain offensive rules to work on certain situations and offensive concepts you may see throughout the season. This is a great drill to help your team compete this season in practice. Coach also explains ways to alter and tailor the drill to your philosophy through his on-court demonstrations.
This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD “Don Showalter: Practice Drills to Build a Defensive Mindset.” View our complete library of over 800 basketball DVDs here!
Current women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut, Geno Auriemma, demonstrates a three-man weave which combines passing, shooting, rebounding, and finishing. This unique weave focuses on both skill and toughness.
Drill Summary: The drill starts at half court. Each player must call out the name of the player they pass the ball to. Once a player catches it above the block, they will shoot a short pull-up jump shot using the backboard. While the shot goes up, the two players who are not shooting the ball, will battle for position to get the rebound. The player, who gets the rebound, will power up and look to score. There will be no fouls called during the skirmish for the rebound.
Keys to the Drill:
2) Solid Passes
3) Getting the Proper Angle for the Jumper off of the Glass
5) Finishing through Contact
Central California’s Top Basketball Trainer, Myron Epps, starts with instructing athletes through two ball, ball handling drills. These drills focus on speed, agility, and concentration.
Beginning on the baseline area designated by cones, at the whistle each player dribbles two balls low at a time down the court toward the opposite baseline. When the coach blows the whistle again, each player dribbles both balls higher while still walking slowly toward the opposite baseline. This drill continues until each player reaches the starting point. Once the players reach the starting point again, then they again do “High Lows” while alternating their dribble in a left, right fashion or “Popcorns.”
Each player must make sure that when his/her dribble is low that the ball does not bounce too far above the knees and when it is dribbled high the ball does not bounce too high above the hips. Also, to be fundamentally sound, each player must keep their head up and their eyes looking down court.
This video came from the Championship Productions’ video “Aztec Basketball Academy Elite Training – Workout 1.” See how you can learn more Basketball Ball Handling Drills.