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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!
Richard Pitino, the University of Minnesota Head Basketball Coach, goes 3-on-3 full court everyday in practice. This drill helps your players develop lateral quickness while pressuring the basketball. You must defend with your feet and slide, not hand check.
Drill Summary: The drill starts in the half court, but once there is a stop or a made basket both teams will go up and down. Coach Pitino does not want his wings denying in the half court. He wants them to protect the paint and help off the dribble. This is a great conditioner for your players as well. They can work on pressuring the ball and handling full court pressure while getting in better basketball shape.
Coach Pitino talks about the scoring system which he uses for practice and games. It rewards his players for deflections and charges taken.
1) Pressure the basketball and speed up the ball handler.
2) Create an overall fast tempo. If your opponent plays at a faster pace, they will be more than likely to turn the ball over.
3) Don’t deny the wing in the half court. Be sure to be in position to help on dribble penetration to protect the lane.
University of Arizona Head Coach, Sean Miller, believes the jump shot begins before the shooter even catches the ball. In the 1-2 Step Drill, Coach Miller shows you how to properly catch the basketball and step into your jump shot. Proper footwork will keep you balanced and ready to score the basketball.
Athlete Movements: The player should start with his or her’s opposite foot slightly forward. Regardless of the level, all shooters should be ready to shoot before they catch the ball. This means the player’s feet should be shoulder width apart to create balance all while the shooter is showing a target and is ready to catch the ball. As the ball is in flight and on its way to the shooter, the shooter should step with the opposite foot and bring the strong foot forward.
Points of emphasis with “1-2 Step”:
1) Start with opposite foot slightly forward
2) Feet shoulder width apart
3) Be ready to catch/Give a target to the passer
4) Step with the opposite foot and bring the strong foot through while catching the basketball
Coach Miller then goes over the basic mechanics of the jump shot which spell out B.E.E.F.:
Balance (Feet Shoulder Width Apart)
Eyes (Be Focused on the Rim)
Elbow (Elbow Tucked in)
Follow Through (Be Sure to Hold Hand Out)
Miller Grove (GA) High School Head Coach, Sharman White, has been an extremely successful coach with strong defensive basketball teams. Coach White takes you through a defensive reaction drill that pits one defender against three different offensive situations. The player must react to the coach’s commands and perform various defensive fundamentals for success.
Drill Setup: Three cones are placed on the court and given a color name. A cone is placed at the left short corner, right short corner and top of the key. Three guys are put on offense at each cone with one defender under the basket.
Drill Summary: The player must react to the coach’s call. This helps gain great reaction to certain areas and situations on the court. Below are a list of situations at each cone: