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Improve your players agility and closeouts with Scott Cross, University Texas-Arlington Head Coach. You will see an insightful drill that incorporates agility and working on the techniques which make up a solid closeout. This is also a great exercise to make the most of your agility ladder.
Player Movements: A player will start along the baseline, work through the agility ladder, and closeout on the coach who is an offensive player at the top of the key. Once the player clears the ladder, the closeout must be with a wide base and both hands up. One hand should cover the coach’s face while the other hand should trace the basketball.
Once the defender completes this task, they will sprint to the corner and slightly push another defender in the corner, who is taking a charge. That same player, who causes the charge, will take a charge in that same corner for the next player going through the drill.
Drill Essentials: In order to setup this drill, you need to place an Agility Ladder on the court and have a coach holding a basketball at the top of the key.
Drill Tips: Some important teaching points and tips are: 1) Wide base on closeout. 2) Both hands are up and active. 3) Defender’s shoulders should be lower than the offensive player’s shoulders. 4) Be Loud. 5) Force the offensive player to turn his body with the ball.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”5-Star Coaching Series: Practice Drills and Ball Screen Offense.” To view the latest video selections on Screening Drills, click here.
Here is your chance to learn a great basketball drill from 2x NCAA Championship Coach, Billy Donovan, that you can work on with your son or daughter. This exercise can be used for both beginners and players with strong skill sets. This drill involves simply catching the ball, using one dribble to get by a defender who is closing out fast, and pulling up for a jump shot.
Player Movements: In this drill, Coach Donovan has his son catch a pass, take one dribble, and pull up for a jump shot. He will do this six times going to his right and six times going to his left.
Drill Essentials: To get this exercise started, place one cone in the center of the floor either at or above the 3-point line, depending on your child’s range.
Drill Tips: Some of the important teaching points here are: 1) Move quickly past the cone with the dribble, no lateral movement. 2) Get your legs and feet set underneath yourself before shooting the ball to help your balance.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”AAU Basketball Skills Series: Billy Donovan’s Father and Son Workout.” To view the latest video selections on Youth Basketball Training, click here.
Are you looking to build your team’s style of play to a more up-tempo style? Do you want to get your players to play at this relentless pace in transition to the offensive end? Then listen to Xavier University Head Coach, Chris Mack, as he takes you on an inside look at the responsibilities and rules he puts in place for his point guards to create a structured and up-tempo transition.
Player Movements: He explains various situations that may occur and adjustments for his point guard and two and three guard players.
Drill Essentials: The point guard has the following responsibilities discussed in this clip.
1) Receives all outlet passes
2) Catches it on the run
3) After advancing the ball, cut to the opposite corner
4) Keep the ball in the middle third of the floor
Drill Tips: Don’t pass the ball to the first player you see when inbounding the ball before going upcourt. Make sure to look for the point guard.
Don Showalter has been one of the most successful coaches in his profession and always creates a defensive minded team. If you’re looking for drills to create that mindset, Coach Showalter gives you two drills in the following clip that will do just that. In the first drill, Coach uses a simple two line passing drill in the full-court starting at the three-point line. The second drill is a basic two line fast break drill.
Player Movements: In the first drill, players execute a good, solid chest pass and then sprint to the corner of the baseline to execute the proper defensive stance and slide. In the second drill, the rebounder outlets the ball and sprints the length of the court to receive a pass for an outlet. The scorer now becomes a full-court defender in a one on one situation.
Drill Essentials: Focus on building the proper fundamentals in guarding within the full court, while gaining a mindset for a full court pressure defensive team.
1) Proper Defensive Stance and Slide
2) Good, Solid Passing
4) Head Up
5) Active Hands
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Don Showalter: Practice Drills to Build a Defensive Mindset.” To view the latest video selections on Practice Planning, click here.
Under Rob Fulford, Huntington Prep has finished ranked in the top 6 nationally in all of the major national high school basketball polls over the past two years. In “Zig Zags”, Coach Fulford reviews the fundamentals of a defensive stance along with the movement of playing the basketball defensively. This is a drill Huntington Prep does regularly to reinforce the importance of defense and ball pressure.
Player Movements: After going through this drill first at half speed, in order to warm the team up and review stance, the team goes all out. The drill starts in the corner with players sliding to the elbow, half court at the sideline, opposite elbow, and then opposite corner. Once a player completes the drill on one side of the floor, he will sprint to the next corner and do the same movement in the opposite direction.
Drill Essentials: Players need to stay low, slide without crossing their feet, talk, hit the floor when changing direction, and have active hands.
1) Talk/Be Loud
2) Stay Low in Your Stance
4) Head Up
5) Active Hands
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Huntington Prep High School Basketball Practice.” To view the latest video selections on Player Drills, click here.