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Tony Seaman, the Denver Outlaws General Manager, takes you through the basics of the face-off. From the type of stickhead that is good for facing off to proper positioning of your hands, each aspect of the face-off is both discussed and explained in detail.
Former Robert Morris Head Coach, Kenneth (Bear) Davis, shares the Ground Ball Limbo drill that forces players to get low when scooping through ground balls. Davis uses the catch phrase “two butts down” to emphasize getting their butt and the butt of their stick low to the ground in order to scoop the ground ball.
The coach in the drill will place a ball near his feet and hold his stick out. The first player in line has to run and scoop the ground ball while getting lower than the coaches stick, which is intended to ensure that the player gets low to the ground to get the ball.
This simple drill is done with a line of players starting 10 yards away from the coach who has a pile of balls. You could have another coach 10 -15 yards further down field for the players to pass to after picking up the ground ball or you could have a goal for the players to shoot into. As the player runs and scoops the ball, Coach Davis instructs the players to “kiss their stick’, which means to bring the head of their stick up to their face. This is to minimize the opportunity of an opposing player to check them and create a turnover.
University of Virginia Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, presents a shooting drill that works on practical patterns that would be used in a game. This is an excellent drill that will provide your team with game-like situations and show how the defense will react to your movement.
The players begin about 20 yards above the cage and about 10-15 yards outside the cage pipe. The player begins with a ball, runs forward, and makes a split dodge, then runs towards the middle of the field and across the front of the goal. It is then that they take a shot across their body with a hard overhand shot.
This drill is an excellent opportunity for coaches to teach the players about running across the goal so that the entire cage is available to them. The players can then understand how a goalie is moving as they are running across the front of the goal and you can reinforce where the players could be aiming.
Basketball is a game played low to the ground and in straight lines. Coach Lyndsey Fennelly, a former standout point guard at Iowa State University and was later drafted by the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, uses this simple, but effective drill to get those points across and to create a great habit among her players through repetition.
The drill begins with the player picking up the basketball from the ground. This forces the athlete to be low to the ground and in triple-threat position when getting the ball. Coach Fennelly believes the first step is critical when putting the basketball on the floor. She wants her players to cover as much ground as possible in the first dribble. The drive should be a straight-line drive which means the player needs to use a push step, rather than a crossover step, to get to the basket.
By being efficient with the dribble and covering the most ground with the initial dribble, you can make up for not being the best athlete. If you attack and drive your shoulder into the defender, you can get by the defender as he or she closes out onto you.
1) Pick Up the Ball Low to the Ground
2) Use a Push Step to Get Towards the Basket in a Straight Line
3) Drive the Shoulder at the Defender
With nearly 300-career victories in 15 seasons, Nick Cammarano, has really improved his team’s defense. In this video Coach Cammarano shares his Defending Screens Drill that will help your team’s communication, matching up, and swift movement.
After a detailed dry-erase board explanation of the concept, Coach Cammarano sets up his players on the court in the following manner on defense: the 1 at the wing, the 2 at the top of the key or perimeter, and the 3 at the opposite wing.
The drill begins with the ball at the top of the perimeter, passes to the offensive player on the right wing while the player who passed the ball comes with the ball to screen or block out the defending player on the ball side wing. When that happens the number 2 man comes over to the ball side wing to replace the player being screened, which in this case is the ball side 3 on the wing. In this drill, if the offensive player mirroring the 1 tries to set a screen on the 2 at the top of the perimeter, the 1 then helps out at the top of the perimeter replacing the 2.
This video came from Nick Cammarano‘s basketball video, Coaching Middle School Basketball: 3-2 Match-Up Zone. If you’re looking for additional defensive basketball videos, click here.