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University of Kansas head coach Bill Self has led his team to an unprecedented 10 straight Big 12 titles – and they’re still looking for more. Now, you can learn the bread and butter of KU’s offense, “Fist,” explained by the coach of the Jayhawks himself. The actions and concepts in “Fist” are simple, but have been extremely difficult for opposing teams to stop.
Drill Summary: If the ball is entered to the post in Fist Mode, no matter where players are on the floor, certain spots need to be filled. Those spots are weak side high, weak side low, strong side high and weak side block. The main rule in Fist Mode is that the post always follows their pass to set a ball screen on the perimeter. Another rule is if the ball ever crosses the lane line extended, the weak side post ducks in to try to get the ball in the paint. If the post doesn’t get the ball in the lane, they relocate to the weak side, filling one of the spots required in Fist Mode. If a guard or wing is in the corner on the side of a ball screen, the post down screens for that guard after setting the ball screen.
Looking for a way to improve your players’ focus during free throw practice? St. Joseph University head coach Phil Martelli uses the “Net” drill to add more purpose when practicing foul shots. Teach your players this fun game and they will be looking forward to practicing their freebies every day.
Drill Summary: Players partner up with one basketball. Each player gets five consecutive foul shots while the other rebounds. If the ball hits the backboard or rim and goes in, the shooter gets one point. If the ball swishes, but doesn’t roll back to the shooter, it’s two points. If the ball swishes and rolls back to the shooter, they get three points. Any miss is negative one point. If the player makes all five free throws, they get five bonus points. The player with the highest amount of points at the end of the drill wins the game.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Phil Martelli: Skill Development Workouts for All Ages.” View other world class Basketball videos!
In this shooting drill that Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg learned from former NBA star Chris Mullin, a player will work on their shooting while incorporating some conditioning into the drill. Hoiberg stresses good footwork and proper form on every shot, even when the player is tired.
Drill Summary: The player begins by running one line and shooting from the opposite elbow after receiving a pass from the coach. Then, the player runs two lines before shooting two shots (one at each elbow). Then three lines with three shots, four lines with four shots and five lines with five shots. At the conclusion of the drill, the player does a round of threes and then shoots five free throws to catch their breath. If the player is more conditioned, they can continue “back down the ladder” as well.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Footwork. Plant on the correct pivot foot.
2) Maintain good form when fatigued.
3) Shooting balance.
4) Work on conditioning.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Open Practice: Off Season Shooting and Conditioning Workout.” View other world class Basketball videos!
Four-time National Coach of the Year Andy Landers shares his twist on the 2-3 zone defense that helps increase ball pressure and prevent the ball from getting into the paint. Learn the “flip-flop” rotations that have helped Landers achieve over 900 victories during his coaching career.
Drill Summary: As the ball comes up the court, one of the two players at the top of the zone picks up the ball, while the other assumes a support position near the high post, slightly shadowing whichever hand the ball handler is using to dribble. If the player guarding the ball gets beat off the dribble, it is up to the player in support position to slide over and prevent the ball handler from making it into the lane. Meanwhile, the former on-ball defender rotates and takes over the support position. If the ball is passed to a wing, whoever is closer must close out and defend the ball, while the other covers the high post. “Quick man to the ball.”
Keys to the Drill:
1) Always guard either the ball or the high post.
2) Apply lots of ball pressure. The other guard has your back.
3) Recognize the offense’s spacing.
Learn a drill that Limestone College head coach J.B. Clarke uses nearly every day to enhance his players’ improvisation and communication. Clarke’s Saints lost only one game in the 2014 season en route to becoming the NCAA D-II National Champions.
Drill Summary: Offensive players form three lines: one about 10 yards in front of the goal and two about ten yards off of each pipe, even with the goal. Defensive players form a line next to one of the lines even with the goal, and a goalie is in the net. To start the drill, one offensive player steps in from each line and two defensive players race out in front of the goal. The coach rolls a ball to one of the offensive players, then it’s three on two with complete freedom.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Take chances on offense.
2) Goalie works on “pipe to pipe.”
4) Move to the ball.