Go behind the scenes in College Park, Maryland as the University of Maryland women’s basketball team conducts an early season practice. Follow head coach Brenda Frese as she guides the Terps through a pair of rapid-fire team drills, including Argentina Passing, a demanding full-court exercise that gets players hustling, communicating, and focusing on key fundamentals.
Transition and Secondary Break
Overview: This drill works on picking up the loose ball on a turnover and making the most of your transition. In the first transition there will be one or two defenders, and in the secondary break there will be five defenders.
Player Movements: Keep moving toward the basket while maintaining good spacing.
Drill Essentials: Be aggressive in the transition in order to score when you have numbers up. Avoid back to back turnovers.
Drill Tips: Depending on the number of defenders in the first transition will determine how to attack the basket. With only one defender you want to go for the basket, if there are two defenders then you can make quick passes to find the open shot.
Overview: A full-court drill, Argentina Passing gets your players to focus on passing and hustling. Players get into lines in the corners of the court, middle of the baseline, and hash marks near the sideline — on both ends of the floor.
Player Movements: Following a pass, players will either run across or diagonally, depending on which line they are in. For instance, the hash players will sprint back and forth across the court while the corner players go diagonal. Players in the middle go back and forth down the middle of the court to opposite ends.
Drill Essentials: Pass the ball around the perimeter of the floor for three minutes straight. Don’t let the ball hit the floor or the drill continues another 25 seconds. Look to get two balls going in the drill at once. Balls start in the middle. Also, in terms of direction, the ball should always go to the right.
Drill Tips: Essentially, players are catching the ball, pivoting, stepping, and then passing before sprinting to the opposite end of the court. Be sure to call the person’s name out you’re passing to. Meanwhile, get your butt down and play down low. Always give the passer a target.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Maryland Women’s Basketball with Brenda Frese.” To view the latest video selections in the All Access lineup, click here.
In the latest edition of All-Access, we travel to Cincinnati, Ohio for a glimpse inside a Xavier University men’s basketball practice. Watch as head coach Chris Mack leads his squad through a variety of team drills, including “Vegas Closeouts” and “Triangle Blockouts.”
In “Vegas Closeouts”, players close out in a 1-on-1 format. The drill starts in the low block with a pass from the defense to the offense. From here, the defender makes two big steps while closing out towards the offensive player. As Coach Mack says, “Keep the dude in front of you!” In other words, guard the ball tight.
Next, the offensive player (or coach) makes a move or two toward the baseline or middle of the floor and the defense must close out and guard the ball well. This involves quick movement and fast reps. Whatever you do, don’t let the opposition get to the elbow. Hold your ground when you have position.
This particular blockout drill features a 3-on-3 set up. Two players are on the post while the other is up top. The key is getting into a good position down low when the shot goes up. It’s a lot easier said than done. And as you’ll hear Coach Mack say often throughout, it’s a war down there. This drill is perfect to work on these grind-it-out situations in the paint.
If you get the rebound and you are a post guy, look to outlet. If you are a guard and secure the board, you can bust out on the dribble as well. Rotate between offense and defense and then new players.
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In the latest edition of All Access, we return to Richmond, Virginia for a glimpse inside a University of Richmond men’s basketball practice. Follow along as head coach Chris Mooney leads the Spiders through a series of quick-fire warm-up drills before getting into competitive 2-on-2 action in the post.
We begin with this rapid-fire passing drill that plays out in the middle of the court. The drill utilizes one ball but comes from multiple angles. Players must concentrate throughout and move fast. Be sure to deliver good passes to your teammates each time, step into the catch, and don’t jump. Be attentive and move briskly.
Next, players pass and cut before delivering a layup. Each athlete must really work on shooting all different types of layups. This makes the layup drill game-like and realistic. Whether you go with reverse layups, opposite hand layups, or something else, fly in hard each time and assume that you must finish the play against an active defense.
2-on-2 Post Up
In this final series, the ball gets rotated back and forth between coaches around the perimeter. Meanwhile, players go 2-on-2 down low. Offensive players fight for positioning and try to get open for a high percentage shot. At the same time, the defense works on getting good positioning and preventing any entry pass for an easy bucket. Notice how the defense fronts the post and brings that extra element of pressure.
After a few passes between coaches, the ball gets entered and the action plays out. Players will switch up from offense to defense and vice versa. Also, watch as the players demonstrate hustle plays, such as diving out for loose balls and taking charges.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Richmond Basketball Practice with Chris Mooney.” To check out more videos in our all-access lineup, click here.
In this all-access glimpse, we take you to Norman, Oklahoma for a look inside a University of Oklahoma women’s basketball practice. Watch as head coach Sherri Coale leads the Sooners through a variety of fast-paced practice segments, including the rapid-fire “Circle Shooting Drill” and “Thunder Share.”
The action begins with fundamental lines. The players work on using proper footwork for things like how to start and stop, how to turn, and how to pass.
Four lines initiate from on the baseline. The drill starts with players making a fake and then continue by dribbling up the court, coming up to a defender (or coach), stopping abruptly, faking, jabbing, and then making a strong pass back to a teammate on the baseline, who repeats the same thing. The drill continues like this at a fast pace and demands great intensity throughout its duration.
Thunder Share Drill
This next drill works on getting the ball down low, feeding the post, looking for outlets, maintaining proper floor spacing, and making strong drives to the hoop. The action begins with direct drives from half court. Players blow by a defender but can’t get over anxious. Coach Coale reminds players to be patient and to always remember their fundamentals.
This final drill is a quick-fire layup drill that starts out in the lane. Players circle around in the lane one after another shooting layups and using both sides of the glass. After a set period of time, players move into jump shots around the free throw line. There are a number of balls going at once. Eventually, the drill moves out of the lane and implements passes stemming from the half-court wing area.
In this week’s edition of All Access, we visit Durham, North Carolina for a behind-the-scenes look at a Duke men’s basketball practice. Follow along as head coach Mike Krzyzewski leads his squad through a series of 3-on-3 drills. This particular practice session stems from Duke’s 2009-10 National Championship season and features the likes of Kyle Singler, Jon Scheyer, and Nolan Smith.
The team splits up to two different courts. For this first drill, players go 3-on-0 full court off of a make or miss. In each rep, it’s key that the big hustles and runs the length of the floor. On the other end, the goal is to throw it ahead, look for the post, and play off the post.
Keys: Go right to the rim off the transition break. Don’t slow down and set up a play. Get the ball right to the post as quickly as possible.
This time the defense enters. Whichever team gets the initial rebound is on offense. The goal remains exactly the same in regards to getting the ball into the post for a scoring opportunity.
3-on-3 Half Court
Once again, the goal remains the same: Get the ball into the post for a high percentage opportunity. Also, listen in as Coach K offers some key advice pertaining to taking chances in practice: “This is practice right now. Take your left-handed hook, even if you go 0-for-20 today. This is what we practice. You need to come up with these kind of moves.”
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Duke Basketball Practice National Championship Season.” To check out the latest videos in our All Access lineup, including a new DVD series featuring UNC coach Roy Williams, click here.