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Highly successful Oklahoma Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Sherri Coale, runs players through a two ball dribble drill with the cones. Using this drill will help develop your players’ ball handling ability as well as their shooting ability.
Player Movements: The drill begins with a player doing an alternate dribble with two basketballs towards the first cone. That player will pass the basketball on the outside (right) hand to the coach on the right side of the floor. Immediately after the player passes the first ball, she will cross the second ball over from her left to right hand and attack the rim for a right-handed lay up. That player will then come off the second cone on the block, simulating a pin down screen for a corner 3-point shot on the right side. The corner 3 will come from the same coach, who received the first basketball at the start of the drill.
Coach Coale tweaks the drill at the end of this clip. The drill starts the same way, but instead of going in for a layup, the player will pull up for an elbow jump shot. After shooting the jumper, the player will simulate setting a back screen and will step high for a top of the key 3-point shot.
Drill Setup: Place one cone at the top of the key just about the 3-point line, have a coach with a basketball at the free throw line extended, and put one cone on the block which is on the same side as the coach
Drill Tips: When switching sides, the coach will move to the left side of the floor. The player will pass the ball from the left hand, cross the ball over from right to left, go in for a left-handed layup, and come off a pin down screen for a 3-point shot in the left corner.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”AAU Coaching Girls Basketball Series: Perimeter Player Skill Development.” To view the latest video selections on Women’s Basketball Player Drills, click here.
University of Oklahoma Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Sherri Coale, introduces a tennis ball into stationary and moving ball handling drills. Not only does the tennis ball help improve hand-eye coordination, but it also forces the player to keep his/her eyes off of the basketball. These are great drills to incorporate into your perimeter players’ workouts!
Player Movements: In the first phase of this drill, Coach Coale has each player dribble the basketball in a stationary position with her right hand, while tossing the tennis ball to herself and catching it with her left hand. Next, two teammates face each other. One teammate will dribble the basketball with her right hand, while the other teammate dribbles with her left hand. Those teammates will then play catch with a tennis ball using their free hands while dribbling. Finally, Coach Coale has each player dribble from the baseline to half court with the basketball in the right hand while tossing the tennis ball to herself with the left hand.
After getting halfway through each phase of the drill, players will switch hands with the basketball and tennis ball.
Drill Essentials: It is important for the player to be so focused on the tennis ball that she will not even look down at the basketball. Coach Coale wants each player to pick up the pace and challenge herself once that player begins to feel comfortable doing this.
Drill Tips: In order to see development, Coach Coale believes these ball handling drills should take up five to six minutes of your daily workout. These drills need to be done at a high intensity level.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”AAU Coaching Girls Basketball Series: Perimeter Player Skill Development.” To view the latest video selections on Guard Play, click here.
In this segment, we visit the home of the 2013 Final Four Shockers from Wichita State to see how Gregg Marshall and his coaching staff improve the ball handling of their guards. This is an excellent short series of two ball drills.
Ball Handling: 2-Ball Drills
Overview: Players are in a line at the free throw line facing half-court, and each player has two basketballs. Coach Marshall likes these drills to be done with heavy basketballs and big basketballs. Players dribble the two balls from the free throw line to half-court, pass back and forth once with a manager, then turn to dribble back to the end of the line. The series concludes with players again starting at the free throw line with two basketballs. They dribble to half court and back with added resistance from a manager.
Player Movements: Each player goes through once each with the heavy balls and the big balls using a same-time speed dribble, and then repeat the drill with an alternating dribble (one goes up, while one goes down).
Drill Essentials: Pound the basketballs, make a good pass – chest height, and receive a good pass.
Drill Tips: Make sure to use a one-handed push pass with their off hand to a manager and to make a one-handed catch with the pass back from the manager. In the resistance part of the drill it is key that the managers place resistance on the player’s shoulder on the dribble to half court and resistance on the player’s waist on the way back to the free throw line.
In this behind-the-scenes session, we visit Williamstown, Massachusetts for a Williams College men’s basketball practice. Watch as head coach Mike Maker leads his squad through a series of game-like ball handling and shooting drills, including “Fast Stop Fast” and “Alleys.” Take this opportunity to pick up some new offensive drills for your upcoming basketball practices this season.
Fast Stop Fast
According to Coach Maker, it’s critical to work on this opening drill in order to be a good ball handling team — especially since (at the time of filming) the team has three guards out of the lineup with injuries. The team picked up this drill from Chris Mooney at the University of Richmond.
For each player in the drill, the key is to change speeds in the backcourt, going fast, stopping, and then going fast again. Look to make a simple move when you crossover/slow down. Down the length of the court, players (one at a time) will make a series of three moves before making one final move against a coach waiting at the opposite foul line. After that final move, players will then take it in strong for a layup. The next player in line goes when the first player gets to half court.
Tip: Remember to land on two feet on the layups. Also, while waiting in line, work on your stationary ball handling. It can be a combination of anything really. Just keep active and working on your skills.
*Note early on that players are not going hard enough or fast enough through the drill. It’s essential that you go at game speed at all times. Meanwhile, don’t get yourself into trap areas (e.g. the sideline). Use your imagination and make this drill as game-like as possible.
Players start at the top of the key and will go one at a time. Players will dribble drive and make a strong move to the basket for a layup with a coach/defender in the paint initiating some contact. It’s a very realistic drill that simulates players driving to the hoop and making contact along the way. The series begins with straight line drives going to the right side of the rim.
Tip: Since the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, make sure players are not “banana-ing” when driving to the hoop.
Players should then switch to left-side layups now. Notice that they are using a dominant hand finish though. Coach Maker firmly believes in shooting layups with the dominant hand unless someone proves they are very proficient using their off hand. It may be a new concept, but it’s works well for the program and the players learn to adapt.
Finally, the series wraps up with drives from the wing area or slot. Players start on the left wing, drive into the lane, and then finish on the right side with a layup.
Tip: Coach Maker believes the three most important shots in basketball are the layup, free throw, and making 6 out of 10 baskets unguarded. Maker’s squad has adopted this philosophy. For the program, this third shot would be an open three-pointer.
In the latest edition of All Access, we return to Palo Alto, California for an exclusive look at a Stanford University women’s basketball practice. Head coach Tara VanDerveer leads her squad through a number of ball handling drills during one of the first practices of the 2010-11 campaign.
VanDerveer’s squad initially warms up with some basic ball handling exercises before getting into the half-court drill “Squeeze.” The team finishes up with Zigzags, a full-court drill that emphasizes key offensive and defensive techniques.
The Cardinal reached its fifth consecutive NCAA Final Four last year before falling to Baylor in the national semifinal.
The team’s ball handling warm-up begins with all players standing in a circle, each with a ball. There’s also one leader in the middle of the circle leading the drill.
Standing in place, players begin with basic ball movement exercises such as circles around the head, waist, and legs. Next, players start dribbling low before getting into pound dribbles. Additional dribbling drills include figure eights, back and forths, opposite hands, and around the legs.
Finally, players get with a partner and make “hot potato” passes. Utilizing a bounce pass, players use one hand to pass the ball quickly back and forth with a partner. The exercises get progressively harder as eventually players must make one dribble and then finish with a behind-the-back pass to their partner.
In “Squeeze”, ball handlers get into one line at half court. Also, two more offensive players set up in the paint area, one on the low block and the other on the wing. There will be one defender on each offensive player.
The goal is to deliver a squeeze pass to the post in a 3-on-3 format. In other words, have the point guard dribble up against pressure and deliver a pass to a flashing low block player around the free throw line area. Meanwhile, the wing player slips backdoor and then the flashing player hits them with a bounce pass for a layup.
Players can also work on different options as well, such as a fake pass to the backdoor and a handoff to the original point guard for a drive and shot. Also, right after the backdoor dish is made, have a coach or manager make a feed to the passer at the free throw line for a turnaround shot to finish the drill.
In “Zigzag”, players go two minutes on each side of the floor. In a 1-on-1 format, players will dribble down the length of the floor at 100 percent trying to beat the defense and score via layup. Keep in mind that defenders can only guard people as tight as they can keep them in front. Use the cones as a guide as you dribble down the floor. Do not give up a layup. Keep the offensive players in front of you. Make them use their weak hand. If you get a steal, it’s your ball.