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Richard Pitino, the University of Minnesota Head Basketball Coach, goes 3-on-3 full court everyday in practice. This drill helps your players develop lateral quickness while pressuring the basketball. You must defend with your feet and slide, not hand check.
Drill Summary: The drill starts in the half court, but once there is a stop or a made basket both teams will go up and down. Coach Pitino does not want his wings denying in the half court. He wants them to protect the paint and help off the dribble. This is a great conditioner for your players as well. They can work on pressuring the ball and handling full court pressure while getting in better basketball shape.
Coach Pitino talks about the scoring system which he uses for practice and games. It rewards his players for deflections and charges taken.
1) Pressure the basketball and speed up the ball handler.
2) Create an overall fast tempo. If your opponent plays at a faster pace, they will be more than likely to turn the ball over.
3) Don’t deny the wing in the half court. Be sure to be in position to help on dribble penetration to protect the lane.
University of Arizona Head Coach, Sean Miller, believes the jump shot begins before the shooter even catches the ball. In the 1-2 Step Drill, Coach Miller shows you how to properly catch the basketball and step into your jump shot. Proper footwork will keep you balanced and ready to score the basketball.
Athlete Movements: The player should start with his or her’s opposite foot slightly forward. Regardless of the level, all shooters should be ready to shoot before they catch the ball. This means the player’s feet should be shoulder width apart to create balance all while the shooter is showing a target and is ready to catch the ball. As the ball is in flight and on its way to the shooter, the shooter should step with the opposite foot and bring the strong foot forward.
Points of emphasis with “1-2 Step”:
1) Start with opposite foot slightly forward
2) Feet shoulder width apart
3) Be ready to catch/Give a target to the passer
4) Step with the opposite foot and bring the strong foot through while catching the basketball
Coach Miller then goes over the basic mechanics of the jump shot which spell out B.E.E.F.:
Balance (Feet Shoulder Width Apart)
Eyes (Be Focused on the Rim)
Elbow (Elbow Tucked in)
Follow Through (Be Sure to Hold Hand Out)
Miller Grove (GA) High School Head Coach, Sharman White, has been an extremely successful coach with strong defensive basketball teams. Coach White takes you through a defensive reaction drill that pits one defender against three different offensive situations. The player must react to the coach’s commands and perform various defensive fundamentals for success.
Drill Setup: Three cones are placed on the court and given a color name. A cone is placed at the left short corner, right short corner and top of the key. Three guys are put on offense at each cone with one defender under the basket.
Drill Summary: The player must react to the coach’s call. This helps gain great reaction to certain areas and situations on the court. Below are a list of situations at each cone:
Being able to break the press effectively is vital for any basketball team. Being involved in multiple championships, Coach Jerry Petitgoue knows what it takes to beat pressure defenses. In this segment, Coach Petitgoue will show you how to score easy baskets with his 1-4 press break against the 1-2-1-1 and man-to-man defenses.
Drill Summary: Coach shows his 1-4 press break against a diamond and one press, with both a defense and with a 5 on 0 scenario. Coach gives his players commands on whom to throw it to so they understand the movement for proper efficiency when breaking the press. Coach shows you the 1-4 against a man defense and shows his adjustments.
Skill development is an essential part of building a successful program. The ability to fine tune and introduce your athletes to new skills and reinforce old skills are key to continual success. Iowa State University Head Coach, Fred Hoiberg, is one of the top coaches that does just that. In this drill, Coach Hoiberg stresses outlet passing and utilizing quick passes to advance the ball quickly and efficiently up the floor. This is a great drill to help build your transition offense and develop a great sense of awareness on the court in transition. It also stresses proper footwork when pulling up in transition for a mid to long range jump shot.
Athlete Movement: Two players start at the opposite end of the floor as passers as the first group of three transition down the floor. Once the pass is advanced for a layup, the two players on the other end quickly pass their ball to a teammate for a pull up jumper. Those players then quickly pass and advance down the floor as the player who made the transition layup makes his first outlet pass up the floor. The process continues for four minutes and fifteen seconds and a goal of points is established such as 120.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Open Practice: Skill Development and Practice Drills.” View other world class Basketball videos!