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2x NCAA Championship coach, Billy Donovan, feels all young players should work on pivoting in the low post. He believes it gets players to feel comfortable inside and it teaches valuable footwork needed to excel in the game of basketball. Coach Donovan also likes this drill because it will force a young player to score with his or her non-dominant hand.
Player Movements: The player will drop step towards the baseline in the first series to simulate a defender playing on the high side of the post. In the second series, the player will drop step to the middle to simulate a defender playing on the low side of the post.
Drill Setup: 2 chairs, 2 basketballs, 2 people (one to rebound, one to place the ball back on the chair). Each chair will be placed between the first and second hash mark located above each block. There will be a ball placed on each chair.
Drill Tips: It’s critical that the player drops the foot before picking up the basketball. If the player picks up the ball, then drops the foot, he or she will be called for a traveling violation because that player is changing pivot feet. Coach Donovan also wants the player to pick up the ball with both hands to get him or her into the habit of catching a post entry pass with two hands.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”AAU Basketball Skills Series: Billy Donovan’s Father and Son Workout.” To view the latest video selections on Youth Basketball Training, click here.
UT-Arlington Head Coach, Scott Cross, talks about “caboosing” the hedge man who is defending a ball screen. Watch as Coach Cross uses an effective drill to practice this technique. It allows players to work on post entries, reverse pivoting, skip passes, and ultimately ball screen offense and ball screen defense.
Player Movements: There will be a group of guards located on each side of the floor. One guard is on offense and the other guard is on defense. A post man and post defender will be on the ball side block.
The guard, with the ball, will enter the ball into the post. That post player will reverse pivot and skip the ball to the opposite guard, who is just above foul line extended. The post player will then follow his skip pass and run into the ball screen.
Once the man guarding the ball screener retreats after hedging. Coach Cross wants that ball handler to “caboose” or attack. The big setting the screen will go opposite and be ready to catch a second basketball for a jump shot.
Drill Essentials: Coach Cross emphasizes two important concepts with the ball screen. The first is the guard with the ball must create separation so that the ball screen will be an effective one. That guard will step into the defender and force him back to create that space. Secondly, the ball screener must put his chest into the shoulder of the man guarding the ball to get the most out of the screen.
Drill Tips: What Coach Cross means by “caboosing”, is the guy with the ball, who receives the ball screen, will wait until the hedge man retreats to attack the paint.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”5-Star Coaching Series: Practice Drills and Ball Screen Offense.” To view the latest video selections on Screening Drills, click here.
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.
Legendary college basketball coach, Rick Majerus, provides you with a scenario involving a dribble hand-off between an average skilled post player and one of the top scorers being chased. Enhance your defense by knowing which players to focus on in a dribble hand-off situation.
Player Movements: #5 in blue screams “Hand-off!” so his teammate, who is denying #2 in white, knows it’s coming. Just like with a ball screen, the man guarding the big will aggressively hedge with a hand up onto the guard receiving the ball. #5 and #2 in blue should have no concern for the big handing off the ball. The point man in the triangle zone is responsible for the big rolling or popping after the hand-off.
Drill Essentials: As always, everything begins with communication.
Drill Tips: The two main points of the aggressive hedge are to 1) challenge a potential shot and 2) to prevent the guard from turning the corner and getting into the paint.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”The Complete Guide to the Triangle and Two Defense.” To view the latest video selections on Basketball Defensive Philosophy, click here.
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