Frank Allocco is the only coach in California history to take two schools to a state title. Allocco recently had the opportunity to be the Head Coach for the West Squad in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game. Watch as he uses on-court demonstration to show you how he has his players’ handle both the offensive and defensive side of a fast break. Coach Allocco provides you with excellent insight to get your players’ mindset ready for success.
Drill Setup: Two players start at halfcourt, one on offense and one on defense, and they go through a 1 on 1 fast break.
Athlete Movements: The offensive player’s job is to get to the rim, while the defensive player is responsible for keeping the ball out of the middle.
Teaching Points: Communication = Concentration: get your players to call out what they are doing in order to emphasize the skill. Encourage players to drive between the backboard.
In 1984, Bob Knight, coached the USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Team to a gold medal in the Summer Games in Los Angeles. Over his collegiate coaching career, Coach Knight won over 900 games at Army, Indiana, and Texas Tech. Listen in as Hall of Fame Coach, Bob Knight, talks about coaching philosophy and what he believes should go into winning. One of the big factors, which he believes goes into being successful as a team, is to define roles among your players.
Teaching Points: Coach Knight believes it’s critical that each player should be aware of his or her’s strengths and weaknesses. It is important to adjust your style of play to your personnel. He also stresses that you need to communicate with each player and make sure he or she is aware of what he or she needs to do, or not do, to put the team in position to win.
Jerry Petitgoue is truly a coaching legend for high school boys’ basketball not only in the state of Wisconsin, but also in the country. When instructional videos first began coach Petitgoue was one of the first coaches to exhibit the skills and drills coaches could implement for success. Years later, coach Petitgoue is still at it! In this passing drill, coach Petitgoue puts all of the essential elements together to properly push the ball up the court. Coach’s design allows his team to work on not only pushing the ball up the court with quick outlets, but getting the ball to the middle of the court in order to break any press.
Drill Setup: This drill is a full court drill that is continuous with groups of five players.
Athlete Movements: The drill starts with an outlet pass to the sideline and a quick relay pass to the middle of the court. The player receiving the ball in the middle of the court looks to pass the ball ahead for a quick layup. This process continues consistently until the next group is designated to be in.
Preston Greene is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the University of Florida basketball team. The Gators have made it to the Elite 8 in every season since he joined the staff. Watch and learn the keys to the “Romanian Dead Lift.” This weight training exercise builds the posterior chain which plays a large role in your vertical jump.
Athlete Movements: The player should keep his knees slightly bent and his back arched. He bends over as much as he can while keeping the bar in contact with the lower extremities on the way down. Movement should only occur at the hip joint. Once the knees are slightly bent they shouldn’t move on the way down. The athlete then comes back up to the starting position.
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Nick Cammarano is the head coach of the Frank Antonides Middle School Boys Basketball Team and has achieved almost 300 career wins in 15 seasons. Here you will see two drills related to the Box Offense. The essentials of both drills is for the 2 and 3 to make quick step movements executing the V-Cut and being able to square up to the basket for a shot, or drive to the rim. The V-Cut and the Tandem Guards drills are great for practicing how to freeze or misguide a defender, and creating various opportunities to score.
Drill Setup: For the Box Offense V-Cuts Drill, the 1 man will start at the top of the parameter and the 2 and 3 will be at each low post block (either the left or right side of the paint). And for the Tandem Guards Drill, the 1’s are on the perimeter near the wings and the 2 and 3 are near the low post blocks on the left and right side of the paint, respectively.
Athlete Movements: On the start command for the V-Cut Drill, the 1 dribbles toward the basket and passes the ball to either the 2 or 3 depending on who is open after executing a V-Cut toward the nearest wing. Next, the 1 sprints toward the man he or she did not pass to and screens for the weak side player coming around the perimeter. The player with the ball can either take a shot or pass to the man coming around the perimeter at the top of the key and screen for the weak side player coming to the top of the perimeter, usually the 1.
In the Tandem Guards Drill each 1 dribbles toward the basket while the low post 2 and 3 make a V-Cut to the nearest wing looking for a shot off the catch, or a drive to the basket.
Gain additional insight from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Coaching Middle School Basketball: The Box Offense.” See how you can learn more on Youth Basketball Training.