By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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.
By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
In this week’s edition of All Access, we head to College Park, Maryland for an exclusive look inside a University of Maryland women’s basketball practice. First, the Terps run through a series of shooting drills on the heels of a midweek workout session. Then, watch as the squad focuses on position-specific drills.
With this inside look, we hope that coaches, players, and parents alike can get a glimpse at how a Division I basketball program prepares during the season. Also, it can be an ideal way for fellow coaches to take notes on certain drills, strategies, and methods that might be useful for their own squad.
After a lift session for about 45 minutes, the team hits the hardwood for some shooting drills. First, the squad runs through the four shooting steps: sit, present, pocket and shot. This will go on for 25 reps.
It’s key that the players are put into positions where they will take shots in a game. The squad will do 150-200 shots every day that they lift, which is three days a week. The shooting segment will usually take less than 30 minutes. Notice as the team counts their makes and charts the misses. It’s key that they know what they are shooting each week.
As mentioned previously, the players go through four different steps on how to shoot the basketball. First, there’s sitting. They are sitting in their invisible chair and getting down low. Remember, everything starts with your legs and footwork.
Next, they are presenting their hands to receive the pass. After that, they are taking the ball from the pass and into their shot pocket. And finally, the last step is shooting the basketball. They are picking spots high up on the glass to work on their form, technique, follow-through, and full extension of their hand.
The goal here is also to work out the sores and stiffness after just working out. They also learn how to communicate with each other.
First for the bigs, the players work on their hands. When a player’s name is called, they must be ready at all times. In this first drill, they must turn around, find the ball, and work on their handwork. Post players will focus on catching tough passes in traffic, finding the ball, tracking it, and making ball fakes.
As for the guards, they’re also focusing on passes. In this case, it’s bounce passes. The players are stepping to every pass and getting low. Notice that the fundamentals are being preached here, even with a Div. I basketball program. The fundamentals need constant tuning throughout the season, even for a talented program.
Next, it’s tight curls with the guards for jumpers. A chair is placed where they must make the tight curls. For the bigs, it’s on to catching the ball in traffic with the defense on their back. It could be a good or bad pass.
Finally, it’s on to outlets. There’s a rebound first and then an outlet pass to a guard. The players quickly get out into transition. There should be three quick steps and players exploding out in transition. Players must maintain proper form and hustle up the court. Notice that players will run the floor, circle around a chair and then back before trying to beat the defense and score on the fast break.