By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
2x State Championship Coach, Frank Allocco, provides you with a full-court drill that starts as a 2 on 1 and progresses to 5 on 5. This is a high tempo and competitive exercise that you can use in your practices.
Progressive Drill: 2 on 1 to 5 on 5
Drill Summary: This drill starts with a free throw. Inbound the ball before each trip down the court. Keep score for each trip and you can add additional point opportunities for rebounds, deflections, turnovers, etc.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Frank Allocco was the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game West Squad Head Coach, and he will show you how to get your players to make the most of your fast breaks. For the offensive aspect of the fast break, your players will learn to drive to the basket quickly and work together to score more points.
Fastbreak with Trailer
Drill Setup: This drill involves 4 players, 2 on 2, and starts at halfcourt. One offensive player starts with the ball and their teammate is in the opposite corner close to the baseline. There is a defender on the ball and another defender starting in a trail position.
Athlete Movement: The drill starts with the ball handler driving against the defender with the trailer sprinting to protect the hoop. The other offensive player’s job is to find an open area by the basket for a layup.
The offensive player with the ball must attack quickly to the basket.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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.
Fastbreak 1 on 1
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.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, January 10, 2014
Here we have 3 new basketball videos featuring 3 phenomenal coaches that can help athletes and coaches get better! These videos include instruction from Frank Allocco, former National High School Coach of the Year; Pat Skerry, Towson University Head Coach; and Charles Glotta, Fort Zumwalt North (MO) Head Boys Basketball Coach.
Develop players who think quicker, make better decisions and exhibit greater confidence and composure under pressure
Learn how to turn defensive pressure into offensive advantage
Discover 12 “disadvantage drills” that will improve players’ decision-making skills and give them confidence to be successful against adversity
Learn how to break down drills into packaged sets that are associated with different aspects of the game
Get four packaged drill sets aimed at reinforcing various elements of any offensive and defensive system
Develop better on-ball defenders—guard or post—with 1v1 breakdown drills
Train players to effectively attack the paint and find open teammates
Learn how to develop core strength and balance while practicing essential ballhandling skills
Maximize practice time by incorporating ballhandling with agility training
Learn how to utilize PVC pipe, speed ladders, chairs and skill stations to decrease your turnovers
By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
In our latest player development feature, learn about key basketball tips, drills, and individual moves for effective 1-on-1 play. Follow along with De La Salle head boys basketball coach Frank Allocco as he reveals how players can gain an edge offensively by creating a window of opportunity.
1-on-1 Play Overview
According to Coach Allocco, the most difficult thing to develop in kids is getting the ball to the rim. There’s too much perimeter to perimeter movement going on and not enough penetration. So why exactly is that the case? Well, kids don’t play outdoors enough anymore. There isn’t an emphasis on the need to get to the rim and score.
For example, in New York City outdoor summer play, kids learn to compete and win on the playground. They figure out how arguments get settled and who’s tough. This is also where those individual skills get developed. If kids aren’t out on the playground and only playing structured tournament games all summer long, they just aren’t developing that 1-on-1 game. Therefore, as a coach, you have to stress 1-on-1 play with your kids.
Coach Allocco believes it takes three years to get a kid to become a great driver. One tactic that especially helps: A straight line cut. There should never be any banana cuts. Instead, look to go straight to the rim.
Meanwhile, get that defender off balance before you dribble the ball and don’t give up the dribble. If you do give up the dribble, then the advantage has changed to the defender. We need to be stressing that we are going to the basket and not doing any bailout five-footers or spin dribbles. At first your shot might get blocked in the lane. But a year from now, you’ll see that you’ll start getting by people. And when you can get to the rim, you have options.
Michael Jordan’s greatness was his ability to move the defender. By moving the defender, we create a one-second window of opportunity. If you can jab and move that defender back, you now have an opportunity to score. Therefore, get down nice and low. Make short jab steps and get the defender to move his top foot. Also, look to get inside the elbows when you drive.
In this jab series, all players get out on the court with a ball around the three-point line. Each player gets down low and into a triple-attack stance. Your mentality should always be attack, attack, attack. As you take your jab, you want it to be short. Keep your hand on top of the ball so you can go up and shoot it. Also, work on your jabs left. Don’t neglect the weak side.
Jab and Shoot
Jab and Go – Push off that back foot and go. Your mentality: Play low to high, get past the defender’s hip, and take it hard to the rim.
Jab and Crossover – Rip it to the left hip and then step with the leg. Then put the ball on the floor and take to the basket.