By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Villanova University head coach and 2016 Final Four participant, Jay Wright, shows you a drill that’ll help your players work on building habits while improving their shot. While Coach Wright doesn’t do many drills in practice, he wants his athletes to focus on using the correct fundamentals during every rep.
Drill Summary: For this drill, you’ll need three players and two balls. To begin, one player begins on the perimeter with a ball, one begins on the perimeter without a ball, and the third player starts underneath the basket with a ball. To begin, the perimeter player with a ball shoots at the hoop and the player underneath the basket simultaneously passes their ball to the other perimeter player. The drill will run continuously with each player completing the following rotation: shoot the ball, rebound your own shot, pass to your teammate and relocate to the perimeter for another shot.
Coach Wright stresses the importance of working on habits during the drill. Habits include chinning the ball on every rebound, pivoting and stepping toward the player you’re passing to, and shooting the ball using the motion you would in a game.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Passing can make or break the effectiveness of your team, so it’s important to make sure all of your players use the proper fundamentals every time they pass the ball. Maggie Griffin, club founder and director of VCNebraska, shows you a simple drill you can use to teach your players correct passing technique.
Fundamentals of Passing
Drill Summary: Players partner up and grab a volleyball for each group. Have partners stand about five yards away from each other. One player takes a knee (right knee up) and their partner tosses the ball at them. The player on their knee must successfully transfer their weight to pass the ball back to their partner. Avoid the bad habit of only using your arms to pass the ball. Depending on the skill level of your players, you can start them with their hands together already or have them bring their hands together on every rep to work on creating a good platform quickly.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Creator of the Innovative Dribble Drive Attack Offense, Vance Walberg, believes that no matter what offense you are running, you have to be able to make lay-ups, and that sound fundamentals must be emphasized. Here you will see a segment from Coach Walberg’s “Regular Lay-ups” series with constant emphasis on “the little things” that will help you win.
Athlete Movements: Coach Walberg’s Regular Lay-Ups is a two line lay-up series that starts with the regular lay-up. The player that gets the rebound will stop, pivot and distribute the ball to the next shooter with an overhead pass.
Teaching Points: Watch as Coach Walberg sets up how he wants the drill run with attention to details that make players focus on fundamentals.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Don Showalter has been one of the most successful coaches in his profession and always creates a defensive minded team. If you’re looking for drills to create that mindset, Coach Showalter gives you two drills in the following clip that will do just that. In the first drill, Coach uses a simple two line passing drill in the full-court starting at the three-point line. The second drill is a basic two line fast break drill.
Position and Fundamental Footwork Drills
Player Movements: In the first drill, players execute a good, solid chest pass and then sprint to the corner of the baseline to execute the proper defensive stance and slide. In the second drill, the rebounder outlets the ball and sprints the length of the court to receive a pass for an outlet. The scorer now becomes a full-court defender in a one on one situation.
Drill Essentials: Focus on building the proper fundamentals in guarding within the full court, while gaining a mindset for a full court pressure defensive team.
1) Proper Defensive Stance and Slide
2) Good, Solid Passing
4) Head Up
5) Active Hands