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In this week’s edition of All Access, we take you back to Storrs, Connecticut for an exclusive look at a University of Connecticut women’s basketball practice. Watch as head coach Geno Auriemma walks through several team drills for you and details specific roles, player movements, overall strategies, and general tips.
This first layup drill starts with three lines on the baseline and the ball in the middle. Initially, there’s a full-speed dribble to the opposite foulline. Then, the players immediately turn around and come back and get a layup. The ball handler should push the ball out in front each time. Players should also keep their heads up. When coming back, the middle player hits a wing player for the layup in stride.
With fast breaks, the players focus on different 3-Man Weaves starting at half court. The drill — which incorporates layups, pull-up jumpers, and five-footers using the glass — serves as a terrific warm-up drill.
For this passing drill, two players at a time will get down in a defensive stance, both on opposite sides of the paint starting at the baseline. Each pair will stay in their defensive stance all the way down the floor while catching and passing continuously. Players should stay in their defensive stance the entire time until the end. Once the first team hits the foul line, the next group starts.
Next, the team moves to a popular shooting drill. Two players will work with each other at one basket. Players should get their own rebound and make good passes to their teammate. The first team to make 10 shots at five baskets wins. Players count their made shots out loud. Shots are taken from the foul line, elbows, and just inside the key.
Finally, in this particular ball handling session, UConn guards are working on dribbling down at one end of the floor. It’s a half-court drill where each player has a ball and goes up and back in a 1-on-0 situation. Players work on hesitation dribbling, stop and go’s, crossovers, and more — with both hands. Eventually, the guards move into drills against stationary defenders while incorporating layups.
Meanwhile, post players are on the other end of the floor working on low post positioning, entry passes, and moves in the paint with a defender on their back.
According to Auriemma, there’s only so much time during the middle of the season that you can devote to ball handling, but hopefully everything you do leads into it and incorporates it. The preseason and postseason are the optimal times to really work on your team ball handling.
Championship Productions would like to congratulate the teams who qualified for the 2011 Women’s NCAA Final Four! Championship Productions is proud to say it has partnered with two of the four 2011 Final Four Coaches on various basketball DVD projects. Learn the systems, tips, techniques, and drills that these outstanding coaches implemented within their programs…taking them to the top!
Championship Productions would like to congratulate the teams who qualified for the 2011 Women’s NCAA Elite Eight! Championship Productions is proud to say it has partnered with four of the eight 2011 Elite Eight Coaches on various basketball DVD projects. Learn the systems, tips, techniques, and drills that these outstanding coaches implemented within their programs…taking them to the top!
In this week’s edition of All-Access, we take you to Storrs, Connecticut for an exclusive look inside a University of Connecticut women’s basketball practice. Watch as head coach Geno Auriemma walks through several team drills for you and details specific roles, player movements, overall strategies and general tips.
The goal of this drill is to work on going full speed and incorporating passing, catching and cutting, plus getting into the mode of boxing out and grabbing offensive rebounds. The drill doesn’t finish until the ball goes through the basket. Players should always aim for initial six-foot bank shots from the blocks.
Typically, the amount of players on a team is the number of shots you should strive to make. If you really want to challenge your squad, look to make as many baskets in a row as there are players on the team.
Drag is a full-court transition drill and features three players equally spread out on the baseline. After an outlet pass starts the fast break, the player in the middle quickly dribbles up the court to the top of the opposite key. Next, the left wing player cuts to the center and sets an on-ball screen. The option is there for a pick and roll or a pull-up jumper. After the basket is made, a rebounder takes the ball out of bounds and passes to the player cutting to the middle. Now, the unit pushes the ball up the court and looks to finish another set.
The goal of this drill is to get transition layups without the ball ever hitting the floor. It all begins with a short outlet pass and then finishes with a long outlet to the wing player for the layup. This drill is meant to go at a very fast pace and it’s important that the long outlet player beats his/her man down the floor. The key to all transition breaks is simple: beat your man down the court. There should be only two passes and a single layup per set.