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Backdoor Drills and Handoff Plays with Geno Auriemma

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Legendary UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma prefers drill work that translates from practice to the game. In this week’s team development feature, learn some new half-court offensive drills that place an emphasis on the ability to pass, catch, dribble, and shoot. The drills are consistently used by Auriemma and his basketball teams and should make a tremendous addition to your practices this season.

Back Door Drills and Handoffs – Overview

Drill Set-Up

Get players into three lines; one in the middle of the floor just beyond the midcourt line, one on the wing, and one underneath the basket. Guards should be in the top two lines and big men are stationed under the hoop.

Drill Movements

Start the big guy at the low block. The guard will dribble from inside the circle (at midcourt) and then change direction real fast. Next, he will pass the ball to the big guy who just flashed up to the top.

Meanwhile, the wing player will then drive backdoor and look for the pass from the big guy. The wing player will look like they are trying to get open. At the same time, the big player will flash and meet the pass and then throw the backdoor pass.

The drill isn’t finished just yet. The big guy who passed it will go and get the rebound. The scorer will come and run right to the elbow. The big guy will go out of bounds and inbound to the guard at the elbow. That guard will then turn and dribble up the floor and the ball goes to the end of the line.

 

Drill Options

Also, there’s the option for the point guard to take the handoff from the big guy (if he doesn’t throw the backdoor pass). If this happens, the guard can shoot it, drive it to the hoop, or take a little pull-up jumper. Make sure that you alternate.

Remember, cutters can’t move too soon. We want the defense to think that we are throwing the ball to the wing. Instead, it’s going to the flasher. This is how we start building the offense right away. Also, make sure that you cut right off the player’s shoulder when you come get the ball.

Now switch sides. Every time we make a pass over a defender’s head, no matter where we throw it, as soon as he turns, we are moving hard one way — even if that player doesn’t turn. Cut whichever way he’s not looking. This is how you can teach kids who aren’t as quick to get open and get a hand-off.

Key: Make an overhead pass to cut to the defender’s weak side. To get open, you have to run right at the guy with the ball. Make the defender make a mistake. Either way, the defender is going to get hung up.

 

The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Geno Auriemma: Dynamic Offensive Practice Drills.” To check out more videos featuring team drills, visit our extensive basketball library.




Learn From the 2011 NCAA Women’s NCAA Final Four Coaches!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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!

1 seed- Connecticut Huskies (Geno Auriemma)
1 seed- Stanford Cardinals (Tara Vanderveer)




Learn From the 2011 Women’s NCAA Elite Eight Coaches!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Monday, March 28, 2011

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!

1 seed- Connecticut Huskies (Geno Auriemma)
1 seed- Stanford Cardinals (Tara Vanderveer)
1 seed- Tennessee Lady Volunteers (Pat Summitt)
2 seed- Duke Blue Devils (Joanne P. McCallie)




All-Access with Geno Auriemma: 3 UConn Team Drills

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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.

3-Man Weave Box Out

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

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.

 

Long & Short Outlets

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.

 

This All-Access look can be seen in the Championship Productions’ DVD “All-Access Practice with Geno Auriemma.” To check out more videos featuring Coach Auriemma, click here.




Congratulations to Geno Auriemma & UCONN on 89 Straight Victories!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Congratulations to Geno Auriemma & the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team on their 89th straight victory!  The Huskies now own the longest winning streak in NCAA Division I basketball history as they surpassed UCLA’s previous record of 88 straight wins from 1971 – 1974.  UConn hasn’t lost a game since the 2008 national semifinals and has played more than 600 games since losing back-to-back games. The Huskies are the only team in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to finish consecutive seasons as undefeated national champions.




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