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In our latest team development feature, Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight guides you through a pair of up-tempo drills that are vital towards building mental toughness. Coach Knight has incorporated these same exact drills with his programs throughout his career, from Indiana through Texas Tech.
This highly-engaging rapid-fire drill starts with two defensive players in the paint, one high and one low. Meanwhile, two more defensive guys will set up on the opposite end of the court in the paint, one high and one low as well. Next, three offensive guys begin at midcourt attacking one end of the floor and the middle player has the ball. Finally, get one guy at each hash mark along the sides of the sideline (on both ends) for a total of four players.
“11-Man Break” begins with the 3-on-2 situation at one end. All five guys should go for the rebound. Whoever gets the rebound then joins up with the two nearest sideline hash mark guys to form a three-person unit. From here, they go 3-on-2 in the other direction. The drill continues like this back and forth for a set period of time.
2 Ball Shooting
“2 Ball Shooting” is a great drill you can implement across the lane, foul line, across the circle, on either side of the hoop, or wherever you’d like really. In other words, you can move the shooter wherever you want them to shoot on that particular day of practice. If you have a gym with six baskets, you can get 12 guys working at one time. When you say, “Change”, the players should switch up and immediately get back into it. 2 Ball Shooting is a tremendous drill for shooting stamina and for getting tougher even if you’re tired.
One player should be the rebounder the entire time while working with the shooter (and two basketballs). Be sure to shoot from different spots on the floor. You can even implement a fake before each shot. The shooter should always be on the move. Look to go for one minute before switching up.
Coaching Tips: Step into each shot. Always get set and don’t shoot out of balance.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Bob Knight: Practice Planning and Drills for Mental Toughness.” To check out more team drills in our Bob Knight catalog, click here.
Last summer, we highlighted five tremendous breakdown drills for the Flex Offense. This time, we’re taking things a step further by adding four more highly effective breakdown drills to the mix, including “Scramble to the Flex” and “The Cutter Drill.” Follow along as Elizabethtown head men’s basketball coach Bob Schlosser once again leads you through each drill and provides helpful commentary throughout.
Scramble to the Flex Drill
In this first drill, players will run in a circle around the foul line. From here we want the players to get into their flex positions immediately on the floor. After a few seconds of running, the coach will set the ball down and then the players will balance the floor. In the scramble situation when the ball goes to the floor, the nearest guy will pick it up and the players immediately get to their spots and right into the flex.
Now we will have one defender guard any two offensive players. Do not help, but instead, deny your player the ball. This will encourage the offensive guys to go back door to get open. Also, run through five passes before you shoot it. The two defenders will not touch the ball. This particular drill encourages running good cuts and setting up the defender. The defenders will play man-to-man and must stick to their man.
Next up in the 5-on-3 drill, we’re working on passes off the elbow. Three defenders will guard the offensive players along the baseline.
Start the drill with a pass off the elbow. After the guard’s initial pass, the guards up top must set a staggered screen. Look to run this drill until someone who’s not guarded makes a flex cut. This really emphasizes the staggered screens. Meanwhile, when you make that high to low pass, it’s crucial that screeners get a piece of the defender on the pick so you can get the ball inside or get into the flex continuity.
The Cutter Drill
This final breakdown drill goes 3-on-3. Get a cutter, screener, and passer on the box ready to come up. All players should be on the low block extended. The goal here is get a strong flex cut. That flex cutter will set up his man low and then come up high for the catch and layup on the opposite block.
Looking to learn more about the basics of the Flex Offense? Be sure to check out our previous feature article on basic continuity and counters for this popular basketball system.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Comprehensive Guide to the Flex” featuring Bob Schlosser. Check out more videos featuring offensive systems by heading over to our basketball library.
Win the battle of the boards this season by incorporating these proven rebounding drills into your practice plan. The following drills — which are perfect for middle school, high school, and college level programs — are first explained step by step before a real team runs through them live on the basketball court.
Rebound Pit Drill
Submitted by Larry Inman, Former Head Women’s Coach at Eastern Kentucky University and Current Coach at Tennessee State
Overview: This is a demanding drill that challenges players both mentally and physically. Position two lines of players hitting the boards every time a coach or manager shoots it. Look to start out on the lane line extended and just above the three-point circle.
Drill Movements: Two defensive players will step up just in front of the offensive players and will box out and secure the board until they rebound three consecutive times. If they don’t get three rebounds in a row, they must start over from scratch. Also, players should rotate through and get to play both positions.
UNI Rebounding Drill
Submitted by Scott DeJong, Ankeny High School, Ankeny, Iowa
Overview: This is a competitive rebounding drill that simulates game conditions. There are four offensive players set up; One on the wing, one up top, one on the block, and another player on the weakside post/baseline area.
Meanwhile, the defensive players set up like this: One player is guarding on the weakside, another at the top of the key, a third in the post, and a defender X1 guards the ball.
Drill Movements: To begin the drill, X1 makes a bounce pass to the wing shooter and then closes out on the shot. All other players must block out. If the defense gets the ball, they must outlet to the coach. The coach then passes to the next defender in line. Players will rotate on defense through the different positions. Defenders are up for 10 shots and then switch with the offense. Keep stats and the team with the most boards after 10 total shots is the winner.
Coaching Tip: Mix up your post defense. For instance, try a fronted post on several reps and see how your players respond.