Get your team in a defensive mindset with University Texas-Arlington Head Coach, Scott Cross. This is a team defensive drill that focuses on stance, voice pressure, tracing the basketball, and reacting to movement of the basketball. This video segment finishes up with developing your players to react to a jab by the offensive player.
Player Movements: The team will spread out in multiple rows facing the coach with the ball. If the ball moves side-to-side the team must react and slide laterally.
Drill Essentials: When the coach yells, “Stance!”, the team slaps the floor and yells, “D Time!”.
Drill Tips: The players should be loud and have active hands to trace the ball.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “5-Star Coaching Series: Practice Drills and Ball Screen Offense.” To view the latest video selections on Team Drills, click here.
As one of only two people ever to make it to the Final Four as both a player and a coach, Billy Donovan, knows the essentials to help both coaches and athletes. In this father and son workout clip you will have the chance to see a great exercise that incorporates ball handling, changing direction with the dribble, footwork, and finishing at the rim. The beauty of this workout is that it’s versatile.
Player Movements: For this drill you will need to setup 3 Cones (2 just outside each elbow and 1 in the center of the floor just between half court and the 3-point line). Coach Donovan wants the player to crossover, go between the legs, or behind the back at the top cone. Once that player gets to the elbow area, that player will treat the cone as a defender. The player will look to turn the corner and get to the rim.
Drill Essentials: 1) Explode when you simulate turning the corner. 2) Get a good angle of attack to the basket. 3) Don’t fade away on the layup. 4) Go off the proper foot for the layup. 5) Use the rim for protection. 6) Try and limit your dribbles (Be efficient with dribbling).
Drill Tips: You can use the crossover, between the legs, or behind the back at the cone. Also, you can mix them together in the same sequence.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “AAU Basketball Skills Series: Billy Donovan’s Father and Son Workout.” To view the latest video selections on Ball Handling, click here.
Discover one of the keys to the triangle and two defense from former St. Louis University Head Coach, Rick Majerus. The clip below will show you and your players how the point of the triangle plays in different situations. With this insight from Coach Majerus, you will be able to shut down your opponent’s best shooters as well as take away the option to drive.
Player Movements: When a non-shooter is at the top of the key, it’s critical that the top of the zone play much further below the line of the ball. Once that non-shooter catches, Coach Majerus wants the top of the triangle to level off.
Drill Essentials: Your defensive players will identify the top three scorers and guard to deny them the ball. A major point of emphasis in this video is to take away the third best shooter on the floor, not just the top two.
Drill Tips: Coach Majerus emphasizes that the top of the triangle must react and close out on the third best scorer (#3 in white) and force him to dribble the ball. That close out must occur when the ball is in flight. It is a must that the third best shooter does not simply catch and shoot.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “The Complete Guide to the Triangle and Two Defense.” To view the latest video selections on Basketball Defense, click here.
University of Oklahoma Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Sherri Coale, introduces a tennis ball into stationary and moving ball handling drills. Not only does the tennis ball help improve hand-eye coordination, but it also forces the player to keep his/her eyes off of the basketball. These are great drills to incorporate into your perimeter players’ workouts!
Player Movements: In the first phase of this drill, Coach Coale has each player dribble the basketball in a stationary position with her right hand, while tossing the tennis ball to herself and catching it with her left hand. Next, two teammates face each other. One teammate will dribble the basketball with her right hand, while the other teammate dribbles with her left hand. Those teammates will then play catch with a tennis ball using their free hands while dribbling. Finally, Coach Coale has each player dribble from the baseline to half court with the basketball in the right hand while tossing the tennis ball to herself with the left hand.
After getting halfway through each phase of the drill, players will switch hands with the basketball and tennis ball.
Drill Essentials: It is important for the player to be so focused on the tennis ball that she will not even look down at the basketball. Coach Coale wants each player to pick up the pace and challenge herself once that player begins to feel comfortable doing this.
Drill Tips: In order to see development, Coach Coale believes these ball handling drills should take up five to six minutes of your daily workout. These drills need to be done at a high intensity level.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “AAU Coaching Girls Basketball Series: Perimeter Player Skill Development.” To view the latest video selections on Guard Play, click here.