NBA Strategic Skills Coach & Consultant, Drew Hanlen, shows you a 1-on-1 drill that can be used to work on both individual offense and defense. This is a great drill to reinforce good defense as the amount of turns the defensive player forces dictates how many dribbles he is allowed to use when he becomes the offensive player.
Drill Summary: The offensive player starts with the ball under the rim, facing half court. The defensive player is directly in front of him. The offense is not allowed to go outside the lane lines and cannot use a spin dribble. The defense is pressuring the ball, being physical and trying to get as many turns as he can before the offensive player reaches the free throw line. Once they reach the foul line, the players switch offense and defense and play 1-on-1 from the top of the key.
Archbishop (MD) Spalding Head Boys Lacrosse Coach, Kenneth “Bear” Davis, shows you a drill called 10 Yard Fight. This drill begins to set the foundation for youth players to play solid defense using their feet and body position, while giving the offensive player an opportunity to practice using several different dodges.
Drill Summary: This is a quick drill to set up using cones that are set 10 yards apart from each other into a square. The older your players are, you can widen or lengthen the distance between the cones. The object of the drill is for the offensive player to begin at one end of the box with a ball in his stick and to successfully get to the other side without being pushed out of bounds or dropping the ball. The drill can be done in a progressive manner where the defender may not have a stick, and work up to using a stick. You can make this drill competitive with one player having to do five push-ups if they are pushed out, or something similar. Coach Davis feels that this drill can be used from kindergarteners all the way up to college.
Teaching Points: Coach Davis uses several different catch phrases to engrain certain points to the defensive players. Some examples are “keep your nose behind your toes”, “hands on hips” and “keep your feet moving.”
Nick Cammarano has a career winning percentage of .715 and here he shows you the “Read the Defender Drill.” This drill is an offensive drill that focuses on teaching the guards what to do with the ball when a defender closes out on the ball, gives him/her an open look, or a teammate sets a screen.
Athlete Movements: Coach Cammarano sets one player up with the ball on the wing and the defender on the low post just about on the ball-side block. This particular drill starts with the defender throwing the ball to the guard and either closing out on the ball or remaining near the low post block. Coach Cammarano points out that the guard shoots the ball when the defender backs up or remains on the block, or pump-fake and attacks the basket when the defender closes-out.
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Expert youth lacrosse coach, Kenneth “Bear” Davis, goes over the simplicity yet effectiveness of what he calls the best play in lacrosse, the “Give ‘n Go”. This play is great because an offensive player is able to take advantage of an opponent’s tendency to relax after the offensive player has passed the ball to a teammate. He also goes over a great move for the more advanced player.
Drill Setup: Coach Davis goes through a simple whiteboard illustration of the drill concept.
Nick Cammarano is the head coach of the Frank Antonides Middle School Boys Basketball Team and has achieved almost 300 career wins in 15 seasons. Here you will see two drills related to the Box Offense. The essentials of both drills is for the 2 and 3 to make quick step movements executing the V-Cut and being able to square up to the basket for a shot, or drive to the rim. The V-Cut and the Tandem Guards drills are great for practicing how to freeze or misguide a defender, and creating various opportunities to score.
Drill Setup: For the Box Offense V-Cuts Drill, the 1 man will start at the top of the parameter and the 2 and 3 will be at each low post block (either the left or right side of the paint). And for the Tandem Guards Drill, the 1’s are on the perimeter near the wings and the 2 and 3 are near the low post blocks on the left and right side of the paint, respectively.
Athlete Movements: On the start command for the V-Cut Drill, the 1 dribbles toward the basket and passes the ball to either the 2 or 3 depending on who is open after executing a V-Cut toward the nearest wing. Next, the 1 sprints toward the man he or she did not pass to and screens for the weak side player coming around the perimeter. The player with the ball can either take a shot or pass to the man coming around the perimeter at the top of the key and screen for the weak side player coming to the top of the perimeter, usually the 1.
In the Tandem Guards Drill each 1 dribbles toward the basket while the low post 2 and 3 make a V-Cut to the nearest wing looking for a shot off the catch, or a drive to the basket.
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