By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
In the latest edition of All Access, we take you to Norman, Oklahoma for a behind-the-scenes look inside an Oklahoma women’s basketball practice. Watch as head coach Sherri Coale leads her players through a pre-practice film study session before the team hits the hardwood. After reviewing practice footage, follow along as the squad runs through a favorite transition drill called “Fast Break Shootout.”
We begin in the film room as Coach Coale talks to her players about how it’s important to be able to switch gears from school to basketball. The conversation quickly evolves to areas of focus and why it’s important to understand that the breakdown of drills in practice impacts how the team plays. Asks Coach Coale, “Where is your focus?”
The film study hones in on a recent practice and places an emphasis on particular player habits, both good and bad. During a defensive drill that works on player movements based on ball positioning, the team is reminded about intensity, showing good hand targets, and maintaining good vision.
Eventually, the film session moves into fast break action, highlighting positive and negative aspects of the segment such as player indecisiveness, backwards passing, aggressiveness, and how to properly run the floor. Says Coach Coale, “Don’t throw common sense away when we are teaching something specific.”
Fast Break Shootout
In this 5-on-0 fast break drill, each player will shoot a layup. Drill participants must make each basket to get out of the drill. The drill begins as players pass the ball quickly down the court before one participant shoots a layup. The unit will cross on the baseline and then come back the other way. This will continue back and forth at least five times. Players should be getting in their lanes, running wide, and pushing the ball ahead.
Tips: Don’t get stuck on the order of shooting. Make it realistic. Also, as discussed earlier, don’t pass backwards, and go as fast as you can go from one end to the other. Look to inbound the ball each time and practice good habits.
By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012
This week’s All Access pass takes you to Norman, Oklahoma where Oklahoma head women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale leads her squad through a variety of game-like shooting drills and fast break warm-ups. Feature drills include “Two-man Sideline Passing”, “USA Shooting”, and “Two-Ball Shooting.”
The behind-the-scenes session stems from the first few practices of the 2010-11 season. Most recently, the Sooners are coming off a 21-13 campaign in which the squad reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Primary Break – Two-Man Sideline Passing
In order to be effective on transition, players must be able to run, pass, catch, and dribble without making turnovers. This sideline passing drill incorporates chest and bounce passes as players (working in pairs) throw the ball back and forth down the length of the floor.
If a group drops the ball, they must go back and start over again. Midway through the drill, the middle line will start making a bounce pass. Remember that players should be running, not sliding, while passing and catching.
Tips: Do not travel. Stay wide and zip each pass. Talk to your teammate throughout.
Start out with two lines of players, one up top and the other on the wing. The player up top has the ball and passes to a teammate on the left. The passer makes a v-cut and sets a screen for the player on the wing. The wing player cuts hard off of that pick, receives a pass from the feeder just inside the far elbow, and takes a jumper. Follow your shot and get the rebound. The screener will now cut up to the free-throw line and receive another pass from a coach for a shot.
It’s key that players communicate on the screen and then cut after it. The second cutter should cut opposite of the first cutter. Also, be sure to mix your cuts up. See below for options.
Note: Screeners have the option to make at least three different cuts here. Coach Coale incorporates this drill with her team to simulate their motion offense. It gives players a chance to fill, curl, or to backcut off of the downscreen.
This is a terrific drill for working on post moves, entry passes, and shots off the pass. On each end of the floor, get a line on the wing and a post line under the basket. All post lines will go twice in a row. When feeding the post, always fake before you make. Be sure to deliver a good pass fake and then deliver the ball. Get the defender’s hands somewhere and make the pass, which should be quick and sharp.
Feed the post and the post will score. The next player up will feed the post and the post will score. After that, we will relocate. Now the wing player feeds the post and then relocates high or low, the post kicks it back out, and there’s a shot. Go twice.
Next up, change it to feed and re-post. Make a feed down low, kick it out, have the post go two steps deeper, have a re-feed, and then get a score. After two reps, feed and take a handoff. The feeder runs a cut, high or low, takes the hand off and scores. Every post goes twice. In the last sequence, feed the post, make a fake handoff, and the then post scores opposite. Do this on the left side of the floor on both ends.