Geno Auriemma is the current women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In this segment, Coach Auriemma promotes transition basketball and focuses on passing while on the move.
Athlete Movement: Each player must call out the name of the teammate he or she is passing to. Once the three players in the drill reach the opposite baseline, it is 3 vs. 0 coming back on offense. The player in the middle is the ball handler. The other two players in the drill are running the wings at full speed. When the ball handler reaches the top of the key the ball handler will jump stop and bounce pass to one of the wings for a layup.
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Winningest Coach in NCAA Tournament History, Kelly Amonte Hiller, has players perform a partner passing drill while under pressure. This drill involves two players partner passing while two additional players are standing behind them acting as the opponent. The goal here is for players to build their cradling and awareness skills while throwing or receiving a pass.
Athlete Movement: The drill starts with partner passing. As the ball is received, a player begins to protect the ball while the opponent behind them attempts to check their stick. After a few seconds of protecting, the ball carrier will throw the ball back to their partner and they repeat the process.
Drill Benefits: This is a great drill not only to get players to be aware of the area around them, but it also builds a player’s confidence when being challenged by an aggressive defensive unit.
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Jerry Petitgoue is truly a coaching legend for high school boys’ basketball not only in the state of Wisconsin, but also in the country. When instructional videos first began coach Petitgoue was one of the first coaches to exhibit the skills and drills coaches could implement for success. Years later, coach Petitgoue is still at it! In this passing drill, coach Petitgoue puts all of the essential elements together to properly push the ball up the court. Coach’s design allows his team to work on not only pushing the ball up the court with quick outlets, but getting the ball to the middle of the court in order to break any press.
Drill Setup: This drill is a full court drill that is continuous with groups of five players.
Athlete Movements: The drill starts with an outlet pass to the sideline and a quick relay pass to the middle of the court. The player receiving the ball in the middle of the court looks to pass the ball ahead for a quick layup. This process continues consistently until the next group is designated to be in.
These high tempo drills from 2013 National Championship coach, Jenny Levy, will help players improve their passing and catching skills while being challenged by full speed running and multiple types of passes. These are great drills for players to complete many repetitions in a short amount of time. It helps players improve their muscle memory for catching, cradling and passing while moving at full speed.
Drill Setup: These passing line drills require 2 cones spaced 20 to 25 yards apart. The players are divided evenly among the cones so there are at least 5 players per passing line. One player will be at cone #1 while another player from that group will be at cone #2 forming a line.
The first drill is a “give and go” pass where a player will begin running to receive a pass from cone #1. That player will then come to a slow down, pass the ball back to cone #1 and return to the end of the line. Each player will complete a repetition of the pass until the drill is ended.
The second passing line drill contains more passes. With the same setup of cones and players, the goal of this drill is to get the players completing passes at different distances. To begin the drill, a player from cone #2 will run full speed to the player at cone #1, go around the player and run back to cone #2. While running to the player at cone #1, a long, then short, and then close quarter pass must be completed. As the athlete returns to cone #2, they will receive an over the shoulder pass, which will then be passed to the next person in line and the next repetition begins.
Terry Layton is a highly respected basketball coach, scout, and consultant both here in the states and internationally. Internationally, most practice facilities are only limited to two baskets. So coaches try to use as many drills, which combine multiple areas of skill development at once. Coach Layton shows phase one of the “Chinese Drill.” With this single drill you can brush up on passing, screening, shooting, rebounding, spacing in transition, and defending the 2-on-1 break.
Player Movements: Three players begin the drill by passing along the baseline out-of-bounds. Those players then move to the perimeter, where a player will sprint into a wing ball screen. With this phase of the drill, the person using the ball screen throws the ball back to the screener, who is popping and spacing for a long jump shot. The passer and the third player (not involved in the ball screen) then go to the opposite side of the floor and battle for the rebound (most rebounds on a long jump shot will end up on the opposite side of the rim). The two players battling for the rebound then do a 2-on-1 break going the other way with the shooter in the drill being the lone defender back.
In the later phases of this drill (not shown) you can use a pick and roll where you hit the screener with a bounce or lob pass at the rim or the person using the ball screen shoots a step-back jump shot.
1) Solid Passing
2) Communication when passing
3) Sprint into a ball screen and the space properly when popping
4) When battling for the rebound, attack the other person’s arm
5) Spacing and converting on a 2-on-1 break
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