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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.
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.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Oklahoma Women’s Basketball Practice with Sherri Coale.” Be sure to check out the latest videos in our All Access lineup. New DVDs feature the following programs: Kentucky, Wichita State, and Iowa State.
This week’s Playbook Series features three impressive shooting drills that can make a difference at any level of basketball. First read through the step-by-step breakdown of the drill before seeing the play simulated live on the basketball court.
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Submitted by Steve Shepanski, Rush Henrietta Senior HS, Henrietta, NY
This drill works on shooting, closing out, and boxing out. The defender (X) starts on the low block opposite the shooter (O), who is placed at the elbow. X rolls the ball out to O and then sprints to the opposite low block and touches it with his or her hand.
At this point the ball is just arriving to O. X closes out on the shooter as O takes the shot. Player X boxes out, rebounds the ball, and moves to the block opposite of the original starting location. O moves to the high post on the other side of the key. Run the drill for at least 30 seconds and then have the players switch roles.
Submitted by CJ Kin, Carey HS, Carey, Ohio
Setting Up: Form two lines outside the three-point arc with four players at each line. Players 2 and 3 and 5 and 6 each have a ball. Position two coaches in the lane with a blocking pad.
The Action: Player 1 cuts across the lane and posts up against the coach on the opposite low block. Stress being physical while getting wide and low while posting up. Player 1 needs to have his/her hands ready like a target and call for the ball. Player 5 only makes an entry pass to 1 when 1 calls for the ball. When 1 catches the ball, he/she executes a drop step to the baseline. Have the coach play them just as a defender would and use the pad to give contact on the shot.
The Finish: Player 1 takes the shot, rebounds, and passes to the line where the pass came from. As soon as Player 5 makes the pass, he sprints across the lane and posts up the coach. The same rules apply and the same movements continue until 1 is back in the starting position again. Look to incorporate five different post moves throughout this drill, such as a drop-step baseline, drop-step middle, reverse pivot with jumper, reerse pivot with shot fake dribble and step through, and one dribble middle and drop step.
Submitted by Nick Evanich, Marlington HS, Alliance, OH
This drill requires seven balls, two chairs, and at least 9 players. The drill starts with the middle player passing to the wing. The wing catches the ball on the run and attacks a chair or cone at the opposite end of the court with a strong dribble. The wing uses a dribble move on the chair and pulls up for a 15-foot jumper.
Meanwhile, the middle player sprints down the floor and arches behind the wing player with the ball. The wing at the opposite end of the court passes to the original middle player for a jump shot. All the while, the wing that did not receive the pass, sprints to the other end of the floor and catches a pass from the opposite wing down there. As soon as those far end players make the pass, they now sprint down the court, and the middle player hits one of them with a pass to continue the drill.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “30 Sizzling Team Shooting Drills” produced by Winning Hoops. Got some shooting drills to share? E-mail us at email@example.com. Want to learn more drills and plays to fill your playbook? Simply head over to our basketball library by clicking here.
The following shooting drills are designed to improve any player’s ability to score on the basketball court. Overseen by legendary basketball coach Kelvin Sampson, these drills have been used in high school, college, and NBA practices alike and are particularly effective at the youth level as well. In addition to focusing on shooting and layups, each drill places an emphasis on fundamental aspects like passing, communication, and spacing the floor/balance.
Here’s a tremendous continuous drill perfect for warm-ups. Whether at the youth or high school level, you can do this drill for as long as you want. Start by sprinting down to the baseline 3-on-0. The middle player should start his or her pass to the left side before dishing to the right side player for a right-hand layup.
As the right side person attempts his/her layup, the left side person continues to the elbow area for a jumper. Meanwhile, the middle player gets a jumper as well. Altogether, there will be a layup and two jumpers. Remember, two players always remain on the opposite end as passers. They join the drill on the way back as outside players. The middle person continues on (down and back) and doesn’t serve as a baseline passer.
An NBA team should make 110 shots in 4:15. Every shot counts. College teams should make between 105-110. As for the youth level, let’s find out. Attention Coaches: After running this drill, let us know how many shots your players made in 4:15. Comment below and leave your tally to compare with other teams around the country!
Put two minutes on the clock. Start by having your players go to four baskets with two balls at each basket. This is a competitive shooting drill designed to get players a ton of shots in a short period of time. Best of all, players get to compete while doing it.
Shoot two balls at each basket and start off at the elbows. Each basket will go up against the other remaining baskets. Whichever basket has the most made baskets at the end of the two minutes wins the drill. If you lose, the entire losing team hits the baseline for sprints.
Remember: Shoot the ball, get the rebound, throw it to the person behind you, and then go to the same line you came from.
The Magic Elbow Drill works on players curling into shots. One of the best ways to get someone a shot is to come down the floor on transition and a player screens down on the weakside of the floor, opening up a curl, catch, and shoot for a teammate.
Put two players or coaches just inside the elbows (to ensure players always go around the elbow when catching and shooting). Simply, a passer feeds a shooter curling around the elbow for a catch and shoot. Shooters should always get their own rebound. Once you pass, you turn into the shooter and sprint out immediately.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”Daily Dozen Shooting Drills for Youth Basketball” featuring Kelvin Sampson. To check out our entire collection of shooting-oriented DVDs, click here.
The following drills are effective tools at improving inside production on the offensive end of the lacrosse field. After incorporating these drills into your practice plan, look for major strides in cutting, catching, and finishing with midfielders and attackmen alike.
Put all the lacrosse balls in one spot. Get one line of players positioned up top and about 20 yards from the cage. This line starts with the ball and immediately passes it down low to a teammate. This down low player then feeds right back to the original passer as he/she is cutting towards the cage down the middle. The drill finishes with a quick shot on cage.
Notes: Put your passes right on the ear. Always be moving your feet and get the ball in and out of your sticks quickly. Be sure to make a good hard cut to the goal. When you catch the ball, get those shoulders turned and finish strong.
This flare cut drill is perfect when working on cuts away from the goal and to an open area. The balls will start in the back right. As the ball is exchanged behind the goal, we’ll have one guy on offense and one on defense. The offensive guy works on sealing his defender and getting to an open area for a spot feed and shot. Meanwhile, the defender will try and fight around him.
Notes: The defense will become offense and offense to the end of the line. Look to get off a quick release on your shots. There should be no delay. Look for quick reps here, one after another.
This is a terrific drill for working on in-tight finishes and cutting down low among traffic.
One player will start in front of the goal about five yards away. He will face the opposite end of the field and not the cage. Next, this player will turn one way and catch the ball (from a back GLE feeder) and finish it. Immediately after the shot, he will stop, turn to the outside, and then go the other direction with a catch and shoot from a second GLE feeder.
Notes: By turning to the outside, this will really help protect the stick and force you to get the shoulder turned when catching and shooting. Look to shoot low and away. Keep the feet moving at all times. Feeders, pass the ball as soon as shooter player turns his head.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”Essential Skills for Inside Play” with Bobby Benson. Got any inside shooting drills that really pay dividends for your squad? Let us know by posting below or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn from Richmond head men’s basketball coach Chris Mooney as he reveals five shooting drills that are particularly effective for the Princeton Offense. After simulating a three-part cross-court shooting drill, Mooney and company also run through two-foot layups and the full-court drill “And Twos.”
Richmond takes a lot of three-pointers, especially standstill threes or Sunday shots. In this three-part drill, use three balls and divide players among two lines. Be sure to emphasize getting off good shots and not as much on how hard you are moving. Shooters should get their own rebound.
Start off by coming across nice and easy at the top of the key. Catch the pass from your teammate, shoot from the top of the key, and get your own rebound. Shoot for four-and-a-half minutes at three different spots. For the next part, throw cross-court passes and have two coaches stand in the middle as if in a zone defense. Alternate each rep. Try to throw good hard overhead passes. It’s tough to do, so look to do it every day in practice. Then finish with the passing line at the top of the key. Have the guys go down and shoot a corner three. Spend 90 seconds at each spot. The goal is to hit 80 shots (adjust if necessary).
Tips: Try to teach your players to catch and shoot. When you don’t catch and shoot, you really stagnate your offense. Don’t hold onto the ball too long or stare things down. You shouldn’t always be trying to make a play with your dribble.
Richmond basketball has adapted this drill because of the physicality of the game. Sometimes initiating the contact down low almost gets you rewarded. The Spiders like to practice this because they have a lot of flare or drift screens in their offense and this creates a lot of opportunities to drive.
Get coaches down low to create contact for the guys. When forcing the contact, layups can be harder to make. Coaches, don’t be concerned about what hand players shoot the ball with. Coach Mooney has had players go their entire career without making an opposite hand layup, but they’ve made a heck of a lot of layups. But the key here is whether they can get the ball up to the rim and absorb a lot of contact and still make the shot.
Start off with a line of players up on the wing and beyond the three-point arc. Have the players drive against a coach down through the lane and then take it strong to the hoop for a two-foot layup against a low block defender. Look to protect the ball and go strong to the rim.
This is a five-man full-court layup drill that typically starts out in sets of four. It’s also one of Richmond’s favorite drills. You’re looking to get four layups total. It’s called “And Twos” because if there’s a missed layup or dropped ball, or any confusion, add two more layups to it. It’s not uncommon to get up to 12 or 14 layups.
Players must worry about who will get the rebound and who will get the outlet. So when running down the court, encourage your players to talk to each other. This drill is not scripted. The Spiders teach a lot of five-man basketball, so the emphasis is often on picking things up on the fly. There isn’t too much time for diagramming things. Rather, it’s about understanding how things work with four other guys on the floor.
Tips: There should be no dribbling in this drill. You should only focus on passes. Also, you don’t have to re-inbound the ball every time. Plus, the player who shoots the layup CANNOT get the rebound.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Chris Mooney: Team & Individual Drills for the Princeton Offense.” To check out more videos highlighting the Princeton Offense and other offensive sets, head over to our basketball library.