Go behind the scenes in College Park, Maryland as the University of Maryland women’s basketball team conducts an early season practice. Follow head coach Brenda Frese as she guides the Terps through a pair of rapid-fire team drills, including Argentina Passing, a demanding full-court exercise that gets players hustling, communicating, and focusing on key fundamentals.
Transition and Secondary Break
Overview: This drill works on picking up the loose ball on a turnover and making the most of your transition. In the first transition there will be one or two defenders, and in the secondary break there will be five defenders.
Player Movements: Keep moving toward the basket while maintaining good spacing.
Drill Essentials: Be aggressive in the transition in order to score when you have numbers up. Avoid back to back turnovers.
Drill Tips: Depending on the number of defenders in the first transition will determine how to attack the basket. With only one defender you want to go for the basket, if there are two defenders then you can make quick passes to find the open shot.
Overview: A full-court drill, Argentina Passing gets your players to focus on passing and hustling. Players get into lines in the corners of the court, middle of the baseline, and hash marks near the sideline — on both ends of the floor.
Player Movements: Following a pass, players will either run across or diagonally, depending on which line they are in. For instance, the hash players will sprint back and forth across the court while the corner players go diagonal. Players in the middle go back and forth down the middle of the court to opposite ends.
Drill Essentials: Pass the ball around the perimeter of the floor for three minutes straight. Don’t let the ball hit the floor or the drill continues another 25 seconds. Look to get two balls going in the drill at once. Balls start in the middle. Also, in terms of direction, the ball should always go to the right.
Drill Tips: Essentially, players are catching the ball, pivoting, stepping, and then passing before sprinting to the opposite end of the court. Be sure to call the person’s name out you’re passing to. Meanwhile, get your butt down and play down low. Always give the passer a target.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Maryland Women’s Basketball with Brenda Frese.” To view the latest video selections in the All Access lineup, click here.
In the latest team development feature, learn a pair of proven offensive techniques that will improve your team’s overall transition game. Follow along with Sinclair (OH) head men’s basketball coach Jeff Price as he reveals ways to use back screens and post entry passes to net easy baskets while on the move.
Two Man Transition Shooting
While often a second option on transition, this is a terrific technique to get off high percentage shots down low. Begin by setting up two lines of players. Players will fly in from half court. One line will go straight to the corner and the other will go to the low block. Next, there’s a post entry from the corner to the low block. Immediately after, there’s a strong post move and shot attempt.
Also, you can also use both sides of the court at the same time to get more reps and different looks at the basket.
Keys: Really have your players work on post moves during their individual drill time. Be sure they stay high on the block as well. Meanwhile, it’s also important to maintain proper spacing. Otherwise, the techniques won’t be as effective.
Back Screen Jumper
Moving forward with the transition offense, lets now simulate moving the ball in reversal. We can also incorporate trailers and back screens. The goal here is to get a back screen for an alley oop chance. Second, we will look for a step-back jumper.
By getting the ball to the corner, we have flattened out the defense. Now it should be an advantage for us. Once the ball is reversed, we want to go down and sit on the block before coming up and setting a back screen at the top of the key. The trailer will cut off of it and head straight to the rim. After setting the screen, the screener will pop out, receive a pass, and hit a jump shot.
Coaching Points: Don’t have your players up top always be in a hurry. Make sure to wait for the player to get set up prior to passing the ball. Also, be shot ready once you have made the screen. As we mentioned previously, maintain good spacing.
When it comes to game-like shooting drills, the Penetrate and Kick Series is one of the most effective drills you can run in basketball practice. For former Duke assistant coach Chris Collins, the drill series teaches players about proper spacing, how to instinctively move without the ball, how to drive and dish effectively, and how to get good game shots.
This drill series is something that Duke basketball implements all the time in practice. The drills really work on improving footwork, drive and kick ability, team communication, and getting in game shots. Start with two lines and get three players in each line. The ball should be up top with a coach. Begin by going off the right side.
Start with a V-cut where you must work to get open. Players also must call for the ball. Next, catch the ball in a strong triple threat and imagine you are being guarded by someone. From here, look to hard attack the middle. The goal: You must get into the paint.
Coaches: Get on your players if they take lazy routes or don’t get into the lane. You could also have a coach stand there in front of the passer to drive the point home.
*Tip: Drive to score. If you do this, the defense collapses and now you have options, bailouts, and kicks.
As for the shooter on the opposite wing, they cannot just stand in that spot. Any good defense will have solid helpside pressure. Therefore, you can slide behind the ball OR chase to the corner (if the defense slides up). Your feet should be locked and loaded and ready to shoot.
Meanwhile, after the passer dishes off, the passer can’t just stand there. This player must get to an open area. The coach up top will have a ball and the passer will now play off of the coach. Get to an open area for the pass and shot.
*Make it Competitive: You can run this drill with the entire team working together to reach a goal. Or you can split things up and have teams play against each other.
As you drive baseline, the opposite wing’s responsibility is to give his teammate a bailout in the opposite corner. As he drives, defenses will rotate. From here you can make two passes. The first is a baseline pass. You can actually pass out of bounds (with feet inbounds, of course) to get yourself a lane to get around the defense. The second option is that you can deliver a power skip. Jump up and let go of a powerful skip pass across for any open shot. Eventually, look to add shot fakes to these drives as well.
In this all-access glimpse, we take you to Norman, Oklahoma for a look inside a University of Oklahoma women’s basketball practice. Watch as head coach Sherri Coale leads the Sooners through a variety of fast-paced practice segments, including the rapid-fire “Circle Shooting Drill” and “Thunder Share.”
The action begins with fundamental lines. The players work on using proper footwork for things like how to start and stop, how to turn, and how to pass.
Four lines initiate from on the baseline. The drill starts with players making a fake and then continue by dribbling up the court, coming up to a defender (or coach), stopping abruptly, faking, jabbing, and then making a strong pass back to a teammate on the baseline, who repeats the same thing. The drill continues like this at a fast pace and demands great intensity throughout its duration.
Thunder Share Drill
This next drill works on getting the ball down low, feeding the post, looking for outlets, maintaining proper floor spacing, and making strong drives to the hoop. The action begins with direct drives from half court. Players blow by a defender but can’t get over anxious. Coach Coale reminds players to be patient and to always remember their fundamentals.
This final drill is a quick-fire layup drill that starts out in the lane. Players circle around in the lane one after another shooting layups and using both sides of the glass. After a set period of time, players move into jump shots around the free throw line. There are a number of balls going at once. Eventually, the drill moves out of the lane and implements passes stemming from the half-court wing area.
Add these effective shooting drills to your practice plan this season and watch your offense really take flight. Franklin & Marshall head women’s lacrosse coach Mike Faith breaks down each drill for you on a whiteboard before having his squad go through them at full speed out on the practice field.
Spider Shooting Drill
Coach Faith’s squad spends up to 20 minutes per day working on shooting alone. This particular drill is always at the top of the list. With no goalie in net, the focus here is squarely on shooters working on mechanics and getting in a ton of reps. The more reps you can get, the better. Eventually, we’ll get into drills that help with accuracy, but the key now is to focus on shooting form and getting his hips, shoulders, and legs into every shot.
How it works: Two players will go at the same time. One coach will be feeding a player for a right-handed shot while another coach will be feeding a second player for a left-handed shot.
Each coach will toss a ball out. Players will catch it, step, and shoot. In the video, notice the position of the cones. These cones will help you stay even with the goal. Also, while the players are shooting, remind them to keep that front shoulder pointing in towards the goal. This helps keep them in line with the net and leads to higher accuracy.
Once again, the focus here is on how the players turns their hips, shoulders, and get their legs into each shot. Although a different drill, we’re using the same concepts as the Spider Drill. Now, essentially, the players will be doing it on a line.
How it works: Players will split up into two different lines facing one another. Two players will go at a time. The drill begins as one player will pass across to the other. While on the run, that player will catch the pass, come across the designated line, and shoot on the move. The action goes back and forth between left and right-handed shots.
The drill really helps keep the shoulders locked. You always get the feel of the legs getting into each shot and not just using the arms.
Goal Line Extended Drill
This final drill is helpful towards learning how to shoot around a defender. You can really get creative with your stickwork and shooting as well.
First, you must learn how to shoot on the GLE and shoot accurately on an empty net. This is a chance to get a feel of where the ball should be in the stick. Also, try to really work on extending your stick and imagine shooting around a defender.
How it works: Players go one at a time and start just behind the GLE. Each player will extend their stick out towards the field and shoot on cage from there. Be sure to get a lot of reps and try to snap the wrist on each release.
Tip: Coaches should look to place their stick out so that shooters don’t release with a side arm motion. They will be forced to adapt and shoot under your stick.
Finally, place a coach or manager at a designated spot on the field and have the players sprint out and around them before shooting on net. By shooting around a defender, this replicates game situations and gets players shooting differently each time.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Individual & Team Practice Drills for Women’s Lacrosse” with Mike Faith. To check out more videos featuring shooting drills and offensive tips, click here.