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Being able to take foot quickness and ball handling, and implement it into eye hand coordination goes a long long way on the court each season. Myron Epps of the Aztec Basketball Academy takes those important skills and adds multiple ball skills to his foot quickness drills in order to maximize his players’ ability to control the ball in various situations. Turnovers play a huge role in the outcome of a game in addition to the ability to lead and control an offense. These ball handling agility workouts will help build that body control, while building ball skills needed.
Athlete Movements: Players begin with one small cone and perform 10 circles with the left hand and 10 circles with right hand. The player then adds an additional cone and performs a “figure 8″ ten times with each hand. Lastly, Epps will have the athletes go to the baseline and put together the between the legs cross over in full court and end with cross over wall touches.
Teaching Points: Focus on the between the legs cross over to build muscle memory.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Aztec Basketball Academy Elite Training – Workout 1.” View the latest video selections on Player Training/Skills.
John Danowski, Duke University Head Lacrosse Coach, reinforces the need for players to learn to shoot on the run. The technique that he teaches is designed to create separation between the shooter and the defender, in order to get off a shot.
How it Works: The drill begins with players approximately 5-7 yards above GLE. A player will pick up a ball and take only a few steps before jumping off their inside foot and shooting. Some might call the movement a “hitch” that is used to create separation from the defender.
Drill Tips: In this drill, continue to reinforce good shooting techniques that include getting the hands back and kissing the shoulder. Note that the shooters are aiming for the back third of the goal (or inside the far pipe), because a goalie would be protecting the near pipe.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” To view the latest video selections on Skill Development, CLICK HERE.
In this segment, we visit the home of the 2013 Final Four Shockers from Wichita State to see how Gregg Marshall and his coaching staff improve the ball handling of their guards. This is an excellent short series of two ball drills.
Ball Handling: 2-Ball Drills
Overview: Players are in a line at the free throw line facing half-court, and each player has two basketballs. Coach Marshall likes these drills to be done with heavy basketballs and big basketballs. Players dribble the two balls from the free throw line to half-court, pass back and forth once with a manager, then turn to dribble back to the end of the line. The series concludes with players again starting at the free throw line with two basketballs. They dribble to half court and back with added resistance from a manager.
Player Movements: Each player goes through once each with the heavy balls and the big balls using a same-time speed dribble, and then repeat the drill with an alternating dribble (one goes up, while one goes down).
Drill Essentials: Pound the basketballs, make a good pass – chest height, and receive a good pass.
Drill Tips: Make sure to use a one-handed push pass with their off hand to a manager and to make a one-handed catch with the pass back from the manager. In the resistance part of the drill it is key that the managers place resistance on the player’s shoulder on the dribble to half court and resistance on the player’s waist on the way back to the free throw line.
In this week’s team development feature, pick up some stellar drills to help your players expand on their offensive skill repertoire. With Stanford head women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer leading the way, you’ll learn about tactics like advanced pick and roll moves, dribble drag shooting techniques, and other top-notch drills that can take your team to another level.
Pick and Roll Passing Series
This pick and roll passing series takes this classic basketball play a few steps further with advanced movements. Each technique involves two players at a time going in a half-court setting and working on pick and roll plays. Notice that the emphasis in each segment is with the passer completing specific movements (which are detailed below). However, both players will end up getting shots to close out each rep.
Step Through – This move is a great way to for players to free up open space in order to take a shot or make a strong pass against a recovering defense.
Jump Hook – Feeders will hit the shooters with a little jump hook pass that sails just over the top of the defense leading to a quality shot opportunity.
Bounce Off – This one is great for stretching out the defense. Players should think score first and then go into whatever pass they are working on. Also, be sure to get more separation from your screen and look to drag the defense out on the bounce off.
Reverse Pivot – In this final one, we want to get a good drive at the basket and at the defense to get them to back up. This will create two stride lengths for your passing lane.
Dribble Drag Shooting
According to Coach VanDerveer, this is one of the team’s favorite perimeter drills. It involves a ton of ball handling and shots. Plus, it’s fast-paced and fun.
One player starts with the ball at the top of the key. This player dribbles to one perimeter wing area and hands off to a cutting teammate. That cutting teammate then takes the handoff, dribbles to the elbow, and takes a jumper or drives further for a layup.
The original ball handler also has options. For instance, he or she can fake the handoff and then just take it to the rim. Also, the cutter can go backdoor rather than taking the handoff. The key is trying to sell the handoff.
Overall, this is a terrific drill for your players to get creative. It also gives them a ton of reps in a short period of time. Be sure to work both sides of the floor and basket when doing this one in practice with your team.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “30 Skill Development Drills for Building Champions.” To check out more videos featuring skill development drills, click here.
McDonough girls’ lacrosse coach Chris Robinson demonstrates an effective drill that’s ideal for teams to open up practice with. This competitive series is a terrific way to build individual skills, particularly when it comes to passing proficiency. Follow along as Coach Robinson leads his team through the drill series before finishing with an exciting team competition.
Pair Passing – Overview
Coach Robinson is a big believer in starting practices with this particular pair passing drill (rather than shuttle lines) because it gives players more opportunities to touch the ball. It really helps them build their skills.
First, we’ll have the players work on passing with both hands. Each player will get a partner and start about 7-8 yards apart. Players will begin using their right hand and make 10 passes each while moving their feet. It’s important to get in some nice clean passes. After you get 10, switch over to the left hand.
Tip: Always try to do things in practice equally with the right and left hands to help develop skills and get your players to become multi-dimensional.
Next, players will catch with their left hand and throw with their right. Look to implement a little face dodge in between as well. After 10 reps, it’s time to catch right and throw left. Try to get a nice little wrist snap with each throwing motion.
Now, it’s time for “Pass Under.” Start with your strong hand. Here we want to simulate passing under the defense, so we need to drop the head of the stick and bring it down to knee level. Once here, look to pass up to shoulder level
Tips: Move around a bit. Don’t stay stationary. Also, make sure you pass with both the right and left hands. Try to push the pace a bit. It’s okay if you make mistakes. The goal is work hard and get better.
Next up, move in closer for “quick sticks.” With this, the ball should barely stay in the stick. It’s simple touch passes back and forth with no cradle involved. Move the ball back and forth as quickly as you can and be sure to go right and left.
To add a little competitiveness to the drill series, try to see which group of players can get the farthest apart without dropping the ball. If you drop it, you are out of the drill. You can have the players throw and catch however you’d like. Mix it up in each practice if you’d like. After each successful catch/throw, players should keep backing up.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Skills & Drills to Develop the Complete Lacrosse Player” with Chris Robinson. To check out the latest skills and drills videos for lacrosse, click here.