Spice up your practices this season by implementing this pair of proven rebounding drills. Between second chance opportunities, transitional basketball concepts, and strategies for controlling the boards defensively, these drills cover a ton of ground and are bound to become staples of your practice plan. Start by reading the drill synopsis provided before seeing each segment played out at full speed.
Submitted by Paul Foringer, Quince Orchard HS, Gaithersburg, MD
The Set-up: This is a terrific drill that works on transition rebounding. Set up three lines of players on both ends of the court. The player in the middle starts the drill with the ball.
The Action: Start by weaving, passing, and cutting behind the other players. The player in middle line shoots a mid-range jumper after three passes down the court. The other two players block each other out at the basket and aggressively go after the rebound. Even if the shot is good, the players fight for the ball and play 1-on-1 under the basket. The player who gets the rebound goes to the middle line. The shooter goes to the line to the right. The losing player goes to the left line.
3-on-3 Rush Drill
Submitted by Steve Alfonso, Archbishop Rummel HS, Metairie, LA
Overview: This drill simulates both strong and weakside rebounding plus fundamentals of solid rebounding. Also, it puts emphasis on team play.
The Set-up: The three defenders (set up inside the three-point circle) must get three straight rebounds to get out of this drill. If the offense gets the rebound, the teams must play it out live and the defense goes back to zero.
The Action: The drill begins with coaches skipping the ball back and forth to each other. At this time, all defenders must jump to the pass. Eventually, a coach shoots the ball and all defenders must locate their assigned man and block him or her out.
The Finish: If the defense gets the rebound, they must kick it out to a coach and then get back in a defensive stance. The defense stays in until they get three rebounds in a row. The rotation goes like this: Offense to defense and defense to the end of the line.
In this week’s Playbook Series, pick up a pair of game-winning quick hitters proven to be effective at the high school level. These special situation plays are perfect to use at the end of a quarter or for the final play of a game. Be sure to read each play summary before seeing them simulated live on the basketball floor.
Sideline Out of Bounds Game Winner
Submitted by Marlee Webb, Head Girls Coach, Chapin HS, El Paso, TX
Set-up: This play gives you several options in the closing seconds of a period. Start in a box formation, with 1 at the nearside low block, 4 on the far low block, 2 on the near elbow, and 5 and on far elbow. Player 3 has the ball on the sideline.
Action: Players 2 and 5 set down screens for 1 and 4. 1 curls around and receives the pass from 3 just above the three-point line. Player 4 then curls to the top of the key. 4 then sets a screen up top for 1, and 1 dribbles to the right side of the floor. Players 2 and 5 then set screens for 3, who is cutting to the far (ballside) corner.
Finish: Next, player 2 rolls out towards the wing. 1 now has several options: Take it to the hoop, hit 4 rolling to basket, hit 3 in the corner for a three-pointer, or pass across the court for an open jumper.
Hendersonville From 1-4 Set
Submitted by Rob Strong, Head Boys Coach, Hendersonville HS, Hendersonville, NC
Set-up: This play is great for a three-pointer at the end of the game. Start in a 1-4 set. 1 has the ball up top. 2 is on the left wing. 4 is on the left elbow. 5 is on the right elbow. 3 is on the right wing.
Action: Player 1 passes to 3 on the wing and cuts off a ballside screen made by 5 at the top of the key area. 5 steps out after the screen. 2 then sets a screen under the hoop for 1. 4 also sets a pick for 1 to use after 2’s initial screen.
Finish: From here, the ball is reversed from 3 to 5 to 1. If 1 is open, take the open shot. If not, 5 downscreens for player 2, who pops up to the top for an open shot.
Check out this pair of competitive basketball drills that will help your team prepare for game-like transition situations. First read through the drill descriptions below and then watch the clips to see how each one should be carried out on the court.
Submitted by Dave Witzig, Normal Community HS, Normal, IL
Overview: This full court drill works on several different skills at the same time and is a terrific drill to do within the first 15 minutes of practice.
Drill Set-up: Divide your squad into two equal teams (let’s say Team A and Team B). One team should be positioned on the sideline while the other team should line up down court on the opposite side. Three offensive players from team A will line up at half court with the middle player holding the ball. Meanwhile, two players from team B will line up in the paint area (with one player at the foul line and the second down low) defending that hoop.
How It Works: At the whistle, team A attempts to score on team B in a 3-on-2 attacking situation. Also, a third player from team B stands on the sideline and waits for a coach to call out “Third Player In.” At that moment, the third player sprints in to help out and make it a 3-on-3 contest.
If the offense scores, they will get into a full-court press and double everything in the backcourt. Meanwhile, two new defenders from team A set up in the front court and they prepare to defend their basket. Team B now tries to break team A’s press. If team A steals the ball, they try to score again on their end. If team B breaks the press, the pressing defenders from team A sprint off the court and go to sideline.
The Finish: After team B breaks the press, they will immediately take the ball down court and attack team A’s back two defenders in a 3-on-2 situation. The third team A defender sprints in to provide help on the coach’s call. Games are played up to 8 points with the losing team doing sprints or pushups. This is a fast-paced and competitive drill that your players will love.
Submitted by Eric Musselman, Former Head Coach, Golden State Warriors, Oakland, CA
Overview: This is a tried and true drill for improving a player’s ability to change direction quickly when in transition during a turnover. It also helps with catching passes on the move and making fast break layups at full speed.
Drill Set-up: Player 2 has the ball under the basket while player 1 stands somewhere else on the floor (let’s say on the wing).
How it Works: Player 2 begins by passing to player 1 and then sprinting toward him/her before touching the ball. As soon as Player 2 touches the ball, he/she will turn and sprint back toward the basket.
As Player 2 is sprinting, 1 lobs the ball over 2’s head. Player 2 must gain control of the ball and get a layup while running at full speed. While player 2 is making the layup, player 1 runs to another spot on the floor. Player 2 then grabs the rebound, pivots, locates 1, and fires the ball to 1. Player 2 immediately sprints toward him/her and touches the ball.
The Finish: The drill repeats just like before at full speed until player 2 makes five layups in a row.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “25 Aggressive Transition & Conditioning Drills” produced by Winning Hoops. To check out more drills in the Winning Hoops collection, simply visit our basketball library.
In this week’s Playbook Series, we break down a pair of effective sideline inbounds plays that provide teams with a variety of options to score the basketball. First follow the breakdown of each play before watching them simulated out on the basketball court. These proven plays will make a great addition to the playbook this season.
The Set-up: Player 3 inbounds the ball on the sideline. Player 4 starts in near corner while 2 is on the near block. Player 1 is on the farside block and player 5 is at the top of the key. This play has two options.
Option 1: Player 4 screens down for 2, who pops out to the baseline corner for a shot. If you need a two-point look, player 4 is also an option.
Option 2: Player 5 screens down for 1. If player 1 can’t shoot after getting the ball up top, he/she can pass to player 3, who follows his pass and looks for the spot-up jumper.
Submitted by Tom Moriarty, Oneonta High School, Oneonta, New York
The Set-up: Player 3 takes the ball out of bounds. 5 starts on the near low block, while 4 is at the top of the key aligned with the near lane line. Player 2 is on the farside block and 1 is on the opposite top of key area aligned with the far lane line.
The Action: Player 2 starts by breaking to the near corner off a low screen set by 5. Player 4 starts toward the ball and then loops off a backscreen set by 1. 1 pops out and receives the ball.
Next, player 1 reverses the ball to 4 as 3 makes a low cut from out of bounds and off a backscreen by 5. Player 5 rolls back to the middle of the lane and posts up. 1 screens away for 2, who comes high for a shot or ball reversal. If 2 reverses the ball to 1, 5 makes a back screen for 4, who makes a low post cut.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 50 Sensational Sideline Inbounds Plays” produced by Winning Hoops. To check out more effective team plays in the Winning Hoops collection, head over to our basketball library.
In need of a few proven last-second sets for your playbook this season? Read on to learn about three highly-effective plays used by elite coaches at the high school and college levels.
Submitted by Brad McGhee, Liberty High School, Mountain View, MO
Setup: Players are lined up in a box formation with 4 and 5 at the elbows and 2 and 3 on the low blocks. 1 has the ball at the top.
Action: Player 1 dribbles off a screen set by either 4 or 5. Player 5 then immediately screens down for 2, who comes off the screen and pops to the top. If 2 is open, 1 passes to 2 for an open three-point shot.
Options: If 2 is not open, 1 keeps the ball. After the screen by player 5, player 3 then screens across for 5, who cuts across the baseline/lane and sets up on the ballside block. Player 1 then looks for 5 on a post-up shot. If 5 isn’t open on the post-up, 3 comes to the top thanks to a double screen set by 2 and 4 just inside the free throw line area. 1 passes to 3 or looks to get the ball into 5 on the low block.
Submitted by Gary Williams, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Setup: This play is run out of the flex set, with 2 and 3 down low on opposite blocks, 4 up high behind the three-point line near the wing, and 5 on the elbow and the same side as 3. 1 has the ball up top.
Action: Player 5 makes a V-cut toward basket and sets an on-ball screen for 1, who dribbles to the right side wing area. Players 5 and 1 run a pick and roll game on the right side, while 2 and 4 set staggered screens for 3 on the ballside low block and the weakside elbow. Player 3 will then cut hard along the baseline and up towards the weakside elbow.
Finish: If no shot is available on the pick and roll between 1 and 5, 1 quickly passes to 3 on weakside elbow for a quick jumper.
Submitted by Gary Barnes, Calhoun HS, Calhoun, GA
Setup: This is a simple set that Coach Barnes has had a ton of success with. Player 1 brings up the ball on the left side of the floor. Player 4 starts in the corner and on the same side as 1. 2 is in the opposite corner. Players 3 and 5 line up in the middle of the court, with 5 at the top of the key, and 3 just inside the three-point line (and both in a stack). Player 3 should be your best shooter.
Action: Player 1 dribbles off a double screen up at the top of the key set by 3 and 5. As 1 comes off the shoulder of player 5, 5 rolls to the hoop on the ball side. As player 5 establishes his position in the post, player 3 then makes an inside pivot and pops to the top of the key. 1 can look to hit player 3 for a three-point shot.
Options: At this point, 1 has four options coming off the ball screen. A) Drive and kick to player 2; B) Drive to basket for a score; C) Play a pick and roll game with player 5; or D) Pass to player 3 for a three-point shot.
Tips: Timing is the key. As 5 rolls, 3 must wait a half second before popping to the top. Most times, 3 will be open for that shot because player 3’s defender often gets caught playing help defense on the pick and roll between 1 and 5.
Coaches: Do you have a favorite quick hitter that has worked for your team?
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “”Over 50 Game-Winning Quick Hitters” produced by Winning Hoops. To pick up more plays for your playbook, head over to our basketball library by clicking here.