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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.
We’ve recently covered the Chin, Point, and Low options in the Princeton Style Offense. Now it’s time to review some fantastic 3-on-0 drills catering towards these strategies. Follow along with coach Lee DeForest as he breaks down each drill and then shows you how it fits into the overall system. Finally, watch his players run through the drills at full speed to see how you can easily implement them in your own practice.
Breakdown Drills for Chin
Overview: In Chin, you don’t know exactly when you’ll be able to go backdoor. So this drill works on players dribbling at the wing and making a backdoor pass.
The Drill Breakdown: Run the drill 3-on-0. Get one player up top and two wing players. The man up top with the ball will wait for the overplay by the defense and then “dribble at backdoor” and towards the wing. Meanwhile, his teammate will cut backdoor and a pass is made for a strong finish. After each rep, have the players rotate spots.
Coaching Points: Timing is so key here, so be sure to emphasize this with your players. For instance, the wing players don’t want to leave until AFTER the ball is dribbled towards him/her. Also, have your players shoot layups with a variety of finishes to simulate game-like situations.
Breakdown Drills for Point
Overview: Keep the 3-on-0 format, however, this time have the post player work on catching the ball and chinning it before making a strong move.
The Drill Breakdown: The ball handler up top dribbles down the middle of the court while the post guy flashes up from the block to the free throw line. The post player then catches the ball. From here, practice chinning the ball and then have the post guy follow the player who just passed him the ball.
Next, the passer sets an away screen before popping back and receiving the pass from the original post guy. The post should follow the ball to set a good ball screen. It’s key that the ball handler makes a good read here. For instance, you can come off the ball screen and take a shot OR you can drive and attack the basket for a layup OR you can attack the basket and kick it out to an open teammate. Be sure to rotate positions after each rep.
*Practice on both sides of the basket and court.
*Run 2-3 drills for 2-3 minutes every day.
*Run the drills at game pace.
*Run through all options.
In this exclusive all-access look, we return to Jersey City, New Jersey for a glimpse inside a recent St Anthony’s High School basketball practice. Watch as legendary head coach Bob Hurley leads his squad through a number of full court team drills, including “4 Passer Layups” and “3-on-2 + 2 Attacking the Basket.”
4 Passer Full Court Layups
A total of four feeders set up stationary at the hash marks of the basketball court (between half court and the baseline). One at a time, players will pass to each designated feeder while sprinting down the length of the court and then finish with a layup at the other end.
Coaching Points: It’s crucial that players protect the ball at all times. Be sure to take it hard to the rim on each rep. Get up and get off your feet. Make this drill as game-like as possible.
Coach Hurley eventually halts the drill to talk things over with his team, stressing that countless times players will catch the ball and then immediately take it to the side of the body. Because of this, players are getting stripped when going to the basket. When players release their left hand, don’t drop it. Keep it there so you can hold the defender off and are able to shoot the ball while protecting the layup.
3-on-2 + 2 Attacking the Basket
This end-to-end drill goes nonstop for two minutes. It’s also a tremendous drill for guards to work on their creativity, decision-making, and build confidence out on the basketball floor.
Three players should spread out evenly on the baseline looking to attack the other end of the court. The middle player will start with the ball. Two additional players are just behind them and chasing. Meanwhile, at the other end of the floor are two defenders waiting to guard the three offensive players coming down. At first, the three offensive players have an advantage if they attack and score fast. If they don’t, the two chasing defenders will quickly make it a 4-on-3 and the defense will then have the advantage.
After the play runs its course,the chasers become the next two defensive players and a new set of players are already sprinting down court. It’s truly nonstop for two minutes. After the 120 seconds are up, switch up the groups.
Tips: We don’t want the wing players to be creative in this scenario. Instead, the wings should look to catch the ball and immediately attack the basket. There’s no time to get fancy here. Take it right to the rim.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Basketball Practice with Bob Hurley.” To check out the entire All-Access lineup, including new videos featuring Frank Haith and Rob Fulford, click here.
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.
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.