Part of what made former Georgetown University defenseman Brodie Merrill so good was his coach’s willingness to put him through offensive drills as well. Developing an all-around game was essential to Merrill’s success, and in this video you’ll learn to dodge in transition – a skill that made Merrill an intimidating presence on the field.
Drill Summary: This drill simulates a defenseman that has just crossed the midline. The drilling player matches up with a defender 1-on-1 and works on three different kinds of dodges: split dodge, bull dodge and face dodge. For the split dodge, the player sells the ball one direction, switches hands to get free then accelerates the other way for a shot. For the bull dodge, the player once again sells the ball one direction before accelerating the other way, but this time they keep the ball in their strong hand. Finally, for the face dodge, the player sells a shot or pass in front of the defender before tucking the stick in front of their face and sprinting past the defenseman. On each dodge, finish the drill with a shot.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Sell moves to create separation.
2) Ball control.
3) Ball protection.
4) Accurate shot on goal.
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In order to improve your transition game, you need to implement the mindset of getting the ball up the floor quickly with effective passing. Iowa State University Head Coach, Fred Hoiberg, presents the speed full court drill that works on quickly transitioning up the floor.
Athlete Movement: One player takes the ball out of the net. The person who passed to the scorer on the previous section of the drill will run around the cone in order to keep proper spacing up the floor. The waiting line on the sideline will sprint to the center of the court and receive the pass from the waiting line underneath the basket. This will be continuous until 28 shots are made.
Drill Summary: The goal of this drill is to make 28 shots. You can time your players to beat their best record of shots made in two minutes. Each time the goal has to be at least 28 and they can still try to match or beat their best.
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Geno Auriemma is the current women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In this segment, Coach Auriemma promotes transition basketball and focuses on passing while on the move.
Athlete Movement: Each player must call out the name of the teammate he or she is passing to. Once the three players in the drill reach the opposite baseline, it is 3 vs. 0 coming back on offense. The player in the middle is the ball handler. The other two players in the drill are running the wings at full speed. When the ball handler reaches the top of the key the ball handler will jump stop and bounce pass to one of the wings for a layup.
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Geno Auriemma is the current women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut. His resume includes 8 national championships and 8 National Coach of the Year awards. The drill below promotes transition basketball and focuses on passing while moving. Talking and leading your teammate down the floor with the ball is critical.
Athlete Movements: Each player must call out the name of the teammate he or she is passing to. Once the three players in the drill reach the opposite baseline, it is 3 vs. 0 coming back on offense. The player in the middle is the ball handler. The other two players in the drill are running the wings at full speed. It’s critical the ball handler gets from the baseline to the opposite top of the key in as few dribbles as possible. In other words, you must cover as much ground as you can with the least amount of dribbles. When the ball handler reaches the top of the key he will jump stop and bounce pass to one of the wings for a layup.
2) Good Passes Which Lead Your Teammates Down the Floor
3) Cover as Much Ground as You Can with One Single Dribble
4) Have a Goal for Makes in a Certain Amount of Time
Terry Layton is a highly respected basketball coach, scout, and consultant both here in the states and internationally. Internationally, most practice facilities are only limited to two baskets. So coaches try to use as many drills, which combine multiple areas of skill development at once. Coach Layton shows phase one of the “Chinese Drill.” With this single drill you can brush up on passing, screening, shooting, rebounding, spacing in transition, and defending the 2-on-1 break.
Player Movements: Three players begin the drill by passing along the baseline out-of-bounds. Those players then move to the perimeter, where a player will sprint into a wing ball screen. With this phase of the drill, the person using the ball screen throws the ball back to the screener, who is popping and spacing for a long jump shot. The passer and the third player (not involved in the ball screen) then go to the opposite side of the floor and battle for the rebound (most rebounds on a long jump shot will end up on the opposite side of the rim). The two players battling for the rebound then do a 2-on-1 break going the other way with the shooter in the drill being the lone defender back.
In the later phases of this drill (not shown) you can use a pick and roll where you hit the screener with a bounce or lob pass at the rim or the person using the ball screen shoots a step-back jump shot.
1) Solid Passing
2) Communication when passing
3) Sprint into a ball screen and the space properly when popping
4) When battling for the rebound, attack the other person’s arm
5) Spacing and converting on a 2-on-1 break
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