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The Alley Drill

THE ALLEY DRILL Written by Brandon Reichert for Randy Brown   Video The Alley Drill-1on1   How the drill works Offensive player and defensive player are playing 1v1. Offensive player is trying to get to the basket while staying inside the “alley” created by the cones. The offensive player must stay inbounds and not move

More Than Just Talk: Building Communication on Offense

The benefits of better offensive communication, along with role responsibilities, practice ideas and drills to improve this area. *This is the final part in a 3-part series. Check out previous posts: Building Communication With Your Team | Building Communication on Defense Although the defensive side of the floor usually gets most of the focus when

Transition into Training: Tips to Engage Youth Basketball Players

Helping players make a smooth transition from their day into practice is extremely important, especially in youth basketball.  Coaches – can you spare five minutes prior to practice to engage the brain, and thus the athlete? Through no fault of our own, coaches have been conditioned to want to immediately “get after it” as quickly as possible in order to

Big Man Camp: Kevin Love

“Big Man Camp” featuring Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers demonstrating the high side and low side scoring series from the T-Post position. Summer is basketball camp season and below is a virtual “Big Man Camp” featuring Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers. In this series of videos, Love demonstrates moves from both the “High Side” and “Low Side” scoring series from

Player Development: 10 Dynamic Drills That Utilize Cones or Chairs

Adding cones or chairs into drills is a great way to simulate defenders, taking skill development to another level. Although there are many areas in which coaches need to focus on at any given time, it is essential to include skill development as one of the primary focuses throughout the season and off season. Sure – building team

Finish Like a Pro: Drills to Improve Scoring at the Basket

Teach players how to finish with both power and finesse in a variety of ways near the rim with these drills. Summer is a great opportunity to become a better player or coach. This post shares four drills to improve one of the most important skill for every basketball player – finishing. Many players and coaches focus

Time for Tires: Ideas to Mix Up Strength and Conditioning

Flipping tires is a fun strength and conditioning exercise that is also functional for basketball players to develop explosiveness.  The last thing a coach wants is for players to be disengaged, no matter if it’s a practice, game, film session, weight workout or any other activity. One of our program beliefs is that conditioning should be fun –  we will rarely just run

Buying In to Defense: Four Tips for Your Team

Most young players naturally enjoy offense more than defense, but these simple tips and drills will have your team excited to defend. Coming off our 2017-18 Virginia state title, I have  reflected on some of the things we did defensively that helped us achieve our success. Coaching in this era, where so much emphasis is

Scoring Made Simple: 3 Easy Yet Effective Shots to Practice

Don’t sleep on the fundamentals – add these three simple shots to your player development routine and see scoring go up! There are several ways to score in basketball, with the jumpshot being a primary one (especially in today’s game where the three-pointer is so heavily emphasized). But, to become a complete player, it is important to

Buying in to Defense: 8 Drills to Guard the Basketball Better

Sure, a huge part of playing defense is mindset and attitude, but these eight drills will teach skill and technique.  Oftentimes, when coaches talk about focusing on skill development in practice, they are referring to working on offensive skills like shooting, passing, ball handling, and finishing. Being a successful defender is almost always considered an

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