Tag Archives: Practice Drills

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

The Benefits of Developing a Rebounding System

A rebounding analysis of where the ball actually lands, and how to ensure your players are grabbing as many boards as possible. *Update: The latest episode of A Quick TO Podcast features Fran Fraschilla who discusses several rebounding points related to this article – click below to listen. 🏀🎧📲 On today’s podcast, @franfraschilla joins the show

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

More Than Just Talk: Building Communication on Defense

Ideas, drills and an overall plan for developing good communication habits on the defensive end of the court. *This is Part 2 of a 3-part series. Check out Part 1 on Why Team Communication is Important, and Part 3 on Offensive Communication. When discussing communication in basketball, most coaches immediately focus on the defensive side of

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

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

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

Skill Building for Dribble Drive Motion Offenses

These four drills build skills for Dribble Drive Motion offenses, and provide a structure to develop common skills for any offensive system. Developing Skills to Fit Your Offense Developing the “skills” necessary to excel within your offensive system is perhaps the most important thing coaches will accomplish on the practice floor. A good reflective practice for coaches is to

Pre-Practice: Setting the Tone for Success

The 15-20 minutes before official practice begins are crucial, and having a pre-practice routine can help set the tone for success. Designing and organizing a successful daily practice plan may be the most important quality of any successful coach. Practice plan design, time length, and practice goals may be differ for each coach, but I

Wooden Award Watch: Jalen Brunson Player Breakdown

Villanova’s Jalen Brunson is a player of the year candidate who excels at fundamentals for a complete overall game.  Jalen Brunson has been a staple of college basketball for the last 3 seasons. The Villanova junior is a coach’s dream when it comes to point guard play. He is a winner and leader who can shoot

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