"The only time at our practices that we make them line up and run is lack of effort. Every other drill, we go hard,"
Associate Head Coach, Chris Dailey, Connecticut Women's Basketball -- Click Here for full Article
We understand how important conditioning is to a team. We also know how important skill development can be for teams. Whether it is the off-season or the in-season, there will likely come a day when you sense a little frustration at the conditioning and skill level of the players. And we know how it feels to be frustrated as a coach because fatigue is setting in on our players or certain skills need to be enhanced.
Lots of conditioning at the high school level and below happens at the end of practice with players shooting free throws and running for misses. We think this will help the teams game-time conditioning. Actually, most of the time it doesn't. And when it doesn't, that can cost teams strategy time, not to mention lost practice time, and concerns about preparing the team properly to compete. But don't worry! We have created this blog series to identify some necessary elements to combining effective conditioning drills with a ball.
We know you have good conditioning drills and good skills drills, but lets combine the two for maximum benefit for the team. Well, before we move to fast, here are three elements that can transform conditioning drills into some of the most beneficial time in the gym.
1. Time - each drill needs to have an element of time for the action to simulate the game. Eventually the clock stops in the game so we have to evaluate a drill for time too.
2. Score - in a game situation the team is competing. Trying to do their best, improve from their mistakes, and ultimately win
3. Purposeful - running is important, but in basketball that running needs to be purposeful and then the benefits multiply from conditioning to skill development to team building and more.
Add these three elements to you conditioning drills and the frustration will ease just a bit as you know you are developing your players and conditioning them too.
Here is sample drill from the drill book we offer in our store.
We understand how important it is to have players who can create for others or score from the wing. As the off-season jumps into full speed it is time to improve, develop, and prepare for the next basketball opportunity. Making plays from the wing is challenging because defense is solid and loaded up to prevent that from happening.
Maybe you can score driving baseline or catching the ball and shooting is the skill from the wing. Continue to enhance that skill for sure, but wouldn't it be good to have one or two more options for scoring or creating from the wing. Developing the ability to create or score from the wing can save the team from turnovers or lost possessions, but will also make players harder to guard because you will have solutions to situations.
We know it is not necessary to have fancy drills or 16 options for players from the wing. Below is a workout that enhances 3 finishes and reads driving middle or baseline. This workout can be done in an hour and repeated by players on a regular basis to enhance skills and decision making ability from the wing.
The 3 finishes or scoring skills are:
1. Power Lay-up - every players needs that quick, powerful jumpstop finish with defense on their inside shoulder to score strong and create a possible and-1 opportunity.
2. Lay - up - seems simple, but scoring with a lay-up while driving full speed to the basket and going through contact can be tough.
3. Pull up Jumper - the ability to get to the rim can open up opportunities to shoot the mid-range jumper. Remember to drive hard and get the defense sprinting to cut you off - then rise up and shoot the jumper.
At EYG we really want to help equip players with the necessary skills to help them make plays or benefit their team. Check out our drop-in workouts or small group workouts this spring.
We understand every player has faced pressure situations while handling the basketball. If you have not, than you know a teammate that has experienced the intense defender or defenders crowding your space and forcing a turnover.
Developing the pullback dribble offers a solution to these three problems:
1. You will have the ability to get out of pressure or react properly to defense cutting you off.
2. Develop poise under pressure by knowing there is an escape from the space created.
3. Coaches can trust players who get out of trouble and take care of the ball.
After years of working with players to avoid or handle pressure situations while dribbling the basketball the best solution is to completely stay away from pressure, but a another option is the pullback dribble.
Below is a video and document showing a drill we recently used to develop this pullback dribble as well as change of speed and finishing at the rim.
Repeat this drill on both sides of the court to develop both the right and left hand ability for the pullback dribble.
As a result of doing this simple drill on a consistent basis players can develop a:
1. Quicker and more confident handle
2. Fundamental footwork and technique of protecting the basketball in the pull back dribble
3. Confidence to handle pressure or a defender who cuts off the drive
This is the just a layer of developing the pullback dribble.
Take a look at other videos in the blog or some of our free training videos.
If you are interested in our spring workouts take a look by clicking here or here. We have training options available for male and female basketballs from 6th to 12th grade.
Player Development Coach