Players in the summer can either get better, stay the same, or get worse, but one of the three is happening. If you have a son or daughter who loves basketball, than our summer Elevation Basketball Academy is a place to start the skills transformation of any young player.
Below is a path that we believe can start to give players the skills and confidence to make plays and help create an awesome basketball experience for themselves and their team.
Every player has heard - "CUT" or "MOVE" after passing the ball into the post, and I know I have yelled it as a coach. Right at the moment that player posting up catches the ball players stand and stare. Look at that post player hold the ball. This is crazy frustrating because playing off the post can create some excellent action to create opportunities for teammates.
As a young player I thought once the post player had the ball it was time to let them go to work while we stand around and wait for something to happen. That does not help or work very well. The standing around can cost a team valuable possessions and opportunities to put pressure on the defense. Basketball is moving in a direction of being positionless, but that means there is a greater opportunity for all players to post up as well as for all teammates to learn how to play off the post. We recently did a workout training players on the beauty of cutting off the post
We know you don't want to stand around and watch your teammate make plays and coaches don't want players standing and staring while the game action goes on. Maybe nobody directly post ups, but at some point a player will get the ball in the post area and need a teammate to help them out by making a cut. Here is a play off the post workout that progresses from 1. Breakdown drills 2. Challenge Drills 3. Competitive Drills. Developing the skill of playing off the post and creating that automatic habit will lessen the chance of having to yell "CUT" or "MOVE" or for a player standing around and watching. Instead they will be cutting and creating for high level action.
Whether you are a player looking to make plays or a coach or parent looking to elevate someones playmaking ability this workout can help.
When growing up as a player it was under my impression that basketball conditioning was running without the ball. The harder it was - the better all of us got. This continued into my early coaching career, but has changed dramatically over the years. Yes, there is a time and place for running or training without the ball and all of us have different approaches to conditioning. However, we all realize how important our practice time is in order to prepare the team.
It does not have to be conditioning or skills; it can be conditioning AND skills work. Individual skill work as well as team skill work. When I was coaching a team there were 5 Benefits to combining skills and conditioning:
1. Teamwork - during these drills the team had to work together in order to compete well enough to beat the score of the drill
2. Competition - with the scoreboard/clock running and the points, plus turnovers being recorded it felt like a game. At some point the horn sounds and the performance was assessed.
3. Game-like - the team was working on game-like skills such as passing the ball up the court, changing directions to make a play, or running the floor to receive the perfect pass.
4. Development - at the core of the drills is the development of ballhandling, passing, cutting, and finishing that we would use in the game. It had a purpose and the team was getting better individually and collectively.
5. Mental Toughness - after missing so many lay-ups or making bad passes the drill would restart which created tension or we accomplished the score which created confidence for the team. Whatever happened taught the players to embrace the process and work through the temporary pain to compete until the end.
If you are in search of some new full court drills check out our packet here or browse the sample below or the one in our previous blog. The Full Court Conditioning and Skills Packet has times and score for each drill.
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