European club basketball schedule: Unicaja Malaga

I found the following in FIBA Assist, Issue 37. It is a sample weekly schedule from the Unicaja Malaga Junior Team, one of the best clubs in Spain and throughout Europe.

MONDAY
The team coach must have reviewed the video of the team’s previous game by Monday, as well as one or two videos of the next team that his team will play.
Morning:

  • The players with scholarships work with the individual development coach. The training lasts an hour or less.
  • Training is reserved for point guards, shooting guards, and small forwards.
  • Training is exclusively designed for individual player development.

Afternoon:

  • The team does specific work following the yearly plan of the club.
  • The team will work on individual game concepts and team game concepts in one-on-one, two-on-two, and three-on-three situations.
  • The training lasts two hours.
  • The distribution of the work on half court, half court+fast break, full court, and game rhythm is designed by the strength and conditioning coach:
  • – 20 minutes of warm up.
  • – 40 minutes on half court.
  • – 10 minutes on half court+fast break.
  • – 10 minutes on game rhythm.
  • – 30 minutes of shooting.
  • The coach reviews the previous game with the team and discusses and assesses the performance of individual players.
  • The strength and conditioning session is organized by the strength and conditioning coach either in the gym (weight training) or on the court (quickness, footwork, jumps, body balance, flexibility, injury prevention).

TUESDAY
Morning:

  • The scholarship players have individual work designed by the individual development coach.
  • The training lasts one hour or less.
  • Training is reserved for big men: power forwards and centers. Training is designed for individual development.

Afternoon:

  • The team performs specific work following the yearly plan of the team coach.
  • The team works on both individual and team concepts according to the mistakes made in the last game (based on notes taken by the coach after having viewed the game video).
  • Training lasts two hours.
  • The distribution of the work on half court, half court + fast break, full court and game rhythm is designed by the strength and conditioning coach.
  • Strength and conditioning work will last one hour at most.

WEDNESDAY
Rest day.

THURSDAY
Morning:

  • Scholarship players have individual work directed by the individual development coach.
  • The training lasts an hour or less.
  • Training is reserved for point guards, shooting guards, and small forwards.
  • Training is focused on individual development of the player.

Afternoon:

  • The team performs specific work following the yearly plan of the team coach.
  • Team works on team concepts (both offense and defense) according to the specific preparation for the next game.
  • Training lasts two hours.
  • The distribution of the work on half court, half court + fast break, full court and game rhythm will be designed by the strength and conditioning coach.
  • The strength and conditioning work will last one hour or less.

FRIDAY
Morning:

  • Scholarship players have individual workouts directed by the individual development coach.
  • The training lasts one hour or less.
  • Training is reserved only for big men: power forwards and centers.
  • Training is exclusively directed at individual development.

Afternoon:

  • The team performs specific work following the yearly plan of the team coach.
  • The team will work on team concepts without defense in five-on-zero, five-on-five (60 minutes), and shooting (60 minutes).
  • Training lasts two hours.
  • Strength and conditioning work lasts one hour or less.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Game: Let’s play!

CONCLUSION
Before of the game, the team does 60 minutes of shooting (volume).
The most important questions for each player after the game are:

  • What have I improved on today?
  • Am I a better player this week than I was last week?

If the player feels that he has made improvements over the previous week, that means that the workouts during the week have been properly designed. If the answer is “no,” more attention has to be paid in upcoming practice sessions to specific areas of individual player weakness.

By Brian McCormick, PhD
Coach/Clinician, Brian McCormick Basketball
Author, Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development
Director of Coaching, Playmakers Basketball Development League

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