Coaching a European Club – Week 24

After last week’s game, I went back to the basics this week: we focused on basic movements. We worked on shuffling, quick sprints, hockey stops: basic simple movements. We aren’t quick enough – in our feet or in our minds. I added a change-of-direction speed (CODS) component to our finishing drills, as we have done previously. I wanted to focus on getting into a better stance and moving better and quicker. […]

What comes first: lack of footwork or lack of calls?

In my volleyball game last week, the opposing setter used a “deep dish” set for the entire first set. Between sets, I asked the lead official if this was now legal. He replied that the setter did the same thing every time. I asked if that meant that my setter could catch the ball and Read more about What comes first: lack of footwork or lack of calls?[…]

Improving Offensive Footwork: Extension Lay-up Drill

In youth basketball, coaches should utilize a variety of lay-up drills that focus on different things, such as speed lay-ups, contested lay-ups and bad angle lay-ups because lay-ups determine the outcome of games. The following is a half-court lay-up drill focused on footwork, finishing with both hands and utilizing a good first step to minimize dribbles and maximize offensive efficiency.

The drill is simple. Each player makes three of each kind of lay-up before switching to the left side (a total of 24 lay-ups in the entire drill). Every lay-up starts on the wing at the three-point line, free throw line extended. As the previous player goes, players spin the ball and catch on a one-count or jump stop with knees bent and butt low. Each move uses only one dribble and three steps. Players must learn to extend with the dribble on their first step. […]

Extension Layup Drill

Here is the Extension Lay-up Drill from the Playmakers Basketball Development League curriculum. The drill is a series of one-dribble, three-step lay-ups: Traditional lay-up, reverse lay-up, inside-hand lay-up, and crossover lay-up. The traditional lay-up and reverse lay-up use an outside foot pivot foot, and the inside-hand lay-up and crossover lay-up use an inside foot pivot foot.