Posts Tagged ‘Passing’

Two-ball drills, transfer and inspiration

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter 6.4. Now available in Kindle and paperback. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter here.

After their practice on Monday, two teenagers from our women’s team worked along the baseline on a two-ball drill that I had introduced the previous week. This is my primary purpose for introducing challenging dribbling drills: To inspire players to practice on their own. We do not spend much time on dribbling. My men’s team generally practices dribbling on Thursdays when we have fewer players. With our skill workouts, we usually work on general dribbling in one of the two workouts per week. In the 11-12 hours of practice and workouts each week, we spend roughly 20 minutes on dribbling (of course, other drills, games, and scrimmages incorporate dribbling).  (more…)

On-air drills and negative transfer

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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Problems with the triple threat

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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Talking Fake Fundamentals

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015


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Making practices game-like and training skills

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

The big discussion in practice design is transfer. What transfers from practice to games? In making practices game-like, do coaches create sufficient repetitions for skill development? If NBA players practice in isolation, should children do the same drills?  (more…)

Coaching a European Club – Week 26

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

We had a short week of practice to compare for a tough team. Our u20s played on Thursday, which meant no Thursday practice, and our starting PF and C and another player missed Wednesday’s practice because of school, work, and military testing. On top of the short week of preparation, the team that we played had joined together with another team since our last game against them, and I had no idea who would be on their team or how they would play with the different personnel.  (more…)

Team Passing Tag

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

A passing drill focused on quick passing and teamwork. The objective is for the team who is it (white) to tag every player from the other (dark) team. Only the person in possession of the ball can tag an opponent; the player does not have to tag with the ball. Each team gets a turn, and the team who tags the other team the quickest wins. (more…)

Coaching a European Club – Week 18

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

We returned to the basics this week. We started with a lot of 1v1 and 2v2 to focus on defense. Simple things: jumping to the ball, denying cuts to the strong side, etc. We also needed the offensive practice to get open when overplayed, as we were not physical or tough enough against switches in our last game.  (more…)

Tag Ball Passing Drill

Friday, December 13th, 2013

One skill that I am trying to emphasize with our players is to make faster decisions, to anticipate the next play. Our speed of play is too slow, and as I wrote, it is often due to the speed of thought. In this game, rather than steal the pass, the defense has to tag the player with the ball. This is only the second time that we played the game. In the top video, the offense has a three-person advantage (yellow and red); in the bottom video, the offense has a one-person advantage (yellow). Thus far, with this age, I think a two-person advantage works best, but we had 11 players at the workout. (more…)

Pass and Finish Drill

Thursday, July 11th, 2013