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 […]
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?
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]