Teach your kids how to pass, shoot, and "D up" like the pros with these basketball drills and practice tips.
This is an invaluable drill in that it covers many fundamental aspects in a time-efficient manner and can change team or individual weaknesses into strengths with the commitment to always using the drill.
To be able to produce in a game you must have practiced the skills over and over at a quick pace. This playbook helps sets the foundation for players to increase skills and technique.
Extend arms out and push ball back and forth with your fingertips. Once you feel comfortable with the ball extended out in front of you, move the ball high above head and low in front of your ankles working the ball in the same way.
Spend a little time during each practice lined up along a court line about 20 feet from a partner, shooting back and forth and trying to have the ball bounce as close to the line as possible.
This steady, relentless pressure over the course of the game will harass and tire the opponent. It will cause the offense to make bad passes and force turnovers that opponents would never make if they were allowed to dribble up the floor uncontested.
Keep playing until the offense scores or the defense gets the ball. Award one point for getting the loose ball, and another point for the scores.
With this drill we want our offensive players working on their 1-on-1 moves ... jab step, shot fake, dribble moves (in-and-out, crossover), etc.
If the offensive player gets the rebound, the defender has to do five push-ups. They get the message soon about the importance of boxing out.
The point guard must know his role on the team, whether he is expected to be a John Stockton-type assist man, or a scorer like Allen Iverson.
So a bad practice doesn't bother me as much as it used to, so long as we play hard on game night, and so long as bad practices don't become a habit.
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