GOAL: Making adjustments during games without having to call timeouts or
wait for end of periods.
First 10 Minutes
Talk to the players and encourage them to work hard and have fun. Concentrate
on better technique today and tell the players what will be done during this
practice. Plus go over some new rule
each practice, or something that might have happened in a pro or college game
and how it applies to their level.
Also, review the previous games and ask the players what they think
went well and what needs work and see if it matches what you were
Next 5 Minutes (Stretching)
Stretch legs for two minutes and stretch arms for two minutes. Stretching
prepares the muscles to prevent injury. The last minute should be used to jog
around the field once.
Sit, with legs extended out flat on the
ground in a V position. Lean forward, reach for the toes and pull back on the
toes. Hold for a 10 count (have the girls count down from 10). Repeat. This
works the hamstrings, calves and lower back.
Sit, with legs extended out flat
on the ground in a V position. Reach and touch the right hand to the outside
of the left foot. Mimic the other side. Hold for a 10 count on each side.
This stretches the outside of the upper back.
Stand straight, bend a leg behind
the body, grab the ankle and pull the heel toward the backside. Hold for a 10
count. Mimic with the other leg. This stretches the quad muscles.
Stand straight and extend the
right arm behind the body. Grab the right wrist with the left hand and pull
back and over toward the left side. Hold for a 10 count. Mimic with the other
arm. This will stretch the front of the shoulder.
Next 20 Minutes (Game Management)
By now you have played enough games and have seen most types of offenses and
defenses, so you need to start focusing on your weaknesses first to keep
improving. Also, your player
strengths/weaknesses are easy to pick out, so augment your offenses/defenses
so that you can maximize the strengths.
Also, when asking what a certain player does on a certain play, have
someone that never plays that position describe it for the team. This reiterates that every player should know
what each position is responsible for and makes on the court changes easier
to manage if the players themselves can help their teammates make adjustments
without substituting or calling timeouts.
Next 20 Minutes (Offense)
Basic Man to Man Sets
Every coach loves to draw up plays on a board and here is a chance to be
creative. My advice is to use simple
sets and then teach the players that they are designed to get everyone moving
without the ball and to look for one another.
Also, at this level, if they can reverse the ball at least once, they
make a defense work that much harder and will open up more chances. Use a basic 1-4 setup, high or low and
become creative with screening the ball and away from it, places to cut and
uses of the dribble. Try it versus man
to man or zone defense, you might be surprised how a man to man defense works
against a zone defense.
Next 3 Minutes (Water Break)
Before the break, while the players are tired, shoot some foul shots. Give the players time to break for water.
It is extremely important for the players to remain hydrated at all times.
But have them hustle back to the court.
Four square shooting
Use at least 8 players with 2 players at
Shooting follows his shot, passes
back to his line and rotates to the next line.
Best when timed and players keep track of
Start shooting in close and move
back as appropriate.
Foul Shooting Rebounding
Show what each spot's responsibility, offensively and defensively. Whose responsibility is the shooter and
little tricks about how to get around a taller rebounder, such as rolling
around and trying to steal the ball.
Also, those not on the line should go over to the bench for
mini-timeouts in case you want to change defense/offense.
Next 3 Minutes (Water Break)
Give the players
time to break for water. It is extremely important for the players to remain
hydrated at all times. But have them hustle back to the court. Coming out of the break, take time to shoot
some foul shots.
Now that you have advanced to playing games, you should have controlled
scrimmages where you can go over problem areas, reiterate new concepts and
set up real game scenarios that they players try to figure out without the
coach's help. Go over certain
scenarios only a few times, and move on even if they do not get it, and
review again next practice.
End of Game Scenarios
If possible, put 1 or 2 minutes
on the clock, and one team up by 2 or 3 points, and let them play it out on
their own. Put one player on each team
with 4 fouls and give each team 2 timeouts and each team shooting the bonus. After it plays out, review what went well
and what needs work and replay the scenario again.
End of Practice
Foul shooting when tired is the best way to simulate end of game. Introduce end of the game plays. Begin to show them plays that can be used
in the last 10, 5 and 2 seconds of a game or quarter. Start from half court inbounding. Then,
while the players are drinking water, huddle them together for a talk. Take
this time to recognize the work that was done well, but also discuss what
needs improvement. Always finish the talk in an upbeat, positive way. Tell
the players the next practice time and follow up with an email to their
parents. Remember to place hands together and yell, '1, 2, 3 (with the team
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