GOAL: Take the pulse of the team/parents and change things up!
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 thinking.
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)
How have the parents been? Do they
know the rules? Now that the season is
well underway, you have to teach them as well to stop yelling for 3 seconds
every minute and remind them to cheer for their team and for any kid who
tries their best. Sometimes, we will
spend a late season practice scrimmaging the whole time as well. Drills are great, but let them officiate
themselves and play a game for the whole time. Also, make sure each kid gets to play all
the spots on the court. Don't make the
tall kids play near the basket all the time.
Remember, every kid thinks they are a point guard!
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.
Competitive Foul Shooting
By now you have had chances to go over foul shooting, so break things up by
making it competitive. Divide the
teams into 2 groups and have them shoot 2 at a time. First team that makes 4, 5 or 6 in a row as
a group gets to pick a conditioning drill for the loosing team to run.
Competitive Rebounding Drills
Break the team into groups of 3 or 4 and have them do rebounding of live shots
from a coach and reward the defense team if they can successfully rebound the
ball and outlet to the coach and reward the offense team if they can get a
rebound and score. Play to 5 and
losing team runs.
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
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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