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
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
Next 20 Minutes (Quick Man-to-Man offenses)
By now you have used your creativity to build your man-to-man offense, but
there are plenty of times you will need to score quickly or early in the
possession. The most used and simple
play is the screen and roll and at this level the hardest to defend. Develop creative ways to get the ball in
the hands of your best scorer and have the best screener screen for them and
see what comes of it. Also, clearing
out one side of the court for your best dribbler will provide an easy
opportunity for them to get a quick basket.
I always liked to have a few fast plays that get a quick look, but you
can only run these a few times a game, so pick your moments to run them.
Next 20 Minutes
for quick shots
A simple screen of the top man of the zone can create a quick shot. Overloading one side of the floor with 4
vs. 3 players creates advantages and mismatches for quick shots. Sealing off a player on the low post and
bringing a cutter from the weak side around it for a curling shot. Dribble penetration into a seam in the zone
and passing it out to where the defense comes from should create and easy
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. Foul shooting after break.
Zone Offense (20 minutes) versus a trap
To start, try to teach them where on the court to avoid traps, especially
the corners in the full and half court.
Do not turn your back to the trap.
If you have your dribble still, try splitting the trap or reversing
the ball around the trap. This is
where all the skills from the man in the middle drill will come in
Keep the ball moving
either by passing, dribbling or using fakes.
Keep dribble alive until you have
someone to pass to.
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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