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.
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
By now the players are sick of beating on each other in practice or are
bored with the drills and prep time, so with the end of the regular season
nearing, now is the time to let them show you what they have learned. Divide the team up in equal groups and make
sure you break up friends. Allow them
to coach themselves and leaders will emerge naturally. Break out the scoreboard and keep track of
the score so one team isn't dominating.
Next 20 Minutes
Continue with the scrimmage, but now give them some problems….injured
player, player with fouls, only can score off of a pass, no baskets outside
the lane, etc….allow them to figure out a way to be creative.
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.
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.
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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