GOAL: To introduce next levels of offense and defense and begin reviewing
previous game and how to make adjustments during a game plus be more set
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 (Full Court Passing and Dribbling Drills)
Now we take all the basic
skills of passing, dribbling and shooting and incorporate them into a series
of full court drills so that you can see how they handle everything on the
move. Give the series of drills a name
so they can do these and any drill on a moment's notice without much coaching
to get it started. Basically pair them
up and go through a series of drills in your assigned full court area that
Chest passing back and forth around the inside of the perimeter of the
court. The outside player keeps his
back to sidelines and stays inbounds and switch positions when they go
Outlet pass and speed dribble for
a full court lay-up and then switch on the way back.
Outlet pass and speed dribble to a
jump shot from the foul line and switch on the way back.
Outlet pass and speed dribble to
the foul line and jump stop and bounce pass to the passer for a lay-up and
switch on the way back.
Coaching Points Remind players of eye contact for
passes. Make sure they speed dribble with
their head up. Jump stops on the foul line. Maintain form on all shots.
Next 20 Minutes (Defense Series)
Depending on the skill level of the league and players, you will at some
point be allowed to trap in the front or back court. You need to begin by explaining how and
when to trap. My advice is to trap in
the corner of the front court to start with and how to approach the ball
handler when they have the dribble and when they don't. This is called corralling. Explain that if the player has their
dribble, you need to be more cautious and if they pick up their dribble can
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.
Defensive Trapping (players not trapping)
Now teach those closest to the trap how to read
the trap. If the player being trapped,
but still has their dribble, always have to guard closest to the basket. If the player picks up their dribble,
defense can anticipate more closely to the trap. If the player turns his back to the basket
in the trap, then can anticipate the next logical pass. Let the offense think it is open and then
be ready to at least step in or deflect the next pass.
Defensive Trapping (retreating back to cover basket)
If the offense beats the trap, teach the players coming back to the
defensive basket that they need to retreat into the paint and find someone
close by to defend. Everyone needs to
sprint back to the paint and then recover to their position or man only when
the basket area is properly defended.
Players love to trap or press, but
they need to know the consequences if they don't hustle.
Successful pressing is not from
the trap, but reading the next pass.
Deflections are good because they
will frustrate the offense.
Sprint back on defense to the
paint and then recover.
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
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 revearsing
the ball around the trap. This is
where all the skills from the man in the middle drill will come in handy.
Keep the ball moving either by
passing, dribbling or using fakes.
Keep dribble alive until
you have someone to pass to.
End of Practice
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 name)!'
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