Using Basketball Coaching Drills to Improve Your Team
Having a team full of offensive juggernauts is every coach’s dream. Being able to put the ball in the hole is an art form, but there are basketball coaching drills you can implement as a coach that can fine tune your players overall offensive skills.
Here are some simple, yet effective basketball coaching drills you can implement right away:
THE MIKAN DRILL
The drill is practiced as follows: From under the basket, make a layup with the right hand, rebound the ball under the net with the left hand and make a layup with the left hand.
Rebound with the right hand and layup with the right hand. Continue to repeat this, alternating hands. Eventually the player should learn how to quickly grab the ball and take a shot while taking their two steps.
This drill will improve a players rhythm around the basket, and make them comfortable with both hands.
BASKETBALL PASSING DRILLS
CHEST PASS- This pass is an essential basketball skill. Work on this by standing about 6-8 feet apart from a teammate and snap off a good chest pass, stepping forward with your right foot. The teammate will make the same pass back.
Do this 10 times coming through with your right foot and 10 times coming through with your left foot. After completeing this step back another 8-10 feet and continue the drill.
BOUNCE PASS- These passes work great in the lane. Work on bounce passes by standing 6-8 feet apart from a teammate and throw a bounce pass. Ideally, the pass should land about 2/3 of the way to your teammate and bounce up to about waste level.
As with the chest pass, you will want to work at this with both legs going forward.
OVERHEAD 2 HAND PASS- These passes are great for outlet passes. Work on this by having a teammate stand approximately 25 feet away from you. Put the ball above your head, while holding it with both hands. While you are stepping forward with one foot, move the ball back so it is slightly behind your head. As your foot is hitting the ground, extend your arms outward with the ball passing over your head and make a good strong pass over the head until your arms are extended, out in front of your head.
Quality passing skills are something every good offense possesses.
There are many great shooting drills players can work on to improve their stroke. While at practice, a simple and effective drill that can get your players to get up as many game speed shots is as follows:
One player will start with the ball underneath a basket. Another player will spot up anywhere on the court he or she feels comfortable, and will be taking shots during live game action. The ball is then passed to the shooter, who catches the ball in a triple threat position.
The player then immediately shoots a jump shot, and follows the shot to get her or her own rebound, while the passer is now heading out to spot up for a shot. The initial shooter snaps off a good pass to the shooter and follows the ball out to flash the shooter to simulate live game action. This drill can be repeated for quite some time, and should be used to help players learn to shoot and pass while fatigue may be a factor.
This is my favorite overall shooting drill, as you can really work up a good sweat while using this drill.
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There are a series of videos and in depth details on these skills and drills available here: Basketball Coacing Drills
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