Drill: Defend The Mirror

This quick little drill is a fun one for the youth while helping them with their defensive reactions and their off-ball offensive fakes and hesitations. You can allow the players to be as silly as they want or you can have them focus more closely on doing basketball movements.

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Drill: Partner Running

Being quick and developing leg strength is important for the game of basketball. In this drill, it will introduce resistance to a simple movement while slowly increasing the load in helping to improve acceleration and lower body power.

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Drill: V-Cuts

Introducing the V-Cut to youth will help them to understand how to create space between the defender and themselves. The V-Cut drill is very simple to teach and helps them to improve creating separation through fakes, hesitations, and change of pace.

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Game: Deny the Touchdown

Deny the Touchdown is a great game to incorporate another sport to teach the skill of passing in basketball.  The game helps to work on when to pass at the right time, how to cut and get open without the ball and learning how to deny passes on defense. Continue reading “Game: Deny the Touchdown”

Ultimate Basketball

Have you ever heard of the game called Ultimate Basketball? I know I haven’t. However, when I looked at the sport of Ultimate Frisbee and how that can be related to basketball, there are actually some similar learning tactics for each sport. This game focuses on the passing elements of basketball without the dribbling and the combination of two sports that results in a fun and somewhat competitive environment for your young athletes to learn specific skills of both sports.

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Closeout – 1 on 1

Closeouts are extremely important in today’s game of basketball because many of the forwards and centers are able to shoot from outside and the defenders must know how to effectively stop the dribble drive to the basket and put a hand up to contest the shot. This drill helps young athletes practice the closeout while engaging in some scrimmage play, either one-on-one or two-on-two games. These young athletes are able to learn how to properly closeout their offensive player and also practice their offensive awareness skills.

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