Drill: Mikan Drill

The lay-up is a skill that seems easy but requires constant practice before it becomes second nature. Practicing it at an early age with both hands will help the youth become more confident to get those easy baskets whenever those opportunities arise.

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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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Drill: Wall Taps

Imagine there is 15-seconds left on the clock and your team is up by 2 points.  The opponents take a shot and miss; however, they grab that offensive rebound and score the bucket to tie the game. Your team could have won the game, if only you practiced some of those rebounding drills. How do coaches ensure that their players are going to soar up to get that clutch rebound in the dying seconds of the game to secure the win, or try to get those second-chance opportunities on offence. This drill is designed to help that young athlete improve their vertical to obtain and secure those rebounds, both on offense and defense.

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Drill: Rebound-Outlet-Finish (Gordon Hayward)

The rebound, to the outlet, to the finish might be one of the simplest but prettiest plays in basketball. And though its only three steps, it’s far from easy. Gordon Hayward (albeit a much younger, skinnier version), a forward for the Utah Jazz, walks us through it.

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