Drill: Pass and Chase

Imagine you are in a very close game with 30 seconds left in the 4th quarter and your team is on defense. You steal the ball from the opposing team, and are now on a breakaway with defenders sprinting down the court to try and stop you from making that basket. How do you make that lay-up while moving at such a fast pace and under various amounts of pressure? Developing this skill may take some practice; however, this drill will help young athletes feel more comfortable in making lay-ups under pressure in a fun and engaging way.

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Drill: Change of Speed

Good basketball players separate themselves from others by being efficient with the dribble. Coaches love players that can attack the basket without over dribbling. Change of speed is the most basic (yet effective) way to beat a defender. It’s a crucial skill to have – especially for guards.

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Game: Physical Tic-Tac-Toe

This game really is a gem.

Taking the classic pen-and-paper game Tic-Tac-Toe and adding a simple physical competition, Patrekur Johannesson (Coach of the Austrian Handball National Team) has created a warm-up game that is simple, effective, and most of all – fun.

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