Basketball Offense Drills

Basketball Offense

How do you handle goal setting? Hi {sForename}, Happy Halloween! Be sure your players are safe and encourage them to make smart choices this evening … you don’t want your season and possibly your players’ futures derailed by doing something stupid tonight. This week I’m interested in your goal setting for the season. Some coaches swear by getting season-long, team and individual goals down in writing, then revisiting them throughout the season. Other coaches only want the team to get together and set goals as one unit. So I ask you…how do you handle goal setting? Are you having players do it now? Did they already do it during the summer? And, are you asking players to put together their individual and team goals? Do you focus on one or the other? How often do you look at these goals? If a player is struggling to make a goal, do you readjust or reset some of them to make them more realistic? Or, is it a life lesson to not make a goal? I’d love to get your ideas on this timely topic. Shoot me an email at michael.austin@basketballcoachweekly.com with your thoughts. The last two questions revolving around Louisville and the FBI, and on the topic of captains, drew some fantastic feedback. Let’s keep it going! Today, I have a drill for you to teach more aggressiveness in your post players. It’s called ‘Take It’ and works on having your posts snatch the ball away from an opponent and try to score against contact. And in today's fitness section learn how to boost strength and power. Yours in basketball, Mike's Signature Michael Austin, Head Coach, Basketball Coach Weekly Last Chance: FREE Transition Drills Subscribe to Basketball Coach Weekly before midnight tonight and let qualified hoops coaches from around the country share their experience with you. Increase your confidence and help your team perform better on the floor. And, in September you'll also get a free copy of my Transition Drills report PLUS up to 2 additional basketball coaching manuals when you subscribe. Subscribe to Basketball Coach Weekly and get: Transition Drills Free in October with Basketball Coach Weekly • Proven basketball drills, plays and advice direct to your inbox - you'll never have to search for help again • Printer-friendly pages so you can take drills straight to the court • Ideas from clinics around the country that you can use with your team • Easy to use drills and fun activities to keep your players motivated, engaged and work on their conditioning • Tried and tested plays - from some of the best coaches in the game • Your free copy of Transition Drills, but only until midnight tonight. Subscribe now ‘Take It’ Teaches Toughness

‘Take It’ Teaches Toughness

From Basketball Coach Weekly   Post players get used to aggressively taking the ball away from an opponent, getting in proper position and scoring against contact in this competitive drill.   Why use it   Post players always aren’t going to receive a perfect entry pass on the block. The game requires them to track […]

Score On The Move

Score On The Move

From Basketball Coach Weekly   Get players continuous reps of running in one direction, then cutting toward the hoop, catching a leading pass and scoring at the rim without putting the ball on the floor.   Why use it   Players need to get into the routine of scoring without constantly dribbling as they are on […]

Build Those ‘Animal’ Instincts

Build Those ‘Animal’ Instincts

From Nancy Jones, head girls coach at Twin Falls High in Idaho   The ‘Animal Drill’ develops the toughness you want combined with the quick-thinking you need for players to continue to improve within your program.   Why use it   Many transition drills feature a set offensive and defensive team. In this drill, the […]

See a zone Run these actions

See a zone: Run these actions

Zones are meant to confuse offenses, so be sure your players know exactly what to run as soon as the opposition changes course and moves from man to zone.   Why use it When a team quickly throws a zone at you, it’s best to have a set offense to run so you players don’t […]

'Viking' gets the post more involved

‘Viking’ gets the post more involved

From David Polett, Vistamar School in El Segundo, California Pull the big defender away from the hoop and take advantage of the mismatches this creates with pick-and-roll action after ball reversal. Why use it You’re still working with a lack of size, so this play works well to pull larger defenders away from the basket. […]

Score 3 pointers against a 2-3 zone

Score 3 pointers against a 2-3 zone

Quick passbacks force a 2-3 zone to cover a lot of space in an instant, which pokes holes in the zone and allows you to find openings for jump shots. Why use it A quick passback to start your action slightly shifts a defender into a perfect position to be screened. From there, a dribble […]

Sharpen full-court-transition-offense skills

Sharpen full-court-transition-offense skills

From Bert DeSalvo, former Division I and II men’s assistant & Division III women’s head coach Sharpen full-court passing, timing, a touch at the rim and conditioning in this fast-paced drill requiring focus, speed and hustle. Why use it Sometimes you just need your team to get running during a practice. This drill forces players […]

4v4v4 Fuels Competitive Fires

4v4v4 Fuels Competitive Fires

By Loree Payne, head women’s coach at Puget Sound University in Tacoma, Washington. This drill does it all – works on scoring with a numbers advantage, defensive communication, hustling back on defense, matching up and digging deep to beat teammates. Why use it A level of competition should be a part of everything you do […]

‘Inside Out’ Pushes 5 Players Toward Goal

Set a time goal for the 5 players to get up the court and back while completing the proper passes and scoring layups at both ends in stride. Why use this drill This drill shows players how quickly they can get up the court and transition into offense, even if it’s off a made shot. […]

Lots of movement sets up backdoor

A lot of screening and motion goes into this set in which the opposite post comes high, sets a ball screen, rolls and eventually gets a pass from a dribbling wing. Why use this play Arizona’s offense has five players constantly moving, which keeps the defense on its heels and creates open passing lanes. Set […]