POWERFUL Team Basketball Drills To Help Your Team Improve FAST!

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This section has good team basketball drills, geared towards coaches.
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Running a set of good drills is a good start ... But, keep in mind that basketball coaching consists of many different parts, and together, these parts make a whole. The information on this page helps you deal with one part of coaching. However, to be highly successful, you need all the parts, you need a complete coaching system...

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Here's an important article on "effective drilling", featured in our Elite Coaching Newsletter:

Dear Coach,

In our last email, we showed you the importance of planning an
effective basketball practice. You learned the different elements
of a successful basketball practice, including the selection of
offensive & defensive formations...

Today, we want to share the secret to good performance in a ball
game. This secret can help your players develop skills,
conditioning, and confidence.

The secret is effective drilling, or choosing the right set of
basketball drills to run in practice...

The importance of carefully selected, organized, and well-executed
drills cannot be emphasized enough. All drills should compliment
your offensive & defensive formations, while stressing
fundamentals, improving conditioning, challenging your players, and
keeping them motivated.

The purpose of drills is to stimulate game conditions as much as
possible and improving individual as well as team skills. A coach
has to decide what drills to use and how long to spend on them.
They should be simple and competitive, while covering as many
techniques as possible. Its good to be selective, so you're not
using too many, or too complicated, drills.

The coach must take his time explaining each drill in great detail,
so they can be absorbed by the entire team. The coach should give
the reason for each drill and thoroughly explain the correct
technique because:

- When players understand the drill, they'll gain confidence.
- When the players know the reason they're doing something, they'll
be more motivated.
- Spending time on showing correct technique can save lots of time and
headache later on in practice. Moreover, players who fully learn
the technique can teach other players who are not catching on as

Generally, early on in the season its important to use conditioning
drills that emphasize basic fundamentals. As the season progresses,
the drills should focus on advanced skills, teamwork, and
offensive/defensive strategy. Getting the players in shape and
keeping them well-conditioned is always a top priority.

Although you should have a core set of drills that you like to use,
its important to include some variety from time to time. This
serves as a change of pace in the daily routine. New drills
stimulate the players mentally to learn something new, and it
prevents them from getting bored.

The pre-game or warm-up routine should include a very carefully
selected set of drills that emphasize technique and team
coordination, while helping the players break a light sweat. Do NOT
tire your players out during the warm-up routine. Work them lightly.

Another consideration when selecting drills is how well they
reflect your offensive and defensive philosophy. This is why its
good to have a big library of drills that you can choose from.
Everything you do in practice should be focused around your overall

Before you start teaching your players, tell them about these 3
steps of learning:

1) The student must be prepared and willing to learn. The good
coach can grab and hold the players' attention and teach the
importance of accuracy and technique before speed.

2) Practice makes perfect. Once the technique is learned, the
drills need to be practiced by the players in their off-time as
much as possible.

3) The final exam will be in the first couple of games. Players who
fail will have to "retake the class", meaning that the coach will
have to hold a private session with them and teach them the drills

Here's additional pointers you need to keep in mind when selecting
and running drills:

- Choose team drills that involve groups of 2-3 players.

- Complicated drills should first be broken down into parts. Once
the players learn each part, its time to put everything together.

- Everything should be repetitive and instinctive. Practice each
drill until players don't have to think about what they're doing.

- Perfect performance and execution should be demanded from each
player. Technique and accuracy are the main goals, and the coach
has to be critical in pointing out even small mistakes.

- Give players a reason to be competitive. Challenge them to
improve the execution of the drill in each practice. This way, you
hold players' interest. Offer rewards and punishments.

- Short, clear, easy-to-remember names should be assigned to the
drills so players know exactly what to do when the name is called.

Teams develop unity though drills. Players get to see each others
habits, movements, and attitudes, and they learn how to work
together. Whenever you have your players do a physically strenuous
drill, follow it up with an easier drill so they can recouperate.

Keep in mind that several small groups are better than one large
group, because players will challenge each other to work hard in
small groups. In large groups, many players tend to slack.

To keep your players anticipating the next practice, you should
incorporate a fun drill at the end of each practice. This way,
they'll leave the gym with a positive frame of mind, looking
forward to meeting you again.

Until next time,

Wishing you a lot of success.

Basketball Drills and Plays

The above article is featured in our Elite Coaching Newsletter, which you can subscribe to for free!

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