12/6-12/10 Practice Review

Main Focuses:

 Read and React

Dribble Drive

Offensive Principles

Jump Stops

Natural Rotations

Transition Offense

Defensive Principles

Transition Defense

Ball Handling

 Read and React: 

 A Versatile system that contains many levels that can be run at any skill level or age. You can run this same system across all teams and be successful. This system uses key basketball principles to encourage movement without the ball, natural rotations, and natural offensive skill development.

Dribble Drive - When a player with the ball drive towards the basket in either direction, it is important that the rest of the team rotates with the ball handler in order to keep spacing and create natural passing lanes. 

If the ball handler dribbles left, then the entire team rotates to the left. If you are in the corner then you would cut baseline. Similarly, if the ball handler dribbles right, the rest of the team would rotate right as well.

Here is a video that further explains this motion

Offensive Principles:

Another skill we worked on this week is transition offense. The keys to remember is to make quick passes. A pass is always quicker than dribbling. We also want to be able to beat our defenders down the court in order to create advantages.

Defensive Principles:

Similar to offense, we also worked on transition defense. The biggest focus for defense is communicating with each other as well as knowing where to rotate. If we are in an odd man situation (less defenders than offensive players) we do not guard a specific man but instead want to always focus on stopping ball and preventing easy layups.

Ball Handling:

Ball handling will be something we practice every single practice. This is also something you can practice at home when we do not have practice. Some moves we focused on this week are:

  • Crossovers

  • Between The Legs

  • Behind The Back

  • Escape Dribble

  • Double Crossovers

  • In and out dribble

  • creativity

Remember to practice all of these at full speed with both hands. There is no such thing as too much ball handling practice. This is a critical skill for all positions and ages.

Always try and change speed, direction, and height.

Stay tuned for weekly practice updates in addition to some workouts that can be completed at home.