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February 28, 2018

Footwork, conditioning drills for ball-hawking defenders

by Joseph Kubacki, formerly of Cathedral High School, Springfield, Massachusetts

Time is always of the essence, and too often it seems as if the repetitions of footwork drills in practice lessen as the season progresses. To remedy this, our staff discovered a way to combine two benefits into one task by incorporating defensive f...

February 5, 2018

50-second shooting and conditioning drill

by Don Kloth, Warren Township High School (Illinois)

This is a combination shooting and conditioning drill that we use at least once a week. DIAGRAM 1 (see below): The 50-second shooting drill has two players at each basket in the gym. 1 breaks to the right sideline, cuts to the free-throw-line area a...

November 7, 2017

Competitive shooting drills to challenge players

by Justin Remington, Martin Luther King High School, Riverside, California

Pushing the pace of your players during practice, or forcing them to compete against one another, properly prepares them for game-time situations. Here are two drills you can implement into your system, helping them improve shooting, rebounding, pass...

October 30, 2017

Teaching your players to get tough

by Kevin Hoffman, Editorial Director

The most important virtue for any basketball player is talent. But what’s talent without the competitive spirit, or toughness, that consistently motivates your team and drives it to victory? Teaching your team to play tough and battle during every...

September 25, 2017

Structuring a well-organized plan for practices

by Don Kloth, contributing writer

After more than 40 years of coaching high school basketball, it has become apparent to me the importance of having an organized practice plan. How a coach sets up his or her practices and how effectively they are run ultimately determines a team’s ...

July 24, 2017

Drills to teach the single-post offense

by Michael Murphy, contributing writer

Almost all our team shooting drills will incorporate actions or concepts out of our single-post offense. Practicing the field goals you attempt in a game will only increase your shooting percentage. Furthermore, the proper execution of these breakdow...

July 6, 2017

Don Meyer’s shooting games and free-throw drills

Don Meyer, the NCAA's winningest all-time men's basketball coach, loved to keep his practices simple in nature. He shared his favorite six shooting competitions (with six free-throw-shooting games to follow) that he used at practices to help develop ...

June 23, 2017

5-out motion offense helps players read the defense

by Carlos Lopez, formerly of Centennial High School, Pueblo, Colorado

Our high school is small and our team lacks size. As a coaching staff, we felt that we needed to develop an offense that would help overcome this size differential and allow our players to do what they do best on the offensive side of the court. The ...

June 1, 2017

17-seconds drill

by Richard Dardenne, Kingwood, Texas

This is a great drill to develop trapping abilities and defensive footwork within your team. It also works on transition play and encourages passing the ball while under heavy defensive pressure. DIAGRAM 1: Position players as shown with a coach inb...

May 5, 2017

Challenging your team to get more deflections

by Tory Mansfield, Castle Rock, Colorado

[caption id="attachment_9390" align="alignright" width="336"] Photo: Thomas Sorenes[/caption] Every coach wonders how they can improve their defense or score more points. Getting more deflections is one way to limit your opponent, leading to easy ba...