2-Cone Contested Lay-up Drill

This is another lay-up drill that uses the idea of the 1-second advantage (Renato Pasquali). Read more

Foster’s 1v1 Transition Drill

This is one version, or one way, to do the Foster’s 1v1 Transition Drill. Read more

Slalom Dribbling and Lay-up Drill

A drill that I picked up from a French basketball clinic online. We use it as a finishing drill during our high-school skill workouts. Read more

Coaching a European Club – Week 16

After reading through some of my old blogs, I realized that I had gotten too far away from a skill development emphasis. One reason is the lack of an assistant coach – when I split up posts and guards to do some position-specific skill work, one group is by itself. Generally, this group does not go as hard as if I was watching them, so the skill work is less effective. I stopped the guard/post breakdown for a period of time for this reason, and because there were two weeks when we were missing all of our true post players. This week, I decided that it did not matter; we needed more of an emphasis on skill development.  Read more

Coaching a European Club – Week 7

In our final week of practice before our first game of the regular season, the local schools took trips. This made me realize how young we actually are, as despite having 14 players on our current roster (plus a 15th out with an injury), we did not have more than seven players at a practice until everyone returned from his trips on Friday. Seven players is a bad number for running a good practice, especially in a gym with six baskets. Read more

Game Awareness and Ball Handling

As I watched a group do a simple ball-handling game, I realized an unintended consequence. Because of space constraints, I played one big game rather than several small games, and used multiple balls to increase the activity. When I added the third ball, things really got interesting. The third ball (with 15 players) really forced all the players to be aware of their surroundings. Players turned their backs, lost sight of one of the ball handlers and suddenly were tagged without ever seeing the player who tagged him. With younger players, and more players, the drill worked even better. Read more

2v2 Rugby Transition Drill

Here is the 2v2 Rugby Drill from the Playmakers Basketball Development League Transition League curriculum.

Dribble Foosball Drill

Here is the Dribble Foosball Drill (via Casey Wheel) from the Playmakers Basketball Development League Transition League curriculum:

Individual Tag Ball-Handling Drill

Here is the Individual Tag Ball-Handling Drill from the Playmakers Basketball Development League Transition League curriculum:

Here is a second progression for individual tag, using shuffling instead of running. All players shuffle or ruffle (via Train 4 The game) – players’ legs cannot cross the midline of their bodies. Moving laterally, no crossover steps; moving forward or backwards, legs cannot cross the frontal plane.

Team Tag Ball Handling Game

Here is the Team Tag ball-handling game from the Playmakers Basketball Development League Transition League curriculum:

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