Team Drills Introduction

Basketball drills should be timed, simple, repetitive, skill specific and have a name.

  1. Time Blocks: Drills should be used in 4, 8 and 12 minute time blocks. The more fun the drill the longer the time block, the more specific and tedious the shorter the time block.

  2. Age and Talent Specific: Appropriate age and talent are essential for the success of the drill. Stick to great drills and repeat them throughout the season adding no more than one new drill per each practice.

  3. Skill Specific: Each drill should have at least one specific skills to be emphasized and repeated.

  4. Name The Drill: All drills should be named and players will instinctively and efficiently get into the execution of the drill

  5. Competition: Push the players by keeping scores, or coming in a place or time the drill to keep players interested and intensity up.

Coaches win practices and players win games. John Wooden… ”I was always more of a practice coach than a game coach. This is because of my conviction that a player who practices well, plays well.” Take advantage of practice time by preparing ahead of time, write down the practice plan and take notes afterwards on what works and what does not with your specific team. Just like players coaches can and will improve with effort and dedication. Involving players with practice plan preparation and feedback will increase the buy-in and insure high interest and intensity.

Get practice going with a ball & skill focus and low-medium intensity drill. Two ball dribble, Maravich, St. Anthony’s Drill or First To 10 Finishing are great. Avoid applying pressure and full out sprints in warm-ups. Give players time to warm-up and get in the right frame of mind.

Do your best to end practice on a high note; a winning basket, a fun shooting drill or a great effort play to be celebrated and appreciated as a team.