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Practice Ideas


Here is a fun drill to improve player's hand quickness.

1 on 1 with Passer - Weak-side Cut

The cutter, O1, starts one step outside the 3 pt. line and the defender one step inside the 3 pt. line.  A passer in on the opposite wing with a ball.  There are players or, ideally, coaches standing one step on either side of the cutter.
The drill begins when one of the coaches puts out his hand.  This keys the defender to touch the outstretched hand and the cutter to cut.  The cutter must read the defender either face cut or back cut based on which is put out.
The drill gives the opportunity for the cutter to read the defender and make the appropriate cut.  It also gives the passer to anticipate the cut.  The passer should be watching the movement of the defender as he/she should do in a game.  Based on the defender's movement the passer can anticipate the cut by the cutter.
Anticipation is better than reaction - this drill gives an opportunity to anticipate the movement by reading the defender.

Here is a great drill from former Canada Basketball Technical Director, Renato Pasquali, to help develop the skill of reading the defender.  

Defence-Defensive Perfection Drill


Youth Dev.-Footwork-Being Dynamic

Watch the clip of the Japan Women's National Team and notice how every player catches the ball with their feet in the air.

Riley Conditioning Test

The Riley Test is made up of 6 sets of 5 "down and back" runs.

Dribbling - Hesitation Dribble w/Gallop Footwork

Hesitation dribbles can be executed several different ways: stop on one foot and go, skip and go, stutter step and go, and gallop step and go.