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Defensive Fundamental-"Jump to the Ball"

One of the first, if not the first, team defensive fundamental that should be taught to players is to "jump to the ball."



Euro Step

With good defensive play it is very common for defenders to be in proper position near the basket to take charges. For this reason players need to learn to finish in a variety of ways to avoid driving into well-positioned defenders. The "Euro Step" is an effective offensive technique all players should learn.



Horns Flare to Diagonal Back Screen

This Horns set combines a diagonal back screen with a screen the screener action. 



90 Degree Pivot Drill

Proper footwork is the foundation for success in basketball.  However, as important as it is, most coaches are guilty of not spending enough time doing basic footwork drills during practice. 



Building the Athletic House-"Stack the Cones Relay"

We hope coaches take the approach that they are going to help each of their players become better athletes and help build their "athletic house."  Agility and quickness are key qualities in athletes; here is an excellent relay that can help to improve the athleticism of your players.

Stack the Cones Relay:

Divide your team into 3 groups of 4 and have the groups start on the baseline.



Chair Drills-Reverse Pivots to Lay-ups

I believe pivoting is one of the most neglected skills in the game. It is imperative that young players are taught how to pivot and are given enough opportunities to repeat the skills of pivoting so that it becomes a habit.