Adding a competitive flavor to a basketball drill can make it much more effective because kids will generally work harder and get more focused to master the drill.
Without the competitive aspect, players will quickly get bored and simply go through the motions. We all know you need to be focused and work on the little things to get better.
Use your imagination when adding competition. The possibilities are endless...
If the drill requires shooting, you can keep track of made baskets and award the winner.
You can add special rules like: 2 points for charges, 1 point for ball deflections, and 2 points for steals.
You can award "permissions" every time you notice a kid really doing a good job with the drill. Award the 3 kids with the most "permissions" at the end of practice.
You can award teams that don't drop a single pass during the entire drill.
These are just a few examples but I'm sure you can come up with more.
Tip #2 - Developing good habits.
It's common for coaches to make the mistake of showing a drill and then walking away trying to get ready for the next drill. Or coaches just aren't watching close enough to notice some bad habits forming.
You need to watch your players very closely and make sure they do the little things.
For example, when running a shooting drill, make sure each player has their knees bent when they catch the ball, pivots correctly, squares their feet to the basket, holds their follow through, and so on.
For a defensive drill you need to make sure they always see man and ball, keep their hands out, keep a wide base, and so on.
Your players will no doubt slide if you don't watch them closely and correct their slippage at all times.
You run drills to develop good basketball habits. And it's impossible to develop good habits unless you watch closely.
Tip #3 -Write down your "points of emphasis".
To avoid forgetting important points, you should have a cheat sheet for everyone single drill that you run. I personally have a "points of emphasis" section on every practice plan.
These are the things you want to watch closely during the drill to make sure your players are performing this aspect properly.
Attacking zones is not as complex as it might appear. Effective zones attacks rely on ball movement and player placement and spacing that patterns or cutting.
I addition, once you make a pass off the top, all zones are the same.
When playing against a zone you need:
Ball reversal option near the top A strongside option A weakside option A post option A baseline option
Players should be spaced far enough apart that the defense has to make a decision as to who to play and create some indecision. How you get there and what cuts they make is up to you. The cuts should be short enough that the player can beat the ball to the spot.
The next thing is ball movement. The more the ball changes side of the floor and the more it goes to the middle the more difficult you are to defend.
I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you need more information.
Don Kelbick Contributing Editior, BreakthroughBasketball www.DonKelbickBasketball.com
nice drills in your section here. A helpful tip for any age is having your players wear "Dribble gloves" during some drills. These are simply very tight jersey gloves with tips cut out. It teaches your players to dribble with thier finger tips, and will make them better ball handlers.
thank you for your effort that in my point of view as FIBA instructor is helping all young coaches to take there basketball knowledge into a more modern and organize which will help there players to master there basketball