This is a drill out of our 60 Fun
Youth Drills Ebook. This fun drill is great for developing player skills such as speed dribbling and catching. You also develop some dodging skills.
Each person is given a basketball and is in a small circle in the middle of the court. The coach is to stand in the middle.
With a soft skin ball in your hands, call the name of a player and throw the ball into the air. The player will then leave their basketball and runs to get the soft skin ball.
Every other player then dribbles as fast as they can away from the person in the middle. When the player catches the ball and yells "stop", everyone must stop immediately and set their balls down beside them.
The player in the middle with the "soft" ball may take three steps toward the nearest student and attempt to throw the ball at them. If the target is hit with the ball, that person must give their basketball to the player that got them out and go to the center of the court. If the person throwing the ball misses or the ball is caught by the target, the original person stays in the middle. Everyone then returns to the middle and the ball is thrown in the air and a new name is called.
Remind players that they must push the ball out in front of their bodies to speed dribble effectively.
The number of steps taken to get close to the target may be changed depending on the size of the gym.
The circle in the middle can be close to the person throwing the ball or it can be moved away form the middle, depending on the gym size.
I have mix players middle school students and high school students, and I need help how to coach them, our first practise will be this Sunday, and I don''t have any idea where to start, and some of them they never played basketball, so I really need help how to start teach them easy way, if you can send me step by step what to do as soon as possible I will appreciate you. Thanks
I really appreciate the depth of BreakthroughBasketball's library of material and your insight into what makes players tick (ie. balancing fun, technique development, work and game strategy etc.). I'm enthused by your healthy approach to sports and impressed with your in-exhaustible knowledge of B-Ball at all levels. I have a suggestion that may make your broad knowledge more accessible to beginning coaches like myself.
I'm a dedicated masters swimmer who gets my daily work outs from a website called SwimPlan.com. The site generates (5) different work-outs per day that draw from their library of the (4) strokes (Butterfly, Back, Breast & Free) with different time intervals, distances, drills and warm ups and cool downs. It's all geared to the age and fitness level that the participant inputs. There's something appealing and challenging to having works out handed to you rather than having to digest all the material and design it yourself.
I know how lazy this is going to sound but I'm going to say it anyway: The "Sample Youth Practice Schedule" is a great template to start with. If you could design and make available a program that would fill in a daily practice schedule by drawing randomly from your extensive library it would save us coaches from having to read through and evaluate the merits of each drill/situation set-up and fashion a well-rounded practice schedule. It also would encourage us to try some of your less orthodox fun drills (ie. F-A-S-T, Musical Slide etc.). I think this suggestion might give you an up-spike in coach performance.
You've done a mountain of wonderful work and are moving daily/team exercise in a new and accessible direction. Many thanks for your breakthough innovative spirit... Tim
thanks a lot for these drills am planning a one day basketball camp on the 13th June 2009 for 10-14years and 15-18years old but i only have one basketball to use and am expecting 50 participants.what are the drills that can make the day very memorable,educative and capture the attention of all the participants and not leaving anyone unattended to. am a volunteer coach and currently am not in a position to afford your 60 fun drills e book from Kenya because the shipment expenses are way above my income is there away we try to make fit my budget because i really desire to have it and use these drill to my boys and keep them away from child labour [very rampant] in our community and give the very exciting basketball drills through this book. thanks
It will be tough with only one ball but can be done. I would do lots of footwork drills without the ball (front pivot, inside pivot, drop step, step through, and sweep). Then take those pivots and use them in the context of the game -- moving without the ball, blocking out, defensive slides, post defense, etc.
I would do lots of "moving without the ball" drills. Have them cut off chairs, use screens, etc to get open. The movement will keep them from getting bored. Take parts of an offense and turn them into drills for moving without the ball. Try to incorporate fun games too.
Just so you know, the fun drills ebook does not require shipping fees because it's delivered through email as an e-book.
I am former amateur basketball player, presently, I coaching Elementary & High School Teams. I like your fun drills sent to me for free, Can you send me another fun drills for Offense & Defense? Thanks.
I am a Detroit Parent Basketball Coach. My team is now Number 1 in the West. I need a good drill to use against Tall Girls. I am 5' 2, All of my girls are shorter than me. i have the shortest team in the League. They are fast, great Defense and passing. Its just Defending tall girls. We play the tall team that we loss against next week. What drill or play can i use against them.
Hi, I'm looking to try and get an idea of how much skill or knowledge of the game of basketball 11-13 years old should have, barring they've played basketball before. I am coaching a team this year and I've never coached kids this age. Any ideas?
I have a group of nine 10 year old boys that I am coaching this year. 6 of them have never played basketball before; 3 of them have played together for the past three years. Should I start our first practice reviewing the basics with the whole team. Can I teach positions and plays at a second practice?
For positions, without going in to a long rant, let's just say you don't want to pigeon-hole young kids into a position (post, point, etc). You never know where they will end up when they get older and who will grow. So young kids should learn all skills and all positions. That is better for their long term development.
Yes I have been chosen to coach an all girls ages 7 to 9..I have never coached basketball....but do have 7 years coaching experience in youth football...I need help...this is mostly first year players...thanks
i am a first year coach working with first year basketball players aged 10. All the kids are athletes just not basketball players, we do very well in games until the teams we face use a 1-3-1 half court zone press. How do I beat it? We are lucky to have practice once a week for an hour. Need something simple.
Richard - With only 1 hour a week, it's probably not worth spending time working on anything specific against 1-3-1. Too many other important things to work on. If you have time, you can put in a simple press break that can allow you to beat the traps and also serve as your offense (the 2-1-2 press break alignment puts players in gaps of the zone). https://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/offense/press-breaker.html