Danny Miles' Pride Drill (VIDEO) - Transition Defense, Team Offense, Fast Break, & Conditioning

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The Pride Drill is great for perfecting a team's transition defense. In addition to providing a key conditioning component, this drill also allows teams to improve their fast break and rebounding skills, and is great for boosting team morale.

The video clip that shows the Pride Drill is taken from the DVD Danny Miles' Value Point System & Daily Drills.


At one end of the court, divide the team into two (2) groups of five players, giving each group a ball. Decide on a number that you want the team to reach in order to complete the drill (Example: 60 Prides).
On the Coach's whistle, one group is to run a fast break to the opposite end of the court and either immediately score a basket, run the offense, or run a specific offensive play.
After a basket is scored, all players in the group are to go to the hoop and continuously jump for the ball with their hands in the air. As they are jumping, one or more players must shoot the ball into the basket, making a total of four (4) offensive "put backs".
The last player (or coach) with the ball rolls it along the sideline, down the court, as the group sprints to the opposite end.
The next group now begins the drill, taking the ball to the opposite end of the court to score.

Each time a group runs the floor, award the team points (between 0 and 3) subjectively based on the following:
  • Execution
  • Hustle
  • Intensity

    The drill repeats until the team reaches a specified number, as set by the Coach.

  • Teaching Tips:

    Use the Pride drill to finish each practice instead of suicides or sprints to keep up player morale and momentum. Incorporate your team's offensive plays into the drill to reinforce lessons taught during practice.

    As a team, aim to reach a certain number of "Prides" before dismissing players at the conclusion of practice.

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    Danny Miles' Value Point System & Daily Drills

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    Do you have any questions or suggestions for this drill? Let us know by leaving your comments...


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    Coach basketball says:
    12/13/2015 at 9:35:50 PM

    I hate this drill😡 it makes my kids so mad that I do not do sprinting drills anymore. (PS my kids love running sprints)


    Coach Palmer says:
    2/1/2013 at 1:32:27 PM

    Great drill, I plan on using it soon. This will help to build stamina and it also facilitates practice for running back.


    Ken says:
    2/9/2012 at 8:30:19 AM

    Coach Don -

    I agree, any drill you can do with a ball is better than just running. The longer I coached the more I realized how important practice time is. We even cut out water breaks... IF the kids wanted water all they had to do was raise their hand and IF they weren't in the drill or one of the coaches wasn't talking or teaching... they could go.... saves you a lot of time.

    We finished our practices with "situations" - they are fun for the kids and it is a great teaching tool.
    One other thing you might do is to shoot free throws after a running type drill... its more like a game situation.


    SA Coach Don says:
    2/9/2012 at 5:25:52 AM

    I coach both boys and girls at a small private high school in Cochabamba Bolivia. This is avery good drill for end of practice, especially when they are tired. This is much better than laps which they were all running before at the end of practice Thanks


    AussieCoach says:
    11/17/2011 at 3:07:03 AM

    Great drill. I am tired just watching it


    languager says:
    11/3/2011 at 5:47:38 AM

    keep sending. they serve more and more young people. thanks a lot.


    Bob Robinson says:
    9/30/2011 at 5:12:14 PM

    It''s good to see Coaches that are using the game skills to incorporate ways of getting to fitness levels. Years of watching coaches just running kids without the ball sent me crazy. Swap up your offenses and change them on the run while they are getting tired. It''s when their tired that you want them to execute!


    Chuck Rudolph says:
    4/26/2011 at 5:44:38 PM

    The kids are looking down court when they are getting back on defense, they dont know where the ball is.


    coach ste says:
    4/14/2011 at 4:09:06 AM

    great drill


    Joe Haefner says:
    1/5/2011 at 11:26:44 AM

    Coach Clevenger,

    It depends on your offense. You could run a group of 4, then a group of 5. The group of 5 could run a set play. The group of 4 could use motion principles.

    Or you could run 3 groups of 3 using motion principles.


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