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PostPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 19:06 

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I am coaching a group of 10-11 year old girls. They are a lot of fun, and they improve dramatically on skills each week. They even learn plays, and defenses.

But then, in games, things break down. Our PG gets defensive pressure, and basically cannot make the first pass to initiate whatever play we are trying to run. And, of course, once the team gets out of sync, it's difficult to get good shots, or even to keep from turning the ball over. (There is a lot of dribbling around - head down - into the corner, or throwing passes and hoping a team mate will catch it.)

So I'm trying to find some way to focus some teaching time on making that first pass. Some of the things I've tried is to modify the pass to a dribble handoff, or to have a team mate try to set a pick to get the PG some extra space and time. But plays break down when the timing gets changed, players aren't in the same positions.

Any suggestions are appreciated,


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PostPosted: 08 Nov 2017, 07:02 
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Here's an article with some ideas for you on game slippage:
https://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/coaching/game-slippage.html

To improve your point guard skills when entering the ball, here are a few drills:

1) Play half and/or full court 1v1. Do this for all your players. First they need to be able to advance the ball with a defender all over them. Teach them to dribble with both hands, retreat dribble when in trouble and to keep ball away from sidelines, change speeds, and change directions with cross over dribble. There are dozens of 1v1 variations. Here are a few:
https://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/drills/1on1-grid-drill.html
https://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/drills/1v1-overlap.html

2) Play full court 3v3. Depending on how many players you have, you might want to play 3v3v3. Only rule is the PG can't pass the ball unless teammate is within 25 feet of basket (maybe set up markers or use existing lines on the court) and the defense has to apply full court pressure. You can play for 15 minutes or first to 10. Bottom line if your PG has to develop ballhandling skills to get the ball advanced and then make good decisions on when to enter. Your wings have to learn how to v-cut, change speeds, and move to get open.

You might also want a 24 second shot clock so you get plenty or transition situations.

3) Do this passing drill except use the entire gym (put players in corners of the gym... far apart) and require players to dribble towards the target (full speed) before passing. This develops "ball pick up" skill off the dribble. We go right for a few minutes and then change directions dribbling with left hand for a few minutes.
https://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/drills/4-corners-passing-version-2.html

I would also avoid teaching plays and wasting practice time getting them to memorize those. instead of would teach them "how to play" by running a motion that requires no memorization or positions.

Hope this helps!

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PostPosted: 08 Nov 2017, 13:07 

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Agree with Jeff on memorizing plays, etc.

Talked a bit about this problem in another thread. You'd had to modify based on your player's skill set and age, but I'm still a big advocate of making practice harder than a game.

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