As our team agreed on during our pre-season player meeting, we will be focusing on the following this season:
1) Defense (man to man)
3) Ball security (take care of the ball / minimize turnovers)
4) Offensive scoring fundamentals and skills
We believe that by focusing on these 4 areas and putting the most emphasis on these areas, we’ll have the best chance for success.
Along the same lines, I believe you can only be good at 3 or 4 things. And if you try to do too much, you won’t be good at anything.
With that in mind, here is the plan for our 10th grade boys first day of basketball practice:
Day 1 – Basketball Practice Plan and Drills
Intro (3 min)
Quickly review our core values. Get everyone locked in.
Rebounding (15 min)
On Ball Defense (20 min)
- Push step
- Hip turn
- Hip turn, push step.
- Hip turn, cross & sprint.
- Close Outs
Note: These drills are hard to explain without video. All the defense drills and concepts can be found on Jim Huber’s Man to Man Defense DVDs.
Footwork and Shooting (50 min)
Form shooting (3 min)
All footwork together (5 min)
Dribble to chair in post – all footwork (30 seconds each)
Note: We want players to learn our footwork terminology and become proficient in the 3 pivots and 3 counters that we teach — because this footwork is used in post moves, perimeter moves, dribble moves, boxing out, coming off screens, and other situations. These situations are easy to teach once they learn the base pivots and counters. These are the same pivots taught by Don Kelbick.
Motion offense / screening / shooting / passing / footwork drill (30 min)
- turn down screen
- 4 back
Note: I haven’t had a chance to diagram or get video of this drill. If I get some time, I’ll try to get some video of it.
Ball security / ballhandling / conditioning (15 min)
Defense – 1 Pass Away (if time)
1 Pass Away Drill
Shell Drill – Pass, Skip, Drive
Free Throws (20 shots)