Intensity Jump Shots excellent drill for shooting repetitions and for conditioning. It requires changes of direction, for game type movement, excellent footwork, for balance and speed and good conditioning. It also serves as a basis for many more drills that will allow you to work on a variety of skills.
Ball screens have been an intricate part of basketball for a long time. Even kids with no coaching eventually find their way to ball screens. But just like any other skill, understanding how and why will make your ball screens more effective.
For years coaches have been practicing situation plays. Putting time on the clock and a score on the board (20 seconds on the clock, red up 2) and saying, "Here is what we do now," has been used since Naismith. It is great for execution and it is easy to isolate the situation during a game by calling a time out.
However, I was never comfortable that I was able to teach key strategic principles between the beginning of the game and the end. There comes a time when the opponent ceases to be the other team and becomes the clock. For instance, there are shots that are fine (even encouraged) in the body of the game, but not when you are up 4 points with 45 seconds to go. That doesn't mean it can't be done, just that I was not comfortable with it. Here are a couple of things that have been great for me.
When I started coaching over 30 years ago, I like most others, ascribed to the notion, “make practice like the games.” In fact, as coaches, we try to make practice harder than games.
It made sense. When practice is more challenging than games, the games become less difficult and, theoretically, the games become easier and players play better. As my belief in many situations, I think that many coaches take action without first evaluating what the results might be. This is the way they learned so this is the way they work it, whether it was effective for them as a player or not.
Basketball coaches love statistics. Many coaches, and TV commentators, seem to believe they tell an accurate story of a game. Winning coaches use them to pump their coaching ability and losing coaches use them to explain where their players let them down.
Basketball coaches all over are looking for ways to improve and trying to find ways to sure up the things we believe we are weak in. One are that I hear about over and over again is rebounding. There is not a week that goes by when someone doesn't ask me, "How can I improve my teams rebounding?"
It is the off-season, time to get better. Work on your skills, shooting, ball handling, passing, defense and your conditioning. Of all the things you want to work on, conditioning is the toughest. It is hard for a basketball player to work on something without a basketball in his hands. Multi-tasking is the key to improvement in basketball.
If you can improve your conditioning while working on your skills, the job becomes easier. Below are some things you can do to improve your ball handling and work on
your conditioning at the same time.
Most young players, as the grow, try to emulate players that they feel are good. They use the players as models of what type of player they would like to be. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact I believe it should be encouraged.
However, I believe that if you are going to select or encourage models, you should look past the numbers and the highlight reels.
Coaching is teaching. New ideas, new thoughts, trying to find ways to improve your players is all a part of coaching.
Coaching is also about control. Many coaches have become so involved with "my way or the highway," that they miss the overall objective.