This is the third progression in the "Dribble Into" drill series, with the first being a jump hook, the second being a jump shot. The "Dribble Into" series drills post players on options when drop stepping into the lane. In this progression, the player makes his drop step move and the counters the defense with a step thru
High - Low Dribbles is one of a series of drills that we do with 2 balls. Here, you will see it executed through a series of chairs, but you and also do it while dribbling up the court without chairs. It can also be done while stationary.
As coaches, we take our teams to practice every day. We have our plans, we have our drills and we have our plays. Often, the process becomes the object of the practice, not the end product, playing better in games. Here are a few things that might help keep your eye on the prize as you work on the various parts of the game that are necessary to improve.
If is often said that games are won and lost on the foul line. How many more games do you think you can win if you can force your opponent to worry more about defense then they are about making the foul shot. Here is an attack off the foul shot that just might make them do just that.
I see a lot of questions regarding full court offenses and press breakers to combat full court pressure.
I don't believe that breaking pressure is a function of pattern play but rather a function of spacing and philosophy. Knowing that, here are a few things to think about that may help in executing against all types of pressure.
In basketball, you could be the best shooter in the world. You could have range beyond the moon. You can be faster than a speeding bullet. If you can't get your shot, it doesn't matter. If you can't get the ball in a place you can score from, you become a non-shooter. How do you get the shot you want?
Coaches spend hours and hours orchestrating offenses while saying that defense is mostly hard work. "Offense take s talent," goes the coaching saying, "defense takes desire." It is true; more can be accomplished with hard work over skill, on defense. But that is not to say that that coaches shouldn't teach defense as well as the teach offense. Most coaches teach defending the ball, denying the wing, playing the post, etc. I have not seen enough coaches teach defensive philosophy, tactics and situations as they do on offense.
The evolution of basketball marches on. The game is a living, breathing entity that, like a shark, must keep moving ahead or it will die. Those of us that have been watching for decades can readily see the changes. Those too young to remember the game in the 60s, 70s, 80s and even the 90s will see the changes from now forward.
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.