Drill of the Week
In this installment of Drill of the Week, we are developing Nirra’s handle and floater while continuing to develop her ability to come off a screen.
This drill offers a way to condition your players while they have to focus on multiple parts of their game (i.e handle, passing, reading the defense, talking).
First, Nirra starts by entering the ball in to the wing. As she is entering the ball in to the wing, we place a manager to defend her to make her work on ball handling and passing with pressure. As Nirra enters the ball in to the wing, she runs her defender past the cones, setting her up to step back and receive the ball at the top of the key. This action comes out of our chin series, where our players must be able to read their defender and get open off the screen correctly.
Once Nirra has received the ball, she will rip through quickly attacking the middle of the floor. This is where we place a second defender in the middle of key as a help defender to make Nirra use her floater. There are a variety of ways that you can develop your floater. You can shoot them off one foot, two feet, off the jump stop or even euro step. Whichever way you choose to do so, make sure you focus on your touch and consistent follow through upon your release.
Lastly, after Nirra makes her floater she will get the ball out of the net and move toward the sideline. Once she is here, Nirra will go one-on-one against a defender work on her ball handle under more pressure. This a great time to increase pressure on your player and have that player explore what combination of moves that can be effective for them.
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The latest addition of “Play of the Day” takes a look at a dribble over option in our offense. We utilized the initial dribble over to create a pin down screen and post up option. We scored in the post off of the initial post up many times throughout the season or went into the post after the pin down screen. The weakside of the floor is setting up a flare screen for our shooter.
In the second video clip we utilized the curl on the flare screen, as the play before the defender was beat on a 3pter on the flare screen. Our post player makes a great on time and on target pass to create a lay-up opportunity.
The last video clip shows us utilizing the flare screen for a 3pter. You can see that on the initial dribble over we do have looks directly into the post or high low into the post. Make sure you run your offense so that every cut , pass , and screen creates on scoring opportunity.
The first part of our Spring Drill of the Week series includes sophomore guard Nirra Fields. In this drill we are looking to work on Nirra’s first step, two dribble pull-up, and ability to read a defender and come off screens.
We start by placing the ball on a pylon. As Nirra approaches the pylon she is looking to snatch the ball quickly, while ripping through in to her dribble. It is important for the ball handler to rip the ball through low to keep command of their dribble. Once Nirra has taken her two dribbles, she will pull-up for a jump shot outside of the lane in front of the defender. The defender is placed here to simulate help defense from the weak side. Once Nirra shoots, she will track any rebound and finish with a make.
After Nirra has scored, she will pass the ball to the top of the key to a manager. As the manager receives the ball, Nirra will feel her defender and make the appropriate read coming of the stagger screen. She will then get the pass from the manager and finish the drill with another made basket.
In many of our drills we like to put our players in a position to make multiple decisions. We like to teach them to make the right reads and give them the confidence to go on the ‘next play’ whenever they make a mistake.
Be on the look out of our second installment of Drill of the Week coming shortly!
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