This Bruin Ball Handling Drill is a great way for everyone on the team to warm up together and work on their ball handling. All of our players work on their ball handling, the point guards, wing players and post players need to have confidence in their ability to handle the ball. We have two lines of cones tightly spaced up the lane line. The players move cone to cone in a low athletic stance while keeping their dribble low and pounding the ball. We have a series of dribble moves the players get through during the 5 minute drill. You can implement some of your own moves or use the ones that we show and list in the video. Pounding the ball low and controlling it in their fingertips is important for the ball handler. Having their head up scanning the floor is critical in making good decisions. With the entire team working together in a drill it is a great way to get the energy going for practice and spread it from player to player.
This drill sets the tone for the rest of our practice. The team is trying to accomplish 3 sets of 25 perfect passes in a row. In holding the team to the standard of perfect pass, after perfect pass, after perfect pass, etc..you are raising the bar high at the very beginning of practice and invoking their concentration levels to be high from the start. Equally important aspects of the drill are catching passes and communication. The first 25 pass and catches should be easy to achieve, but make sure the standard is “perfection”. In order for it to be a perfect catch, the player must call for the ball or alert her location, meet the pass, catch and protect the ball, and The players involved in the pass and catch must talk during the play, and everyone else is counting the number in a row. The 2nd round of 25 in a row has some post defense that is more of a read than it is live. We split our 25 passes in half between low side post passes and middle post passes. The 3rd round of 25 is very challenging. The post defenders are allowed to poke at the ball and disrupt the catch, plus perimeter defenders are allowed to disrupt passes as well. When first teaching this drill, start with just 75 perfect passes in a row without defense. Then progress the level of the drill as you see fit for your team. On the best teamwork drills you can do and still incorporate some great fundamentals of the game.
When you can work on rebounding, being competitive, and scoring in transition in the same drill, that’s something that produces game winning plays. Competitive Rebounding allows you to compete against each other, fight for rebounding position and rebounds, and turn that rebound into points on the other end of the floor. This drill starts with a help side defender in defensive position and they recover to battle for rebounding position on the shot. If the defense secures the ball, they can initiate a fastbreak and score at the other end. The team with the most points at the end of 8 minutes wins. You can only get a chance at scoring points if you come up for the rebound. It really places a priority on battling for rebound position and pursuing the ball.