Basketball Coaching Drills

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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If you've never run your own team before, rest assured that there are a handful of tried-and-true basketball coaching drills that almost all floor generals use. One of the first basketball coaching drills that most players learn (and learn to loathe) is the "Mikan" drill, which consists of shooting layups from alternate sides of the basket in rapid succession. In the long run, this tedious game can pay huge dividends in hand-eye coordination.

One of the biggest problems youngsters face when shooting layups is synchronizing their right arms and left legs (and vice versa). Most right-handed kids naturally pick up the skill from the right side, while southpaws learn to master the left-arm technique. The problem is, when these same kids rise to the higher ranks, their defenders will learn to spot weaknesses in their arsenals and exploit them. A crafty defender can force his player to "go left" even if he's weak on that side--a move that often forces a turnover.

Additional Basketball Coaching Drills

Any kid who's ever played in an organized game has more than likely come out of the locker room to run "layup lines." Here, the team divides into two groups. A player dribbles to the basket from one line and shoots a layup while a player from the opposing line runs in and grabs the rebound. This is the case regardless of whether or not the shooter makes his shot. The players then switch lines and continue the drill.

As your kids progress in their skills, you can start to work in more complex basketball coaching drills. "Odd-man defense" and fast-break drills are great ways of practicing floor coverage and mechanics at once and teach players to capitalize on their strategic advantages in game situations. Quite often, one team finds itself a player up or a player down on the court and must either turn that edge into two points (or at least two foul shots) or turn that deficiency into a successful defense of the goal.

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