Winning Hoops

November/December 2018

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WINNINGHOOPS.COM 29 SUBSCRIBE TODAY and receive a FREE Stadium Seat Cushion Readers receive the industry's best and most up-to-date articles and resources to lead and manage their high school or college athletic programs. GET COACH & AD AS A RESOURCE at Subscribers receive engaging editorial on: • Sport strategies to win more games • Program management tips • Managing facility renovations • Insight on the hottest topics • Strength and conditioning • Injury prevention and rehabilitation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DIAGRAM 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DIAGRAM 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DIAGRAM 5 stance and move the ball and his feet before he passes. 2 closes out on 3 after making the pass. DIAGRAM 3: After about two minutes, we go into the next phase of the drill, which the coach initiates by calling out "one dribble." Now, as 1 closes out on 2, 2 must make a pass off of one dribble. The reason we do this is not every player can dribble once and then make a successful pass. We encourage the dribbler to use both a strong- and weak-hand dribble during the drill. You will be surprised to learn that not every player can use their weak-hand effectively. 1 closes out and will contain the offensive player as he dribbles and then "belly up" and make a "dead" call after the dribble is picked up. DIAGRAM 4: After about two minutes, the coach calls out "trap the receiver." Notice that now when 1 passes to 2 that 3 goes with 1 and they trap the receiver. The two defensive players can work on their trapping fundamentals. During this period, the receiver can use up to two dribbles if needed to create a good passing angle. During all of the drill's phases, the receiver needs to work on giving a target and meeting the pass with one to two steps. It's especially important during the trapping segment that the receiver moves to an area where the passer is presented with an open passing lane and a hand target. We encourage all passes and catches to be two- handed for security reasons. DIAGRAM 5: Notice that when the pass is made from 2 to 5 that both 2 and 4 close in for the trap. The next sequence would have 5 passing to 6, with players 5 and 7 making the trap. This drill has been very important in terms of improving our passing and catching skills. When your players are constantly working and improving in these areas, the end result is fewer turnovers. When you have fewer turnovers, you get more shots. And remember that a strong passing team always ends up finding high-quality shots. This has been an excellent drill for us for many years.

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