The post below is an longer verbal clarification to the recent video I made on Corona Proof practice with my Elite Academy guys.
Self-Toss + Find the window
1 Starts in the corner with a self-toss to the wing.
Drives either base or middle and finds the window to 2.
After the pass X2 has the option:
A) Hands down = shot
B) 1 step towards ball + hands up= drive for lay-up or mid-range score (depending on what to train by the coach)
1 should drive to score and be able to give a one-handed push pass out of the dribble as well as a late pass in the air. Important is that eyes sell the pass. Let them play with the eyes to ‘fake’ the defender on the bucket lines. 2 should find a window so he breaks the “three in a row” and becomes visible for the driver.
We use the phrase: “Talk the task”. In which players must say what they do e.g. “middle drive” / “shot” / “drive”. This reinforces what they are doing as well as learning to communicate.
Make it competitive:
Play multiple teams after each other – each team has x number of minutes on each side. Scores can be:
- 3 points for a 3-point made field goal attempt – If it’s a 3-point attempt with foot on the line we score this 1 point and not 2 or 3.
- 2 points for a mid-range score
- 1 point for a lay-up
All the following drills can be made competitive according to coaches wishes and desires
Self-Toss – Finding a window + Into & out of space
After the pass 1 sprints “out of space” as in rule #3 in our Dominoes offense: Into & out of space. An extra player (3) with the ball will pass for a shot
Next to all the focus points from the previous drill we must add to react quickly and sprint out of space to the best available spot. Basic rules could be:
Early pass – same side relocation
Late pass – opposite side relocation depending on location of the pass
Hot potato – Find the window + Into & Out of space
Start with a game of ‘Hot Potato’ – with a max number of passes before X1 picks a side. O1 must drive the other side and go out of space.
Only (allowed) to train with 4 and a coach? Make X1 the next guy to pass by passing him the ball after the first drive. Or pass it yourself (as a coach)
Wheel up/under + Into & out of space
Now we play with 4 players, in which we use a short corner to wheel up/under on a drive.
Start with Hot Potato. This starts a base/middle drive.
Middle drive = wheel under
Baseline drive = wheel up
O1 has the following options:
A) If wheel up/under shows hands = pass
B) No hands = finish the drive and score
After the score, O1, spaces out for a 3p shot from 3
Start with 3 players and don’t use the hot potato
You can also put the passer underneath the basket to have an extra spot in the out of space.
Wheel up/under – Into – Find the Window + Into & out of space
O3 starts behind O1 with a ball – we have added O4 underneath the basket (behind the baseline).
After the wheel up/under:
- O4 catches the rebound and steps back behind the baseline
- O1 sprint to the opposite 3point line
- O2 becomes X2
- O3 starts a base/middle drive to give a pass and O1 finds the window
- X2 gives one of the reads from the first finding the window drill
After the pass:
- O3 sprint out of Space
- O4 passes the ball for the shot
Mike de Kraker is Head Coach of our U16 boys and Co-Head Coach U21 team at the Elite Academy.
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