In this video, learn a great basketball coaching drill you can try out with kids or a youth team.
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It's a great way to work on quick turnovers from defence to offence. You'll need about 10 players for this drill. Don't forget to download the accompanying PDF teacher's guide which will help you consolidate everything learned in the drill as well as to discuss wider themes such as empathy for their team mates and for others around them. This coaching drill would also be great for a school basketball team.
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In this video, you will learn an exercise to train players to improve their ability to make quick offense and defense transitions.
For the offense, the aim of the game is to score a basket quickly. For the defense, it is to stop the fast-break.
To set up the activity, divide players into two teams of 5 or more players: team A and team B.
Three players from team A start on offense on their own side, next to the center line.
Other players from team A form two lines, one at each sideline at the free throw line extended.
Three players from team B start on defense on their side of center.
Other players from team B form two lines, one at each sideline at the free throw line extended.
Players on team A try to score against the second team.
When team A loses possession, they run back to defend.
When a player on team B gains possession, one player of each side of the court immediately joins them and tries to score.
The other two players of team B go to the sidelines.
Repeat this when a team gains possession.
If the exercise is too hard, players on the sideline form their lines in the corners.
After a few minutes, you can add a rule.
Now, players do not have to take the ball out of bounds after a score. The new offense starts immediately.
To succeed, the attacking team should come back to defend quickly after a shot. The defending team should use the advantage it has on the other team by attacking as quickly as possible.
If you are a teacher, why not download the discussion sheet for this exercise! On it, you will find questions to help children Reflect on their learning, Connect it to what they already know, and Apply it to their lives outside of play !