May 28, 2004, Newsletter Issue #164: BREAK DOWN DRILLS

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Any offensive or defensive strategy that a basketball team employs can be "broken down" by the basketball coach and practiced in much smaller parts. Learning, refining, and mastering a part of a sequence is much easier if the sequence is smaller or shorter.

A coach could take a specific part of the basketball teams` offense and make it into a shooting drill that mimics the execution of the play. For the most basic example: A line at the point, and a line under the basket can be used for a variety of drills. The point can practice his passsing and entering the offense while the player beneath the basket can get work on getting open at the wing and establishing a pivot foot. Add extra players on defense for the next progression. Next the passer could cut to the basket for a "give & go", or set a screen for a pick and roll. Add a line on the opposite side side of the floor and you could practice setting screens and using screens in a "motion offense" or reverse the ball to practice your passing and timing in the "flex offense"
End every rotation with a shot, a block out and a rebound.

Now you`ve practiced getting open, passing, screening, using screens, and shooting all while working on the execution of your teams own offense. Additional work on rebounding and defense makes the drills that much more valuable.

With "break down drills" a team can get a maximum amount of repititions and and the coach can concentrate on the details of execution in a smaller, more controlled setting.
This will lead to optimum improvement in all areas of a teams performance.

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