Ok, as I have said, I will be working with Infantil ‘A’, these are the best 12 Boys at the Club born in 1999. Some real stars!!!! We started with 60 then by the time I arrived with the team it was 19 and now we have our final 12. We train 3 times a week, 90 mins per session plus 45 minutes physical training before or after training with a different coach. All very professional with 2 Assistant Coaches, a Physio and a Team Delegate-io at every session.
We have a friendly game this week against another big Club in Madrid…Fuenlabrada…at their place…we are all looking forward to it, coaches and players…
In training at the moment we are covering:
- 3v0/3v3 working on reversing the ball, we play 3v0 continuous and there must be a ball reversal before a shot, not many patterns, the kids tend to use pass cut and replace or pass move towards the ball, receive back, reverse ball and cut….no specific spots, more or less on the wing more or less at the point…lots of good spacing though. When it gets to 3v3, this is continuous, up and down, after a score you defend the new team coming on from the baseline full court…again, no shots until there has been a ball reversal.
- 1v1 Defence, no technical details, just stay on balance, no lunging for the ball and players must attack the ball with their hands, we play 1v1 and it is also pushed in 3v3 games.
- Wing denial…this is full body on the passing line, no vision of the ball at all…this is putting a lot of pressure on the ball handler, and obviously stopping wing entry passes. We play 1v1+ passer, the players get caught with a back cut a lot but thats fine, as we will have help. This looks great in the 3v3 games…all 3 defenders can really go at it…plus if the offence want to score they have to play hard 1v1 or work hard to receive the ball…
- Also traps…the players are told to force the offensive player to cross over, once he does, a team mate must come from elsewhere to trap. They are also told they can Jump Switch, these are not at set places on the court, we just play 3v3 and the players are told to use their instinct and go for it. The players are told they can do it at anytime in a game. In a full or half court situation. We havent drilled it, we just use good demonstrations…then let them play…encouraging the ideas we spoke about.
We also shoot for 25 mins per session:- working on mechanics or shoot in 2s, shooting competitions. We have mainly worked in 3’s (pass from point to wing, receiver shoots, rebounder under the basket, 2 basketballs going) working on receiving, pivoting /stepping in or running from the basket-jumping into the air-catching in the air and landing on 2 feet facing the basket, on balance. This is all relaxed, no races, just shoot…competitions are fun.
The sessions are up beat, good atmosphere and its still early doors, but early signs look good for a successful season of development.
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