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Yesterday, on my way to a game, I was trying to understand a Spanish conversation about defence…turns out they were talking about how hard it is to teach 10 year olds to play defence and stay with their man. I thought back to last time I was here and remembered what the Head coach and I taught to the 10 year olds. After reading my notes from last time there are lots of interesting ideas. I have said before that watching his sessions are a master class in building good foundations…. I still agree with this 3 years later.
Throughout the season we covered the following…
- Mechanics -extending the arm, snap the wrist, flexing the legs
- Shooting close to the basket with both left and right hands
- Perception of pass…is the pass there or not.
- Passing with 1 hand
- Long passes
- Chest and bounce (not a priority)
- Non Dominant hand
- Speed dribble and changing rhythm
- Cross over
- Through the legs
- Behind the back
- Spin move
- Normal Lay up both sides (normal being a finger roll with the outside hand)
- Missing step
- Avoidance Step
- Hop Lay up
- Different release of the ball…with spin, without spin and shooting the ball…
Stopping and Going
- Jump Stop and stride stop
- Cross step and lead step
- Teaching the travel rule
Occupying 5 spots
- Court organisation
- Contact with defender
- Dribbles to attack the basket
- Choosing the best option
- Front cuts
- Inbound passes
- Ball you basket
- Aggressive attitude and activity
- Defending the player with the ball…feet between feet
- Changing from attack to defence
- Assigning who marks who when prepared and who marks who when un prepared
These topics were decided before the team was picked and were stuck to no matter what….now this could be a good idea…or not depending on your point of view. The idea behind this gives you something to focus on and keeps you on a straight path. To get beat on rebounding wasn’t a problem…but to have a team with better shooting mechanics was a problem as it was something on our season plan. Of course you could do the opposite solving problems as they come…no harm in that, a season plan is just an idea. Each of these topics were covered every session, the bullet points were either taught in the 1st half or second half of the season. Shooting was taught for 24 minutes every session, 8 of those minutes focused on mechanics alone. The other 16 mins were in competitions. Some topics were put together into one exercise for example 1v1 offence and defence or non dominant hand dribbling and long passes…
As for how topics were taught….
Here are some typical exercises…
To work on non dominant hand, crossovers and passing. In pairs facing each other one pounds the ball the other stands 4 metres away, the non dribbler throws his ball with one hand (weaker hand) and tries to hit the ball, the dribbler must cross the ball quickly to avoid losing his ball.
To work 1v1…play 3v3, tell the players that if they have a player infront they must attack him…if help comes or someone gets in the way pass…if not take the lay up.
1v1 full court, start on the baseline, offence starts with 10 points, every dribble he uses, he loses a point….so if he dribbles full court and dribbles 1o times he gets 0 points…uses 9 dribbles he gets 1 point etc. 1st to 20.
Shooting mechanics…in pairs…shoot to each other 3 metres apart…”Free Willy”… hand and wrist must look like Willy the whale jumping for freedom.
Fast breaks…coach stands under the basket facing up court with a ball in each hand…he has a team of 3 on each side of him, he drops the basketballs, shouts go and its the first team to score at the opposite end…no rules, just win the race.
Defence, tap your offensive player on the shoulder all the time until he gets the ball. With the other hand point at the ball. You must adjust your body and feet all the time to be able to do this. If you stick to this, you will never lose your man or the ball. This idea was applied in games too.
Looking for and keeping contact…1v1 in a channel, defender starts on your hip, 2 cones close to the basket about 150cms apart, similar to a gate, offense must take layups steps through them. Defence must try to push and force him away from the cones.
I could go on all day…
Apart from the defensive exercise, I believe the above exercises could be great for even 18 years old…the skills involved are technical, just how they are delivered is the difference.
It’ better to see. Here is a video of my team now (in blue)…not last season, but the season before when they were Champions of Madrid. I worked with some of these players using the above exercises last time I was here.
These exercises were designed for 10 year olds and the video below is when they are aged 11.
Check out the shake at 6:16 and the pass at 9:55.
All sessions were fun, competitive, full of technical skills but taught in a fun or gimmicky way. We never used the same exercise twice, even if it worked really well. All sessions were designed full of new ideas catered to our group each week. If something worked great, if it didn’t, we stopped it asap and moved on. All exercises were 8 mins long, 1 minute was a quick demo and they were off with no help, next 6 mins we helped and coached, the last minute we stood back and watched.
The players played a major part in there own development. Gravitating towards their own style of playing.
They do this by picking and choosing what they liked to do best…
Speed dribble and changing rhythm
We taught stutter steps, hops, go stop go, jog then sprint, this list goes on…so there was always variety. The same goes in finishes, passes etc…The intention was to not create 12 players with the same skills but to create 12 individuals…some players used some of the moves taught and some used others.
Teaching lots of different styles and techniques searches for hidden talents…if a player has an amazing knack for beating people off the dribble but their coach preaches passing…you might never see the gift that player has.
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