Since that first visit here in 2007, I have seen a lot of exercises, by some great Coaches at Club Estudiantes….the bulk of my notes were taken in 09/10 season when I spent 5 hours a day watching sessions. I had a look through my note books and picked out these to share…
The idea behind this forces the player to have a good first explosive step and smart use of the first dribble. The players were asked to play 1v1, they had to try and get through the cones, but…..there is a catch….you can only use 1 dribble to get through the cones, once you pass through the cones you can have as many dribbles as you like. Some players got it, some didn’t, it also depended on the defence, but…a good idea and the goal of the exercise was achieved.
Change of Direction
Players play 1v1 full court, its not a real situation over all but the change of direction was…they could use behind the back, through the legs, crossover, or…just carry-on if the opportunity was there. The player with the ball must try to get through to the other basket via the cones, the defender must try to block the gates…as the beautiful diagram shows…the defender blocks the first gate, change of direction occurs….that is the main change of direction we were looking for, any extra crossovers or scores were a bonus.
The most common way for players to get past their opponents 1v1 is a change of rhythm….slow to fast, fast slow fast etc….in this exercise the players had to try and get 2 cones ahead or make the the defender get 2 cones ahead, the defender had to try and stay along side the attacker. The fast players could just burst out the blocks, but that is easy…so they were asked to use hops, stutters and fakes to trick and play with the defender.
This drill is started using the famous “Tips” drill. When the coach shouted go, the player who caught the ball in the air lands and outlets the ball to his team mate. This can be used 3v3/3v4/4v4 etc…this gave an active start to the fast break drills.
On the right side of the diagram is a different way to start, both outlets are on the same side, so they can work to receive the ball or deny the ball to the outlet etc. Traps were used also. Lots of ideas can be loaded into this exercise.
1v1 and 2v2 Continuous
Just to get a lot of reps, let players find their way and try out new moves we have 1v1 and 2v2 continuous…after a score, the defender outlets the ball and the offence plays defence on the new player/s coming in. Sometimes the ball was inbounded, sometimes it wasn’t…sometimes there were limits etc. Outlet players can start in the corners, or free throw extended or the can go and take the ball off the rebounder. 2v2 was done with no dribbles to work on cuts. You could tell the scorer to do a backward roll before getting back on defence…forcing 2v1+1…etc
The players can’t dribble, they can pass and move where ever they like but…. they must try to catch the ball in between two of the sets of cones before they score. This worked passing and off ball movement. Very similar to Atlaspheres….:-)
3 players along the baseline, after you pass, you sprint, the outside players will be on offence, the middle on defence. Once the 3rd player catches, he races out of the blocks, has 2 dribbles and solves the problem…he must read the defender and decide which pass to make, weighted chest pass, a bullet or bounce pass…pass with 2 hands or 1 hand. Be creative!
This is similar to the above exercise, but they are closer together, the defender guards the off ball player, the off ball offensive player must front cut or back cut during the fast break….
Tips into 3v0…on the coaches signal, rebounder catches, turns and attacks, the other 2 run wide. The ball handler must pass to the player furthest ahead. Simple tactical read…
Apart from 2v2 and 1v1 continuous the rest were seen once, then disappeared. The continuous exercises were used again but for different purposes…offence or defence, use of limits and so on. Starting the exercises with tips was an idea used a lot but again for many different exercises. I hope that these exercises can be of some help to you, alter them and change the emphasis.
While I was back in the UK last week the team I work with were in Vitoria…playing in what many consider the ‘Real Championship of Spain.’ The senior teams have Copa Del Rey, and if their team have a youth section they take their U14s team to play in Mini Copa. The only other famous youth programme that wasn’t there was Rubios old club Joventut, as their senior team were not in the top 8 of the ACB at the cut off date. It is considered the ‘Real Championship of Spain’ because, the teams that are there are all quality programmes, where as in the actual championship of Spain you end up with clubs there that are not from big basketball regions. So this is normally a look at what the standings will be at the end of the season…Madrid won, then Barca…then Estu, everyone is very proud of the boys and it says a lot about the club when you consider the money the other 2 clubs have to buy players from around the world and that Estu relies on its reputation of being a club that can develop players. Anyway…congratulations!
No game this weekend…5 of my team play for the Madrid Selection Team… they are getting ready for the next regional tournament…2 regional tournaments per season gives the selection panel another look at Spains next generation. Madrid were second to Catalonia over Christmas…1999 is a good generation for Madrid we will see if this group can get back the title they won 2 seasons ago! I feel very privileged to be working with Spains finest!
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