Newsletter #202

December 9, 2020

Today's Quote:  "I would never recruit a player who yells at his teammates, disrespected his high school coach, or scores 33 points a game and his team goes 10-10." - Dean Smith


Today's Theme - 1-on-1 Drills

First see this video from Sheri Coale.

 Sheri Coale 1-on-1 drill

Our Favorite 1-on-1 Drill

We use this as both an offensive and defensive drill.  The offensive player attacks the defender 1-on-1.  Each player has a partner (opponent) that he/she goes against 1-on-1.  Have post players pair with post players, and guards pair up with guards.  Each pair has a ball.

Use both ends of the court.  The player with the ball starts at the top of the key and tries to make a dribble-move, or shoots the outside shot.  The defender tries to stop the offense, box-out and rebound.  The offense gets a point for (1) each basket made, (2) for each offensive rebound and (3) if the defender fouls.

No second shots are allowed.  Each pair keeps track of their score.  Play to 5 (each player gets five offensive attempts).  At the end, the losers do 5-10 push-ups.

1-on-1 drill

Rotation (see arrows in the diagram)
After a pair finishes their duel, they get in line on the other end of the floor, but switch offense and defense for the next possession.

Offensive players work on their 1-on-1 moves - jab step, shot fake, dribble moves, etc. The offensive player attacks the defender to simulate what really happens in a game.  In addition to running this drill from the top of the key, you can also run it starting from either wing.

See:  Partner Drills

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