John Pigatti; South Suburban College:
Multi purpose drills can be very helpful when you are strapped for gym time. Utilize drills that work on several areas on the game. For example: Use a rebounding drill that will incorporate defensive positioning, offensive action, and rebounding technique. Also the importance of rebounding is found in these statistics: 64% of all games are won by the team that win the rebounding war. 70% of all shots are rebounded defensively. Turnovers are also a key in teams winning games. The team that turns the ball over less wins 69% of the time. 74% of all turnovers are unforced (ie. traveling, bad pass, bad catch). So incorporate drills that work on pivoting, passing and catch fundamentals.
Greg Lansing; Indiana State University
The ball screen has taken over our game of basketball today. You need to teach how to have your players utilize the ball screen. You need to teach the screener how to set the screen and what to do after he screens (ie. pop back, roll to basket, re-screen). You need to also teach your team how to defend the ball screen. This defensive can be taught a your philosophy or by scouting report. Some ways to guard ball screens: Press Up and slide ball defender under the screen. Have the defender of the screen jump out hard on the ball handler and have the ball defender fight over the screen. Have the ball screen defender slide out with the dribbler until the ball defender gets back to the dribbler. Understanding the ball screen is key in today’s game.
Kevin O’Neill; USC
Ball movement from side to side makes shooting percentages go up. When the ball stays on one side of the floor, shooting percentages are lower that when ball is moved around. When running plays make sure you as a coach knows the play, especially in a time out situation. You should have all of your plays written up on a card so that when you are looking to call a play during a timeout, you have a resource. Special teams play in basketball games can win and lose games. AT USC they try to score 8-10 points on special teams plays. Special teams plays are: After time out sets, sideline and baseline out of bounds plays, jump ball plays. When running set plays make sure everyone knows there role. Let the guys with the good shooting percentages shoot, and the other screen.
Bill Donlon; Wright State University
He talked about how important individual skill development is. Dribbling is a lost art in the game. To be a good player you have to be able to handle the ball. Develop drills that incorporate the different dribbles involved in the game. Have your players go hard when they are in their drills. Teach them how to dribble behind their back, thru their legs, cross over dribble, sprint dribble up the floor etc. Utilize the entire floor when doing the drills. Push them to be better at ball handling. He never gets made when a player loses the ball in a drill as long as he is going his hardest. He talked about the importance of utilizing the inside footy as your pivot foot when catching the ball. By using your inside foot as the pivot foot you are attacking the defense. So you must have drills that have your players pushing off on either foot. Teach them proper foot work when dribbling.