Notes and Observations From Three Practices.

Practice Segments

1) Meet in Locker Room

2) Skill Work (30 Minutes)

“Best way to improve your team is to improve the individuals.”

3) Team Fundamentals (30 Minutes)

4) Team Defense (30 Minutes)

Offense to Defense

FullBack, HalfBack, TailBacks

5) Situational Competition

Stop and Score – Get a Stop and Get a Score…You Win!

Play Quick Games…Every Possession Important!

“It All Starts w/ a Stop”

Keep Track of How Many 3 and Outs You Get.

Keep Track of 3 Consecutive Scores…”Turkeys”

Change Period – Bob Knight

Call Out Different Situations and Echo Calls

Last 15 Minutes

3 In a Row FT’s

Game Shots, Game Spots, Game Speeds

Groove Your Shot

Bubba Free Throws

2 Hour Early Season Practice, then Taper Down to an Hour


1) Do a need assessment on your program.

A) What is happening?

B) What needs to happen?

2) Solitude

A) Have time to yourself.

B) 1 Minute Assessments During Practice

C) “Here’s 1 Thing You Did Well and Why…”

D) “Here’s 1 Thing We Can Do Better and How…”

4) Always look for teachable moments.

A) “Don’t Whine, Don’t Complain, and Don’t Make Excuses.”

B) Don’t let a bad situation bring you down.  Make a positive out of it.

“Prepare, Plan, Practice, and Play like you just lost your last game.”

Go into every practice on edge.

You need internal leadership on a team.

Internal Leadership (3 Things Warren Buffet Looks For In People He Hires)

1) Work Ethic

2) Intelligence

3) Character

(1st 2 without the last one will kill you.)

Making a kid a captain does not make him a leader.


Baseline Drive Shooting

1) Drift

2) Post Roll

3) Opposite Top

3) CrackBack

Don’t be afraid to get an offensive rebound foul.  Not an over the back.  OBC (Offensive Board Coverage).

“If you can’t pass and catch, you can’t play.”

“Every pass is a shot, Every shot is a pass.”

3 Lane Passing

1) Curl Cut

2) Back Cut

3) Slip

Hold your seal in the post.

When driving the ball, make it a straightline drive and put your shoulder on the defender’s hip.

Zone Attack Principles

“Rim, Post, Opposite”

Bounce Pass on Penetration

Uses push-ups to stimulate players’ concentration.

Practice Begins…

1st Drill: Jump Stops and Pivot (Chin Ball)

“Always be sure your hands are ready to catch the ball.”

2nd Drill: Ball Pressure Stances Drills (Low, Wide, and Slow)

“3 Verbals” – Ball Ball Ball, Push Push, Dead, Dead, Dead

Run to Recover…”1,2,3 on the Recover”

Stay Low — Keep your Head below the Ball Handler’s Shoulders

3rd Drill: 5-Spot Close Outs

5 Spots Around Perimeter…Jump to the Ball on a Fake Pass or Deflect Ball on a Pass Overhead (Sickle)

4th Drill: Partner Close Outs (Cover the Ball)

Guard the Dribble, Pass, Etc.

5th Drill: Man in the Middle Passing

Try to get a touch with the front hand or a deflection with the back hand (sickle).

6th Drill: Evade the Screen (Using Air Dummies)

NOTE: This was really quick.

7th Drill: Double Stagger (Using Air Dummies)

8th Drill: Cover Down Wide (Using Air Dummies)

Then Block Out (Note to self, do something like this when we learn cover downs.)

9th Drill: Down Screen, Cross Screen, Back Screen

Offensive Movement Work

10th Drill: 2 Lanes/2 Balls

Run the middle of the court with partner.  One bounce passes, One Chest Passes.

Pass with the Inside Hand.  Only Go to Half Court

Then, Dribble inside hand.  1 Pass/Jump Stop/Receive at Half Court.

11th Drill: 3 Lanes/2 Balls

Be Wide

1 Guy Takes a Jumper, 1 Guy Takes a Layup

Dribble with the inside hand.

12th Drill: 3 Lanes/1 Ball (Have Coaches Passing Balls to the Other Guy)

Just Layup,

Then Curl Cut on Down Screen

(I Could Do It into a Come and Go)

(I Could Do, Point to Wing, Back Cut)


“Back Half on All Shooting”


Position/Skill Work (15 Minutes)

Post and Perimeters a lot of times.  Sometimes everyone together

Could Do High/Low w/ Post.

Lay Down Shooting

Groove Shots

Balance Hand Pick Up

Catch and Shoot (Could do Olympic Shooting Here)

Fake and Drive Middle w/ a Token Help Defender – Fake and Retreat (Use Air Dummies)

“We prefer to Drive Middle of Floor”

Fake, Drive Middle and Kick

Baseline Drive and Baseline Drift Pass for Shot

On Long Shots, Take 1 Step in Then Get Out

“Stress the Basics Every Day”


3/4 into 4/3 F.C. Trap the Ball(Can’t Guard the Guy Guarding You)

4/5 into 5/4 F. C. Change Drill (“Drop It”)

“Thank the Passer”

4/5 SLOB

How to Guard SLOB’s

1) See Ball

2) Get to the Ball

3) Make them Backcut

Add Extra Ball to Any Drill

5/5 – 5 High, Delay Game

5/5 – 5 High into a Set (Last shot of Quarter)

Zone Attack

BLOB’s vs. Zone into F.C. Conversion

BLOB’s vs. M2M into F.C. Conversion

Other Post Man, Dive to Low Post on a Low Post Feed, Everyone Else Get on Weak Side of Ball

3 In A Row FT’s

We Want 30 in a 5 Minute Period

Dakota Sports, Rim Reducers

“Quiet Team is a Scared Team.”

“We want to be loud.”

Game Shots, Game Spots, Game Speed (Do this in Olympic Shooting Style.)

Post Working On Post Go to Moves, and There Counter

Bubba Shooting (Tie Score, We Get 1 for a Make, They Get 2 for a Miss)

Groove Shots

“You Have Not Taught, If They Have Not Learned.” Book by Gallimore and Nader

1 Step In on the 3

Groove Shots


Pre-Practice Meeting

Internal Leadership

“No Me.”  Don’t draw attention to yourself.

3 Assets of Wooden

“I am meticulous.”

“I am organized and very good at time management.”

“I do not feel pressure.”

(Measure yourself not in comparison to others, but rather on the quality of your efforts to improve.)

3 Liabilities of John Wooden

“I have had to work hard at being patient.”

“I have to work hard at self-control of my emotions.”

“I have had to work hard on seeing shades of gray rather than only black and white.”

“How can I help our team improve?  When I thought of something, I did it.  Simple as that.”

Mind control – Keep negative thoughts out, but keep positive thoughts, such as winning and championships at bay.

Winning is a lot harder to handle than losing.

Notes for their next game:

1) Conditioning

2) Depth

3) Fouls

4) No catch #24

5) Be Ready for Back Door

6) F.C. pressure on dead balls.

7) Shot Fake/Pass Fake

8) OBC pride

Start of Practice

1st Drill – Start, Stop, & Turn

Fundamental Post Feeds

Jump Stop Reverse Pivot

2nd Drill: Partner Close Outs

3rd Drill: 1/1 Jail – Keep the guy under the goal when he gets the ball there.

4th Drill: 1/1 Brick Wall – Don’t let a guy get to the lane on a drive

            Don’t try to block a power shot

5th Drill: Take the Charge

Butt hits first, tuck chin to chest

6th Drill: Half Line Rule (no back courts)

7th Drill: Saver, Savee (save ball to corner)

8th Drill: Big Spacing (delay game)

4/0 Motion High “Pass Away from the Defense”

9th Drill: Post Feeds


5/0 Motion or Execution into 5/5 Live

5/0 No Dribble into 5/5 Live

5/0 Execution into 5/5 Live

Free Throw into 5/5 Live

“Stop baseline drives a yard outside the lane”

Post/Perimter Work

Posts working against dummies, Start with Blockout, and Rebound then High/Low Action

Guards working on Game Shots off Cuts

Then, Shot Fake Work

Post Defense – Be Active

Duke Move

Dribble Middle, Spin Back Layup/Pullup

Partner Shooting (Shot Fakes, Pass Fakes)

Stop & Score (Began with BLOB, then vs. 2/3)

Shot Discipline

Motion Restriction

Start with SLOB

No Dribbling once they get the ball centered

Get a Deflection on Every SLOB/BLOB

5 w/ Basket Cut

3 in a row FT’s

Game Shots, Game Spots, Game Speed

Bubba Free Throws

Groove Your Shot

FRIDAY (1 Day Before Game)

Don’t throw a teammate the ball where he can’t be productive.

Bench be alive.

No 2nd shots on post defense.

Don’t think you have to be a hero.

Offensive Board Coverage Pride

Always touch the ball on SLOB’s & BLOB’s


Partner Closeouts (ball and a partner)

130 Up Fist Traps (press)

Air Dummy Work – Double Pack Pick

Defending BLOB’s

Double Stagger Drill – Air Dummy Work

Cross Pick – Air Dummy Work

5 on 5 Rebounding into Break

5 on 5 Rebounding into Zone Secondary

3 Lanes, 1 Ball – Curl vs a Defense

3 Lanes, 1 Ball – Backcut vs a Defense

3 Lanes, 1 Ball – Slip vs a Defense

Posts & Permimeters

Post Moves on 1 Side

Guards – Back Off/Cross Dribble

Guards – Catch and Shoot

Guard Zone Shots (Skips, etc.)

BLOB into Offense vs 2/3 Zone

BLOB into Offense vs Man

Game Shots, Game Spots, Game Speed

Groove your Shot

Don Meyer Practice Notes (download)