In Oregon High School Basketball we have a rule called “the rule of two”, which only allows us to train two players a day involving basketball related workouts during the off-season. This means that we need to understand how to utilize this time efficiently while still improving our players on a day to day basis. The standards that I have set for myself and our players throughout these workout sessions are:
- Every Drill will be a competition with the other player (or themselves).
- This is a great way to make players focus, and provide a more game like situation where something is on the line. In the drills shown, players have to play until they make twenty shots. If the player loses the drill he has to do twenty pushups. The hardest part about making drills competitive is that we have to find a balance between the competition and instructing our players. I will often stop the drill if I see something that needs fixing right away, or I will wait until after the competitive shooting drill and try and fix the individual problem.
- Player must be going “game speed” the whole time.
- There is no use for our players to shoot one dribble pull ups going half speed (unless we are really breaking down form). If a player decides to go half speed during the middle of a drill I will have them do pushups or a down and back while the other player continues the drill.
- Every Drill will focus on things that we run as a program.
- We run a motion offense, so a big emphasis for us in our workouts is V-cutting and learning to plant, catch and shoot, while coming off a screen. Or coming off a screen and attacking off the dribble.
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