- Part I: The Purpose
- Part II: Why Change?
- Part III: Importance of Fundamentals
- Part IV: The Basics
- Part V: The Breakdown
- Part VI: Defense
- Part VII: 6 Reasons Why Dribbling Actions Are Taught First
- Part VIII: Building Blocks vs. Drills
- Part IX: Combining Layers
- The 8 C’s of Post Play
- Teaching Basketball Players To Play the Game
- The Simplicity of the Game
In this blog, I will use the term “building block” very often. I will try to be very selective in the use of the word “drill.” It’s so natural to use the word. I only want to use it when it truly applies.
I will propose very few specific drills in the descriptions of the layers. However, I will provide “building blocks” that coaches can take and build drills that fit their own situation.
This is very intentional for a couple reasons.
I have promised a drill compilation. There will be lots of drills with lots of specific information about each of them. These specifics will be based on a specific set of variables, which I’m sure are probably very different from yours. If my situation were different, the drills would be altered accordingly. You should design your own drills for your situation from the building blocks I will provide. Of course if you want to “copy and paste” the drills, feel free. I just think you could do better for your team in your environment with your resources.
I just don’t want to get caught up in the description of drills and lose sight of what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to solve some specific problems. How can we compress time frames? How can we teach offense and defense at the same time? How can we get more done with less time? How can we be great defensively and still be good offensively? How can we #growourgame most effectively? How can we improve skills and IQ on both ends of the floor most efficiently?
Teams and coaches have limited time to cover everything they need to. Some teams only practice a couple times per week. Some teams only have one or two baskets and one coach. Some teams have 18 or more players. Some teams are very skilled. Others are not.
Don’t get me wrong, better players make this whole blog much less relevant. But I’m assuming the next team has players just as good as ours. How can we make the biggest difference in how our teams perform holistically, not just offensively?
Part of this solution is is through the building blocks that we can use to teach all of the different parts of the game.