By Celina Marsh. Basketball Gear. Published at Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 - 09:23:00 AM.
Also, it is very important to never pick up your dribble until you know what you are going to do with the ball. Once you pick up your dribble (hold the ball with both hands instead of pushing it to the floor with one hand), you are forced to pass or shoot the ball. If you pick up your dribble, and then start to dribble the basketball again, that is called a “double dribble” and the referee will blow his whistle and give the ball to the other team.
You could start with a defensive rebounding drill and then an offensive rebounding drill for the 1st 12 minutes. The defensive rebounding drill would practice boxing out position, keeping the opponent from the ball, and then securing the ball possession, and the first move after that. The offensive rebounding drill would practice moves to get to the ball before the opponent does, followed by going right up for a shot after getting the offensive rebound. These drills should be spirited while emphasizing the importance of this aspect of the game being played well by all the players on your team.
I will have a ball and be toward the wing position, about half-way between the baseline and the FT line extended. I want the player facing me, in ready, bent-knee stance, on good balance, with the arms extended toward the ball, hands anticipating a pass. I will pass in to the post and have them take the ball in to the chest, pressing the ball tight with both hands, elbows pointed out (parallel with the lane line). I emphasize always keeping the eyes on the ball, looking the pass right into their hands, before they attempt any other movement. Well do this several times, until the player is comfortable with the procedure and until I too feel they can do the drill and move on.
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