By Pamela Dennis. Basketball Gear. Published at Monday, April 23rd, 2018 - 15:01:38 PM.
Basketball Coaching Teaching The Low Post! Whether Im teaching basketball low post drills to a 10-12 year old novice boy or girl or an experienced 16-18 year old, I always start with the same technique tests from the low post. I want to see how they move around the key as the ball moves around the perimeter. I want to see where they stand when they stop and what the path is they took to get to where they stop. I want to make sure they are facing the ball all the while, that their hands are ready to receive a pass and that their body balance is correct to protect the ball and to withstand defensive play. If they have trouble with any of these things, or all of these things, thats where I begin to teach.
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.
The 2nd effective play is the give and go. As soon as a passer makes a pass, he/she cuts quickly toward the basket in a path in which he/she can receive a return pass. Often the defense loses track of the passer for a second or more, so that the initial passer is open. It is good to go over this frequently in practice, so that players are familiar with how and when to make the return pass to the initial passer.
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