Over the years one of our favorite drills to run has been the Michigan State WAR Rebounding Drill. The drill stresses blocking out, as well as transition offense and defense. Below is a youtube example of the drill:
Another drill we like to use to emphasizes both defensive close outs and blocking out is the Scramble Box Out Drill. Below is a youtube example of the drill:
Combining the two drills above we have come up with our version of the WAR Rebounding drill.
Youth Basketball Drills – WAR Rebounding Setup
Split players into two equal teams.
Assign each player a position number (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
Place the team starting on Offense in the corners, wings, and point.
Place the team starting on Defense in a single file line starting just in front of the basket and under the free throw line.
Youth Basketball Drills – WAR Rebounding
Coach passes to an Offensive player and calls a Defensive player’s number.
Defensive player executes a close out on Offensive player. For example, Coach yells 3 telling #3 to close out on the shooter.
Offensive player immediately takes shot.
All Defensive players locate an Offensive player to block out.
Play continues until Offense scores or Defense secures rebound.
If Offense scores, the team on Defense executes their secondary fast break.
If the Defensive team secures rebound, they execute their fast break with the Offensive team transitioning to Defense.
Once the original Defensive team either scores or is successfully defended, the teams flip roles on the other end of the floor (i.e. Offense goes to Defense, Defense goes to Offense) and we restart the drill.
1 point – Offense scores on initial shot.
1 point – Offense secures rebound on initial shot.
2 points – Offense scores off of Offensive rebound.
1 point – Defense secures rebound on initial shot.
1 point – Defense scores in transition.
Execute drill for set period of time (e.g., 10 minutes). At the end of the drill the losing team either runs or does pushups.
If you need more drill ideas, please take a look at our YouTube library of youth basketball drills.
If you have followed College Basketball the last couple of seasons there is a good chance that you have heard of the Pack Line Defense utilized by the University of Virginia. Because of the makeup of the Pack Line Defense we believe it has great application at the Youth Basketball level. Over the past several years using many of the Pack Line defensive principles with a few nuances for Youth Basketball we have developed what we call the Brat-Pack. The Brat-Pack Defense plays to the percentages that most Youth Basketball players are neither great outside shooters, ball handlers, or passers. We believe it combines the best qualities of Man and Zone defenses:
There is constant pressure on the ball.
Gap and Help defenders protect the paint/lane area and limit the number of layups enticing the opposition to shoot lower percentage shots from the outside.
It takes offensive players out of their comfort zone by constantly forcing them to their weak hand.
There is no confusion on box out assignments.
It keeps kids engaged and involved.
It is simple to learn and can be taught with limited practice time.
It helps average teams be more competitive.
Below is a brief video of one our Youth Basketball teams using the Brat-Pack Defense:
If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to take a look at our Youth Basketball – Brat-Pack Defense eBook below:
The Press in Youth Basketball can be both devastating and demoralizing for your team if not properly prepared for. Below are some Coaching Points we use when teaching our Youth Basketball teams how to handle the Press:
Tips for Beating the Press in Youth Basketball
The best way to beat the Press after a made basket is to attack it before it can set up.
The Press is beaten with the pass and not the dribble.
Teach the inbound passer to avoid initiating the Press Break from behind the backboard.
Teach the inbound passer that after a made basket they can run the baseline if needed.
Teach your players to face the Press and not turn their backs to the defense.
Show your players where the Danger Zones are on the court and teach them to stay out of them.
Don’t fear the Press, but rather see it as an opportunity to score.
If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to take a look at our Youth Basketball – Attacking the Press eBook below:
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” – Benjamin Franklin
As a youth basketball coach we often don’t have all of the practice time we would like. Because of this fact practice time is precious and should not be wasted. Consequently we feel one of the most important things you can do as a youth coach is have a written practice plan for every practice. When developing your basketball practice plan consider the following:
Practice Priorities. What must you get accomplished for that practice.
Drills and their lengths. We try to keep our between 5 and 10 minutes.
Coaching points and responsibilities for Assistant Coaches.
When choosing drills for your basketball practice plan consider the quote below:
“Don’t mistake activity for achievement.” – John Wooden
Understand the purpose of a drill and what it teaches and how it fits into your overall plan. Don’t run into the trap of using a drill just because it was what your former coaches used when you were a player.
If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to take a look at our Youth Basketball – Coaching Guide eBook below:
One of the difficulties Youth Football Offensive Line coaches face each year is getting their young Offensive Lineman to fire off the ball. A youth football drill that helps address this challenge that has been a staple in our practice plans through the years is the tennis ball drill. Another drill that we recently came across comes to us from Coach Kyle Mlinek on the Dumcoach.com forum. The name of the drill is the Topple Drill and much like the tennis ball drill its purpose is to help players quickly come of the ball.
Youth Football Drills – Topple Setup
Drill Setup and Execution
1 Standup Dummy
Create 2 lines with players on either side of the Standup Blocking Dummy about 1 foot way.
On your Cadence, each player will try and topple the Dummy first.
We are also looking for Youth Basketball Coaches that share our passion for the game that would also be willing to share their knowledge. If you might be interested in hosting a clinic with us, please contact us using the form below: