Mark Adams: While basketball drills are crucial to player development, make sure you are teaching/developing skills through the drills. Want them to be players, not ‘drillers.’ Most importantly, make sure the drills TRANSLATE. My drills often simulate the specific movements players will do in their team’s off/def system.
Mark: Communication with the player and player’s coach is the key. Once we identify strengths/weaknesses, we can come up with a PLAN and PURPOSE. After gathering as much input and data as possible, I’ll put the player through an evaluation. The last step is devising drills that will challenge and fit the player’s needs for improvement.
Mark: YES!!! This is very common. Don’t just teach how to do a skill or move, but WHEN and WHY. One way to overcome this challenge is to do training with a live defense, which forces players to make the right ‘reads.’ During live basketball drills – stop and teach what skill/move would work and why. Players must practice making reads against a live defense.
Mark: While I do believe players can learn to become more aggressive and tougher through intense competition and training, ultimately, some players just have an edge to them. One thing I do is set goals for my players. For example – get to the FT line a certain number of times per game. I also use the power of words with them. Simply remind them before a game to ‘ATTACK’ often helps.
Mark: The biggest positive trend I see is events where coaches/trainers share and learn from each other. Examples include TPG Sports Masters Clinic and the Point 3 Alpha Summit. There’s nothing better than when coaches/trainers come together and share knowledge for the betterment of the game. We can all learn and get better through events like these. The biggest negative trend I see involves coaches/trainers trying to be creative/innovative and doing ‘flashy drills.’ Just because a drill challenges a player and looks cool doesn’t mean it TRANSLATES to game-like situations. My advice is to keep it simple and do basketball drills with specific movements that translate.
Mark: 50% Player Development/Skill Training – 25% Playing Select/AAU – 25% Strength Conditioning.
Mark: BHQ is the best online basketball resource for coaches and players. Simply identify your needs for improvement and search their website. Find the drills/skills that apply and then develop a PLAN to implement them into your program/training.
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