Many reading this right now might say, “basketball drill?” “What do you mean?” “Dribble Tag is just a fun camp game that allows kids to run around and tire themselves out.” The usual response to these comments is to say, dribble tag is one of the most game relevant ball handling drills ever created. It is also one of the most multidimensional basketball drills that works to develop fundamental movement skills, evasion skills, and vision. Quite frankly, dribble tag is also very FUN (often a curse word when it comes to basketball drills).
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Often times the game of basketball is a lot less complicated than we (players, coaches, parents) make it. Certain skills and fundamentals are necessary to be successful at the higher levels but it really comes down to knowing the basic concepts that govern good offensive and defensive basketball. In trying to develop a new skill, seek to learn the fundamental concept behind it. In this post, we will look at the fundamental teaching point that allows a player to become more of a threat off the dribble.
The simplest teaching point for scoring off the dribble is pick a shoulder of the defender and attack it. This is a basic cue that when expanded on can create a vast dribble drive arsenal. The first step is create space. If you are attacking in the open court or transition then you already have plenty of space. Pick a shoulder of the defender and attack it. If in the half court, create space with a step back dribble to give yourself at least six feet between yourself and your defender. Then, you guessed it, pick a shoulder of the defender and attack it.
Every week here on the Locker Room, we will present a new basketball drill that can be used to teach multiple skills and improve your game, all while adding some fresh spice to your repertoire.
This week’s drill is called the “Scissors Dribble Shooting Progression”. The Scissors Dribble Shooting Progression emphasizes developing ball control, shooting footwork, pullup jumpshot mechanics and reading the defense. This drill is a progression, building up from the basic youth basketball ball handling drill, Stationary Scissors Dribble, to an advanced read and react situation. The drill can be done with 1 player and 1 coach or a pair of players/teammates.
At The “Locker Room” we are students of the game. We watch games intently always trying to learn soemthing new that can be added to our own games or we can teach someone else to add to theirs. In this new feature on the blog, we will look at some of the signature moves used by the best NBA Players in hopes that we can one day mimic their greatness.
Chris Paul, AKA CP3, is up there with Steve Nash and John Stockton as one of the greatest pick and roll decision makers of all time. Paul uses the PNR game so much he has developed his own signature move. His signature PNR move simply causes defenses to become disorganized. Paul uses his body to take an angle that leaves his defender out of the picture and his screener’s defender at his mercy.
Every week here on The Locker Room, we will present a new drill that can be used to teach multiple skills and improve your game, all while adding some fresh spice to your repertoire.
This week’s drill is called the “1on1 Separate Attack”. There is no better player development tool than good old fashioned 1on1 (if done the right way). 1on1 games allow players to go against live defense and learn to read/react and anticipate defensive movements. From a defensive prospective, it allows the defender to work on the toughest skill in basketball, guarding an offensive player man to man. 1on1 Separate Attack drill recreates a situation that many player’s have trouble with, attacking off the dribble in the open court. 1on1 Separate Attack emphasizes the skill of reading the defender’s positioning and taking advantage of that positioning to get a good scoring opportunity.