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Individual Instruction On-Court Workout 7/24/2014

Today was an exciting day as one of my usual workout guys got back into the gym after dealing with a minor injury the past few weeks. Knowing he would not be in his top conditioning I scaled back the intensity a little. I also did not want the player coming in and going full steam ahead coming off the injury and re-injuring him or causing a flare up.

This workout is fairly basic and is great for players 12 years of age and older.

3 Area Move & Shoot – 2 Levels

This drill was our warm-up for today. Using the three area of the court, Corner to Wing (Elbow) both sides and Elbow to Elbow, player had to move and shoot until he made six shots at each area. If he missed two shots in a row we started over at that area. We performed this at five foot range and 15 foot range.

Goal: Make 6 at each area without missing two in a row.

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Individual Instruction On-Court Workout 7/23/2014

I apologize the next two workouts I am posting does not include any video of the drills. I will explain them the best I can in detail and with diagrams. As usual, if you have any other questions (especially since there are no videos) please do not hesitate to shoot me an email or contact me on Twitter.

This upcoming weekend is the last tournament of the July recruiting period and I wanted to give my player a great workout with a ton of shots to get him feeling good heading to Panama City to compete.

3 Angle Perfection Drill

The purpose of this drill was to warm-up my player and also get them taking (making) perfect shots and find a rhythm and consistency in his shot. I started this drill with the player directly in front of the rim and he had to make 10 perfect shots in a row, then step beck and repeat the drill three more times taking a step back towards the free-throw line each time. Once the straight on series was completely, the drill was repeated at both angles off the rim for a total of 120 perfect makes. The player can become bored and frustrated with this drill, but only if you let them. Continue to encourage and give verbal cues to correct any minor imperfections (i.e.- “More legs”, “Finish higher”, “Elbow to ear”, “Hold the follow through”, etc).

Goal: Utilizing the 4 spots at each angle, the player must make 10 straight shots at each spot for total of 120 makes.

3 Angle Perfection

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Individual Instruction On-Court Workout 7/22/2014

After a few weeks off because I was out-of-town at Coaching U Live, and my players have been busy with the AAU circuit, we got back in the gym for a skill tune-up today before one of my players heads out to Panama City for his last event.

3 Area Move & Shoot – 2 Levels

This drill was our warm-up for today. Using the three area of the court, Corner to Wing (Elbow) both sides and Elbow to Elbow, player had to move and shoot until he made six shots at each area. If he missed two shots in a row we started over at that area. We performed this at five foot range and 15 foot range.

Goal: Make 6 at each area without missing two in a row.

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Individual Instruction On-Court Workout 7/2/2014

After evaluating my players throughout the entire month of June, I am going to be designing their July through October workouts to not only improve on their weaknesses, but also continue to make strides with their strengths. Today’s session was all about starting to improve on the quickness of the shot once the ball hits my player’s hands.

While the main key is training the fast-switch muscle fibers to increase in speed, it is essential the player is ready to shoot on the catch (feet and hands ready). However, one thing I have noticed is that when trying to push a player to release quicker, they tend to quickly jerk back on the follow-through and do not follow-through at all. Emphasize that while the shot needs to be quicker, the after-shot process should not change.

10 in a Row – 5 Spot Shooting Warm-Up

This drill is designed to get the player mentally locked into the workout by forcing them to make consecutive shots. We started in close to the rim and had to made 10 straight shots. After the 10 makes, the player takes a step back and must make 10 more shots. This is repeated (five times) all the way back to the free-throw line area.

Goal: Make 10 per spot.

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Individual Instruction On-Court Workout 6/19/2014

As I mentioned yesterday this week’s workouts are much shorter due to the fact we will be playing three games a day this weekend. Today’s session only lasted about 30 minutes but afterward we got up several hundred shots on The Gun.

2-Ball Partner Passing

Due to some injuries I jumped into the workout today to perform these 2-ball passing drills.  Continually separate further apart to make the passes harder and require more zip.

  1. Yo-Yo Passing: Keeping the balls on the same side of the body, perform 1-hand passes back and forth.
  2. Rapid Fire Passing: Start the ball in the right hand and make a 1-hand pass to the left hand of your partner, catch and transfer the ball over and continue the cycle. Repeat passing with the left hand.
  3. Chest – Bounce Pass: One partner throws a chest pass while the other throws a bounce – SWITCH.

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