Basketball drills for attack / offense

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Prerequisites:

  • Bit of game insight at fill the spot, be able to apply defensive stance (denail - helpside)


Goal:

  • Offence: quickly see where there is an empty spot and cut through after a pass, defence: adjust stance depending on how the ball moves


Organisation

  • Four players (U10) on a spot with defence, empty spot under the ring.
  • Offence: Pass the ball around and make a quick cutting move towards the empty spot below the ring, other attackers move up and the empty spot is filled in by the cutting attacker.
  • Defence: adjust position according to the ball. (hands on the ball, denail, weakside help on the line ring-ring)
  • Five passes (calmly), then 4vs4
  • Passing on: offence becomes defence, defence steps out and then becomes offence.


Teaching points

  • Offence: good pass - in/out to deep bucket and high exit - jump-to-the-ball - placement of feet - attention to running faults
  • Defence: anticipate the ball - check correct posture per spot before passing.


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  • One row on the baseline/corner and one row in the center circle with ball.
  • Pass to the corner and then run to the same corner and get the ball back at the post.
  • Then there are a number of possibilities such as open-step or crossover and 1 vs 0 to the basket.
  • Adjuster takes care of the rebound.
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  • 4 things you can do after passing:
    • Ball-screen.
    • Screen away.
    • Cut to the basket (example: give and go, or back-cut). Back cut if the defender is denying the pass.
    • V-cut and pop back outside for the return pass and outside shot.
  • Rules without the ball:
    • If you have an under-play (defender sagging off), pop out to spread the defense.
    • If you have an overplay (being denied), backcut.
    • Someone dribbling at you, backcut (except for the weave plays).
    • Fill the open spot when a teammate cuts inside.
    • When someone dribble-penetrates, relocate.
    • Screen away, and pop out.
    • The most important rule is to keep moving.


  • 5 men start at the center line.
  • 1 makes lay up becomes defence
  • 2 taps the cone and also defends
  • 3 rebounds and throws in
  • 4-5 hit baseline and ask to play ball for 3-2
  • baseline start.
  • 1 man dribble attack
  • 1 man footwork defense
  • from the halfway line 1-1

Triplets with a ball.

  • Trainer throws ball against the board, team must rebound and choose outlet.
  • Trainer blocks off one side so they have to pick and ask for the ball!
  • Outlet dribbles to the middle and 3X0 completes with a layup (pace.)


  • Depending on the level of the U12 explain: outlet, ask for the ball (hands), fill in lines and run attack.
  • Trainer can be disruptive at the 2x1, pay attention to left and right handed dribbling.


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Games with different assignments/restrictions.
Pay attention to free running, not blind dribbling, good passing, pivoting, talking.

  • 3x3 without dribbling (1 basket)
  • with max 2 dribbles
  • Both teams lie on the back line (on stomach),
  • trainer puts ball in play via shot or bounce (quickly choose position, who will attack?)
  • just play to the 10 (end game)


  • 1X1:
    • Player on the baseline has the ball, gives the pass to the wing and follows his pass for the defense.
    • Players play 1X1 to the goal.
  • 1X2:
    • Player on the baseline has the ball, makes the pass to the wing and follows his pass for the defence.
    • The wing attacks the baseline, makes a back-up dribble and throws a pass to the safety.
    • (The defender remains on the same man, the wing, defending).
    • The Winger runs free, gets the pass from the playmaker and attacks the goal 1X1.
  • 2X2:
    • Player on the baseline has the ball, gives the pass to the wing and follows his pass for defense, the 2nd defender also runs to the top to defend.
    • The wing attacks the baseline, does a backup dribble and gives a pass to the playmaker.
    • After his pass, the winger goes to cut and post up as a center.
    • The playmaker now dribbles to the wing position.
    • From this position the players play 2X2 to finish.
  • 2X3:
    • Player on the baseline has the ball, passes to the wing and follows his pass for defence, the 2nd defender also runs to the top to defend.
    • The wing attacks the baseline, does a backup dribble and gives a pass to the playmaker.
    • After his pass, the winger goes to cut and post up as a center.
    • The playmaker now dribbles to the wing position.
    • The third attacker can be used as a saftey.
  • 3X3:
    • Player on the baseline has the ball, gives the pass to the wing and follows his pass for defence, the 2nd and 3rd defender also run to the top to defend.
    • The wing attacks the baseline, does a back up dribble and gives a pass to the playmaker.
    • After his pass, the wing walks to the other side of the ring to position himself as a centre.
    • Meanwhile the server passes the ball to the other wing who is ready to play (swinging).
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  • Playmaker gives the pass to the wing
  • The playmaker cuts through and positions himself at the center position
  • The wing steps out and gives a collision pass to the center
  • The centre can finish with the following movements
    • open step to the inside
    • Fake open step to the inside -> turn around and finish with a shot
    • Fake open step inside -> turn outside -> step inside and finish with a one-step lay-up
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