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Speed

Circle Game

The ability to handle the ball at full speed and then finish shots at full speed is necessary for all players.  The following two games place players in situations where they will (likely) go at a high pace because of the competitive nature of the games. 



Horns Flare to Diagonal Back Screen

This Horns set combines a diagonal back screen with a screen the screener action. 



Lateral Change of Direction

The ability to change direction quickly is crucial to basketball success, and like shooting, passing, or dribbling it is a skill that must be taught. The key to changing direction quickly is quick deceleration.  Proper deceleration technique will put the athlete in a position to not only stop quickly, without risk of injury, but also allow them to re-accelerate in another direction.



Building the Athletic House-"Stack the Cones Relay"

We hope coaches take the approach that they are going to help each of their players become better athletes and help build their "athletic house."  Agility and quickness are key qualities in athletes; here is an excellent relay that can help to improve the athleticism of your players.

Stack the Cones Relay:

Divide your team into 3 groups of 4 and have the groups start on the baseline.



3 Player Weave Back to 2 on 1

This drill can be used for elite level teams and by youth teams. The drill begins with O1, O2 and O3 weaving down the floor. 



Teaching Change of Pace - "Stay with the Dribbler Drill"

Young players have the tendency to play at one speed and use very little deception in trying to get separation from a defender. The ability to change pace is very valuable for ball-handlers.