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Triangle Footwork

Youth coaches must always spend time each practice working on their player's ABC'S (agility, balance, coordination, speed). This is a simple drill to work on the speed component using defensive sliding, sprinting and backpedaling. The drill can be competitive by matching players up against each other or just work on the footwork.  

The first players in each line will place their inside foot on the lane line.  On the command "go!" each player slides towards the corner. 



Carolina Drill

This drill is a very fundamental drill that is great for young players and also serves as a great warm-up drill. 



King of the Mountain/Queen of the Hill

Laura Ramus, the head trainer for the Detroit Shock of the WNBA wrote "Balance is the single most important component of athletic ability because it underlies all movement. Balance is a component of all movement whether that movement is dominated by strength, speed, flexibility or endurance"



Single Leg Balance and Reach

Laura Ramus, the head trainer for the Detroit Shock of the WNBA wrote "Balance is the single most important component of athletic ability because it underlies all movement. Balance is a component of all movement whether that movement is dominated by strength, speed, flexibility or endurance. Balance must always precede force generation. As the old saying goes, "you can't fire a cannon from a canoe!" Therefore, problems that appear to be related to a lack of strength, speed, flexibility or skill may be in fact balance related."



1 on 1 Touch the Cone Drills

The ability to play effective 1 on 1 offence can be very difficult for young players.  The athlete requires an effective level of quickness and agility because he/she will have to get into an opening quickly and then must have the ability to change direction if the path is taken away. 



Circle Lay-up Drill

"Circle lay-ups" is a simple drill to get a high volume of lay-ups in a short amount of time. It would serve as a great warm-up drill in practice.