Page 1:    Triple Threat, Dribbling and Passing
Page 2:    Pivoting, Shooting and Defense
Page 3:    Getting Open, Screens and Rebounding

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Getting Open
There is nothing worse than little Katie dribbling the ball and her teammates yelling her name in unison because they want the ball. Problem is, they are standing flatfooted next to their defender and then before you know it, they all rush poor Katie en masse. In desperation and fear for her life, Katie turns her back and cradles the ball like the neighborhood bully is trying to steal her precious doll. A ten player “scrum” in the corner and a held ball call are the result.
What do we do? 
Communicate to players:
      1.    You cannot stand around hoping for a pass.
      2.    Constant movement makes you a threat.
      3.    If you are not open where you are, MOVE!
      4.    Sudden change in direction makes you a better target.
      5.    Never turn your back to the ball – eye on the ball.
The basic cut to get open to receive a pass is the V-cut.
      1.    Take 3-4 steps towards the baseline or basket.
      2.    Firmly plant inside foot and push off. Eyes on ball & passer. 
      3.    Quickly cut outside for the pass (blast away)
      4.    This will create spacing between the player and defender to receive the pass.
      5.    Jump to the ball, give target, catch ball, square up to basket and triple threat.
       1.    V-Cut Drill – 1 offensive player, 1 defensive and 1 passer with ball at top of  key.
             a)    V-Cut, no defense – Offensive player begins on wing. Toe touch low block and blast away back to wing. Pass ball to
                     wing. Triple threat, fake and drive to hoop for basket. Alternate side of basket.
             b)     V-Cut with defense – Same as “a” above except add defensive player to deny pass. Play 1 on 1 with emphasis on
                     offensive player driving to the hoop.
 ** Practice this drill all over the floor. Have offensive player take 3-4 quick steps away from ball, toe touch and blast back         to the ball looking for a pass.
      2.    Make a Friend – Have the offensive player stand next to the defensive player. O blasts away from D and looks for a                   pass.
             Play 1 on 1 or return pass back to point and v-cut for another pass. Change up – O must get open for 2-3 passes &                       return before receiving last pass and playing 1 on 1.
*** Remind the offensive player that they have an advantage – they know what they are going to do but the defense doesn’t. 
A screen is a legal block set by an offensive player on the side of or behind a defender in order to free a teammate for a shot, pass or dribble. The screen can be set “on the ball” to assist the dribbler or “off the ball” to free up a teammate for a pass or shot. The same basic principle exists for both.
Contrary to what most people think, the screener should set a screen on a position on the floor, not on a defender. 
To properly set a screen:
      •    Set a good base by spreading feet wide and bend knees. Get BIG! Be strong!
      •    Cross arms over your chest – protect yourself!
      •    Make contact with defender being screened but do not foul – no pushing, grabbing or holding.
      •    Plant feet – “feet in cement”
      •    Eyes up.
      •    Any movement of feet, arms or body when screen is set could result in a blocking foul and change of possession.
      •    After setting the screen, pivot towards ball and break to the basket to receive a pass back.
About this time, some of you coaches are looking up my e-mail or phone number to give me a piece of your mind. Hold it! I know most of you are used to seeing a screener flying across the floor and putting a bone jarring hit (it ain’t a screen) on the dribbler’s defender. Screens really should be set on a position with the dribbler being responsible for setting up the defensive player. In this situation, the defender initiates contact with the screener. Since this is a difficult concept to teach, young players are often taught to set a screen on a teammate’s defensive player with a jump stop and minimal contact. Screens are a problem in our league and can be dangerous if not taught properly. Please teach the proper mechanics to ensure the safety of all our girls.
Box – Set up 4 players in the paint - 2 players on the low blocks and 2 players on the foul line elbows. Coach or player with ball sets up on baseline out-of-bounds in front of one player on block. On “GO”, the 2 players in front of the ball pivot and go across the lane and set a pick for the players on the weak side using a jump stop. The players on the weak side wait for the screen and come across the paint looking for a pass and shot. Option – Players on blocks go up and screen for players on elbows. Add defense! Easy screen drill to teach - I just gave away two of my inbounds plays. 
Pass & Screen Away – 3 lines of players – 2 lines on L & R wings and 1 line at top of key with ball. Passer passes L and sets screen for player on R. R player comes around screen (rub shoulders) and goes to basket waiting for a bounce pass from the L wing for a lay-up. All go to hoop for rebound. Change up! Change sides! Players take jump shot rather than lay-up. 
       •    Defensive 
            a)    Always maintain a position between opponent and basket.
            b)    When shot is released, step into opponent with armbar and make contact.
            c)    Rear pivot, wide feet and wide elbows tucked and swim.
            d)    Crouch with knees bent.
            e)    Feel for opponent and maintain contact. This is “boxing out”.
             f)    Head erect, eyes focused and hands ready.
            g)    Release from opponent and spring to the ball.
            h)    Grab ball firmly with both hands.
             i)    Pivot to nearside of court with head up and overhead pass to outlet player.
             Rebounder should yell “ball” and player in outlet position (flats) should yell “outlet” for pass. All players must box out                 to eliminate second chances by the offensive team. Boxing out is the key to rebounding not  how high one can jump.
      •    Offensive
            a)    Offensive rebounding is about positioning oneself in anticipation of  your teammate’s shot attempt.
            b)    If you can box out the defensive player before being boxed out, your team has an opportunity for second chance
                   opportunities in the offensive end.
            c)    A good offensive rebounder must be aggressive in pursuing the ball and outhustling her opponent.
Circle drill – Each player gets a partner based on position. Guards with guards, forwards with forwards and centers with centers. One player is on offense, the other on defense. Get in circle and expand out 2 steps. One ball in middle. On whistle, defense boxes out offense. Box out for 5-7 seconds or until offensive player touches ball. 2nd whistle stops action. Rotate players. Physical drill – remind girls to be careful. This drill demands physical contact. No more than 4 pairs of players in the drill for safety purposes. Offensive player must make defensive player work.