Mental Toughness and Ball Toughness Drills

These drills are included in Coach Lee DeForest’s Princeton Offense system, which includes practice planning (with ideas for both offense and defense) to teach the system.

I hope you find something that you can either use in your summer workouts, or that you can save and use next season.

You can find out more about his Princeton Offense System at this link: Princeton Offense System.

 

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Mental Toughness Drills

We want to teach aggression and have no fear of making hustle plays

2 Man Loose Ball – 10 in one minute – the players will use one ball and one player is the passer. The other player is down in a stance and will dive on the loose ball then pass the ball from the ground calling out the receiver’s name.

2 Man Take Charge – can go for 1-2 mins – switch the man taking the charge at 30 secs. One player has a ball about lane line apart and dribbles at his partner who takes the charge by landing on his butt and yelling. He gets up immediately and takes another charge.

2 Man Bump Cutter – go for one minute and switch at 30 secs. Players are lane line apart and no ball is used. Player sprints across the lane and gets bumped by the defender who is in a stance – make contact. Constant cutting and making contact then switch at 30 secs.

2 Man Back to Passer – Lane wide and it goes for one minute. One player has a ball and the other player has his back to the ball while chopping his feet. The passer calls out his partner’s name and the player jump pivots in the air to catch the pass. The passer throws the pass before he says the player’s name.

Ball Crawls – players line up near a bleacher or wall. They will kick off the wall and dive on a ball their partner is holding. The partner will count until they get to ten and the player diving yells for the ball.

Ball Toughness Drills

1 on 1 Drills

Stationary – Hit coach in lane when he calls your name. Put players in pairs with each group having a basketball around the 3 point line. Rips/Sweeps either above the head or below the knee. Work on winning the battles and being ball strong. Time limit. PPF.

12 Second Drill – Hold for 4 seconds with rip/sweeps then dribble with right hand or left hand only for 4 seconds and finally pick the ball up and rip/sweep for 4 seconds. Teach how long 12 seconds is with the basketball. Pick up, dribble, then pickup again is called by coach.

Dribble Weave – crossover (move alignment of defenders), hesitation dribble (lane line all defenders), between the legs (move alignment with two in the lane and one near volleyball line), vs. trap (use 4 guys
with two at FT line and two near HC). All different dribbles with coaches set up as cones who will be fouling the hands of the dribbler as they make moves. Head up. Then in trap, the offense works on two moves – hesitation or pull back crossover – attack outside leg. This drill is like Human Cones from Hurley. Can use 3 people and go to half
court or use more and go full court with finish vs. football pad.

Group Drills

3 on 3 Ball Toughness – Square up – with/without a ball. Complete passes for points. No point without a rip or sweep on the catch. No dribble or dribble variations. 10 complete passes then switch. 3 possessions each team. Split them into two groups on either sideline. Black on right and white on left to sub in after each change. Turnover or 10 complete passes. Variation – No score first then give 10 points on a layup. Run the difference in the score. A down/back for each point. One shot to score.

3 on 4 – either to a score or complete 10 passes catch/rip. Dribble or no dribble. Start drill in the middle and a closeout trap while the other two offensive players move to get open. Completed passes are one
point get to ten and switch or on turnover the number of passes is the score. Loser runs the difference.

4 on 2 – offense is on each elbow and block. Defense is inside the lane trying to deflect or steal the ball. Complete 10 passes, no bounce passes, catch and rip/land on two.

These drills are included in Coach Lee DeForest’s Princeton Offense system, which includes practice planning (with ideas for both offense and defense) to teach the system. You can find out more about his Princeton Offense System at this link: Princeton Offense System.

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