Planning the pre-season basketball practice plan - part 2
If you expect to succeed as a basketball coach, you must learn to plan each phase of the basketball year. For purposes of this study the season is divided into three parts.
This is the time for a good conditioning program. This is the foundation on which to build a winning basketball team.
Outdoor practices are advisable because a basketball season is long. Delay going inside as long as possible. Four to six weeks of outdoor work does wonders in developing good physical condition. Outdoor conditioning will give your team a quick and safer indoors start, with fewer chances of early injuries. The outdoor work gives the players added confidence in themselves and their teammates because they will, most generally be better conditioned than their opponents.
Explain the program in detail at the first meeting. Discuss other points such as maintaining their studies, training, schedules, etc.
Complete physical examinations are given the squad and practice uniforms issued. The players report to the athletic field three or four times a week at 3:30 P.M., and leisurely take six to eight laps around the field.
The first week:
After the laps, the squad reports to outdoor volleyball courts. The skills of volleyball are closely related to those of basketball, such as jumping, timing, ball handling, use of fingertips, balance and team play. These skills provide a stepping stone to basketball.
The second week:
This second week takes on a change which provides more running of the basketball type. Basketball running is described as dashes, spurts, or short sprints, and change of direction.
Starting the second week of outdoor practice, the players take three warm-up laps and then take two laps of short sprints, Good running form should be stressed in order to improve speed. The players sprint for five to ten yards and coast to a walk. Repeat this until two laps are completed.
The last lap, or two, is a change-in-direction style of running. Stress and perfect good form in this basketball fundamental. After the running, players report to the volleyball courts.
The third week:
The third week consists of the same type of running, with two laps of change of direction added. Bring basketballs out this week and cover many of the basketball fundamentals after the running program.
Use only the fundamentals that can be as effectively outside as inside, such as body balance, ball handling, and peripheral vision drills. Do not cover any shooting drills, outside. Games stressing offensive and defensive rebounding might be played.
The fourth week:
The fourth week is a continuation of the third week, except during the last week, hold elimination races to determine the fastest guard, forward, center and the speed player on the squad.
The forwards run in a 50 yard dash to determine the fastest forwards. The guards run next and the centers run last. The players to finish first and second in each race, line up for the final race. Using this method allows the coach to actually know who are the fastest and slowest runners. besides giving fun and competition to the program.
You can sometimes overcome weaknesses in some players by giving them special assignments to meet during this early fall session. Big players are encouraged to skip rope and do rope climbing. The latter exercise will improve the use of their arms overhead.
When indoor work starts, your players will be eager to get started. Such eagerness is necessary to a winning team and should be nurtured and cultivated.
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