Creating Own Space for Long Accurate Feed

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DESCRIPTION

This drill can be used to practise

(1) creating space and
(2) focusing on accuracy of lifted long passes

If we can encourage players to make definite movements that will shift their defenders, this opens up new space for them to drive into further down the court. This is more than a dodge and has to be at full pace to be convincing. The final feed has to be accurate.

Start with just a Feeder and Attacker and a defined line on the court onto which to work. Attacker drives forward to a quick out-and-back ball, which the feeder then lifts ahead of driving attacker on the straight line to receive on the line (not over).

Attacker should look to achieve 6 successful passes on the line before swapping.

(Potentially less-experienced players may need to start without a designated border line and just get accustomed to the driving ball)

Then repeat on the other side.

Repeat mixing up which side they drive to.

Progression 1:
Add in a defender who man marks. They can start at 70% effort but eventually build to 100%

Players can explore front cut as well as back cut, using body angles and change of pace to act as signal for feeder


Progression 2:

Make court relevant to positions; centre court player can be driving to circle edge, shooting player driving to post, defender taking it from back line or missed shot attempt in circle, defece bringing through court to transverse line

Progression 3:

As above only work in groups of 5/6, so now 2 short offers onto initial short ball, and feeder makes informed decision based on angle and defensive set-up as to who gets lifted long pass onto line.

Players can take as many passes as they like to get to their target line/area

On the circle edge set-up, they can use swing ball as well as come off and on edge.

Use of Feeder as back-up/reset option

COACHING POINTS

The initial drill should accustom players to the body movement and pass accuracy. Adding in defenders and court specific should cement the application

  • Feet under body at all times, moving hard, no lunging onto ball
  • Balanced in landing
  • Balanced when passing on ball
  • Good catch and quick release
  • Change of direction off outside foot
  • Hips in direction of run
  • Pass placed ahead of player


Players need to be self-critical - if they land past their designated line or more than a step onto it, then it does not count.

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