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    Basketball Skills Training - Four Phase Skill Development Practice

    Towson University head coach Pat Skerry offers an inside look into his program and how he develops players. He knows a thing or two about player development having orchestrated the biggest turnaround in NCAA history – from 1-31 to 18-13 – in 2012-13. In this video, Coach Skerry takes you inside a live development session where the focus is on skill work for both guards and posts. You will also see live 5-on-0 and 5-on-5 work that shows you a number of offensive sets used during that 18-win season.

    After a dynamic warm-up and stretching routine, Coach Skerry takes you right into the skill development session. He does a great job of teaching and explaining the beliefs of his program and the techniques they use.

    Drill Series One: Individual Basketball Skills Training

    Coach Skerry likes to start all practices with ball handling drills. The drills involve changing direction, finishing at the rim, and finishing with contact. The Nova Passing drill works on multiple skills like communication and using the 1-2-step as they catch the ball. Wings work on footwork while executing the L-cut, finishing off a single dribble, and passing accuracy. Posts learn the “pump and power’ approach to the jump stop.

    Drill Series Two: Transition

    Perimeter players are the focus in the Drag Ball Screen drill where they learn to utilize the screen in transition. Drive and kick aspects to attacking are also stressed here. Posts are the focus of the Pick and Roll drill. Players learn good spacing and how to throw crisp passes.

    Drill Series Three: Using Screens

    All players learn to use a variety of screens in the half-court. Posts are taught how to gain position on a block-to-block rip screen. They learn to absorb contact (with a pad) while finishing on the low block. Post players also work on several catch and shoot opportunities from the elbow and short corner. Wings learn the value of the reverse dribble in order to draw the hedge defender out and open up a driving lane for a drive and kick opportunity.

    Drill Series Four: Defense

    The final series works on defensive development. Players learn to close out, pressure the ball, form a wall at the rim, help defense, weak side spacing and defending the rip screen. Each of the drills focuses on being physical without fouling. The drills also serve as great conditioners.

    Learn to combine your skill work with your team concepts to make your practices more effective and more efficient. Narrowing the focus as Coach Skerry does in each drill set allows for more rapid player development. Rent this basketball skills training DVD today.

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