My All Time Favorite Practice Drills
Over a 45-year career as the mentor of one of the top high school basketball programs in the nation, Bob Hurley has run just about every drill in existence. In this video, Coach Hurley shares with you his all-time favorite drills. In addition, he also talks about how he likes to organize practices.
A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Hurley opens his presentation sharing some advice on coaching. Coaches should never be finished learning and should work to improve their craft. Hurley talks about practice planning, drill work, and more.
Pre-Practice and Warm-Up Drills
Coach Hurleys favorite warm-up drills worked on the three foundational skills of basketball: dribbling, passing, and shooting. He shows you the Fire Passing Drill which forces players to concentrate and communicate. The Michigan State series gets players moving and finishing around the basket. Drills like Up Two, Back Two, and the Chill Drill teach players how to attack a trap and also work on change of direction moves. All of Hurleys warm-up drills challenge players both mentally and physically.
Rebounding and Closeout Drills
You cant play offense if you cant rebound! Coach Hurley trains players to be instinctive around the basket. The Oregon Rebounding Drills helps create toughness and forces players to compete for rebounds.
One of the more challenging fundamentals of defense is the closeout. Coach Hurley shares a number of drills that help to teach the technique as well as incorporate things like ball screen defense in the 4-Line Passing Drill. The 3-on-3 and 4-on-3 Closeout Drills work on defensive efficiency especially in disadvantage situations.
One of the reasons why Coach Hurleys St. Anthonys HS teams were so hard to score against in transition was the 5-on-5 Conversion Drill. Your team will learn how to communicate and stop the ball in transition.
Shooting Drills & Half-Court 3-on-3
To learn how to play off of each other, Hurley uses the 3-on-3 Half-Court Drill. Players incorporate all they have learned in half-court offense and defense. Coach Hurley then shifts to shooting drills. He shares some of his favorites including those that work on shooting off the catch and shooting off the dribble. One particularly favorite drill is 30 Plus a Half. Its a great shooting drill to close a practice. Players love it and it works on improving all aspects of shooting.
There are only three high school coaches in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and Hurley is one. His old school values still hold true in the modern game and you get to learn from one of the true masters in this video.
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