Simple Basketball Drills for Girls
Girls need to learn the basics of basketball before they can get into the more refined aspects of the game. Youth coaches can give their players a solid foundation in the fundamentals with an array of simple basketball drills for shooting, defense, passing and rebounding. While the drills are aimed at improving players' ability to accomplish certain tasks, they also serve as conditioning.
The goal of the game is to put the ball in the basket, so shooting drills are the most important. Drills that teach the proper way to shoot a basketball can provide girls with a much better chance of scoring points. The "Form Flip Drill" from Girls Basketball Shooting Drills does not let the player shoot the ball, instead it works on the details of proper shooting form. The player holds the ball in her shooting hand only, making sure her arms are at 90-degree angles with the biceps parallel to the floor. She flips the ball with her wrist and catches it in her shooting hand when it returns.
Footwork is the key to being a solid defensive player at any position. The Basketball Drills and Practice Plans website details the "Deny, Deny, Deny" drill and touts it as one that also forces players to mentally focus. Three players stand on top of the key as offensive players and three defenders stand on the baseline watching the coach try to inbound the ball. When the ball is inbounded to an offensive player, the defender closest to the ball plays defense and shouts "Ball" while the other two yell "Deny" as they try to make sure their player doesn't receive the pass.
Girls need to share the ball when they play and there are drills that can get them in the frame of mind to be able to rifle off quick passes in the blink of an eye. The "Pass and Go Circle" on the Basketball Drills and Plays website gets every player involved in the drill and forces each one to think fast when passing or receiving passes. One player stands in the center of a medium-sized circle and the teammates circle around her. A teammate passes the ball to the center and immediately chases in to defend the passer, who then must pass to another teammate.
Jumping to grab the ball is the aim of rebounding. The fundamentals required, though, include boxing out. To practice boxing out, two players should stand on opposite sides of the key while the coach stands at the free throw line. The coach shoots the ball, intentionally missing, and the players must battle for the ball. If the coach is skilled with his missed shot he can get the ball to pop up and create a situation where the player that boxes out gets the rebound.
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