Marlboro Recreation Basketball
Sample 1 hour Practice Plan*
Warmups and dribbling drills--10 Minutes
Laps around the whole gym (just a few)
Right side (make sure player uses right hand and jumps off of left foot) 5x
Left side (player shoots with left hand and jumps off right foot) 5x
Jump shooting: 3 groups of 3 with 1 ball on each
basket. One player
Shooter must have hands and feet set and ready
to catch and shoot. 3-5x per player
Set up defenders in a 4 man shell (see illustration A)
Offensive players set in 1-3-1 zone offense (see illustration A)
Have offensive players pass the ball around the zone quickly to exploit openings in the zone.
Key to playing against a zone is to move the ball quicker than the zone can react
High post player crucial against 2-3 zone. Post player should look “opposite” after receiving entry pass
Baseline player should run back and forth so that they are ball or strong side
Encourage players attack the zone by driving and then dishing to open shooter.
Shooters should be ready to catch and shoot (reinforce from shooting drills)
Basic under basket inbounds play (can use anywhere on the court) see illustration “B”
Defensive scrimmage/drills—10-15 Minutes
Set up defenders in a 4 man shell.
Offensive players set in 1-3-1 zone offense
Guards on top of zone defend foul line extended and above.
Look for double team opportunities when ball goes into the corner
Defensive players must slide their feet and work hard as ball moves around the zone.
Zone must react as a unit. As ball moves to one side of the floor everyone must slide towards ball side.
Zone must STOP dribble penetration by tightening as offensive players begins to drive
After shot is taken EVERYONE must find a body and BOX OUT to avoid offensive rebounds.
Lane Drills (players slide back and forth inside key as many times as possible in 1 minute) 3-4x
Make sure players bend their knees and slide, slide, slide
½ court suicide sprints (sprint foul line and back, ½ court and back)
Foul shots---5 Mins
Additional drills/areas of focus
Passing (chest, bounce, reach bounce)
2v1, 3v2 fast break drills
Rebounding and boxing out (70% of rebounds come off the rim opposite the side shot is taken)
*Plan assumes nine players on a team and half a court.