Selecting a Drill

“When selecting a drill it is important to understand the concept from start to finish, as well as knowing how using it can help the individual or team. Ensure every part of the drill is technically correct, no short cuts to be taken.”

Drills

Our coaches put much consideration into selecting targeted drills that strengthen the weak points and extend strong points of our individuals and teams. Transition Sports strongly opposes making kids do repetitive drills for the sake of it, especially if they have little understanding of what they are trying to improve upon or are mindlessly completing exercises without focus and intention to progress.

We think the ideal drill runs as follows:

  • Show the drill, explaining reasoning behind the exercise
  • Implement the drill
  • Show the drill again, reinforcing key points of focus
  • Let the team run the drill themselves without interference – observe if they identify problem areas an independently rectify them

External skill sets

“Transition Sports coaches work to ensure all players master the following skills at the highest level. We focus on teaching proper technique and explaining the intricacies of each skill.”

Dribbling

Top Ball Dribble:

  • Hand on top of the ball at all times, pushing down with fore arm (not tapping with wrist)
  • Ball should never stop moving: no pause or delay
  • Keep the ball close and tight to the body, using body to protect the ball from defence
  • Small, quick steps for balance, fast reaction and ease of movement

Passing

This skill is often overlooked even though it is one of the most important aspects of the game.

  • Passes to be made with clear intention
  • Receiver is just as crucial as thrower, all players must be ready to receive
  • Passer to make quick decisions on which type of pass to use: bounce/ over the top/ flat/ fast/etc.
  • Passes to be thrown to where the player is going to (receiv ers shouldn’t have to stop and wait or jump for the ball)
  • Receiver musn’t call for the ball when they’re our of position

Shooting

Right handed: Power for this shot comes from the right arm pushing through to full extension. The left is only a light guide for the ball on the way up, it is not used to help push. The technique from the waist up needs to be perfect, before bringing in knees and toes to gain extra power and distance.

  • Right elbow and forearm in line with right leg
  • Left hand on split line (middle of body) in front of nose
  • Left elbow pointing up and a little out
  • Left eye to have full vision of ball
  • Right eye to have full vision above the ball
  • Feet square to target
  • Weight slightly forward

It is important to maintain the fully extended shooting arm well after the ball has been released. Dropping the arm too quickly can result in low, flat shots.

During training, all shots should be ring shots: relying on a backboard can introduce bad habits. The shot should have a high, soft arc and drop into the centre of the ring.