As a player you cannot just be a “drill guy”. This is a player who looks really good in the drills but then when starts playing struggles to make plays. At Youth Basketball Development we believe there has to be a balance between “drilling”/technique training and playing the game (1 on 1, 2 on 2, 5 on 5 etc… ). This is why at the end of all our downloadable workouts we recommend putting into a game situation what we just practiced (example: after our pivoting/footwork/finishing workout we recommend playing 1 on 1 off the pivot foot with 3-4 dribbles maximum for the offense). It is important that your players or child try and get a workout buddy/teammate to join them or enlist a family member to play against following their at home workout as available for optimal skill carry over. By finishing with a game like drill we end the training on a fun note as well.
For youth coaches when developing your team practice plans, under the guidance of your high school staff, Bob Hurley, Sr, one of the most successful high school coaches in the history of the United States, recommended a 2/3 skill work to 1/3 team play ratio. Skill work would not have to be solely 1-0 skill development work but would include competitive breakdown drills or small sided games.
We recommend for “team offensive and defensive team concepts” that your youth association works with your program’s head coach or coaching staff to develop a progressive simplified system. This encourages a similar terminology or language throughout your program and an appropriate progression of their system of play. There are a lot of great ways to play this game but if our players cannot dribble, pass, or shoot our offensive team concepts will not be successful.