Catalog Your Drills

This time of year many coaches are attending clinics and enrolling in programs such as in order to jump start their thinking and preparation for the upcoming season. Invariably those coaches are going to hear or see a new drill that could possibly be used in their practices, but aren’t sure what to do with it until then. At the same time experienced coaches often have so many drills floating around somewhere in their head that they forget to use one when they need it the most.

One suggestion is to compile a drill catalog. Use either 3×5 or 5×7 index cards and on one side of the card diagram the drill and on the other side write down how long the drill takes and any pertinent teaching points. Then file the cards in a plastic box under one of the following headings:

  1. Defense, team
  2. Defense individual
  3. Offense, team
  4. Offense, individual
  5. Transition defense
  6. Transition offense
  7. Game preparation

Once you use a particular drill make a note on the card how it went and if it was as useful as you thought it would be. Don’t abandon it after you use it only once but if you find that it is consistently falling short of the desired results then pull it out of your catalog. The last thing you want is a box full of drills that you either never use or that are ineffective.



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