Coach's Corner

HEAT Camp - Gatorade

On this week’s edition of Jr. HEAT Camp, we focus on the proper defensive technique required to close out on a good shooter.

Close-out Defense


Setting a Screen

Pick-and-Roll Ball-Handler Finish

Pick-and-Roll

When you set a screen, the proper position is critical. Seal the defender by making contact with their shoulder to create an open lane for the ballhandler.

Screens provide options. Instead of remaining still, the screener cuts into the passing lane. This is referred to as a 'pick-n-roll.' Before a cut, box out your defender to prevent them from intercepting the pass.

Pick-and-Pop

On this play, the defender stays with the ball. Instead of rolling toward the basket, the screener drifts outward for an open jumper. This is commonly referred to as a 'pick-n-pop.'

Passing

Chest Passing

Chest Pass with Pivot Foot

Always try to pass the ball with two hands. It's stronger and more accurate than using one hand, and it allows you to change the direction of your pass if the defense gets in the way.

Step into your pass and use your pivot foot as a guide for the ball. Step with the same foot as your dominant hand.

Bounce Pass

Lead Passing

A proper bounce pass should hit your teammate's chest. When you attempt the pass, thrust your hands toward the floor to create backspin. This makes it easier for your teammate to catch the ball.

A lead pass is a great way to practice accuracy. To throw a proper lead pass, aim for your teammate's outside shoulder. If you aim for their chest, you'll throw the ball behind them.

Basketball Shooting 101

Remember, when it comes to shooting, focus on aligning your toe, knee and elbow and then extend your body for the perfect follow through.

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