We posted Coach Messina’s awesome explanation of spacing and timing in our last post and the response has been phenomenal.
Today I’m going to share the DRILLS to teach spacing to you team.
4 v 4 Canadian rules
This is a great game to teach spacing by Coach Brian McCormick.
Place cones in the half court to separate the court into 6 rectangles. The rules are simple: Play 4 on 4 but you cannot have 2 players on the square with the ball handler. If the ball handler is in a rectangle with another player on the same team, it’s a turnover.
Key points here is that if you want to drive to the basket, your team mates need to STAY away from the middle rectangle. Players will quickly learn you need 2 squares empty to drive to the basket.
This is a great drill for kids and beginners. It’s like musical chairs but with dribbling. The coach says GO and everyone dribbles around clockwise. The key here is that each player has to imagine they are connected by a piece of string. Keep your distance, not too far and not too close. When coach says stop, they should stop at a cone.
To make it harder, coach can reverse the direction of the dribble by calling out “reverse”.
7 v 5 passing advantage
This is a passing game to teach spatial awareness and moving without the ball. Use the entire court, offensive team needs to make X number of passes without being intercepted to win. Players need to spread out and run to open spaces. The person with the ball cannot move.
2 v 0 Drift and fill
This is a simple introduction to the concept of drift and fill. If the offensive player drives baseline, the other player will “drift” to the other baseline. The ball handler will stop underneath the basket as if they got stopped by defense and throw a 1 handed pass to the player on the other side.
If the ball handler attacks middle, the other player needs to “fill” the open spot vacated by the offense.
5 v 1 Drift and fill
This builds ontop of the 2 v 0 drift and fill. Coach throws the ball to a player, who decides to drive baseline or middle. Depending on the drive, all 4 other players must drift or fill accordingly. The ball handler then passes the ball back out and after they pass it out, must fill 1 of the 5 spots on the perimeter.