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Discover the reasons for well organized and planned practices.
Learn how to create an efficient master practice plan.
Find out how to carefully plan out daily practices in advance.
Learn about the various components that go into a daily practice schedule.
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The practice of planning in advance not only assures one of a well organized and efficient practice, but also makes it possible to get more accomplished.

Practices should be well organized and planned. Emphasis should be focused on execution and hustle. Every drill must have value or purpose otherwise throw it out. Alternate physically tough drills and easy ones. Be sure to include individual player work in each practice. If a drill is going poorly, stop it and go onto something else. Come back to it later or in the next practice.

Reasons for planning:

  • Guarantees the maximum use of the time available.
  • Assures coverage of all phases of the game.
  • Eliminates over emphasis of any one phase.
  • Maintains better player interest.
  • Creates an environment more conducive to learning.
  • Allows for daily evaluation and at the end of the season.

Two phases of planning.

  • Creating a Master Plan
  • Breaking the Master Plan down into daily plans.


Creating a Master Practice Plan

The Blue Print for a Successful Season

Before undertaking any offensive or defensive system, coaches must be well organized and prepared. This requires careful planning and thought in creating a master plan. In developing a master plan in advance, it not only assures an organized, sequential coverage of all phases of the game, but, in addition, insures the maximum use of the time available. A well thought out master plan will also create an environment that is more conducive to learning, making it possible to get much more accomplished during each practice. A master practice plan is basically a composite list of all the phases of the game that must be covered in practice.

  1. Must first determine the style of play to be used:

    Based primarily on available player personnel.

    Influenced by the coach's experience and basketball expertise.

    Style is also influenced by opponents, schedule, available time, and other factors.

    Types of drills and other practice procedures which will be used is determined by this decision.

  2. Determine the amount of material to be covered:

    Individual offensive and defensive fundamental skills to be taught.

    Team offense and defense to be taught.

    Special Situations to be covered.

    Breakdown drills to be used. It is helpful to create a drill checklist and revised each year.

  3. Determine the number of practices.

    Do not cover too much. It is by far better to do a few things well than a lot of things mediocre.

    May have to extend some of the master practice plan into the season.

  4. Use the master plan as a guide in planning daily practice sessions.


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Breaking the Master Plan down into daily plans


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