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In today’s diagram and embedded video we look at a drill to work on getting your players to take longer strides while playing basketball. I believe longer strides allow players to be faster and cover more ground. I think drills like this help unlock a player's athleticism. Check out Euro Stride Finishing Drill as a complement to this one.
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Organization: Players line up in the corner with a cone set up near the sideline hash. The passer, usually a coach, starts with a ball.
Description: First player sprints to touch the cone (hard COD cut). The player then sprints to the basket and coach passes him the ball around the three point line. The player must stride out using two steps and score without dribbling. We want to practice left or right handed finishes on each side, depending on which foot the player takes their last step with. Players must hide the ball away from the defense w/ two hands on the ball (no swinging the ball side to side).
-Two one foot jumps to finish
-Eliminate the habit of stutter stepping before a lay-up
-Don't swing the ball in front
-Finish off either hand or either foot
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