Practice Organization


What to Discover or Recall:

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.
Printable Daily Practice Schedule form

Practic Planning

| Master Plan | Daily Plans | Practice Components | Drills |

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:

Two phases of planning.


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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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Daily Practice Plans

Referring to the master plan, carefully plan each practice in advance. Do not ever take the practice court unprepared. All phases of the game should be considered with early emphasis on physical conditioning, fundamental drills and team organization. Teach well and do not give players too much. It is better to do a few things well and many things mediocre. You may have to extend some of the master plan well into the season.

Proper distribution of practice time within a practice is essential.

Daily practice schedules should be flexible enough to make modifications or changes at team progresses or regresses.

Write out and carry daily plan to practice

View/Print Printable Practice Schedule Form


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Always end practice on a positive note

Half Court Shot

It is best to leave floor with the players looking forward to next practice. There is no substitute for eagerness to play. Be sure to have a post practice review of what was covered and accomplished in practice along with the needs for future practices and games. Always keep a written record of any player injuries and their treatment.

Practice Recaps


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Practice Components

Early Time

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Cool Down

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Drills & Scrimmages


Be a skills coach not a drill coach. Drills are just vehicles to teach and refine basketball skills and techniques. Be creative and design your own break down drills to fit your specific needs of the team and individual players.

Learn More Drills for Skills


“Game Slippage” actually starts with practice. During practices most coaches do an excellent job of teaching through break down drills. However, when it comes to scrimmaging, the majority are very poorly conducted, officiated and very seldom analyzed. Do not over scrimmage. Cannot teach during scrimmages.

Learn More Useful Scrimmage Ideas


To be successful, each player as well as the team collectively, must be possessed with the desire and determination to develop superior physical condition. Throughout the course of the season the team will be pushed and trained hard. However, it is going to be up to each individual to see that their maximum physical condition is achieved and maintained.

Because of the importance of physical condition and team morals to a successful season, willful violations of the training code cannot be tolerated or ignored. It is going to be up to "team pressure" to see that the code is adhered to and followed.

Learn More Physical Conditioning



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