Thunder - basic practice guide

NCBC Thunder - basic practice outline

  • this is a general guide to offer coaches a basic outline, it is meant as only that and will be adjusted by your team as best suited to individual player and team development


Practice outline

  • Expectations - best way to start the season is set/discuss some expectations with a parent meeting and then player talk
    • arrive ready - on time, dressed, with all your gear (always indoor shoes, athletic clothing, filled water bottle, reversible practice jersey)
    • respect - coaches, parents, anyone not playing on the team, but supporting the players, we are all giving time to help keep them in the gym - your team should be engaged and ready to run
      • hustle in - coach calls you in, you run
      • eyes and ears - coach is talking, you are listening



  • Warmup - always, always get your players moving, stretched out, increasing their blood flow; we want them all to learn good habits on how to prepare their bodies before pushing hard in sports
    • this is also a good opportunity to build a “team warm up” that they learn to lead themselves through as a team with every start
  • H2O - quick water, keep them hydrated with short 1 minute water breaks
  • Drill(s) - an introduction/refresher on something new/needed; base this on your teams level, prior game play, and individual/team growth/dynamic
    • short explanations, do NOT talk through every little part… get them moving and keep them moving. They tend to stay more engaged if we are coaching through the drill, so less starting and stopping
  • Scrimmage - move into a short game setting to see the drill in action; try to talk through the action for corrections, limit the start/stops 
    • always expectations, so you may still have start/stops 
    • either during or after the scrimmage have a short discussion to note what was being properly executed, where it was missed, adjustments that could be made, etc
  • Foul shots - shoot when tired; this is what it will be like in a game and when it counts the most
    • good to keep track of misses/makes - your call, but typically we like to also use this to load in some more speed exercises
      • misses equal “X” number of sidelines, push ups, etc - possibly load this further by timing it
  • Drill - progressive drills; build off of your first drill; refresher on the earlier points and then load in your NEW (next layer) elements
    • example; started with layups, now adding layup is not there so drive and kick
      • drive and kick, to drive and kick with a second pass… etc
  • Scrimmage - another short game; quick start/stops for discussion - reminders while they are in motion of what has been taught, get them thinking on the move
  • Huddle up - use the last +5 minutes of practice to recap what you have learned


Warmup examples, options, ideas


circle up (sitting to standing stretches - lead in middle of circle counts out odd, team counts back even)

  • on back, knee to chest
  • sitting, one leg bent - reach for toes
  • sitting, one leg bent - lean back
  • sitting, feet together - hold feet, rest elbows on knees, push down on knees
  • arm across chest, hold up with other arm
  • arm bent behind head, other hand resting on elbow
  • standing, lift one leg and pull foot to butt (quads) - arm out for balance
  • standing, lift one leg and pull knee to chest with straight back - arm out for balance
  • standing, cross legs, reach does for toes


Dynamic stretching

line up across base or sideline, have one player call out each stretch

  • skip - opposite knee/arm (good posture; toe, knee, hip, head up, drive knees to chest)
  • high kicks (walking, swing and bring leg high to get range of motion)
  • butt kicks (feel it in your quad)
  • walking lunge with twist (arms up, straight back and twist)
  • up and outs; open/close the gates (knee drives up and turn outs 90)
  • air squat (chest forward, squat down, leap up)
  • arm circles (full rotations - front one way, back the other)
  • close outs (jog a few paces to stutter step, retreat a few paces and repeat)
  • single leg side hopes - front/back (switch feet at half)
  • karaoke (chest faces baseline, criss cross feet)
  • 2 light laps (always face chest same direction; forward jog up side line, D shuffle at baselines, back peddle down opposite sideline)


Ball handling

  • 10 ball slaps
  • finger tips
  • round the world
  • round one leg
  • figure eights
  • one/twos - round one leg, bring legs together - go around both, legs apart go around one leg
  • low dribble
  • pound dribble
  • around one leg dribble
  • figure eight dribble
  • in and out dribble
  • push pull dribble
  • crossovers
  • through the legs
  • behind the back
  • pound to kill dribble

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