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So it’s January and the basketball courts are getting resurfaced/remarked or are closed for the summer break (I’m in the southern hemisphere remember!). What do you do for practice? Find a park and do some fitness/ball handling!

This year I’ve just introduced the 20 station drill to my team. I setup 20 stations on a grassed area and the players spend 50 seconds at each station and then have 10 seconds to rest and move to the next station. Thanks to Grantley Bernard (Big V Ladycats coach), the stations have been copied from him and modified for an U12 level.

The stations are:

  1. Skipping one foot
  2. Figure 8 around hurdle
  3. Skipping two feet
  4. H formation around hurdle
  5. Skipping of player’s choice
  6. Situps
  7. Pushups
  8. Agility Ladder – forward
  9. Agilitiy Ladder – sidewards
  10. Knees High
  11. Knees to bum
  12. Running
  13. Defensive Slide
  14. Ball handling – flick between hands
  15. Reverse situps cycling
  16. Jumping two feet over hurdles
  17. Hopping over sticks
  18. Jumping sideways over a cone
  19. Plank
  20. Zig Zag run

There’s other drills such as pitter patter, upturning cones or reflex ball that I swap and change with, depending on venue or what the team needs to focus on. I was even using cups/sticks to start off with but have now purchased an agility kit that includes hurdles, cones and agility ladders.

So far, so good. The players seem to be enjoying themselves and getting a good workout. I’ve opened it up to other teams and brothers/sisters so we get more turning up to training with many being away due to holidays! I’m even joining in with them and they are all better than me!