Boys and Girls K, 1st, & 2nd
The Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd
Grade program is a clinic and teams are not
All interested volunteers
are used to help run this program and are supplemented at special
events by professional instruction.
Our focus is on fun and developing the skills
necessary to play the game.
Each participant will receive a Garden
City Basketball Clinic Jersey and a Garden
City Basketball medal.
The program has
holiday off dates for the Christmas and New Years school break
Players arrive, shoot around, and will then be lined up
along the eastern side of the gym.
Players will be split up into groups and sent to a
Boys and girls are usually separated, younger players and
older players normally separate themselves, and most of the players are
where they want to be…with their friends
One to three parent/coaches will be at each of the 8
As recommended by the JrNBA, Baskets are at 8 feet and
smaller “rookie” balls are used.
Players rotate through the drills clockwise at the whistle
(about every 8 - 10 minutes).
Drills become more advanced and are changed as we progress
through the season.
In the middle of January, a couple of baskets/stations will
be used for 3-on-3 games.
Please be aware of space around half court so as not to run
into the drill at the other end of the court.
Please have your child wear their Garden City Basketball
jersey to all of our functions.
Kids may get a drink of water at anytime.
These foundation drills are the base of practice
sessions used by our coaches in our other programs.
Court layout by basket
East side of gym
Stewart Ave side North
South side of gym
The Garden City Basketball
program is meant to be fun and provide a learning experience.
Poor and improper behavior by coaches, parents, and
players are seldom seen in our program but will not be tolerated if it
Please help keep the gym clean by depositing water
bottles in the trash.
To aid your child’s development, we recommend the
individual coaching and camps run by:
We also recommend that you utilize the “Basketball
Links” section of this website and Sportskool
on Free on Optimum Cable for additional information/instruction.
This is the basic framework of our Clinic.
We encourage volunteers, coaches, players, and parents to provide
feedback as to how we conduct these sessions.
If there are any questions, please contact your
coordinator or John Skramko via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 746-9659.
1 – Dribbling
“The most important
basketball skill there is 6th grade and below”
Create three to six lines of players on the end-line
under the basket.
The player at the head of each line has a ball.
Cones are setup to dribble towards.
Use a mid court location that is just short of half
court so as not to collide with the other half court drill.
Player is in athlete’s stance (knees slightly bent,
Dribble with wrist and finger tips. (show how
slapping the ball is not good)
Dribble with right hand to cone and back.
Dribble with left hand to cone and back.
Add the variation of walking backwards when coming
Emphasis on looking up and dribbling with fingers and
not the hands.
Similar to the first passing drill variation.
Form two lines facing each other.
Player takes two dribbles then bounce or chest passes
to the other line, and then goes to the end of the line they passed to.
Dribble with one hand and have a catch (using a
tennis ball) with the other hand. A
player may do this drill by themselves bouncing the tennis ball off of a
wall. This is an excellent
method of not watching your dribble and being able to look and move around
A defender may be added (only there for positioning,
no stealing of the ball). Players may dribble in a square around the half
court. (dribble forwards, then shuffle right, then
backwards, then shuffling left to the starting position) (note that the player with the ball is always facing
the same direction).
Each player has a ball. The half court or three point arc are used
as the playing area.
Players dribble and must knock away the ball of other
players. If a ball goes out
of bounds then that player is out. The
last player in the designated playing area is the winner. If the last couple of players can not get each other
“out” then declare multiple winners.
2 – Speed, Agility, and Defense
Speed Ladder, Balance Board, and jump ropes.
The advanced forms of this drill needs to be
demonstrated once to the coaches.
Doing is easier than writing.
Basic - Cones are in a square slightly smaller than
Players perform a defensive shuffle around the square
of the court.
Then add a dribbling player (with the other player as
defensive shuffling player).
Players face each other.
There is no stealing.
Switch dribbling/defense at each corner or after each
trip around the square.
Emphasis on side to side shuffling and proper
dribbling (look up not down).
Knees bend, butt out, back at 45 degree angle, weight
on front part of foot for good balance,
feet apart a little beyond shoulder width.
Never cross your feet.
Hands are out and ready.
Level 2 –
Players form two lines one under each end of the backboard.
A player at the head of each line comes onto the
court, one on each end of the foul line, with their backs to
One coach has the ball and the player in front denies
(defensive position) the other player is in a help position (sees the ball and the player
they are guarding, arm is out,
one step distance given to offensive player) coach passes to other coach, players shift (one to
deny the other to help). Stay between the player you are guarding and the
3 – Triple Threat / Pivoting
The long term goal of this drill is to allow the
player to be instantaneously prepared when catching the ball. Prepared to shoot, drive to the basket (get a good first
step) and to pass. Pivoting is very important because players must often
create offensive space to make a move.
Players are positioned in two perpendicular lines (along the end line and across the extension of the
foul line). They should be
spread at least 5 feet apart. If possible, each player should have a ball.
As with other drills, the coach demonstrates proper
form prior to starting.
Basic level - Lift
up right heel, turn on right toe, move left foot from 9o’clock to 2o’clock, keep
looking straight ahead, and then pivot back to the original position. Pivoting and passing can be added. Remove all but one ball.
Form players along the end line and across the three point circle. Have players pass, pivot, and pass (in a continuous
Level 2 –
Maintain emphasis of feet. Add
movement of ball. Player should be ready to shoot, pass, dribble, and
Level 3 – Run
toward the passer and perform a jump stop landing on both feet at the same
time. This allows either foot
to become the pivot foot.
Level 4 – Add a
defender. Coach may
“challenge” player to pivot away. Emphasis is on not pivoting with the ball
through/across/in front of a defender. Pivot away keeping your body between the defender and
Level 5 – Form a
lay-up line. Have coach be a
defender. Player pivots away, to shoot, and then drives to the
basket for a lay-up.
4 – Passing
First bounce and then chest passes.
Place emphasis on proper passing techniques. Receiving player should have the ball coming right
into their waiting hands.
Form two lines facing one another. Each player has a partner on the opposite side.
Receiving player has hands up and ready to
catch/receive the ball. (step
forward when passing, catch ball with two hands in front of the body)
Place hands on side of the ball (a little towards the
top and back of the ball) Elbows in. Athlete’s
stance with back arched and knees slightly bent. Bring ball up and out away from the body in a
circular motion. As ball is brought back to body, step towards target,
pushing with legs, and use wrists to pass ball. Let foot touch the floor first with the heel then toe
allowing the players weight to flow into the pass.
Variation – Form
two lines facing each other (one at each end of the foul line). Use one ball. Player
passes to the first player in opposite line and then goes to the end of
the line that was passed too. Four
lines can be used to have twice as many players active.
Form groups of three in triangles. Place a player in the middle of each triangle.
Players pass to one another (one of the two players
should always be open). If a pass is intercepted then the passer goes into
the middle. If a minute has passed without an interception (or a
passer holds the ball too long) then swap another player into the center.
Form a circle with players rotating in a clockwise
direction in a defensive stance/shuffle. Pass to players
Use two players and two balls. One player performs a bounce pass while the other player
simultaneously does the chest pass. A
more advanced version is to do this while shuffling sideways down the
5 – Give and Go
Emphasis is on all of the previous drills of
dribbling, passing, pivoting, and shooting lay-ups.
Form two lines one on the side (on wing near foul
line) and one at 45 degree right side lay-up angle.
Player passes from the lay-up line to wing and cuts
to basket. Wing passes ball back for lay-up, rebounds the
basketball, and passes to the next shooter. (the pass should lead the shooter towards the basket)
Each player goes to the end of the opposite line. Please give rebounding instructions with the proper
pivot and pass back to the shooting line.
6 – Pass, Cut and Replace
Concept is passing and moving similar to station5.
The form of this drill needs to be demonstrated once
to the coaches. Doing is easier than writing.
Point guard at the top of key passes to coach on the
right wing and cuts to the basket for a pass from coach. After lay-up the former point guard goes to the end
of the line at the end line. Two other players rotate (one from baseline to the
left wing and the second from left wing to point guard). Players lined up on the end line fill the baseline
Advanced forms of
this drill include no passing to the cutter and passes from the point
guard to other locations. If you pass from the top of the key, cut and go to
the corner of the side you passed to. If you pass from the wing to the top of the key, cut
and go to the opposite corner from where you were.
7 - Shooting /Jump shot
This is a difficult drill yet very important. If there are a large number of players you should
create two lines. It is important to keep players engaged and active. Other coaches can work with kids on the line by
emphasizing the holding/release of the ball and may use the wall to practice shooting and/or
dribbling at the release point against the wall.
Position directly in front of the basket Distance of shot is about 2-3 feet.
(the distance is increased to 4-5 feet during season) Check basic stance (feet side by side about shoulders
width apart, the knees slightly bent, butt slightly out, shoulders
hunched, elbow under ball, wrist back)
right hand shooter) (short step with right foot, heel/toe and bend knees, then push with legs and simultaneously push with arm
and then finish shot by following through with wrist. Arm is completely extended and hand/fingers point
towards the floor (put hand in cookie jar) Try to establish a continuity, a flow, or rhythm to
the shot. Emphasis on using legs and shooting with one hand
(watch guide hand and rotation of the ball) hooter retrieves rebound and passes to the next
shooter in line. If available, use the shooting ring to emphasize
releasing the ball “up and out” towards the rim.
8 – Lay-up
It is very important to start slowly and work towards
dribbling/running lay-ups. It normally takes a couple of weeks to go from basic
with no dribble to a few dribbles. Players that are able to perform a proper lay-up from
day one are encouraged to do so. Other coaches should work with players waiting on the
line by emphasizing important skill points such as left foot down, right
hand up. A “skipping”
exercise should be used to emphasize the lay-up motion.
Work the desired motion(s) without a ball while waiting.
Setup for the shot
Basic level –
Footwork with no dribble. Players form a line at a 45 degree angle to the
basket. Right side of basket lay-up for the first couple of
weeks, will also add a rebound line later) Feet together shoulder distance apart (ok to have one
foot slightly in front of another) Mechanics of the shot Elbow under the ball.
Wrist back with hand placed directly under ball Bend
at the waist, take a long step with left foot (hit with heel, roll
onto toe), bend left knee as the left foot hits the floor
getting in position to jump off the left leg (high jump not broad jump), lift right knee up to waist as you jump,
shoot ball up following through with the wrist. The shot is high and soft off the backboard (usually
the top right corner of the box). Explain concept of keeping the proper angle to the
Level 2 – One
dribble towards the basket. Pick up ball at hip level getting the right wrist
under the ball as the ball is picked up off the dribble.
Level 3 – All of
the above but take 2 or 3 dribbles going as slowly as possible to
Level 4 – Drive
to hoop with maximum speed. The
last step must be long to stop momentum and to help you jump straight up
(and not sail past the basket) and put the ball off the backboard softly.
To increase participation and to “mix things
up”… You may have some races and then go back to your
Form a number of equal and “fairly balanced”
lines. Create a spot for each line to dribble to and return. Player hands-off to the next player in line.
Have the lines far enough apart to avoid collisions. Have the players dribble to a spot a decent distance
away (almost half court or longer if available)
Line players on the end line under the basket. Players will run to a line and back to the end line,
Run to the next furthest line and back and so on
(there are 3 lines to run to) (this drill used to be called “killers” or
“suicides”, we don’t want to use these terms, “monsters” is
Players form two lines perpendicular to the basket. Ball is rolled between/under each players legs to the
last player in line. Last player dribbles to the basket, shoots a lay-up,
retrieves rebound (made or missed), And passes to first player in line. The rebounder now becomes the first player in the
line. First team to make 15 baskets is the winner. (raise
or lower number as necessary)