A few months ago, I wrote a post on killing Sacred Zombie Cows – getting rid of those drills that may be dear to your heart, but have long since lost their usefulness. I’m looking at you three-man weave!

Anything that can be used to replace those Zombie Cows, I call Cow Killers. A few of those Cow Killers will be showing up on the Tribe from time to time so keep your eyes open.

Well, with that in mind, here’s a simple warm up drill using only the habits from Layer 1.

The 12U South Windsor Girls use this drill to get 60 lay-ups, 40 jump-shots, and 220 passes in under 5 minutes. All the while further engraining the Read & React habits into their muscle memories.

It’s not complicated. It’s not overly flashy. But, to me, it’s significantly more practical than two line lay-ups.

Use this as a launching pad for your own ideas. Be creative. And, let us know how you did it in the comments section.

8 Responses

  1. I like this a lot. We did something similar but I like how they flow with the lines underneath. I think I would change this drill a little bit though because it appears that they are just going through the motions on front cuts and rear cuts and not necessarily really training their body at all. Lots of times the pass is made before the defense is even there. I would slow it down one second to let the defense get there, then make them mix it up a bit. Sometimes jump across the read line, sometimes stay so that the girl has to train her body to react to an unknown situation. In fact…I’d make my kids work on closeouts on the drill so they are getting defensive work during it as well.

    Just my two cents….but I’ll definitely use this next year.

  2. I could be wrong, but it looks like they are doing this as a warm-up before a game. The previous commenter stated he did not like that they were leaving early on their cut, but I think before a game you are just trying to get your body warmed up and used to the layer, so perfection is not needed. In a practice you would want to stop and correct though. I did the same thing, but instead of having two groups I had three so there was no standing around at all. Instead of having the two pass and cut groups at the top and wing, I had them at the wing and corner. This opened up the top for a circle motion group which worked on safety valve. So I had jump shots and layups going all at the same time. Some coaches may be afraid of clutter, but I think that is more game like with all those bodies anyway than a traditional layup line. I would rotate the groups every three or 4 minutes to make sure everyone got a chance to work on a certain layer. I would also change out one pass and cut group, and instead do a post pass and cut as well, so I had three different layers going on at the same time.

  3. I do like how theyve extended the basic 3-player front and rear cut drills into a 6-player rotation working both sides.of the court. I say this because we traditionally ran the 3-player versions 2 minutes on each side of the court to ensure we work on both left and right drives, lay-ups and shots respectively. In essence, South Windsor have collapsed the timeframes again and this will be a drill I will be using this season.

    Wheres the Like button? 😉 +1 for sharing.

  4. It is a great drill, I would make some adjustments but the idea itself is very good. Just to notice, girls look really good as well with their shooting form for that age 🙂

  5. What about adding a second ball for more shots

    #1 Pass from the top to the wing and cuts
    #2 Starts in the corner. Fills open wing spot. Receives the pass and shoots
    #3: Has the second ball on the wing and pass to when he makes his cut.
    #4: Defender

    #1 becomes #2
    #2 becomes #3
    #3 goes to the end of the line
    #4 becomes #1
    Next player on line becomes #4

  6. A really smooth drill. I am not sure what levels are being drilled. I do not see the second passer cutting after passing the the first cutter… likely done to keep the drill smooth. Grate ball handling. How many years have these gals been playing.

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