What is your philosophy on 5-on-5 scrimmages (full court or half court) in your practices? Do you do it every day? Do you have any special ways of running your 5-on-5 time in practices?
"When we have our team go 5-on-5 live in practice we keep score and every basket counts as 1 point. It is rare for us to have these sessions go past 3 points. Keep them shorter sessions and then every possession counts."
~Coach R.S. (IA)
"We finish our practices with five-on-five scrimmages. We will do at least fifteen minutes."
~Coach B (IL)
"Once we are into our season and the majority of the X's and O's are set I have a larger scrimmage session in practices. I have one or two focuses (one offense and one defense) for our players to work on each day during these scrimmages."
"We will play for a determined time and keep score. To promote effort and hustle we will add a point for an effort play. This play must stand out and we don't hand them out for a standard basketball play. It must be a play that signifies what we want out of our players."
~Coach Sean R.
"We don't do a lot of controlled 5-on-5. We do most of our team stuff in a continuous drill that is run full court. It fits our style of play and we coach them "on the run" during this drill."
~Coach Ray (CA)
"We do some 5 on 5 scrimmages but we always time it. So we put sometype of situation on the line. For example: 2 minutes left and Blue team is down by 4. We like to do the 5 on 5 game type situations so we can see how our girls react under pressure. When we do half court 5 on 5, the focus is in bounds plays and defensive close outs. We do not do it everyday, we will do it more often as the season goes on. We usally always conduct the 5 on 5 at the end of practice. We also put some incentive out there, like push ups or sprints"
~Drew Lyness/Assistant Girls Basketball Coach/Soddy Daisy High School