October 25, 2018 at 8:16 pm #20037
My first practice plan contains about an hour of FUSION drills from layers 1 – 3. We’ve been running R&R for 5 years now. I’m nervous as to whether the kids will like it, or if it is all too repetitive to do it for a whole hour. Has anybody tried it yet? What do you think would be the proper amount of FUSION in a 2.5 hour practice?October 25, 2018 at 9:33 pm #20044
I am planning on about 45 minutes to an hour of drills. High school level, freshman level. Varsity has been running r&r for about eight years now but freshman are new to it. We get girls from a number of feeder schools so it is not run at lower levels. I figure with explanation and set up it would take about 90 minutes in total.October 26, 2018 at 5:30 am #20061
I’m coaching varsity girls. They know the offense, but I want to make them aware of more advanced concepts of R&R because it’s been a lot of pass and cut and fill the empty spot.October 26, 2018 at 7:37 pm #20102
We have been running the R & R with the program for about 4 years now. We started using the new fusion practice system with our kids on Thursday and they really enjoy it. We are in the rehearsal phase of the new practice system is what I have told them. The feedback from the kids is that they don’t feel like they are just running reaction drills but running the offensive. The plan is to do a week of rehearsal and add the defensive aspect to practice. In the past we did layer drills then defensive. As a coach the fusion practice offers more flexibility then ever before.October 29, 2018 at 1:57 pm #20236
Jeasthon – you can always start the Fusion and watch their interest and energy. When you see their energy go down, call a Wild Scrimmage. Then go back to Fusion. You should start to get a feel for how long your players can do it. I did it with a 15U boys (4on4) and we went for an hour before their energy dropped.
Bob – you’re right – the first time (set up and explain and remind) takes a little longer. But every day thereafter, it gets faster and more “player-led”.
Jeasthon – look down the list of 32 steps until you find a step that you’re team has not mastered – maybe even never rehearsed. That’s where you’ll find the advanced concepts. In fact, you should go to the Reference section and watch all 32 – it will take you less than 30 minutes because there’s no need for you to watch all 4 rehearsals of each step. Get a feel for the entire process and then let me know.
Byron – thanks for the comments! One of my goals was to capture the imagination and energy of the players. If you can do that, your practice goes to another level!October 30, 2018 at 5:26 am #20286
So we did our first practice and the biggest problem was that the girls want to go so fast. They hot-potato the ball around not giving time for the cutters. We will do most of our rehearsals today with baseline partners and see if we can slow them down. But I loved the energy and getting up extra shots (player development) is less wasted time and more concentration by the players who would normally be sitting on their butts. Good first rehearsal.October 30, 2018 at 10:17 am #20294
We have been running the R&R for about 8 years now and that has been an ongoing problem. We get to moving the ball too fast and don’t let the cutters get through. As I say we end up with 4 in and 1 out because we are passing and cutting so fast.We need to keep reminding them to slow dnownOctober 31, 2018 at 8:39 pm #20444
Bob – During practice, teach and require your players to do the following two things with the ball every time they catch it:
1. HAIRCUT: Get 3 point contact with the ball: two hands and a piece of one of your shoulders. Rip the ball across the top of your head to the other shoulder – sometimes I say “from ear-to-ear”.
2. SWEEP: From 3 point contact on one side of your body (either your shoulder or your hip), rip the ball below your knees like you’re trying to sweep the floor with the ball and establish 3 point contact on the other side of your body.
Tell your players that they must do both in any order before passing the ball. HAIRCUT & SWEEP or SWEEP & HAIRCUT. This will slow down ball movement, force your players to take care of the ball in a more powerful position, and it will square them up to the goal and give them more time to actually look at the cutter and consider passing to them!
NOTE: If the cutter is open, you’ll not have time to complete your SWEEPING or HAIRCUTTING and that’s OK. The goal is to deliver the pass to open cutters. If they are not open, SWEEPING & HAIRCUTTING will give the cutter more time to fill out or make any other decision and it will give time for a teammate to fill the cutter’s empty spot.June 22, 2020 at 12:55 am #155123
So do you all use the rehearsals as your warm up instead of doing the 3 and 4 player drills? Looking at Coach Browns practice plan from another thread it looks like that’s what he’s doing.
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