Beginner Guide To Basketball: V Cuts – Box to Elbow

V Cuts – Box to the Elbow

You might think that V Cuts are not a beginner skill but when you consider the benefits of running this drill, and teaching all the basketball skills it includes, you may change your mind!

V Cuts – Box to the Elbow Teaches:
Footwork – Cutting, more specifically, changing direction quickly
Posting – Getting to a spot on the floor and receiving an entry pass
Timing – When to cut (in this case, on the rebound)
DribblingPower Dribble* into a jump shot
Shooting – Mid range shots – square up and breathe out every shot
Rebounding – The shooter rebounds or retrieves the ball after the shot
Passing – The shooter throws an Outlet Pass (Overhead Pass)

V Cuts – Box to the Elbow assumptions are:
You want your players to learn how to cut, catch and shoot mid range shots properly

V Cut – Box to Elbow

  1. Players line up on the baseline below the box.
  2. A player steps up between the baseline and the box.
  3. The player cuts to a cone midway between the box and the wing and then to the elbow.
  4. The player should post (come to a complete stop) giving the coach/passer a target
  5. The player catches the pass and Power Dribbles into a mid range jump shot
  6. The shooter rebounds or retrieves the ball, pivots and quickly throws an outlet pass to the coach
  7. The shooter then goes to the of end the line
  8. The next player begins his/her cut when the ball is rebounded

Coaching Points

  1. Start the drill with players cutting to their right
  2. After several shot rotations, vary the type of entry pass
  3. After several rotations, have the players cut left
  4. Make sure players power dribble with the outside hand
  5. Make sure players “Up & Down” on their shots (don’t drift, don’t fall away or lean forward)
  6. Make sure players follow through on their shots
  7. Make sure players finish their footwork before they rebound.
  8. Players should get to the rebound before it hits the ground (if possible)
  9. Players should throw quick and accurate outlet passes

*Power Dribble – Hard dribble accompanied by a short step that explodes into a jump shot

You can get a copy to print here: V Cut – Box to Elbow



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