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Skill Description 5th 6th 7th 8th Skills Demonstration Link Photo Drills to help you learn the skill
Athletic Position Standing with feet shoulder width apart, feet pointing forward. Knees bent, and back straight. P P P P Basketball Stance    
Running Forward Head up, running off of heel toe strike with knees high forward run. P P P P Running Forward    
Running Backward Running backward and keeping heels up, head goes from side to side to see behind. P P P P      
Ball Slaps Control the basketball in your hands P P P P Ball Slaps    
Toss And Clap Hand eye coordination and catching with hands not body. P P P P Toss And Clap    
Around the world Move the ball around your body, or if that is to hard roll it around. D D P P Around the world    
Sweeps and Rips Moving the ball to keep away from defense D P P P Sweep And Rip    
                 
Ball Handling Skill Progression                
Skill Description 5th 6th 7th 8th Skills Demonstration Link   Drills to help you learn the skill
Stationary Dribble Ability to dribble and control the basketball comfortably with either hand and without looking at the ball. P P P P Stationary Dribble   Hi to Low Dribble
Forward Dribble Walk and jog the length of the court without losing control of the dribble. P P P P Forward Dribble    
Speed Dribble Run the length of the court pushing the ball out in front and using as few dribbles as possible to get from baseline to baseline P P P P      
Protect Dribble From a wide stance, dribble the basketball just behind the back foot. Create an arm bar with the off-hand to protect the ball from the defenders. Put chin on front shoulder to see the court. P P P P      
Stop Dribble Ability to come to a stop quickly and balanced, while maintaining control of the dribble. P P P P Hockey Stop    
Shuffle Dribble From a protect dribble stance, shuffle forward and backward maintaining control of the dribble. P P P P      
Crossover Dribble Move the ball from one hand to the other while moving straight ahead and coming to a jump-stop to change direction. The dribble should be low; below the knees. D P P P Crossover    
Hesitation Dribble From a speed dribble, the ability to slow down momentarily and then accelerate pushing the ball out in front to get past the defender. P P P P Stop and Go    
Inside-Out Dribble Similar to the crossover dribble, except instead of releasing the ball to the other hand, the dribbler rotates the hand over the ball and pulls the ball back. D D P P Fake Crossover    
Between the Legs Ability to change direction while executing a crossover-dribble between the legs. B D P P      
Behind the Back Use a jump-stop off a speed dribble and put the ball behind the back and then move in that direction. Also, wrap the ball around the back while on the run.       P      
Spin Dribble Plant the foot opposite the hand dribbling and then reverse pivot, taking a large step with the other foot and bringing the ball around the body.       P      
                 
Passing Skill Progression                
Skill Description 5th 6th 7th 8th      
Catch in the Air, Pass on the Ground Always Catch with your Feet in the Air and Always Pass with your Feet on the Ground P P P P      
Chest Pass Two hand pass that hits the receiver in the chest. Step in the direction of the pass and finish with thumbs pointing down. P P P P Passing and Catching   Wall Passing
Bounce Pass Two hand pass that bounces once and hits the receiver near waist-level. Step in the direction of the pass and finish with thumbs pointing down. P P P P      
Overhead Pass Two hand pass that comes from above the passer’s head and hits the receiver between the chest and head. Thumbs should also point down after making the pass. P P P P Overhead pass    
Baseball Pass Long distance overhand pass. Start with two hands on the ball and step to the target while releasing the ball with one hand. P P P P      
Wrap Around Pass made from the side of the body used to pass the ball around a defender, usually to player posting up. Step away from the defender and make a quick one or two hand pass. D P P P      
Pass to a Moving Target Execute all passes to a receiver that is on the move. D P P P      
Jump Stop Pass Ability to come to a jump stop from a speed dribble and make a chest or bounce pass to a moving target. B D P P      
Off the Dribble From an active dribble, players are able to make an accurate pass to a teammate. Pick up the ball with two hands and push the ball toward the target with a wrist snap, like the follow-through when taking a shot.     P P      
Off the Dribble to a Moving Target Execute the off the dribble pass to a receiver that is moving, usually on the fast break.       P      
                 
                 
Shooting Skill Progression                
Skill Description 5th 6th 7th 8th      
Drop and Pop with a Hop Starting close to the basket, Hold ball out straight in front with shooting hand. Drop the ball. Jump up before catching ball again. Rotate ball to shooting position with one hand. Follow thru. X X X X      
Form Shooting Starting close to the basket, maintain proper shooting mechanics. Use both one and two-hand form shooting. P P P P      
Catch and Shoot With the non-shooting foot forward, step in with your opposite foot while receiving the pass and flow into the shot maintaining good technique. P P P P      
1-2 Catch and Shoot The foot of the first step should land as the ball is caught. Bring the other foot into position squaring up to the basket while moving the basketball into shooting position. P P P P      
Bank Shot Develop the ability to execute a bank shot and where on the court provides the best angle to shoot a bank shot. P P P P      
Layup Ability to complete a layup from both sides jumping off the inside foot and shooting with the outside hand. This is done off the dribble and receiving a pass where a dribble is not needed. P P P P     Learning a Layup
Power Layup Dribble to the basket, execute a two-foot jump with the shoulders parallel to the backboard and feet pointed to the baseline. Power the ball up off the board. D P P P      
Shooting Off a Screen Perform the 1-2 Catch and Shoot as the player cuts off a screen. The foot closest to the basket should land first while catching the ball. Player should be low on the catch and balanced.     P P      
Layup off Shot Fake/Jab Step From the triple threat position, make a shot fake or jab step, take 1-2 dribbles towards the basket and execute a layup.     P P      
Shooting off the Dribble From the triple threat position, make a shot fake or jab step, take a dribble towards the basket and shoot off a 1-2 step or jump stop. D D D P      
                 
Team Offense Skills and Concepts                
Skill Description 5th 6th 7th 8th      
Front and Back Pivots Ability to execute both a front pivot (chest leads) and a back pivot (backside leads) using both right and left feet. X X X X Front Pivot    
Jump Stop Players are able to stop on balance using both a two-foot jump stop (both feet land at the same time) and a 1-2 jump stop (back foot lands first) both off the catch and off the dribble. X X X X Jump Stop and pivot    
Hockey Stop 2 foot stop with feet being sideways to travel and power position established.         Hockey Stop    
Rim, Post, Action Every time receiving a pass on the perimeter, players should square up to the basket, in an athletic stance, with their “eyes to the rim” (pass, drive or shot). Then, look for a teammate posting up. If neither option is open, create action by using the pa P P P P      
Get Open Cuts Ability to execute a V-cut, L-cut and change speeds in order to get open to receive a pass. P P P P      
Give-and-Go After passing the ball to a teammate, the player sets up her defender by taking 1-2 steps away from the ball and then cuts to the basket. P P P P      
Pump-and-Go   P P P P      
Spacing Players develop an understanding of the importance of proper spacing of 12-15 feet for effective offensive execution. Players do not chase the ball or crowd near the basket. P P P P      
Build a Break   P P P P      
Screening Ability to set a solid screen for a teammate. Player sprints to set the screen, comes to jump stop and on balance and holds the screen until teammate cuts.   P P P      
Post Up Position Ability to post up a defender in the low post with a wide stance, bent knees and using the arms to hold off the defender and call for the ball.   P P P      
Screen and Roll Players are able to execute an on-the-ball screen where the player with the ball dribbles hard off the screen looking to score and the screener either rolls to the basket or pops back for a jump shot.     P P      
Cut off a Screen Ability to execute four possible cuts when coming off a screen (curl, fill, fade and backdoor)     P P      
Reading the Defense Players develop the knowledge of knowing what cut to make when coming off a screen depending on how the defender reacts.       P      
                 
                 
Team Defense Skills and Concepts                
Skill Description 5th 6th 7th 8th      
Stance Players consistently play defense in an athletic stance and on balance. P P P P      
Lateral Movement Side-to-Side movement improves over time thereby improving a player’s ability to guard the ball. P P P P Defensive Slide    
Shadow Defense Maintaining correct position and shadowing another player P P P P      
Box Out Players develop the habit of boxing out a defender every time the opponent takes a shot. P P P P Box out Form    
Jump for Rebound Jumping from 2 feet with 2 hands D D P P Jump for Rebound    
Shot Box Go                
Ball Pressure Develop the understanding of what it means to apply ball pressure and improves their ability to guard the ball and not get beat off the dribble. P P P P      
Communication Players are vocal and talk to their teammates. “Ball”, “Help”, “Screen”, “Dead” and “Shot” are some keywords that players should be able to communicate. P P P P      
Defensive Transition After a change of possession, players sprint back on defense and match-up to prevent easy baskets. P P P P      
Close Out on the Ball Players are able to close out on the ball-handler on balance and under control. Sprint 2-3 strides and then stutter-step the remaining distance with hands-up (take away jump shot) and butt down (take away the drive). D P P P      
Help-Side Develop the knowledge and ability to get in correct help position depending on whether a player is 1 or 2 passes away from the ball. D P P P      
Trap the Ball Players can execute a 2-person trap of the ball-handler without fouling. D P P P      
Jump to the Ball When an opponent makes a pass, the defender moves towards the ball in order to get in proper help position and to prevent the passer from cutting in front. D D P P      
Help and Recover Player is able to get into position to stop dribble penetration and then able to recover back to her player or rotate to an open player. D D P P      
Front the Post Players are able to move their feet to get in front of the person they are guarding who is trying to post up.       P      
Defending On-the-Ball Screens Players are able to defend an on-the-ball screen by showing and recover, switching or trapping the ball-handler.       P