Practice Plan #1
• For my team that will participate in the practice, it will consist of 12 athletes will little, to no, experience regarding the game of wheelchair basketball. The participants will be college students between the ages of 18-21, with 3 individuals encompassing each category (3 players with a level one classification, 3 players with a level two classification, and so on up to level four). As it relates to the actual practice, this will be taking place during the pre-season, as the athletes must become acquainted with the general knowledge and specifics of the game before more in-depth exercises can be configured. The practice will involve almost all aspects ...view middle of the document...
• Cone exercises: 10 minutes
o For the athlete’s first true exercise, I would set up ten cones evenly spaced with enough distance in between them to maneuver their wheelchairs. I would have the participants weave in-and-out of the cones, from one end of the court to the other. To finish, after weaving through the cones, I would have them race back down the court at the fastest rate of speed possible, in order to simulate a “break-away” scenario. Each athlete would complete this exercise five times in order to continue warming up their muscles, and become comfortable handling their wheelchair. The key aspect that I would identify would be the positioning of the athletes hands on the wheels of the chair, pushing from a 12 o’clock position to 3 o’clock (envision a clock), maximizing their speed and thrust.
• Dribbling activity: 15 minutes
o Next, I would have the athletes work on dribbling, a crucial aspect to the game which requires attention to detail. We would begin with simple exercises, such as “big and small dribbles”, while at rest, which would get the participants acquainted with controlling the basketball while in their wheelchairs. I would then have them slowly move down the court while dribbling the basketball, making it a point to retain possession of the ball as turnovers can truly take a team out of the game. After becoming more comfortable with dribbling while moving, I would have the athletes steadily increase their speed to simulate real game situations. A key point that I would stress to my team would be to keep their heads up while dribbling, otherwise they would have limited control of their wheelchairs which could cause an injury, or a turnover as previously indicated.
• Water break: 5 minutes
o I will have the athletes take a water break and stretch out any muscles that they deem necessary. This is their time to catch their breath and prepare for the next drill.
• Passing exercise: 15 minutes
o For this activity, I would pair up the athletes in “twos” and begin by simply having them pass the basketball back-and-forth to each other to further work on the hand-eye coordination of the participants. Then, keeping the athletes in pairs, I would have each pair move down the court next to their partner, passing the ball to each other while in motion, steadily...