Practicing good habits is essential. Everything you do is an opportunity to work on your habits and lock your kids in on the right way to do things. But sometimes you can overdo it. There are multiple things you can work on in every drill, but trying to get too much done can take away from your ability to get better.
I see a lot of drills where teams get caught up trying to do too much. Teams that are working on their half court defense who then break out and run to half court, to simulate the transition to offense. Or when you are working on your half court sets, but you make sure you finish with 3 guys going to the glass, and then you quickly get into your pressure defense.
When things got a little too complicated or hectic in practice, I always asked myself “What are we really trying to accomplish in this drill?” If we are working on half court offense, that’s what I want the focus to be. I don’t want coaches to have to yell at guys to remember to get into our pressure defense or run back to half court – I want them focused on the execution. Adding a wrinkle at the end, just as a way to enforce the right habits, can be counterproductive. If we are working on rebounding, I want guys to think about going to the glass and blocking out – we aren’t working on transition defense at the same time.
Often trying to get more out of your guys defeats the purpose of the drill. Make sure you define what you want to get done with a certain drill, and focus on that. If you can add some elements that fit the drill and make sense, without taking away from your main focus, go ahead and do so. But a lot of the time those new wrinkles will complicate the drill, and now you get nothing out of it.
Developing good habits sometimes mean doing less.