the 19th installment in our series on the favorite activities of college coaches comes from Morgan Crabtree. Coach Crabtree is the assistant women’s coach at her alma mater Oregon State University. Before coming to Oregon State, she spent three years as the assistant coach at Idaho. Her favorite activity is one that she first saw from her husband, Dane Joseph. It is called playing numbers down:
-20 by 20 grid (depending on numbers and age)
-Divide players into two teams
-Players spread evenly around grid
Coach plays ball into any one player, who takes his/her first touch into the grid. At any time after first player receives, one other attacking player can join the grid and three defenders from opposing team can join (they can delay coming into the grid, but once they do they have to stay). Supporting attacking player can come from any side other than the side first player received it at. Defensive players can come from any side. Object is for attacking team to dribble across any side, other than the side it was initially received at.
1. Attacking team can only score by dribbling across the line to the right or directly opposite from where it started. Plus, supporting attacking player has to come from the left.
2. Attacking team can only score by dribbling across the line to the left or directly opposite from where it started. Plus, supporting attacking player has to come from the right.
Reading and executing situations quickly
Playing away from pressure
Solving situations on your own