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How One Change to Basketball Suicide Drills Can Make a Big Difference

Rob Hubbs has a unique way of holding his players accountable, and it’s had a life-altering impact beyond the game of basketball.

Hubbs spent the last five seasons as the coach at Sneads (Fla.) High School before recently moving to Niceville, Florida, and taking over as head coach at his alma mater, Rocky Bayou High School. Now he aims to set the tone for what he hopes will be a successful season by pushing the players with the "32 Seconds" drill.

Whenever practice is schedule to begin, a select time is placed on the scoreboard. When it expires, everyone has to be dressed, shoes tied and ready to practice.

If not, the whole team is required to partake in "32 Seconds."

On it's face, the drill is a traditional basketball suicide — players start on the baseline, and then sprint to and from the free-throw line, center line, opposing free-throw line and opposing baseline.

What's different under Hubbs is that the sprints must be done in under 32 seconds. If the whole team doesn't make it, they have to line back up and repeat.

Adding the 32-second element to a typical suicide drill works wonders for conditioning, organization and team unity, Hubbs said.

“It really changed how much I was able to do with my guys at Sneads,” Hubbs said. “Deep down I believe kids want structure and order, but ‘32 Seconds’ really changed how much I was able to put into a two-hour practice and maximize the time.”

It eventually reached the point where the players were keeping Hubbs on his toes.

“After each season, the discipline got better and better when it got to the point where I would have to make sure I was ready to roll,” Hubbs said. “Because they were on the line well before the time limit ready to practice ”

Aside from players being on time for practice, this drill teaches the importance of punctuality. That’s a skill players will need in both basketball and the real world.

“Usually there are a few kids on every team that I have been associated with either as a coach or a player that had discipline problems as far as being where they needed to be and doing what they are supposed to do,” Hubbs said. “Kids on the team need to know where they need to be, what they should be doing, and understand they will be held accountable if they do not.”

From GameChanger and Rolando Rosa

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