Purpose: To work on dribbling with the head up to see the entire court and finding the open player to pass the basketball. Drill: Split the team so that 4-6 players take a spot somewhere in the far half court and the remaining players begin at the baseline. 3 cones are needed just beyond the three-point line as shown. The coach or manager stands … [Read more...]
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Purpose: To develop aggressiveness in rebounding, body control and balance, and timing during contact. Drill: Three players at a basket; one offensive and two defensive players. The offensive player works at keeping the ball alive until he successfully taps it in the basket. O1 stands a couple of feet in front of the rim with a basketball. The … [Read more...]
Purpose: To develop footwork, agility, balance, speed and overall conditioning. Drill: Players will form two lines under the basket and perform the following movements, spelling out any letter chosen (in this diagram, I have used the letter 'M'): Defensive slide to the corner. Sprint to half court. Slide to the 3-point line. Sprint to half … [Read more...]
Purpose: To build confidence, reaction, hand-eye coordination, and improve bad hands. Passes into the lane rarely go uncontested and the 'Bad Pass Drill' helps the players learn to catch a bad pass and turn it into a basket or free throw opportunity. Drill: O2 starts on the low block. O1 (or a coach or manager) stands at the top of the key with … [Read more...]
Purpose: To work on quickness in rebounding. This drill focuses on foot and hand quickness, having a soft touch, and overall conditioning. Drill: Three players position themselves across the lane. O1 is in the lane just to the right of the basket with the basketball. O2 and O3 are on each side of the lane at the blocks. The drill begins with O1 … [Read more...]
Purpose: To practice throwing and catching the long baseball pass. This is a pass that can be used against pressure defense and may be necessary in a late-game situation. This drill also teaches the 'flyer' or receiver to bounce out and shoot a 3-pointer or long jump shot. Drill: Split the team so there is a line of players under each basket. … [Read more...]
Purpose: To teach basketball players to concentrate on their shot, even while they are being 'bumped' or fouled during the act of shooting. Drill: Have the players form a line at a spot on the court. A coach or manager stands near the spot where the players will shoot the basketball. The Bump Drill begins with the first player in line dribbling … [Read more...]
Purpose: To improve basketball conditioning. Specifically, to develop aerobic and anaerobic capacities. Drill: Have all players line in a single file line on the outside of the court. The players should be spaced about 3 to 4 feet apart from one another. The entire team will begin to jog around the outside of the basketball court, making sure to … [Read more...]
Purpose: To develop the skill of shooting off of one hard, quick dribble. Drill: Two players and a ball per basket. If space is an issue, you can place more than one 2-man groups at a basket; just shoot from different spots. O1 has the basketball under the basket and O2 stands at the top of the key. O1 passes to O2. O2 receives the pass, takes … [Read more...]
Purpose: To develop conditioning and proper footwork through various basketball-related movements. Drill: The players will form one line under the basket. The first player will begin just to the outside of the lane line and will always face the opposite end of the court throughout the entire drill. Each player will execute the following … [Read more...]
Purpose: To work on shooting the layup. More specifically, to develop the skill of going up strong after securing an offensive rebound. Drill: A player and a basketball at each basket. If needed, place a few players at each basket. They can simply rotate taking turns. The player tosses the ball high off the backboard and jumps for the rebound. … [Read more...]
Purpose: To develop the foundation of your transition offense by practicing the outlet pass and full court finish. Also a useful conditioning drill. Drill: Two players and two coaches or managers are needed for this drill. The players start as shown (O1 by the backboard with the ball and O2 in the outlet area on the wing). A coach or manager … [Read more...]