Basketball practice drills

Defensive Defensive Basketball Drill #1: WHISTLE DRILL The player(s) line up and get in a defensive stance. The coach/friend blows the whistle. They then begin to defensive slide to the right. When the whistle is blown again they slide the other way. They continue this until the coach stops.

Defensive Basketball Drill #2: PASSING LANES First you need to be in a defensive position. With the butt down and knees bent, stay 1 step inside and and make sure there are 2 or 3 steps between you and your man. You stand there till you see the pass being made to another man. You got to look strait in the passing man's eyes and if he is about to pass it go for the steal and the easy layup. This drill works best 2 on 2.

Defensive Basketball Drill #3: HIGH TO LOW This drill requires you to use 2 balls and about 8 players. First you have one player standing at the baseline three point area (Low) and another is standing at the top of the key area (High). The rest of the group is behind the baseline. First the baseline player makes a two handed chest pass to the 'Low' shooter and immediately sprints and closes out with feet 'Squeeking' and one hand up challenging the shooter. Once they have tapped the ballhandler then that person is allowed to shoot. Once a shot has been taken immediately locate, blockout, then rebound and throw to the next person in line. Once a shot has been taken from the first group the next player throws a ball to the 'High' shooter and repeats the process. As your team gets better at closing out and challenging the shooter then allow for dribble penetration (3 to 4 dribbles). Defensive Basketball Drill #4: WT DRILL WT drill is a drill used to 'bang' cutters in the lane. Anytime there is a pick in the lane or near the lane, we demand our player's hedge and bump the cutter off path. Place onE player in the lane in the mid post area. Position two lines, one on each sideline, free-throw line extended. A coach needs to be opposite one of the lines to make an entry pass in to the cutting offensive player. The line that is opposite the coach is the flashing/cutting offensive player.

then it becomes one on one. If coach passes to offensive player and player catches the ball. Stress forcing the dribbler to the sideline. In the first case it is the guard double-teaming and in the second it is the forward coming for the doubleteam. On the whistle. 1 and 2 positions are on the top corners of the free throw on your team's side. Another three defenders are spread out similarly at half court and 1-3 defenders at the opposite foul line. Defensive Basketball Drill #5: FULL-COURT TRAP This drill requires 5 defensive players with 5 positions..1 center) 4 on 4 four half court game. Contact is a must. blow the whistle for the next dribbler. Once a dribbler is past the first foul line. Double-team everywhere on the half court except in the point guard position. and then 5 offensive players. The 5 are the safety valve to fill in for the 3 or 4. and the direction he or she chooses (if he goes left the 1 will pick him up) that person must force him to the corner to the 3 or 4. 3 and 4 are on the corners of half court and 5 are on the free throw line on other end.As offensive player cuts in to the lane. depending on number of players you have. have your player's double team as soon as the ball goes to the forward or the guard dribbles to one wing. The other team passes the ball in. This will keep the drill active and work on conditioning. Defensive Basketball Drill #6: THE GAUNTLET Three defenders are spread out at the foul line (1 in middle and 1 each at foul line extended). . where the trap is easier because the defense has an extra defender (sideline). one dribbler tries to break each line of defense without committing a violation. A line is formed under the near hoop with at least 3 good ball-handlers.2 forwards .. Say the ball goes left to the two and the 4 traps in the center corner. the 3 or 4 will trap with the 1 or 2. defensive player must see ball and man (man cutting to basket)and 'bang' his man to knock him off path. Defensive Basketball Drill #7: SHELL DRILL-DOUBLE TEAMING Make it a diamond format (1 guard . The other side watches for a long pass. Offensive man must try to get open in the lane. 1 is a fast person down to 5 being the center.

2 Players should go after the ball and anything goes. If they cannot get the ball to that player. A coach or manager will throw the ball off the glass. Two of these players will be assigned to deny the other player the ball. Once one of the two players in the paint has control. and two in the paint. then first defensive player and the offensive player who first handled the ball go on a 2 on 1 fast break the other way. who is also behind the three point line. By using two players. while the player who followed the play sprints back on defense once they have secured the ball.) Defensive Basketball Drill #8: LOOSE BALL DRILL Form 2 line under the basket on each side of the backboard. Once the offense shoots. emphasis is also placed on double-teaming. The player on the baseline follows the play to the top of the key and will become the defensive player going the opposite direction. one on the baseline. Select three players to go inside the three point line. This drill also forces the players on the perimeter to work on their passing. the player on the foul line sprints back the opposite lane and faces the offense. The Coach gets in the middle with the ball and rolls (bounces) the ball anywhere in the half-court. This would be especially good for a post player. This continues until everyone involved has been on both offense and defense. at least here. or the defense makes a stop. Once this happens. Defensive Basketball Drill #9: 2 ON 1 DENIAL The purpose of the 2 on 1 denial drill is to teach how to deny the ball. talking. they throw the ball to another teammate. Defensive Basketball Drill #10: 2 ON 1 FAST-BREAK The drill starts with 1 player on the foul line. The two players in the paint go on a 2 on 1 fast break. . This drill is also good for offensive players in that it allows them to work on receiving the ball when being double teamed. helping and pressing the ball (not for steals but for pass deflections because the first gives you a lot of fouls. The players on the outside are trying to get the ball to the player that is being guarded.. another one of the three becomes the offensive player. Place players around the three point line with only one basketball.. The defensive players need to try to get three steals.Have your players rotating. The player who controls the ball comes back to the basket and the player without the ball immediately becomes the defense trying to stop the player with the ball from scoring.

then they will buy into the concept. jumping etc. team counts aloud number of shots made and encourages player along the way. Change direction without words so they have to keep their eyes on you. Objective is to reduce the number of dribbles. Youth Basketball Drill #4: SPEED LAY-UP DRILL Coach times player for 1 minute. She continues to alternate sides. Coach may decide to give stronger players 45 seconds.This defensive basketball drill goes 4 trips up and down the floor. team counts how many are made in one minute. . Each line or player has a ball. Youth Basketball Drill #2: HEADS UP DIRECTION CHANGE Along the center court line space out 4 to 5 players facing you. Each child in the group has a ball.. you in middle. and of course red they stop. blue and they dribble left. forward and backwards. Player with a basketball stands to the right of the basket. coach says 'GO' and player shoots a layup (using backboard) from right side. Youth Basketball Drill #1: QUICK In a circle.side to side.. When the facilitator shouts green light the children dribble forward. Youth Basketball Drill #3: REDLIGHT-GREENLIGHT 2 Have a group of kids start at one baseline. weaker players 1 minute +. that those types of play can be huge momentum boosters or changers. Instruct your players to move while dribbling in whichever direction you move . or making a routine stop using good defensive principles in a game. yellow they dribble right. They are only out if you see them. All during this youth basketball drill the children keep dribbling. However if you say get down they continue to do what they were beforehand. When you say quick they get into the defensive position. then miss or make goes to left side. don't bunch them too closely together. You should be off the court at center court. But if you can convince them that by taking a charge. A 2 on 1 break is a nearly hopeless situation for the defense. As they progress change directions more quickly and move faster. as each player in the drill ends up as the defensive player once. Youth Basketball Drill #5: SPEED DRIBBLE Players start at 1/2 court or baseline. The kids copy you running on the spot.

Each player has two cloths pins clipped on the back of their jerseys about shoulder blade level. When 'red light' is said. X's always follow their pass to the next line. Have them cover the same distance and reduce the dribbles by 1. tell them this is not a race. This players slap on the ball starts the drill and is a signal for the player in the middle to cut towards him to receive a pass from him. When the coach says 'red light'. With two balls. X throws a baseball pass down the sideline. the player stops. the x at the foul line gives a bounce pass to O for the layup. Double this when adding the third and fourth ball. The line to their left if they are going to shoot left handed lay ups and vice versa. one blow signifies 'green light' and two whistles mean 'red light'. Winner is player with most pins. Time . X at the foul line get the rebound of O and are the next shooters. let them pick-up their dribble. Reward winner by sitting out next round or X number of sprints. As the level of play increases. etc. The O then runs the floor to receive a bounce pass at the other end. Youth Basketball Drill #8: PIN-BALL Players start in a confined area. making it a race.5 minutes Youth Basketball Drill #9: PCPP Three players are lined up in a straight line approx. the player starts to dribble and walk. Helps young players with aggressiveness. Try 25 in junior high and 30 with Varsity players. 30ft. You can also use a whistle. Then pass to the foul line. using opposite hands. or any errors in dribbling having the player to go back to start. Youth Basketball Drill #7: REDLIGHT-GREENLIGHT This youth basketball drill starts with everyone at the baseline with a ball. Hustle. different variations could be things like walking backwards. Youth Basketball Drill #6: SIDE-LINE LAYUPS The O's pass to the outlet line. apart A player on either end starts with the ball.Let the players cover the required distance and count their dribbles. . Continue reducing until you have increased speed. On command. When the coach says 'green light'. Repeat and reduce by 1 again. everyone goes after cloths pins on everyone else. shoot to get 20 makes in two minutes with 4-6 graders. For the younger kids just learning.

Youth Basketball Drill #11: HOT HANDS You cannot dribble the ball in this game! The player who receives a pass can take two steps and then has to pass the ball to someone else. Youth Basketball Drill #12: HEADS UP Minimum of two players spaced 5-8 feet apart (depending on age level). Dribbling with your good hand (proper form required) you underhand pass the ping pong ball back and forth while dribbling. Make sure the kids keep there head up. and then rotate players so that everybody in the drill gets a shot in the middle especially.Go quickly into Offense. Teach players to react quickly to loose ball. this player makes a legal pivot and passes to the player on the other end. Each player has a basketball and one has a wifflegolfball or ping pong ball. The more the try to tap away other players balls (in stead of just protecting there own ball) the better dribblers they become.The middle player cuts towards the passer. use both arms. the coach stops the game and this player is replaced by someone on the bench (if there are any). Youth Basketball Drill #10: KEEP IT BOUNCING While dribbling try to tap the other players ball out of bounds. As soon as the player receives a pass. pivot and passes to the player on the other end. . he/she is requires to count out loud the steps he/she takes. Switch to your off hand and continue drill (5-10 min drill total) Youth Basketball Drill #13: GOPHER BALL Players start at 1/2 court circle or free throw circle. after you did that you can join the group again. After making the catch and stop. When your ball goes out of bounds you must do 5 push ups or run one lap. For youth players I would switch the middle man after he has made anywhere from 5 to 10 passes or or you could do the drill for 30 to 45 sec. After this pass is caught by the ender the middle player cuts towards the ender and receives a return pass from him where apon the middle player again completes a legal stop. If you miss the ping pong ball dribble to get it and continue the drill. Second dribble is not allowed. . If the player exceeds the two steps. receives the pass that is thrown to him and completes a legal stop(jump stop or one two stop).

Player without ball is out. while still dribbling the players must bend down and pick up a bean bag each. NOTE: Only one bean bag is able to be taken at a time. Youth Basketball Drill #14: BEAN BAG GAME Using half court place one team at center court. coach removes one ball. This process continues until all bean bags are gone. and one team at the corners of the baseline. everyone drops ball and runs to half court or bleachers. Youth Basketball Drill #15: BALL SCRAMBLE On command. After two minutes the team with the most bean bags wins. Place bean bags in key circle in a pile. start to reduce area. then they are able to steal bean bags from the other teams. Players scramble for ball. On coaches comand one player from each team dribbles into the key. . Toss ball into air and blow whistle. While the players are running. Each team has one ball. etc. With fewer players. They must then dribble back to their team while still dribbling deposit the bean bag and give the ball to their next team member.Players lay down on stomach with eyes closed. and returns.

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