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.

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

A coach or manager will throw the ball off the glass. helping and pressing the ball (not for steals but for pass deflections because the first gives you a lot of fouls. and two in the paint. If they cannot get the ball to that player.. they throw the ball to another teammate. another one of the three becomes the offensive player. This drill is also good for offensive players in that it allows them to work on receiving the ball when being double teamed. This continues until everyone involved has been on both offense and defense. Once the offense shoots. emphasis is also placed on double-teaming. Two of these players will be assigned to deny the other player the ball.. The Coach gets in the middle with the ball and rolls (bounces) the ball anywhere in the half-court. who is also behind the three point line. The defensive players need to try to get three steals. Place players around the three point line with only one basketball. This would be especially good for a post player. The two players in the paint go on a 2 on 1 fast break. the player on the foul line sprints back the opposite lane and faces the offense. or the defense makes a stop. 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. Once this happens. By using two players. Select three players to go inside the three point line. while the player who followed the play sprints back on defense once they have secured the ball. The player on the baseline follows the play to the top of the key and will become the defensive player going the opposite direction. Defensive Basketball Drill #10: 2 ON 1 FAST-BREAK The drill starts with 1 player on the foul line. Once one of the two players in the paint has control. The players on the outside are trying to get the ball to the player that is being guarded.) Defensive Basketball Drill #8: LOOSE BALL DRILL Form 2 line under the basket on each side of the backboard. talking.Have your players rotating. . then first defensive player and the offensive player who first handled the ball go on a 2 on 1 fast break the other way. one on the baseline. This drill also forces the players on the perimeter to work on their passing. 2 Players should go after the ball and anything goes. at least here. 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.

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

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

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. pivot and passes to the player on the other end. Each player has a basketball and one has a wifflegolfball or ping pong ball. Second dribble is not allowed. and then rotate players so that everybody in the drill gets a shot in the middle especially. Dribbling with your good hand (proper form required) you underhand pass the ping pong ball back and forth while dribbling.Go quickly into Offense. 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. If the player exceeds the two steps. When your ball goes out of bounds you must do 5 push ups or run one lap. As soon as the player receives a pass. receives the pass that is thrown to him and completes a legal stop(jump stop or one two stop). 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. After making the catch and stop. Teach players to react quickly to loose ball. after you did that you can join the group again. use both arms. Make sure the kids keep there head up. If you miss the ping pong ball dribble to get it and continue the drill. he/she is requires to count out loud the steps he/she takes. this player makes a legal pivot and passes to the player on the other end. . Youth Basketball Drill #12: HEADS UP Minimum of two players spaced 5-8 feet apart (depending on age level). 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. . 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.The middle player cuts towards the passer. The more the try to tap away other players balls (in stead of just protecting there own ball) the better dribblers they become.

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

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