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Here are two drills from the skills required in a game of Basketball.

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Ball Handling drills

Defensive drills

Offensive drills

Passing drills

Rebounding drills

Shooting drills

 Warm up drills

 

 

Ball Handling drills

DRILL 1.

Description:

Dribble while laying down.

Players:

1

Skills:

Lay down flat of your back. Then dribble the ball on your right side for 6 seconds.

Then sit up, as you would do if you where doing a sit up, and dribble in front of you and switch hand and lay back down. Keep switching hands for 10 minutes. This helps your ball handling and builds your abs.

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DRILL 2.

Description:

Every player has a ball and must stay in bounds in the half court area. The drill begins when players start to dribble the ball. The object is to be the last one dribbling on the court.

Instructions:

Players try to knock the other balls off the court or make their opponent pick up their dribble to eliminate them from the contest. Slowly (or sometimes quickly) only one dribbler is left and is declared the winner.

Players:

4- 15, one ball per person.

Skills:

Dribbling.

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Defensive drills

DRILL 1.

Description:

Force the other player to take a shot that they don't want to.

Instructions:

When your guarding your opponent you can't be further than your arm or if you want very good defence don't be further then your elbow or wrist.

Players:

1

Tips:

Don't let the player get past you.

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DRILL 2.

Description:

Line your team up on the baseline, the first 4 or 5 players should each have a ball. Place one coach at the top of the key and one at the opposite foul line. The first player will pass the ball to the coach then sprint to them with a hand in the air to challenge a possible shot, while keeping their buttocks down in good defensive position. The player should begin to break down and take short choppy steps when they gets 3/4's of the way there to prevent the coach from driving around them. When they come to a complete stop the coach will hand the basketball back to them and they will pass it ahead to the next coach and do the same thing. The player then returns to the end of the line.

Players:

10

Skills:

Closing out the shoot.

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Offensive drills

DRILL 1.

Description:

This involves accuracy.

Instructions:

Your in a game situation, and there are only a few minutes left in the clock, the ball goes out-of-bounds to make the situation even worse. Plus when there is no one open, fake it to somebody, and the one who's trying to slap the ball will or might look there. His back will face you and you should throw the ball right at his back.

Players:

2

Tips:

Fake quickly and it should look real.

Skills:

Offensive skills.

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DRILL 2.

Description:

3v3 no dribble.

Instructions:

A half court game of 3v3 with no dribbling allowed except while shooting a lay-up. Encourage squaring up to the basket, triple threat position and movement without the ball. Play games to three (1 point per basket). If you have enough players make a mini tournament out of it with games at each half court.

Players:

6

Tips:

Good for players who haven't learned to face the basket offensively. Also emphasises that dribbling is the last choice in the triple threat list.

Variations:

Evolve into a second session which includes dribbling immediately after the no dribble session.

Skills:

Squaring up, moving without the ball.

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Passing drills

DRILL 1.

Description:

Nice drill for (starting) players to learn to pass quickly and go after the pass.

Instructions:

Make a circle at mid court, diameter about 4 meters. One player in the middle. First player passes to middle player, and goes after their pass. Middle player passes to next player in circle (clockwise) and moves into circle to place previous player came from. Ball may not touch the ground, use chest passes.

Players:

6 or more (up to 10-12).

Tips:

Make it a competition by demanding 100 passes from middle to outside of circle without dropping the ball. If ball hits floor, start over again, and let players count loudly. If done well, also try overhead passes.

Variations:

Let players increase and decrease diameter during drill.

Vary direction also during the drill.

Skills:

Passing, Move after pass.

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DRILL 2.

Description:

Organise players into four groups. Utilise the 4 corners of the half court. Baseline meets sideline left and right and mid court stripe at sideline left and right. Left and right as viewed by coach standing under basket. As with 90% of all drills the player goes to back of line he passes to. Mid-court Right (MCR) attempts a left-handed lay-up and rebounds their own shot. They then chest passes to the baseline right corner who overhead passes cross court to the mid-court left who in turn Chest passes to the Baseline corner Left who then bounce passes to the right mid court line that is coming in for a left handed lay up.

Instructions:

To go to line that you pass to run and not walk. Come to all passes. Coaches be certain that all passes are done properly. Practice does not make perfect, prefect practice makes perfect.

Players:

Minimum 8, 12 or more preferred.

Variations:

Exact reverse for Right handed lay-ups.

Skills:

Passing (overhead, chest and bounce passes) PLUS Lay-ups.

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Rebounding drills

DRILL 1.

Description:

Coach has ball at free throw line with three players facing the bucket. Coach shoots the ball and all three players fight for the rebound. The player that secures the rebound goes up to score and the other two players fight for the rebound. The ball is always live, there is no out of bounds, there is no fouls. If the ball goes in the bucket, it is still live and whoever secures the ball goes back up to shoot the shot. These three players battle for the rebounds until one of the three players gets 3 buckets. Then you replace him with a new player and start again.

Players:

3

Tips:

This drill will show you who will really work for a rebound. Players get creative when trying to shoot over two defenders. Even if the ball goes out of bounds, it is still live.

Skills:

Intensity, multiple jumps, toughness.

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DRILL 2.

Description:

The player begins about 4 feet straight out from the basket, ball in hand. At the word 'go', the player has 60 seconds to bank in as many shots underneath as possible. Player retrieves the ball after every shot, hopefully as it falls through the net and before it hits the floor. Player can count their own or have a partner do it. Player cannot travel, but can reposition with one dribble if necessary after regaining the ball. Yell 'stop' after 60 seconds.

Instructions:

Chart the players' progress each time. If the player has a partner, do the drill twice each before stopping.

Players:

1 or 2 at a basket.

Tips:

The shot that hurts the most to see missed is a put back, and yet a lot of them are missed. This drill was used on a 7th-grade boy's team with no height, and the top performer for the season was 36 shots made in 60 seconds. Taller high school players should be able to get into the upper 40s. Make sure the player does not travel, but takes a dribble if he needs to reposition himself on either side of the basket.

Skills:

Shooting Underneath.

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Shooting drills

DRILL 1.

Description:

Learn to react and shoot fast when the ball is passed to you down low.

Instructions:

Set up three cones-

1. at lay-up area right

2. in the middle of the free throw line

3. at lay-up area left

CREATE A TRIANGLE

Player one starts at lay-up area right, while player two is under the basket with the ball. When the whistle is blown player two passes the ball to player one, he/she then shoots and runs around the free throw cone to the left lay-up position, player two rebounds the ball and passes to player one as he arrives to the lay-up cone. Right as he/she shoots he/she runs around the triangle to receive another pass. This drill is repeated until player one gets tired.

Players:

2

Tips:

Have player one sprint around the cones.

Variations:

You can use this all over the key.

Skills:

This drill works on the speed area of two players passing under the hoop and fatigue while trying to shoot.

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DRILL 2.

Description:

The drill is used for teaching shooting from coming off a screen, rolling after the screen and put-backs after a miss.

Instructions:

One player is a passer, located at the top of the key. The second player starts at the opposite elbow and cuts off a screen on the block. Player one passes to player two. Player three after setting the screen rolls to the basket for the rebound or pass-out after a make. Player two will return to the elbow after his shot is taken.

Players:

3

Tips:

Player coming off the screen should be shoulder to shoulder. After catching the ball square up for the shot.

Roller should open up to the ball and get to the opposite side of the rim.

Variations:

Variations can be made by repositioning the players on the floor.

Skills:

Coming off the screen, catching and shooting, and screening.

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Warm Up drills

DRILL 1.

Description:

Excellent pre-game drill to get the kids warmed up in all phases of the game.

Instructions:

Five kids line up, spread out on baseline. One kid with ball starts under the basket, two kids on either side of basketball lined up just outside of the lane, and other two kids lined up out wide by three point line. When coach yells go, all five kids sprint to half court, middle kid dribbles ball. Reaching half court all kids race back to basket. Ball handler and two outside kids are on offense and other two kids play defence.

Players:

5

Tips:

As soon as the first group scores or is stopped, the next five go. If you have less than ten kids, one or more of the first group will have to fill holes of the second group.

Everyone goes through all the positions.

Skills:

Defence, offence, all-around.

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DRILL 2.

Description:

To help get your arms loosened up for game time. It helps your eye hand coordination.

Instructions:

Person on baseline passes to one of the players in the corner then goes to that spot. The man on the corner that gets the ball the passes to the guy in the other corner, he Then takes that spot. When the second player in the corner gets the ball he/she passes to the person on the opposite wing and takes that position. The person on the wing will pass to the other wing as that person cuts to the basket for a easy lay-up. Then they start again.

Players:

5

Tips:

Try to build up the speed as you go like the ball is a hot potato.

Variations:

Try to switch from side to side to get the different lay-ups.

Skills:

Passing and lay-ups.

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