When the first defender has slid around the cone on the other side of the court, they again sprint to close out, and then once again slide to the opposite side of the court before returning to the end of the line. Depending on the amount of players you have, run this drill for 3 — 5 minutes. I love using one-on-one drills at practice to teach both defense and offense. This drill starts with two players at the free-throw line or top of the key depending on age and experience.
Use both ends of the basketball court if you have two coaches so that players get to play more often. To start the drill, the defender hands the basketball to the offensive player. By handing the basketball to the offensive player, it ensures that the defender is challenging themselves by starting up close to the offensive player instead of standing back playing lazy defense.
The offensive player then has a maximum of 2 or 3 dribbles to attack the ring and get a clear shot. Offensively, this drill teaches players not to waste their dribble and teaches them how to attack a defender one on one. Defensively, players will learn how to keep an offensive player in front of them and challenge every shot. After either a make or a miss, a new offensive player comes in, the previous offensive player switches to defense, and the previous defender joins the end of the line.
The two most important things this drill teaches is how to defensive slide properly and also how to drop step when playing defense. The drill begins with all players on the baseline lining up on one of the corners. No player should have a basketball. The first player will defensive slide from the corner to the high post and perform a degree drop step so that they are now sliding back to the opposite sideline. This process of sliding from one side to the other and drop stepping continues until the player reaches the opposite baseline.
They come back down the opposite side of the court using the same principles. War is a great drill to incorporate fun small-sided games into your practices. The drill is set up by splitting your group into two teams and lining each half up along opposite sidelines. You will give the each individual player on each team a number from 1 — 6.
The drill begins with the coach throwing a basketball out into the middle of the court and calling out a few numbers between 1 and 6. The coach can play games with any number of players from 1 on 1 to 6 on 6. Golden child is another fun game that kids will end up begging you to let them play each practice. It involves splitting up into two teams, a shooting team and a dribbling team, and then the dribbling teams must run around the half-court one-by-one while the shooters try and get them out.
The dribbling team must all have a basketball and they should be lining up at one of the corners of the baseline. The shooting team will have one or two basketballs and will be lined up around the free-throw line or closer depending on age and skill. A home run is when a dribbler makes it all the way around the outside of the half court and back to the line.
The shooters must attempt to get them out by making a shot. The next dribbler can begin immediately when this happens. This continues until all the dribbling players are out and then the teams switch roles. The team with the most amount of runs at the end of the game wins. The goal of the game is to make your shot before the person behind you makes their shot. The first shot must always be from the free throw line but after that can be from anywhere on the floor.
The drill begins with the first person in line taking a shot. If they make it, they quickly rebound their ball and throw it to the next person in line. If they miss, they must rebound the ball and score as quick as possible. I recommend playing small-sided games for the benefits listed here. Depending on the amount of players you have, I believe 3 on 3 or 4 on 4 are the best small-sided games to use.
Use both halves of the court and create small-sided games depending on the amount of players you have. Tell each team they must advance the ball to either half-court or the third line of the court if you have one. Make adjustments and team changes when you need to, but I recommend trying not to interrupt too much. Let the players learn from their own mistakes by experience. This drill is an awesome way to finish practice on a high note.
Each time I run this drill, the players end up leaving practice with a smile on their face. All it is is one long-distance shot where, if made, the shooter wins some kind of prize or award. Get all the players in one line at half-way and they each take a single shot.
The players that make the shot get a reward from the coach. This could be anything from a small prize to being the leader of warm-ups the following week. I created a PDF version of this blog post so that you could print off all the drills and take them to practice. Use these drills to improve your teams, improve your practices, and improve yourself as a coach! You can use this handy little contents to jump straight to the type of drills you want.
Players must hold their shooting form until the shot has been made or missed. Different angles will show different technique points. The purpose of this drill is shooting with perfect form around the basket.
The team that finishes with the most cones is the winner. Everyone must be shooting. Not just the best shooters on each team. You can decrease or increase the amount of cones. Pivot Shooting — Shooting Drill Overview: This is a great drill for incorporating footwork into a shooting drill that players will enjoy. Every player has a basketball. The coach decides which scoring move they want the players to make. Make sure every player is jump stopping correctly.
You might need to run through this with the players before running the drill. Players should not raise up out of their low stance when pivoting.
Change up whether your team attacks the rim or takes a jump stop. One basketball starts at the front of the offensive line at each end of the court. Switch sides of the floor so that players are dribbling and finishing with their left hand. Make sure players are attacking the ring at the correct angle.
Pressure — Shooting Drill Overview: All players form one line at the free throw line. The drill requires only one basketball. Players take it in turns shooting free throws. Players are not allowed to put each other off. It will always end up in one of the kids being upset.
Players should be going through their full free throw routine on each shot. Make sure you join in! This is a simple drill to teach the basics of dribbling to new players. Every player has a basketball and lines up on the baseline. If you have more than 8 players, create two lines on the baseline instead of one.
Here are a few that I like to use: Players must keep their heads up at all times. Once they develop good technique, focus on the players pushing off with their outside foot when making a move.
Dribble Knockout — Dribbling Drill Overview: This drill works on ball-handling and protecting the dribble. All players must have a basketball. Constantly remind players to keep their head up. Collision Dribbling — Dribbling Drill Overview: All players have a basketball and are in a small space determined by the coach.
Keep reminding the players to keep their heads up! Encourage players to use both hands. Not just their strong hand. Scarecrow Tiggy — Dribbling Drill Overview: The taggers then do their best to tag each player dribbling a basketball. Every couple of minutes switch the taggers. Players are not allowed to throw the ball between a teammates legs, the ball must be rolled.
Dribblers are not allowed to travel, double dribble, or any other violation. Change up the amount of taggers and the size of the playing space depending on how many players you have. Dribble Tag — Dribbling Drill Overview: When the drill starts, the taggers attempt to tag as many dribblers as possible. This continues until there is one dribbler left and they are the winner.
If the taggers are struggling to tag anyone, consider allowing them to run around without having to dribble a basketball. Vary the size of the court and amount of taggers depending on the amount of players you have. If a dribbler commits a dribbling violation, they are automatically out.
Sharks and Minnows — Dribbling Drill Overview: Sharks and Minnows is one of my favorite games for youth practices. Everyone else will start on the baseline and have a basketball. Scarecrows must hold the ball between their feet at all times and stay on balance. This stops them moving too far and cheating. Implement a time limit if players are taking too long to get from one side to the other. A great drill for kids beginning to learn the game of basketball.
Players get into pairs and should have one basketball between them. Once the players are in pairs, they must stand on a line parallel from their partner. Make sure you mix up which type of pass you want them to perform bounce pass, chest pass, one-handed push-pass, ect. It will end up with blood noses. The team on offense will only need one basketball. After a minute or two, swap the defenders over.
Allow the defenders to sprint around wildly. Encourage the offensive team to make quick decisions when they receive the basketball. Make sure everyone is getting a turn to pass on offense. This drill is a more advanced version of the keepings off game. The drill involves only one basketaball. Players are allowed to move around wherever they want within the playing area.
For each time that a team successfully makes the certain number of passes, they get 1 point. Encourage players to set screens for each other and use body fakes to get open. Encourage the best players to play against each other and challenge each other. Spacing is of the utmost importance. Continuous 3 on 2 — Passing Drill Overview: This is one of the best drills I know for improving passing and decision making.
Only one basketball is needed for this drill. This process repeats for a set amount of time. Make sure the offensive players are staying spaced on the floor so that they can get open looks. This is a great drill for working on jump stops, pivoting, and passing.
The person at the front of each line has a basketball. Do make sure to reverse the direction half way through the drill. The drill starts with every player line up along the baseline holding a basketball. If you have more than 10 players, I recommend creating two lines. Everyone starts on the baseline in triple threat position. This continues until the players reach the other end of the court. Players must not jump too high on the jump stops.
Make sure players in good stance when they land after the jump stop. Knees bent and head up. Players get into groups of 2 or more. I prefer 3 players in each group if possible. Starting as a beginner you get to learn all the ins and outs of basketball and improve more and more each day. With persistence and practice your game will improve.
How do you get better? Here are some tips for beginners to begin playing and training in basketball. Setting goals for yourself will give you something to work towards and will encourage you to work hard to get there. These goals can range from something small to bigger goals as you become a better player. Once you have a set of clear goals, your training will accomplish working towards these goals.
Becoming a great athlete will make you stronger and faster, in turn making you a better player. Combining conditioning with your drills and technique training will build you up as an athlete. Conditioning can include jogging, running, jumping jacks, pushups, sit ups, anything that will keep you in continuous motion. A basketball game involves a lot of ball passing and catching.
Being able to catch and hold the ball correctly is vital. Once you have the ball in your hand, you want to direct that ball to your teammates or the basket. You also need to keep the ball away from the opposing team. You will want to practice shooting, dribbling, passing, catching, and rebounding. These skills all involve excellent hand control over the ball. Practicing these skills will help you master holding the ball at all times during a game no matter the pressure.
Learning defense is easier than you may think! With both stances, you need to position your body to move fast in any direction. By having good defense, you will be working with your team to prevent the other team from scoring, knowing defense is beneficial for everyone!
Your feet play a bigger part in basketball than you might know! By training and strengthening your feet and ankles, you gain better control over your body movements.