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Basketball Drills for Coaches


Players, check out the basketball drills for players section.

Coaches, need some new basketball drills to get to the next level?

Want to learn what it take to run drills the "right way" -- so you can become a better coach or player?

If so, you're in the right place.

We have a variety of drills and coaching tactics that will help you improve your basketball game.


Running Basketball Drills the Right Way

The first thing to realize is that the great coaches and players focus on the little things.

Too many coaches make the mistake of starting the drill and just running through the motions.

To get better, each drill needs to have a purpose and you really need to watch closely to perform each aspect correctly.

For example, when running a defensive sliding drill, you need too make sure each player continually maintains a wide base, keeps their hands out, maintains good balance, keeps their butt down, and so on. It's the little things that make you a better player.

You CAN'T let them slip!!

Practicing drills is when players get better. In fact, the most important aspect of running your practices and getting better as a player, is how you run those drills.

In order to get better, you need to practice over and over to develop good habits and muscle memory. If you don't practice the RIGHT way, you're just developing bad habits and training yourself to play the wrong way.

So I urge you to take the time to learn the detailed fundamentals of basketball. And then run the drills to train your body to perform those fundamentals without even thinking about it.


Making it Fun

One of the best ways to stay motivated and get better is to keep things fun.

This can be done by adding competitive twists to the drills or simply incorporating fun drills.

I've found that most players, especially younger ones, really enjoy fast paced drills that really keep things moving.

You can do a variety of things to keep them moving. You can set up stations, so a group of players work at a station for a few minutes, then you blow the whistle and they run to the next station.

You can also run multifacet drills that have players running, shooting, passing and doing a variety of things.

The trick is to have enough coaches or helpers watching each area, making sure each player is using proper form.

After players run around for a bit, take a few minutes to demonstrate the correct method and slow them down to perform the drill correctly. Then you can crank things up again and start them off. Just keep it mixed up and your players will maintain better focus and listen to you.


30 Competitive Game-Like Drills For Your Players

In addition to fun drills and fundamental drills, you should also incorporate drills where players can use their skills in game-like situtations against defenders. The article The Missing Link To Player Development explains this skill development philosophy in more detail.

If you would like to see more of these competitive skill drills, check our our highly-rated resource 30 Competitive Game-Like Skill Development Drills.


More Tips for Running Drills and Practices

5 Tips to Run Your Basketball Drills More Effectively

10 Tips For Getting Your Basketball Team Focused, Motivated, And Playing Hard!

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Basketball Shooting Drills

      Ray Allen Shooting Drill - Video

      Keving Durant Shooting Workout and Drills - Video

      4 Spot Fast Break Shooting Drill

      Quick Shot Video

      X Jump Shots

      Elbow Shooting Drill

      Upfake Shooting Drill

      Half Moon Shooting Drill

      Post Feed / Spot Up

      Form Shooting

      10 Spot Shooting Drill

      Two Ball Shooting Drill

      Wing to Wing - Video

      Wing Screen - Video

      Reverse Shots - Video

      2 Ball Pass / 2 Man Shot

      Flex Offense Drill - Screen the Screener Shooting

      ** 55 More Basketball Shooting Drills

Basketball Offensive Move Drills

      One on One Moves Drill

      Pivot Shooting

      Wing One-on-One

      Top One-on-One

      Full Court Chair Series

      Go, Go, Go!


Basketball Rebounding Drills

      McHale Layups - Video

      Rebounding/Block Out Drill

      Rebounding Drill: Close Out Box Out

      Rebounding Drill: Reverse Pivot Technique

      2 on 2 Box Drill

      Taps Drill

      Fight For It

      ** 53 More Basketball Rebounding Drills

Basketball Footwork Drills

      Drop Step - VIDEO

      Drop Step Counter (Inside Pivot) - VIDEO

      1 on 1 Ball Tough Drill - VIDEO

      Jump Stops

      Chair Pivots (Inside Pivot)

      Wing Combo

      Pivot 21 (FUN Drill)

      ** More Footwork Drills


Basketball Post Play Drills

      Mikan Drill

      Low Post Chair Pivot

      Split Post Chair Pivot

      Power Dribble Into

      Rapid Fire Post Moves

      Drop Step - VIDEO

      Drop Step Counter - VIDEO

      ** More Post Development Drills and Tactics

Basketball Ball-Handling & Dribbling Drills

      VIDEO of Two Ball Dribbling Drills & Moves

      One Hand Pound

      Chair Changes

      Two up - Two back

      Dropstep Dribble

      Chair Curl

      Chair Curl Phase 2 (With 2 Chairs)

      Dribble Screens

      Two Ball Dribbling Video

      "F-A-S-T" (FUN Drill)

      Backup Dribble Drill

      Splitting The Hedge Drill & Video With Manu Ginobli

      VIDEO - Partner Dribbling With Tennis Ball Toss

      1 on 2 Pressure Ballhandling Drill

      3 Basketball Pick and Roll Drills


Basketball Passing Drills

      Middle Man Passing

      Pass & Switch

      Pasing Drill - Find the Open Man

      Pair Passing

      Machine Gun Passing

      No Dribble Keep Away (FUN Drill)

      2 Ball Pass / 2 Man Shot

      LOCO-Motion

Basketball Defense Drills / Agility

      Situations Drill

      Pride Drill (VIDEO)

      Corner Close Out

      123 Progression

      Charging Drill # 1

      Charging Drill # 2

      Diamond Agility Drill

      Defensive Reaction & Conditioning Drill

      Defensive Reaction & Conditioning Drill - For Players

      Overload Defense Drill

      Overload Drill - Baseline Drivers

      Defensive Challenge

      No Hands Defense Drill

      Sampson's Defense Charge Drill [Video]

      5 vs. 4 Defensive Disadvantage Drill [Video]

* More Basketball Defense Drills


Basketball Transition & Fast Break Drills

      Pride Drill (VIDEO)

      VIDEO - 3 on 2, 2 on 1 Transition Drill with Steve Nash

      Fast Break Drill

      Fast Break Drill: Pass and Replace

      Transition and Conditioning Drill

      5 on 4, 4 on 4 Transition Drill

      Three Man LSU

Basketball Offense & Spacing Drills

      Situations Drill

      End of Game Drill

      Basic Spacing Drill

      Advanced Spacing Drill

      Flat Ball Drill

Motion Offense Drills


Drills for Handling Defensive Pressure

      Full Court Press Breaker Drill

      Man in the Middle Passing

      Full Court Press Passing

      Beat the Trap

      Number of Passer

      Backup Dribble Drill

More Basketball Drills

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