1 on 1 Zipper Cut Drill

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The zipper cut is a commonly used cutting action where you cut from the post area up the lane to the high post or perimeter area. The zipper cut occurs in many different types of offenses including the motion offense and flex offense.

The zipper cut is easy to break down and turn into a shooting and dribble attack drill. This allows you to get better at executing the cut, shooting off of the cut, and your attack moves.

In addition to developing the skill set necessary, it's also very important to get repetitions against a defense. Otherwise, the players may have the sufficient skill set, but lack the experience to attack against the defense. When you play 5 on 5, it's nearly impossible to get all of your players the repetitions needed to improve and be truly effective.

As a result, I created this 1 on 1 breakdown zipper cut drill. It's super-easy to incorporate into small group workouts or team practices.

This drill improves your ability to score out of the zipper cut action in a game-like situation. Not to mention, the cones add a great speed and agility aspect to the drill.

Drill Instructions:

You need two lines.

Player 1 sprints around first cone and is on offense.

Player 2 sprints around second cone and is on defense.

Coach either hands the ball or passes the ball to player 1.

If open, shoot the ball. If not, counter and attack the goal.

This is one example of what we call competitive skill development drills.

We're huge fans of competitive skill development drills and believe that every coach should incorporate these drills into their workouts and team practices.

30 Competitive Game-Like Skill Drills

In the DVD 30 Competitive Skill Development Drills, you will find 30 drills that are specific to improving your ability to handle the ball in pressure situations, get open without the ball, finish near the rim, score in the post, score from the perimeter, and much more. (more info)

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Johnny says:
2/21/2020 at 7:00:21 PM

Competitive drills refreshed to reflect drills as of 2020?


Joe Haefner says:
3/28/2013 at 2:42:05 PM

Maxine, you can click on this link. Near the bottom of the page is purchase information.



Maxine Cherry says:
3/28/2013 at 2:03:46 PM

I really like this competitive skill development drills. i would like to purchase one. How can I do that?


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