3 Competitive 1-on-1 Basketball Drills

You should avoid the typical playground 1-on-1 games. You know... the games where the player dribbles 20 times before making a move to the basket. The big guy takes 17 power dribbles to back you down under the basket.

These drills are a complete waste of time if you want to improve at 5-on-5 basketball.

Instead, you should use the competitive 1-on-1 drills below. These drills will improve your skills that translate to better 5-on-5 play.

You can do these 1-on-1 drills at different increments through the workout. You can also save them for a little fun at the end.

Make sure to create rules such as dribble limits to enforce good habits.

1-on-1 Corner Finishing

This finishing drill will improve players' conditioning, agility, dribbling, confidence, ability to make lay ups off a baseline drive, and finish near the basket.

Multi-Spot 1-on-1 Drill

This drill improves your ability to get open, shoot, use proper footwork, make lay ups, drive to the basket, make moves on the perimeter, and finish in the paint. This drill will also improve your conditioning, stamina, and finishing from all angles on both sides of the court.

1-on-1 Attack - Fast Break Drill

This drill improves your ability to score out of the fast break. You work on ball handling, acceleration, speed, agility, finishing, mentality, conditioning, and much more.

If you want to develop aggressive, successful players in the fast break, this is one of the best drills that you can use.

Related Resources

30 Competitive Game-Like Skill Development Drills
1 on 1 Zipper Cut Drill
How to Develop Players that Can Finish at the Basket
Do You Use These Essential Drills For Player Development?

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions. . .


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narendra de silva says:
11/25/2014 at 1:26:34 PM

very good dril for defence & offence thank u


Joe Haefner says:
6/20/2014 at 10:33:16 AM

No problem, Zachary! We hope they help!


Zachary Dugan says:
6/20/2014 at 9:56:34 AM

Thank you for the email, this is great warmup for my brother and sister to work on a drill together!


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