The battle lines drill series is a great series to incorporate into your in season practices and out of season training. This drill series shows great carry over into the game from the practice setting. Battle lines is also great to incorporate into a camp setting because you can do this drill with high numbers of players and limited space.
When doing this drill I focus on:
- Handling the ball with contact
- Finishing off two feet
- Weak hand development
Instructions for Battle Lines:
Have players partner up and have each player with a basketball. Set up a cone at the top of the key and one at each elbow.
Have players start shoulder to shoulder at the opposite top of the key. The players both start by dribbling toward the opposite basket while also pushing their shoulder into the other player. At the top of the key they split and must dribble outside the elbow on their respective sides and then go in for a finish.
When doing this drill it is critical that both players execute a two foot jump stop finish. I also make players execute a shot fake to ensure that they have good balance and don't run into each other.
This drill can also be done without the finish, you can have the players just battle lines from the baseline to half court to maximize repetitions.
Both players could execute a pull-up jumper or kick to a shooter in the corner on their side.
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