Dribble Knockout - Great Drill
For Dribbling & Shooting

Here is a fun drill that we use at our "Complete Player" Youth Skills Camps.

Even though this drill is disguised as a game, it's a great way to work on the speed dribble, agility, and shooting off the dribble.

It's also a fun way to bring more energy to your workout or practice.

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


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Vic-Monster says:
9/15/2016 at 10:24:33 AM

I say keep moving, but add a calisthenic drill as an end-game. Say take the number of made shots and subtract from 20 (or some other number) and the player does that many pushups or box jumps, etc. Keeps everybody in but provides a reward for accuracy.


Thomas says:
9/9/2016 at 10:07:27 AM

Nice variation on the game - I like how it can cut down the amount of standing around (time not getting better) that happens in lightning. I have limited time to practice with my players and feel a need to optimize my use of that time.

Time standing doing nothing can't help a player get better. Most coaches would be blown away if someone tracked their practices for the wasted time each player experiences.

Makes sense to me that in most situations you'd want those knocked out kids doing something and maybe working on an opportunity to get back in the game would be a good thing.

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phil switzer says:
9/9/2016 at 12:00:29 PM

I like th e change to the traditional game of knock out. While watching it I thought you could add the ability to get back in the game if you sprinted to the other end line and back. (also maybe add a coach standing at the bottom of the circle with their hands up so players could practice pulling up and shooting over someone)


Kenny says:
9/9/2016 at 8:43:45 AM

This is a great variation of the game Lightning that adds dribbling and pull-up jump shots. It also applies pressure on the shooter. I like it and will add to practices for my 8th grade boys.

I will tweak it and have the knocked out players go to a second basket and continue the game there. No one will be knocked out there, but any player that "knocks" out a player at the second basket can go back to the first hoop. I will run it for a certain amount of time.

Hopefully, this will keep it competitive, but still allow the players that need work on their shooting to continue getting the reps in a competitive environment.


Derek says:
9/9/2016 at 7:57:34 AM

Luke...great points. Couldn't agree more.


Luke says:
7/20/2016 at 4:32:38 PM


the winner should be the person who gets knocked out the fewest time in 2 or 3 minutes (or whatever time the coach seems apropriate). the kids who are getting knocked out are the weakest shooters who need the most practice. drills which eliminate players should be eliminated because everyone should be involved in practice as much as possible to get better as fast as possible.

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Joe Haefner says:
9/9/2016 at 9:21:06 AM

Luke, I like your idea about having "getting knocked out the fewest times". Let me know how it works.

If you solely used drills like this that eliminated players and the player sat the rest of the drill, that would be a big issue.

I don't think anybody said to do that, though.

Personally, I like to use this drill with youth and middle school kids. I like to use it as a fun way to break up practice. I might spend 5 minutes of middle school practice doing a little game like this.

That way, the rest of your practice is done with more energy and with a better mindset.

If you don't want your kids to sit or stand around after eliminated. Have them do shooting drills at a basket or against a wall.

Personally, I like to use it as a mental break or water break.

Also, as a kid, getting my butt kicked in drills like this motivated me to work on my game outside of practice. I did not like to lose.

So eliminating elimination drills can be a disservice as well.

Failure is some of the best motivation.


Jamie says:
9/11/2016 at 8:06:55 PM

It's just an idea. You can modify the game to suit your own needs.


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