Here’s an Excellent Video –
6 Game-Based Basketball Drills

This is a follow up to the previous post and video… A Games Approach to Teaching Basketball Skills.

As I have mentioned, I’m a huge fan of game-based learning drills. They’re fun and better simulate what actually happens in a game…

The traditional drills (ex: dribbling around cones) have their place in your practices. However the common criticism of the traditional drills is they practice things that don’t actually happen in a game. How often do you dribble around a stationary cone in a basketball game?? How often do defenders stay in the exact same spot during a game??

Game-based drills also gives you unlimited teaching moments during practice. And players love them. All this equates to better performance during their real 5on5 games.

There are hundreds of game-based drills you can use.

Here’s an excellent video giving you a few good game-based drills and ideas for skill development:

We have diagrammed and documented all the drills from the video here…

Pass Tag Drill
This is a fun passing drill that is great for warm up and teamwork. It teaches your players communication and the importance of developing a strategy.

10 In A Row Passing Drill
This drill is similar to Mike MacKay’s 10 In A Row Passing Drill. However in this version Kirby Schepp shows you different variations, teaching points, and ways to run the drill. This drill improves passing, spacing and moving without the ball. As your players get better, it will start to resemble running an offense.

Position Sealing
This is an intense and competitive drill that teaches players how to seal, improve angles, and watch the player…not the ball.

Ultimate Passing (One of my favorite drills that I use every year at every level – 2nd grade to high school)
This fun drill that improves passing, spacing, footwork, decision making, cutting and moving without the ball.

Half Court Ball Movement (Another favorite)
This drill teaches passing and movement. Your players will learn ball reversals and how to attack the paint with a pass.

Gate Dribbling (Another drill I really like)
This competitive drill doubles as both a dribbling and defensive 1-on-1 drill.


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


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Coach Christmann says:
8/13/2015 at 7:20:18 AM

I like the attack an counter idea - some great face up moves - what I can not understand, that there are so many travellings in the video - you might get away as a NBA superstar but international level it will always be a travel


Sandra says:
8/6/2015 at 8:19:35 PM

Great resource. Thank you for sharing it. I'm looking forward to introducing these drills


Junior says:
8/6/2015 at 4:00:13 PM

Great resource! I taught my players the same game we
call it FLATBALL! Literally make sure to take the air out
of one ball, to really make it click for those hardcore "dribblers". I actually was surprised it is so similar to
the original rules of early creation of Basketball itself.
( )
Everyone at every level should run this, no explanation required!


Guinness Rider says:
8/6/2015 at 9:41:57 AM

I use these passing games, with modifications, for all my levels - age 5 on up. They are fantastic.

Usually run a practice like this, varies week to week:

Dribbling drill
Shooting drill
10-pass (load with calling for ball, names, touch a baseline)

The progress they show in skills, teamwork, and decision-making, when introduced to these forms of competition and improvement through games, is amazing and a testament to the kids.


VMI04 says:
8/6/2015 at 7:46:07 AM

This is an outstanding video - some really great drills here. I only wish I had seen these earlier this spring while working with my 5th graders! The teaching points are excellent - I especially like the posting drill - I found that so difficult to teach to 5th graders. A drill like this would have really made it much easier.

Thank you so much for posting that - I can't believe it is free!

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Guinness Rider says:
8/6/2015 at 9:43:33 AM

VM look through Manitoba basketball (where Schepp and Mackay are) site and youtube channel. You'll be amazed at the resources, seminars, clinics, training sessions, all free.


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