Multi-Purpose Basketball Drill - Ball Handling, Passing, Cutting, and Finishing

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Check out the video below of this great multi-purpose drill that will improve your ball handling, passing, cutting, and finishing.

As mentioned in the video, these multi-purpose drills are great drills to incorporate into your practices.

From a coaching management standpoint, you...

  • Save time because you don't have to reset on every drill. If you work on these separate aspects in different drills, you have to reset and this will chew up extra minutes during your practice.
  • Accelerates skill improvement due to saved time.
  • Once it is taught, the transition between drills is seamless.

From a skill improvement standpoint, you

  • Improve vital ball handling skills such as the back up dribble and dribble moves to beat your defender such as the crossover, between the legs, behind-the-back, inside out dribble, and dribble combos.
  • Elevate your passing and cutting skills in game-like situations.
  • Polishes your finishing skills.

Segment #1

Player dribbles to each trap situation, backs up. On last double team, back up, reverse (pass) the ball to coach.

Segment #2

After passing to coach, Player 1 executes a basket cut (set player up first) and receives a pass from the coach for a lay up.

The next player in segment 1 should have already started to keep everyone moving and working.

Segment #3

Player 1 gets their own rebound, dribble at the chairs (or cones) set up on the other half of the court. The player weaves through the chairs (or zig zags through cones) working on change of direction moves (cross overs, behind back, spin).

After changing direction on the final chair, the player should push the ball out and take ONE dribble to the basket for an explosive lay up. We want speed and straight lines to the basket.

The other players are now getting involved in the drill.

Note: Alternate using chairs on one day and using zig-zag cones on the next day.

Segment #4

Players shuffle while throwing passes to each other from baseline to baseline. One player will throw chest pass. The other player will throw a bounce pass.

Once they reach the opposite baseline, they sprint back to the starting point of the drill and begin the next repetition.

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Coach B says:
10/31/2019 at 11:17:30 AM

Has anyone used this with 5th grade to 6th grade players?

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Jeff Haefner says:
10/31/2019 at 11:25:35 AM

I have used it. With kids this age, it takes a little bit to figure things out. I prefer simpler drills. As an example, a drill like this is simple yet you can work on multiple skills (dribble moves and lay ups):

If you only have half court, I place 4 cones across the court in a line. So players dribble up sideline, make a move. Then get in line at half court, make a move, and finish. Maybe I'll draw that up and add it to the drill here when I get some time. It's a pretty efficient way to get lots of reps and keep players busy in just half court.


Jeff Haefner says:
8/16/2013 at 9:37:30 AM


For beginners that don't know the fundamentals this drill can be a little tough. I don't usually start beginners on this drill. However once you have taught some of those basics you can use this drill to save a lot of time.

With that said, I will use this drill to teach older kids. In the video this was the first time the players ran this drill. As you can see at the end they were making mistakes and I was teaching them how to correct their mistakes. Mistakes are good and they are opportunities to learn.

After doing the drill for 5-10 minutes each practice for about a week, they make a very big improvement in their skills and fundamental execution.

If I have assistants I'll have as assistant watch each segment to help players. Or I pick the segment I think is most important and help them. As an example, I sometimes stand behind the chairs and give verbal reminders with instructions getting them to better execute the move and hold them accountable.


Justin says:
8/14/2013 at 1:38:42 PM

It''s an nice drill.
But i see the problem that you can not focus on some specific fundamental. Youre now more busy with giving the drill in stead of teaching them and get better.


deadman alive says:
8/14/2013 at 10:21:37 AM

Very nice....n productive


Zab says:
2/3/2013 at 10:02:29 AM

Great drill. Love the one dribble layup from the outside. Forces athletes to push themselves to finish strong.


Ariel Rabe says:
1/31/2013 at 8:50:09 PM

Iam in the process of forming a advocacy oriented youth basketball team. This is a great addition to our program. Thanks a lot.


Sportpearl says:
1/26/2013 at 9:54:14 AM

Great drill, thank you!


Mike says:
9/12/2012 at 10:38:00 PM

Great drill! I like it a lot. thanks for all the help...


Durty Meks Kangaroo says:
8/7/2012 at 11:47:36 AM

I LOVE the Drill to bits cause it even teaches a
player to have more options and THINK as quick as Possible!

I'm Loving it Coach...


James says:
8/5/2012 at 7:39:44 PM

Love the multi purpose drills. gets lots of reps and keeps them moving especially when you dont have alot of time. with a little bit of creativity you can get a whole lot done in little time


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