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

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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8/2/2012 at 6:00:17 AM

This is a really good drill - it incorporates nice aspects of the game that I would not usually have time to dedicate to.


carey odhiambo says:
8/2/2012 at 6:01:29 AM

Very gd stuff....


Ken says:
8/2/2012 at 6:35:08 AM

Great drill Jeff.


Troy Culley says:
8/2/2012 at 7:02:12 AM

Good work on this drill guys. Just had a look at like how it incorporates a fair amount. In all the drills that I run in practice I try to make sure they involve various aspects to avoid like you said 'reseting' all the time.

This is one to add to the drill book.



Coach EB says:
8/2/2012 at 7:30:05 AM

Great Drills.....


Wayne says:
8/2/2012 at 7:48:47 AM

Great Drill !! thanks!!


Mark D. says:
8/2/2012 at 8:05:31 AM

Really like this drill as it incorporates a lot of fundamentals and skill work into a cardio workout.


Peter S says:
8/2/2012 at 9:24:45 AM

Saw this drill come in so included it in our 15 Girls practice tonight. We timed the girls for 4 minutes and counted made and missed layups. 84 made, 8 misses. Great drill Jeff-well done!


Kenny R says:
8/2/2012 at 10:24:33 AM

Like others have stated, these are really great drills. These are great time savers because it combines several elements into one package, hence the name "Multi-Purpose" drill. I love it. Thanks again, Breakthrough Basketball Family.


AT says:
8/2/2012 at 12:06:26 PM

This looks great and I can see where you can add varations by court reversal and tweeking the set ups.


VMI04 says:
8/2/2012 at 4:38:14 PM

Is this a segment from a video that you offer or possibly one that is going to become available about multipurpose drills? As a youth coach, I would find it very helpful to have a resource that includes drills which focus on many different aspects of the game since I don''t have 10 hours a week in the gym with my players - 1 maybe 2 hours if I''m lucky. Having a resource for "time savers" would be great.


Keith says:
8/2/2012 at 5:06:02 PM


I will use this on Saturday during my weekly class.

What a time saver.

Thanks for sharing


Mike says:
8/2/2012 at 9:32:15 PM

Hey guys, you should put out more videos !


Joe Haefner says:
8/3/2012 at 9:56:27 AM

Thank you for all of the kind words, everybody! We definitely plan to keep pushing out the videos for everybody.

VMI, this drill was actually done during a video shoot, but it wasn't for multi-purpose drills. It was for another product that we hope to be releasing in the very near future.

This drill was actually just a warm up section to get accustomed to the cameras. After we saw that the presentation was good enough, we thought, "Hey. This would definitely be helpful for some coaches to see. Why don't we just put it in the newsletter.."

But I think you're on to something about doing a video with a lot of these different multi-purpose drills.


Talal says:
8/4/2012 at 4:53:24 AM

Great drill will be sure to use it with our junior teams...

Thanks for the tips


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


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...


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

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


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

Great drill, thank you!


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.


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.


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

Very nice....n productive


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.


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.


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