Rapid Fire Post Moves

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This drill emphasizes aggressiveness, footwork, shot-making and conditioning.


  1. Place a chair on both sides of the foul lane in the low post position, about 4 feet outside the lane. Place a 3rd chair in the middle of the lane, jut below the foul line. Place a ball on each chair (can also be done with 2 balls or 1 ball, depending on players available to rebound).

  2. Player starts under the basket.

  1. Player cuts to the left chair, picks up ball and makes a low post move.


  1. Player cuts to base line then cuts to the middle chair

  1. Players cuts to middle chair, picks up ball and executes a pivot shot

  1. Player cuts to baseline and then to the right chair.

  1. Player picks up ball and executes a low post move.

  1. Player cuts to baseline and repeats the series.

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Craig Smith says:
11/9/2007 at 5:39:31 AM

I'm thinking that a modified version of this would be better. By using players to pass a ball to the player while they head toward the locations noted by the chair and then turn and shoot. This gets more of the team involved and provides more of a game like atmosphere. You could either have players positioned on the outside around the three point line or one at the top of the key. the player passing the ball would then head in to rebound to enforce the "follow the ball" guidelines once the ball is in the air to the basket.


Joe Haefner says:
7/24/2008 at 3:29:29 PM


What you mentioned would work great as well.

If a player is practicing alone, this allows him/her to work on post moves.


jim toner says:
11/3/2008 at 10:08:29 PM

if the player is practicing alone, at a playground or public court, it is tough to bring three chairs. The beauty of basketball is you only need a ball. Alone, the player should do a backspin self bounce pass, catch, turn and move. This sellf pass is accomplished by putting back spin on the ball while tossing it two feet infront of your self. The ball comes back to the player as if passed.


Dave says:
1/26/2009 at 4:18:48 PM

Regardless, of team setting or alone, the basis of this drill it two fold. Intensity is key. Player must do this drill with effort. He/she must also try different moves for each station or pass. Work in the swim drill at a low post position to get around a defender.


joey nichols says:
5/25/2009 at 8:11:07 PM

Hi.My name is joey and i try to be the best i can be at basketball.i have a pretty good shot and a decent dribble and i can drive really good.but that's not because im really fast its because i practice all the time. but some times when i drive i get too lazy and get stuck surrounded by defenders.and i need some low post moves.im just asking by the sound of my massage if this will help me at all.


bre says:
7/5/2010 at 3:30:13 PM

im a postplayer.
and i start but i have trouble with my lefthand. i want to know if you have any tips on shooting with my lefthand .. i try so hard i mean i kill my self trying but i jut cant do it and it frusterates me to the point i get so mad i start to misss layups and that makes me even more mad.. so if anyone would give me some tips on makeing my game better


Jackie says:
9/22/2010 at 4:11:52 PM

I have been a post player since I first started playing. I think the play above is more effective if you have people passing it in-mixing it up how they pass ex: bounce, overhead, or fake then pass. It's not only better for the post player because they get used to having to meet the pass and scrounge up whatever is thrown to them, but it's also better for the players passing it in. Both are able to become more comfortable with each other which and even start to anticipate how their teammate is going to execute plays.

More or less, the only way to get better is to practice-even if it is by yourself. I would practice outside of practice or off season for 2 hours by myself doing post moves. The more you practice, the more it comes naturally. So just keep your head up and keep practicing!


Coach Page says:
10/21/2010 at 2:44:14 PM

@ Bre.....shooting with your off (weak) hand takes more practice than shooting with your original (strong) hand. Coming from a right hander, i just went to the park (gym) and shoot...shoot...shoot...with my left hand until i was comfortable with it. Your not going to be as strong as you are right handed, but you can be effective, they say in order to break a habit and form a new one you have to do something 14x's, now thats not just a singular 14 but a multiple 14 meaning to get used to shooting with your left, go to the park (gym) and shoot 1400 shots (lay-ups) left handed....this is a very effective drill either way a player uses it (chair, cone, pass, back spin, etc) it's variety oriented and it takes WORK, discipline, and intensity.....


tim says:
11/5/2011 at 9:11:06 AM

In addition to all of these great comments and questions I have noticed one additional and unexpected benefit of using chairs: The players were forced to grab the ball strong off the chair, not finger roll it towards themselves and pick it up soft. This made a huge difference during the next phase of practice; Guard to forward passing. Sometimes little things make a big difference.


Coach Foster says:
2/24/2012 at 1:43:42 PM

The chairs will also force players to stay intense and actually run to a certain spot instead of stopping short or cutting corners after a few times few. That is a major problem I have at times with having passers instead of having the chairs set up. Sometimes the passes are lazy and come to the players in the wrong position, forming bad habits.


Robin Sallie says:
3/4/2013 at 11:09:57 AM

I run this drill in practice with a player to set balls on each chair stationed behind each chair. They are holding a ball which they place on the chair as soon as the first ball is removed.

Sometimes the shooter rebounds her own shot and passes the ball to the ball setter at the chair that the ball was removed from. If I have enough players, I use a rebounder.

So for this drill at each basket, I have six balls, three chairs, three ball setters, a shooter and sometimes a rebounder. No one is standing around.

I like the chairs because my players are 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Passing well is a long way down the road. Getting a bad pass for the shot during the drill, doesn''t happen.


Ashley says:
1/14/2016 at 7:50:52 AM

I think as a player myself, I would not enjoy this drill alone. I would want to have more people, allowing for more teammates to be engaged and to create a game like situation for the set up. Overall, though, if I had to, I would say this drill would work well.


kifem mark says:
12/13/2016 at 5:17:10 PM

nice drill


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