Basketball Shooting & Ball Handling Workouts For Serious Players - Videos With 17 Drills

This is a high-level ball handling & shooting workout for serious players. It's from the Attack & Counter Workout App.

It was developed by NBA skills trainer Don Kelbick.

While there is plenty of dribbling and finishing, this workout puts an emphasis on shooting off the catch, the pull up jump shot, and footwork.

I also recommend reading the intro to each section, so you understand the purpose of the drills.


Workout Tips:

You can do this workout by yourself.

If you have a partner, the shooter rebounds his own shot and passes back to the passer. Then you switch after one set of repetitions.

If you have 3 players, you simply have a rebounder, a passer, and a shooter. Then you switch after each set. I would also recommend using two balls.

If you don't have the time or you lack the conditioning to complete the workout, you can segment this into different workouts.

You can also remove some of the advanced progressions to make it suitable for youth players.



Part 1 - Ball Handling Warm Up

In the first part of the workout, we do a ball handling warm up for a couple of minutes. These drills are done for a combination of reasons including...

  • Warm up the body.
  • Wake up the nerves in your hands and arms to dribble, shoot, and pass better.
  • Motivate the athlete with variety.
  • Overload the athlete so game-like ball handling feels easy and you can dribble without thinking.


Corner Dribble - Left

Description
Bend your knees and dribble to basketball from front to back, on the left side of your body. Next, dribble the ball once in front of your body before returning to the front to back dribble. Dribble exclusively with your left hand.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your eyes up.
- Snap the ball as quickly as you can.
- Keep the ball low (at your waist or lower).

Run drill for 30 seconds


Corner Dribble - Right

Description
Bend your knees and dribble to basketball from front to back, on the right side of your body. Next, dribble the ball once in front of your body before returning to the front to back dribble. Dribble exclusively with your right hand.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your eyes up.
- Snap the ball as quickly as you can.
- Keep the ball low (at your waist or lower).

Run drill for 30 seconds


2 Ball Cone Circles - Opposite Way (Inside)

Description
Set up two cones. Dribble both basketballs around the inside of each cone.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep eyes up (look forward) while dribbling.
- Ball should touch finger pads on each dribble.

Run drill for 30 seconds


2 Ball Cone Circles - Opposite Way (Outside)

Description
Set up two cones. Dribble both basketballs around the outside of each cone.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep eyes up (look forward) while dribbling.
- Ball should touch finger pads on each dribble.

Run drill for 30 seconds


2 Ball Dribble - Double Between Legs - Left Hand

Description
Bend your knees and dribble two basketballs at once. Dribble the ball in your right hand high enough to be able to quickly dribble the other ball through your legs from your left hand to your right hand back to your left hand.

Run drill for 30 seconds


2 Ball Dribble - Double Between Legs - Right Hand

Description
Bend your knees and dribble two basketballs at once. Dribble the ball in your left hand high enough to be able to quickly dribble the other ball through your legs from your right hand to your left hand back to your right hand.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your eyes up.
- Snap the ball as quickly as you can.
- Keep the ball low (at your waist or lower).

Run drill for 30 seconds


Part 2 - Finishing (Lay Ups) & Dribble Moves

In the second part of the workout, we work on some speed lay ups and dribble moves.

This is a great way to work on basic lay ups or different finishing moves and improve your dribble moves at the same time. It is also a great conditioner.

It's also a good progression to warm up with change of direction, jumping, and running.

If you walk in the gym and start going game speed immediately, your risk of injury increases.


Speed Lay Ups Elbow

Description
Begin under the basket dribble to the right elbow, plant your foot and pivot back toward the basket. Finish with a lay-up.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep eyes up (look forward) while dribbling.
- Change speeds when changing direction.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Speed Lay Ups to Elbow - Behind Back

Description
Begin under the basket dribble to the right elbow, plant your foot and pivot back toward the basket. Cross Over behind your back and finish with a lay-up.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep eyes up (look forward) while dribbling.
- Change speeds when changing direction.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Speed Lay Ups to Elbow - Between Legs

Description
Begin under the basket dribble to the right elbow, plant your foot and pivot back toward the basket. Cross over between your legs and finish with a lay-up.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep eyes up (look forward) while dribbling.
- Change speeds when changing direction.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Part 3 - Pivots and Counters (Footwork Emphasis) - Shooting, Footwork, Counter Moves, & Pull Up Jump Shots

This section focuses on pivots and counter moves.

However, you also improve your shooting off the catch and off the dribble.

With these drills, you will improve...

  • Your ability to move without the ball.

  • Your ability to quickly pivot, face the basket, and shoot.

  • Your ability to get more open shots and shoot a higher percentage.

    If you improve your ability to quickly pivot and face the basket, this will create more distance between you and the defender. This will lead to more open shots.

    Also, if you have more distance between you and the defender, you tend to shoot a higher percentage.

    Also, for a coach, this will pull your defender off a help defense increasing your offensive efficiency. In other words, you're more valuable to your coach because you don't even have to touch the ball and your team's offense is better.

  • Your counter moves and your pull up jump shot.

    If you get really good and quickly facing the basket and shooting, defenders will start to rush at you. The counter moves will take you away from the defense and give you open pull up jump shots.


You will work on front pivots and inside (back) pivots from both the right and left wings. You also practice the counter moves of the step through and sweep.

You may also notice that the shooters are very deliberate with some of their motions, like getting the ball to shooting position, pausing for a fraction of the second to look at the hoop, then executing their footwork counters. This is done to ingrain good habits and skills as it is easy to speed up and get sloppy.

We also wanted you to visually be able to see the emphasis points, so you didn't lose them in the motion of the drill.

As you continue to do the workouts, these motions will become quicker and more fluid.



Spin Outs - Left Foot Front Pivot - Shot

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) on the wing. Jump stop, catch the ball, front pivot, and shoot. Your left foot is the pivot foot and should stay in contact with the ground.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs - Left Foot Front Pivot - Step Through - Shot

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) on the wing. Jump stop, catch the ball, front pivot, step through and shoot. Your left foot is the pivot foot and should stay in contact with the ground.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs- Right Foot Front Pivot - Shot

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) on the wing. Jump stop, catch the ball, front pivot, and shoot. Your RIGHT foot is the pivot foot and should stay in contact with the ground.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs - Right Foot Front Pivot- Step Through Shot

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) on the wing. Jump stop, catch the ball, front pivot and look for your shot. Pretend your shot is defended and counter with an explosive step through pivot. Take 1 dribble going to the basket and shoot.

Points of Emphasis
- Make sure you look for your shot before making your move.
- Explode in a straight line to the basket.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs - Left Foot Inside Pivot - Jump Shot

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) on the wing. Jump stop, catch the ball, inside pivot, and shoot. Your left foot is the pivot foot and should stay in contact with the ground.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs - Right Foot Inside Pivot - Jump Shot

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) on the wing. Jump stop, catch the ball, inside pivot, and shoot. Your RIGHT foot is the pivot foot and should stay in contact with the ground.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs - Right Foot Inside Pivot - 1 Dribble Shot

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) on the wing. Jump stop, catch the ball, inside pivot, dribble and shoot. Your right foot is the pivot foot and should stay in contact with the ground.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs - Left Foot Inside Pivot - 1 Dribble Shot

Description

Points of Emphasis

Complete 10 Repetitions



Part 4 - More Game-Like Shots

Some of these drills are similar to the previous progressions, except you stay on one side of the floor.

You also work on some different game-like cuts.

You also get to practice some advanced progressions including dribble move progressions.



Spin Outs Wing Shooting - Inside Pivot, Sweep Counter, 1 Dribble (Left Side)

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) to the left wing catch the ball, inside pivot, sweep counter, one dribble and shoot. Alternate your pivot foot on each shot.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs Wing Shooting - Inside Pivot, Sweep Counter, 1 Dribble (Right Side)

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) to the right wing catch the ball, inside pivot, sweep counter, one dribble and shoot. Alternate your pivot foot on each shot.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs Wing Shooting - Inside Pivot, Sweep Counter, 2nd Dribble Change (Right Side)

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) to the right wing catch the ball, inside pivot, sweep counter, 1 dribble and shoot.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs Wing Shooting - Inside Pivot, Sweep Counter, 2nd Dribble Change (Left Side)

Reference previous video but switch to the left side of the floor.

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) to the left wing catch the ball, inside pivot, sweep counter, 1 dribble and shoot.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs Wing Shooting - Front Pivot, Step Through, 2nd Dribble Change (Left Side)

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) to the left wing catch the ball, front pivot, step through, 2nd dribble change and shoot.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs Wing Shooting - Front Pivot, Step Through, 2nd Dribble Change (Right Side)

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) to the right wing catch the ball, front pivot, step through, 2nd dribble change and shoot.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs from Baseline (Right Side) - Front Pivot, Shot

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) from the right baseline catch the ball, front pivot, and shoot.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs from Baseline (Left Side) - Front Pivot, Shot

Description
Spin the ball (simulating a pass) from the left baseline catch the ball, front pivot, and shoot.

Points of Emphasis
- Keep your knees bent as you pivot.
- Make sure you quickly get your feet in shooting position. They should be in the same balance position each time you shoot. Reps will help with this.

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs from Baseline (Left Side) - Front Pivot, Step Through, 1 Dribble Shot

Description
Begin on the left baseline just outside the three point line. Spin the ball a few feet ahead of you to the wing. Retrieve the ball and front pivot. Then step through with your right foot, take one dribble and pull up into a jump shot.

Points of Emphasis
- Spin the ball to simulate receiving a pass
- Square shoulders for jump shot

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs from Baseline (Right Side) - Front Pivot, Step Through, 1 Dribble Shot

Description
Begin on the right baseline just outside the three point line. Spin the ball a few feet ahead of you to the wing. Retrieve the ball and front pivot. Then step through with your left foot, take one dribble and pull up into a jump shot.

Points of Emphasis
- Spin the ball to simulate receiving a pass
- Square shoulders for jump shot

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs from Baseline (Left Side) - Front Pivot, Step Through, 2nd Dribble Shot

Description
Begin on the left baseline just outside the three point line. Spin the ball a few feet ahead of you to the wing. Retrieve the ball and front pivot. Then step through with your right foot, take one dribble toward the baseline and then change direction with a second dribble toward the top of the key and pull up into a jump shot.

Points of Emphasis
- Spin the ball to simulate receiving a pass
- Square shoulders for jump shot

Complete 10 Repetitions


Spin Outs from Baseline (Right Side) - Front Pivot, Step Through, 2nd Dribble Shot

Description
Begin on the right baseline just outside the three point line. Spin the ball a few feet ahead of you to the wing. Retrieve the ball and front pivot. Then step through with your left foot, take one dribble toward the baseline and then change direction with a second dribble toward the top of the key and pull up into a jump shot.

Points of Emphasis
- Spin the ball to simulate receiving a pass
- Square shoulders for jump shot

Complete 10 Repetitions




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James says:
5/11/2016 at 8:59:41 AM

Hi i was wondering if all of these are on Don's DVD? I have purchased it but have not watched it yet?

Thanks
James LaMacchia

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Joe Haefner says:
5/11/2016 at 2:10:37 PM

Yes and no, James.

There are 50+ drills are the DVD and there are 250 drills on the Attack & Counter Workout App. Some of the drills are the same. However, many are new.

This is how I personally used the Attack & Counter DVDs and the Attack & Counter Workouts.

I look at the Attack & Counter DVDs as the way to teach the system step-by-step. You get the coaching cues and you learn exactly how to teach it. It shows you to build it from the ground up.

After you have taught the foundation to your players, you start organizing drills for practices and workouts.

It also shows you exactly how Don organizes workouts and progresses in a systemic way level by level. It has over 140 workouts. You also have the ability to customize your workouts.

You can also track your results and view your progress using the app.

Additionally, we create the Attack & Counter Workout App, so even coaches with different teaching techniques can use the app. You don't have to agree with Don on his philosophies and still benefit from the app.

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Stepan says:
5/11/2016 at 11:25:44 AM

Great drills.

What I would suggest: instead of just spinning the ball ahead, throw it hard, really hard against the wall, then go and catch it wherever you need to depending on the drill. If you have walls sturdy enough, of course. This might seem a slight change, but without the luxury of anticipating where exactly the ball is going to be you will find yourself in a much more challenging, game-like setting. When you spin the ball, you spin it more or less the same way, you catch it at the top of its way up. By that time, it has no real kinetic energy, it just rests there waiting to be conveniently grabbed. You won't have many situations like that in a game. Ball gets deflected, sent too low or too high, too fast or too slow. You have to be able to catch it and make your move regardless, without much fumbling.

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Jimmy says:
4/22/2017 at 1:12:24 AM

i have more than one devices, android or ios. Can i install the app in these devices with one licence only?

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Jeff Haefner says:
4/24/2017 at 8:25:31 AM

Yes you can run the app on more than one device. The app will run on any smartphone, tablet, or computer with a connection to the Internet.

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Caleb says:
7/7/2017 at 7:47:21 AM

Which is better for a high school basketball player, getting the Attack and Counter Workouts App or the DVD set?

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Joe Haefner says:
7/7/2017 at 8:50:58 AM

Great question, Caleb!

It depends on the situation.

If the player is serious about getting better and willing to watch instructional videos, I would highly recommend to purchase both. With the DVD set, you learn Don's tips for skill development and mentality.

With the Workout App, it provides you a long term plan for getting better. It shows you how to take what is in the DVD set and continue forward.

If the player isn't serious enough to watch the DVD set, just get the Workout App.

Also, some parents with a basketball background will watch the DVD set, so they understand Don's Attack & Counter System and they will work with their child. And they will use the Workout App for the long term plan. However, this takes a special relationship between the parent and the child.

Also, we have a 100% money-back guarantee if you want to purchase both. If you end up buying the videos or the workout app and it's not what you want, just ask for a refund. It won't hurt our feelings. :)

We don't want your money if you don't get value from our products. That's how we'd want to be treated if the roles were reversed.

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