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Drill Purpose

This drill adds a unique and fun competition aspect. The purpose of this drill is to improve one on one offense and reading the defender to make the appropriate move.

Drill Instructions and Diagrams

  1. Players are in 2 lines, above the foul line, even with the lane lines.

  2. Place a chair in the middle of the lane lines, above the foul line, with the seat facing the basket.

  3. Place a ball on the chair
  1. When the coach calls "Go," the first player in each line sprints and touches a spot on the baseline in the center of the lane.

  2. Players then sprint back to the chair
  1. First player to the ball picks it up and is the offense. Other player is defense. Game is on!

Teaching Points.

  • Offensive player immediately faces the basket and thinks "Shot."
  • If the ball is dribbled reinforce "Lay-up"
  • Limit the number of dribbles. You should be able to score with 1 dribble.

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Bailey wilkins says:
3/4/2015 at 9:19:53 PM

awseome drill good for basketballers


Michael McDaniels says:
7/24/2014 at 5:25:28 PM

Awesome drill for any age group!


Roman G says:
2/28/2012 at 3:57:40 PM

Good drill! Great for the kids!!


Terry D. says:
11/23/2011 at 5:32:45 PM

I remember this drill from high school ball. love this one


Coach Nate says:
7/19/2011 at 2:42:27 PM

This drill is great! It also teaches the players how to be "in control" when playing aggressively.


ronny says:
11/8/2010 at 4:45:16 AM

great drill i tell belgium


sonny L says:
8/25/2010 at 10:14:58 PM

real fun. sure youth players love it


Jonathan says:
12/15/2009 at 3:30:38 AM

To prevent players from crashing into the chair do two things: 1) the first one to touch the ball has it, and 2) if the chair moves an inch both players run a lap. Tell your players its not just getting to the ball and playing offense or defense, it's about body control. The first time the drill was run, only one pair had to run after slightly knocking the chair. And my guys are competitive.


coach Mike says:
11/19/2009 at 12:43:17 PM

easy solution to the danger....have the coach stand on the baseline between the 2 lines. coach toss the ball out past the 3 point line for the players to track down & play. coach can toss anywhere beyond the 3pt line to even things out if need be..


Alton Sutton says:
5/12/2009 at 2:49:55 PM

I coach middle school girls. They love competitive drills. So, as I read this drill I decided to turn it into a competitive drill with points. The losing team has to run a ladder or some other conditioning drill.

Each item is worth 1 point:

Offense---make a basket-offensive rebound-get fouled

Defense---turnover-steal-deflection-no score-box out-takes charge

I put more ways to score on defense to emphasize to importance of defense and to emphasize the importance of the offense to take care of the basketball


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