Wing 1 on 1

Drill Purpose

The purpose of this fun drill is to improve one on one offense and reading the defender to make the appropriate move.

Drill Instructions and Diagrams

  1. Players line up in 2 lines, one on each elbow, facing baseline.

  2. Coach is on top on the right side with the ball.

  3. Coach calls "Go."

  4. First player in each line sprints to touch a spot on the baseline in the middle of the lane.

  5. After touching spot, players race to the right wing.
  1. Coach passes to the 1st player out to the wing. Other player becomes defense.
  1. Offensive player must make offensive move against live defense.

Teaching Points.

  • Either player can be on offense. The first player out gets the ball, not the player who started ball side.
  • Limit the dribble the offense can use. If you have good players, limit to 1 dribble. In no situation should you allow more than 3.
  • Play on half the court. If playing the right side, score must come on the right side. Theoretically in a game, there are defenders on the other side of the court
  • Reinforce "shot" and the catch, "lay-up" on the dribble.

If you would like to get more out of your players by incorporating fun drills into your practice, check out our 60 Fun Basketball Drills eBook.

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


Most Likes First   Oldest First   Newest First

Coach Mike says:
2/1/2015 at 4:57:28 PM

Great Drill, will use!


Joe Haefner says:
1/24/2013 at 2:38:14 PM

Joe, I do a few things with players in this situation.

1. I work on drills where we attack the rim. Make sure they can properly execute this before adding defense.

2. Teach them how to create space on the perimeter. Here is a great drill for that:

3. Make sure they have the proper mentality. Whenever they are over-crowded, they should instantly attack the defense and try to score a lay up.


Joe says:
1/23/2013 at 9:52:34 AM

This very well could be my team saver. I have primarily small 7th and 8th grade kids. When they get the ball on the wing they basically freeze. No dribble, no look to pass. They hunch over the ball. This drill will, hopefully, instill the instinct to go to the hoop. Anything else you can suggest for small kids who freeze when they get the ball on the wings?


a says:
2/27/2012 at 3:38:20 AM

great for every thing


point guard dayton says:
7/22/2011 at 8:19:11 PM

something by yourself?


peter marino says:
10/2/2010 at 10:09:07 PM

pratices for 14 and under females


peter marino says:
10/2/2010 at 10:07:53 PM

i need i periodization for 4 times a week
200 minutes


Joe Haefner says:
2/2/2009 at 9:04:27 PM

Hi Julio,

Just grab another ball and start the next group as soon at they're done or use multiple hoops.


julio says:
2/2/2009 at 12:45:42 AM

my queries is not yet been answered .... the ilustration of the drill was only played by the first player infront of the line..... how could this drill be executed spontenously ? i mean the practice will be done with no stoping untill the last two players. could 3 to 5 basketball be used? hope u get my point and the significance of doing this practice spontenously.


Bandolin says:
1/31/2009 at 1:02:16 PM

You're right. I tried the drill with my players and they could get to the basket in only 3 dribbles. They really surprised me. They liked this drill a lot. But what I found was that it was always the fastest runners that always got the ball and the slower players were always on defense.

Another teaching point you should add is that the coach should switch up the pairings so that the players are not always against the same guys all the time.


Show More

Leave a Comment
Email (not published)
Nine plus four is equal to?  (Prevents Spam)
 Load New Question
Leave this Blank
    Check this box to receive an email notification when someone else comments on this page.