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.

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10/30/2007 at 8:33:11 AM

nice one will use it for my youth team


Coach V-PR says:
10/30/2007 at 10:28:14 AM

Good play for evaluating shooting and lay-up skills.


Ali Naseer says:
10/30/2007 at 10:26:20 PM

Simple and creative!


David Cho says:
11/11/2007 at 11:16:11 PM

This drill is very effective on the shooting gaurd and small forward's outside game (either a shot or take it to the hoop strong)


Percival says:
5/15/2008 at 12:52:31 AM

I would wonder if you have some sort of videos showing all these great drills. I do understand viewing it in action gives any reader of any level the proper execution for such. Thanks though I applied them in my amateur coaching.

Hopefully your site will thus provide some videos for all these helpful drills.

You deserve 5 Stars!


Joe Haefner says:
5/15/2008 at 12:24:01 PM

Hey Percival,

We hope to have some videos in the near future.

Joe Haefner


jaouad kamal says:
5/22/2008 at 4:18:52 PM

good drill


glenda negron says:
6/17/2008 at 1:25:01 PM

nice drill


david says:
10/1/2008 at 7:45:01 PM

This is a nice drill you have thought of some good ideas again thanks for the idea i am about to amke my team do this


DanM says:
12/15/2008 at 10:52:21 AM

why limit the dribble? I want that defensive player to stutter step and not get beat on a drive inside...
One dribble limit insures an outside shot only...


Joe Haefner says:
12/15/2008 at 2:13:59 PM

Hi Dan M,

If you look at the drill purpose, this is a drill built around offensive improvement.

If you would like to make this a defensive drill, just allow more dribbling.

And one dribble does not ensure an outside shot only, it help teaches youth players the value of the dribble. too many kids just catch and dribble. If you apply this rule, it forces them to get somewhere with the dribble and utilize jabs, shot fakes, and dribbles.

Dribbling-around does not work when you get to higher levels of basketball.

If the kids are younger, allow 2 or 3 dribbles and make the drill work for you.

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julio says:
1/23/2009 at 3:32:51 AM

sir you just illustrated the first move form the first offender and the deffender how can you do this sponteneously ... how many balls needed and who will get the ball if the offender makes a shot ....i appreciate this drill


anthony says:
1/23/2009 at 3:23:09 PM



kimcp says:
1/26/2009 at 11:57:53 AM

I like this one. But where about must the players run? Nearer to the coach? Flare out? The 3 points spot?


bandolin says:
1/28/2009 at 9:47:06 AM

I coach 12 and 13 year olds. If I limit them to 3 dribbles they will never get to the hoop. They''ll be forced to take jump shots. Is this the intention of the this drill?


knyosh says:
1/28/2009 at 1:55:44 PM

fun drill i add a screaner to help emphasize/utilize the ball screen/one dribble and pop motion. Our wing loves to see a good collision off the screan and to convert on the outside jumper.


Joe Haefner says:
1/28/2009 at 4:27:59 PM

Hi Bandolin,

The intention of the drill is not to shoot jump shots. It is to make sure that the players make use of their dribble rather than catching it and instantly putting it on the ground. Once the level of competition increases, fewer dribbles are needed to get to the basket to beat the defense.

You can to take a straight-path to the hoop with the fewest amount of dribbles. I only let 13 & 14 year olds take 1 or 2 dribbles when doing lay ups from the 3-point line.

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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.


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.


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.


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

i need i periodization for 4 times a week
200 minutes


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

pratices for 14 and under females


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

something by yourself?


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

great for every thing


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?


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.


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

Great Drill, will use!


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