Categories: Ballhandling / Dribbling  Footwork  Passing  Rebounding  
Ages: All Ages  Youth  Middle School  High School+  

Purpose of the Drill:

Coach Jim of the 5th grade Van Buren, Ohio Girls YMCA squad shared this great drill with us.

This drill encourages players to look up the floor and pass, rather than dribbling. You develop skills for rebounding, pivoting, jump stops, bounce and chest passes, lay-ups, power and speed dribble.

We like this drill because it utilizes so many skills and keeps our team moving up and down the court. We also turn it into a team competition against the clock that encourages everyone to work together.


  • Set up: two balls needed. Divide your team into four or five equal groups (if you have extra players put them by basket in rebounding line). Start the first near the basket in rebounding position with the rest in a zig-zag pattern down the court.
  • Coach takes shot or throws the ball off the backboard.
  • 3 rebounds the ball passes to 5. 3 follows his pass to the next line.
  • 5 comes toward the ball, jump stops ,pivots, passes up the court to 7 and follows the pass to the next line.
  • 7 comes toward the ball, jump stops ,pivots, passes up the court to 9 and follows the pass to the next line.
  • 9 comes toward the ball, jump stops ,pivots, and dribbles towards the hoop for the lay up.
  • After the lay up, the next group starts.
  • 9 grabs the rebound and power dribbles to the sideline then speed dribbles down court, coming to a jump stop on the sideline at the foul line extended. The player passes the ball back to the coach and returns to the rebounding line.

Points of Emphasis:

  • Variations
  • Allow two or three dribbles before each pass.
  • Compete against clock to make a certain number of lay-ups in three minutes.
  • Move last line to baseline or foul-line extended by three point line. Player cuts, catches pass at foul line, squares to bucket and shoots jump shot.
  • Remove the coach. When the power dribbler reaches the three-point line, she dribble drives to the elbow, pulling up for a jump shot. Player under basket rebounds the shot and passes to outlet.

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Tim Bousquet says:
3/4/2010 at 6:42:54 AM

Great explanation of an awesome drill. I use this drill with my 7th and 8th grade girls' middle school team. The girl receiving the ball is asked to "V" cut. I will start using the variations, especially competing against the clock. They are more motivated once they have a goal. One thing about this drill that I was not expecting- it is also great for conditioning. The girls are pretty tired by the end of it and I have 24 players cycling through. The 11-(wo)man drill, aka Cincinnati drill, is a good one as well. Thanks.


Ross Roehl says:
3/4/2010 at 8:47:18 AM

I like this drill as well. An additional point of emphasis for us on this drill is to encourage our players to step to the pass, a must to keep from turning the ball over against the press.

We add one additional line at 3/4 court near the coach so that rather than power dribbling down the sideline, the girl who shot the layup must step out of bounds and make a baseball pass down court, again helpful when breaking presses in high school.


Marc Schilling says:
3/4/2010 at 12:37:49 PM

We use a variation of this drill, but I like the layout here a bit more. Another point of emphasis is that on the rebound for the first pass, we have our guys calling for the outlet so the rebounder can find them easily. If we can get the ball moving up the floor quickly, we can get into a fast break transistion easier. Drills like this help reduce the length of passes in game scenarios.


James 'Speedy' Butler says:
3/8/2010 at 9:48:54 PM

I like this drills. This would really teach my team to really look up.I'm going to use it tomorrow at practice for my 11's AAU team. Thanks


Beno says:
3/22/2011 at 4:55:13 PM



Garth says:
10/18/2011 at 11:07:51 AM

love this drill as well and plan on using it with my 8th grade girls team. What is the 11 woman drill aka cincinnati drill?


alejandro says:
2/22/2012 at 12:29:41 AM

I love your page. Im a basketball coach here in north Mexico. Im only 32 so Im learning a lot from you.


alejandro says:
2/22/2012 at 12:31:05 AM

I love your page. Im a basketball coach here in north Mexico. Im only 32 so Im learning a lot from you.


Katherine Johnson says:
10/17/2012 at 7:26:31 AM

This is a great transition passing drill. Another modification could be to set the kids up in an opposite set up, and go for the right hand lay-up.


ronnie henry says:
10/6/2013 at 1:56:45 AM

i love all that i learn in this site.i am going to train my team here in kenya and am sure we are going to beat other high schools come early next year.
problem is the balls are few, the court in bad condition and the players demorolised!


Curtis says:
12/9/2013 at 9:50:36 PM

Our 8th grade coach showed me, the 7th grade coach, this same set up except the zigzag is set up on both sides of the court, the coach is taken out of the drill, and a ball is on both ends. The ball is passed from one side to the other and back to the player that starts the drill all the way down and a lay up is taken. Rebound your shot and pass to the next in line. The passers move up the court to the next line and the shooter moves to the first line on the opposite side of the basket from the shot. We run it left and right.... they have 2 minutes to make 25 on both sides. They do get a work out... great drill to start out with and get warmed up!


Brian Leary says:
6/21/2017 at 2:56:07 PM

I was looking for new and exciting drills to run with my 14 n up group, and I really like this one and will implement this is practice. I usually deal with 7-10 yr olds, and u can't always run the same drills with older kids, like u may go over with younger kids, plus I believe this will add a little fun with the older boys


Brian Leary says:
6/21/2017 at 2:58:34 PM

I have been looking on this cite for the last 2 years and have gotten some really helpful tips and drills. I recommend this site for anyone work with kids 5 all the way up. This site has really been helpful to me!!


Thomas Vang says:
8/9/2017 at 12:53:57 AM

This site has always been a jewel of information. From defense, offense, drills & philosphy. I've used every bit of info since coaching from 2012. Thank you.


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