Proven, easy to use basketball drills, practice plans, coaching tips and advice for youth coaches

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‘Inside Out’ Pushes 5 Players Toward Goal

Set a time goal for the 5 players to get up the court and back while completing the proper passes and scoring layups at both ends in stride. Why use this drill This drill shows players how quickly they can get up the court and transition into offense, even if it’s off a made shot. […]

Curl, Catch & Shoot From 4 Spots

Shooting is more than a release, it’s about footwork to create a shot and catching the ball in a proper shooting position to ensure success Why use this drill You want players taking game shots. All four shots in this sequence come off cuts and curls you’d expect players to execute in a game. Set […]

4-Person Outlet Drill

More passing requires accuracy and proper spacing as another person enters the fold in pushing the ball up the floor. Why use this drill This is the next progression from the previous page’s drill. Get players used to throwing quick, accurate passes to advance the ball rather than the dribble. Set up The middle line […]

Hustle and Focus like Geno Auriemma’s Huskies

Hustle and focus are required in this drill teaching your players how to get down the floor quickly and score before a transitioning defense recovers. Why use this drill Ten-time national champion Geno Auriemma uses this drill with his team as it works as a conditioner while players build on-court skills. Set up The middle […]

Screen and Flash To The Hoop

Screen and Flash To The Hoop Run this simple out-of-bounds play from the University of Wisconsin, which pushed the Badgers to a 9-point, second-half lead in the national title game. Why use this screen & flash to the hoop play Defenders are forced to cover perimeter action with two players moving and spread around the […]

Arizona Screen-and-Roll Play

The defense thinks this is a screen-and-roll from the right side but a couple extra layers allows your players to attack from the left and score. Why use this screen-and-roll play Initial screen-and-roll action forces the defense to make a decision and once the ball moves left, your offense has an advantage. Set up Same […]

Lots of movement sets up backdoor

A lot of screening and motion goes into this set in which the opposite post comes high, sets a ball screen, rolls and eventually gets a pass from a dribbling wing. Why use this play Arizona’s offense has five players constantly moving, which keeps the defense on its heels and creates open passing lanes. Set […]

2-3 zone defense

A great counter when facing a 2-3 zone, have your wings cross and screen the top defenders creating an opening for the ball handler to drive. Why use this zone play Robert Morris University ran this play against Youngstown earlier this season. Rather than the typical zone play in which the ball moves around the […]

Open the corner for an uncontested shot

Draw the opposite-corner defender into the lane with a dribble drive, then have a curling wing player screen that defender to allow for an uncontested shot. Why use this play Duke makes 3-point shooting look easy because of the movements used to create open shots. Here, the opposite corner becomes wide open after an inside […]

Ball Screen, Drive and Kick

Take another 3-point set out of Coach K’s playbook utilizing a high ball screen, dribble penetration and relocating to a shooting window. Why use this out-of-bounds play Duke’s offense sets up so many open 3-pointers because Blue Devil playersare patient and know if they execute the proper movements, they will be in position to shoot. […]