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

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Create A Last-Second Layup

Create A Last-Second Layup

From Basketball Coach Weekly   When you just need 2 points in the closing seconds to tie the game, you want actions to get the highest-percentage shot at the hoop when inbounding from the baseline.   Why use it   Now trailing Croatia by two with 1.8 seconds remaining, Spain ran the following actions for […]

Get Organised This Season

Get Organised This Season

One area of basketball coaching I’ve noticed a big improvement from coaches on in recent years is in daily organization. Whenever I want to attend a local practice and reach out to a coach, more times than not I receive that coach’s entire season schedule broken down by day. There are practice or game times […]

‘Skip Pass Zone’ Moves Ball To Corner

‘Skip Pass Zone’ Moves Ball To Corner

From Rory Hamilton, head girls coach at Norman North High in Oklahoma   This drill works on skip passes, dribble penetration, kick-out passes, drawing defenders as you attack and culminating in an open corner 3-pointer when all defenders are occupied.   Why use it   Players must get used to moving the ball via the […]

Double Low Screen Frees Shooter

Double Low Screen Frees Shooter

From University of Miami   After receiving the initial pass, the shooter relocates to the opposite block, only to come to the perimeter off a pair of screens for an open 3-point shot.   Why use it   Starting with five players above the free-throw line leaves a lot of room to operate closer to […]

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Work Passing, Pivoting & Closing Out

From Troy Culley, head coach of the Myerscough College Division 3 team, UK   ‘Paired Passing’ uses simple actions to work a multitude of game skills within a drill you can use every day to hammer home their importance   Why use it   Not every drill needs to utilize the entire floor, run the […]

High Handoff Increases Options

High Handoff Increases Options

From Wes Kosel, an assistant coach with the Colorado College men’s program in Colorado Springs There are inside options to start, then perimeter-shot options follow in this set utilizing the threat of or an actual handoff to keep the defense guessing. Why use it Defenses are at risk to giving up backdoor cuts and scores […]

Score On The Move

Score On The Move

From Basketball Coach Weekly   Get players continuous reps of running in one direction, then cutting toward the hoop, catching a leading pass and scoring at the rim without putting the ball on the floor.   Why use it   Players need to get into the routine of scoring without constantly dribbling as they are on […]

Sideline Set Nets 3

Sideline Set Nets 3

From Basketball Coach Weekly   An inside double screen with a shooter coming high baits the defense to shift left as one of your screeners flares right for an open 3-point opportunity.   Why use it   Trailing Croatia by four with 17 seconds remaining in the Olympics, Spain’s men’s team ran this sideline play […]

‘X Passing’ Simulates Game Passes

‘X Passing’ Simulates Game Passes

From Rory Hamilton, head girls coach, Norman North High School in Oklahoma   Work on wing entries, post feeds, skip passes and ball reversals in this high-energy drill requiring quick movements and constant motion   Why use it   Passes in practice must look just like the ones you want to use in a game. […]

Build Those ‘Animal’ Instincts

Build Those ‘Animal’ Instincts

From Nancy Jones, head girls coach at Twin Falls High in Idaho   The ‘Animal Drill’ develops the toughness you want combined with the quick-thinking you need for players to continue to improve within your program.   Why use it   Many transition drills feature a set offensive and defensive team. In this drill, the […]