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

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1-On-1 to Master the Closeout

1-On-1 to Master the Closeout

Building great defenders starts with properly closing out against pass-catching perimeter players, use this 1-on-1 Closeout Drill to sharpen the skill. Why use it Closing out is a skill needing constant repetition. Players tend to slack off a bit when it comes to closing out hard on the perimeter. Put a focus on it so […]

Go 94 feet in 8 seconds

Go 94 feet in 8 seconds

The Iowa Hawkeyes ran this set trailing by 1 point to in-state rival Iowa State to set up a perfect, open 3-pointer opportunity after inbounding from the opposite baseline. Why use it Trailing then-No. 4 Iowa State, 83-82, Iowa had 94 feet to cover in eight seconds. The Hawkeyes ran this beautifully designed play, which […]

Sharpen full-court-transition-offense skills

Sharpen full-court-transition-offense skills

From Bert DeSalvo, former Division I and II men’s assistant & Division III women’s head coach Sharpen full-court passing, timing, a touch at the rim and conditioning in this fast-paced drill requiring focus, speed and hustle. Why use it Sometimes you just need your team to get running during a practice. This drill forces players […]

2-3 Zone to Cover Space in an Instant

2-3 Zone to Cover Space in an Instant

Quick passbacks force a 2-3 zone to cover a lot of space in an instant, which pokes holes in the zone and allows you to find openings for jump shots. Why use it A quick passback to start your action slightly shifts a defender into a perfect position to be screened. From there, a dribble […]

Outnumbered but Not Outmatched

Outnumbered but Not Outmatched

Stack the odds against your defense by placing 7 offensive players on the floor to score against just 5 defenders – watch the defenders communicate and hustle to stop the ball. Why use it Everyone has their version of a defensive shell drill. This one utilizes seven offensive players. It’s especially effective for teams playing […]

Cyclones' out-of-bounds play

Cyclones’ Out-of-Bounds Play

The Iowa State Cyclones were climbing a second-half uphill battle against in-state rival Iowa earlier this month and used this out-of-bounds play to pass the ball back to the inbounder and keep the momentum going. Why use it Trailing by seven with eight minutes remaining, Iowa State was on the verge of erasing a 20-point, […]

Shoot on the move

Shoot on the Move

By Wes Kosel, assistant men’s coach at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D. An updated version of the 3-man weave, this drill utilizes multiple dribble attacks, passes to the wings and a ball handler who attacks the rim as the other two players take jumpers. Why use it Many times transition drills end with a […]

4v4v4 Fuels Competitive Fires

4v4v4 Fuels Competitive Fires

By Loree Payne, head women’s coach at Puget Sound University in Tacoma, Washington. This drill does it all – works on scoring with a numbers advantage, defensive communication, hustling back on defense, matching up and digging deep to beat teammates. Why use it A level of competition should be a part of everything you do […]

‘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 […]