Basketball drills and skills

This season, never hunt around for a fresh basketball drill again. Get proven and easy to use drills for all groups and abilities with Basketball Coach Weekly. As a coach, it is your job to give your team the skills and technique to be great players. The soccer drills in this section will help you coach your players in the core skills of the game. We’ll tell you what to look out for, how to get the ideas over to your players, and we’ll give you games and exercises to really power-up their skills.

Grab A Seat, Get Better Off The Dribble

Grab A Seat, Get Better Off The Dribble

Only allow one dribble to get to the hoop after grabbing the ball off the chair to develop an explosive, fast first step. Why use it Too often players look indecisive with the ball in a game – give them a lot of first-step repetitions in practice so they are better prepared to attack in […]

Precise Perimeter Passing

Precise Perimeter Passing

By Larry Jackson, head coach at Shamrock High School, Texas Executing side-to-side ball reversal with just two players forces the wing to sprint before passing back to the shooter and attempting to close out. Why use it This drill creates a contested jumper for your shooter to work on game-like shots and also forces the […]

Score 3 pointers against a 2-3 zone

Score 3 pointers against a 2-3 zone

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 […]

Flash to the middle, kick opposite

Fast-Paced Repetition Drill

A post player flashes to the middle of the floor from the opposite block, catches a pass, rips through and kicks the ball to the opposite wing for a dribble attack. Why use it Splitting guards and forwards into skill work at opposite ends of the floor is a good way to maximize practice time. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]