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.

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 […]

‘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 […]

Find a body to box out

Find a body to box out

From Derek Brown of CoachTube   The ‘Nearest Man’ Drill teaches players how to control the glass even when there isn’t an opposing player in their immediate vicinity   Why use it   During a game, players may be caught in the paint without an offensive player near them to box out. You still need those defensive […]

See a zone Run these actions

See a zone: Run these actions

Zones are meant to confuse offenses, so be sure your players know exactly what to run as soon as the opposition changes course and moves from man to zone.   Why use it When a team quickly throws a zone at you, it’s best to have a set offense to run so you players don’t […]

'2-line closeouts' stress help

‘2-line closeouts’ stress help

From Chad Warner, the head men’s coach at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Help defense is the cornerstone of all great defensive teams so teach players the proper way to help and the energy needed to play defense properly. Why use it If your help defense is a step slow, then your entire defensive […]

'Viking' gets the post more involved

‘Viking’ gets the post more involved

From David Polett, Vistamar School in El Segundo, California Pull the big defender away from the hoop and take advantage of the mismatches this creates with pick-and-roll action after ball reversal. Why use it You’re still working with a lack of size, so this play works well to pull larger defenders away from the basket. […]

"Close and Skip" teaches necessities

“Close and Skip” teaches necessities

From Chad Warner, head coach at Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida Defensive players must learn how to close out on the ball, stop a cutter and race out to guard a new ball handler on a skip pass – require these skills for playing time. Why use it Your defensive players must do more than […]

"4v3 Contest" builds scramblers

“4v3 Contest” builds scramblers

From Chad Warner, men’s coach at Flagler College St. Augustine, Florida Defenders must learn to react and recover (scramble) when passes are flying around the perimeter – use this disadvantage drill to sharpen those skills. Why use it All great defenses scramble well. This means they sprint to recover as the ball is moving around […]

Make proper passes and focus on scoring

Make proper passes and focus on scoring

From Kelly Graves, the head women’s coach at the University of Oregon You don’t want to be the one who misses in this drill focusing upon dribble penetration, proper cuts to the hoop, passing to a cutter and scoring on the move. Why use it It seems so easy – deliver a sharp pass in […]