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.

Cover The Court With ‘40 In 3 Drill’

Cover The Court With ‘40 In 3 Drill’

Knock down shots from all over the floor in this competitive drill pitting paired players against each other to make 40 specified shots in 3 minutes … or advance as far as possible.   Why use it   Adding a competitive element to any shooting drill makes it more effective for your players. Plus, as […]

‘Last Man Standing’ Tests Toughness

‘Last Man Standing’ Tests Toughness

3 players enter, only 1 leaves the winner … and that player must battle to secure rebounds, score while being contested and shake off hard fouls to maintain concentration.   Why use it   This drill is all about toughness. It is pure mental and physical toughness. Often times a referee does not see a […]

How do you handle goal setting? Hi {sForename}, Happy Halloween! Be sure your players are safe and encourage them to make smart choices this evening … you don’t want your season and possibly your players’ futures derailed by doing something stupid tonight. This week I’m interested in your goal setting for the season. Some coaches swear by getting season-long, team and individual goals down in writing, then revisiting them throughout the season. Other coaches only want the team to get together and set goals as one unit. So I ask you…how do you handle goal setting? Are you having players do it now? Did they already do it during the summer? And, are you asking players to put together their individual and team goals? Do you focus on one or the other? How often do you look at these goals? If a player is struggling to make a goal, do you readjust or reset some of them to make them more realistic? Or, is it a life lesson to not make a goal? I’d love to get your ideas on this timely topic. Shoot me an email at michael.austin@basketballcoachweekly.com with your thoughts. The last two questions revolving around Louisville and the FBI, and on the topic of captains, drew some fantastic feedback. Let’s keep it going! Today, I have a drill for you to teach more aggressiveness in your post players. It’s called ‘Take It’ and works on having your posts snatch the ball away from an opponent and try to score against contact. And in today's fitness section learn how to boost strength and power. Yours in basketball, Mike's Signature Michael Austin, Head Coach, Basketball Coach Weekly Last Chance: FREE Transition Drills Subscribe to Basketball Coach Weekly before midnight tonight and let qualified hoops coaches from around the country share their experience with you. Increase your confidence and help your team perform better on the floor. And, in September you'll also get a free copy of my Transition Drills report PLUS up to 2 additional basketball coaching manuals when you subscribe. Subscribe to Basketball Coach Weekly and get: Transition Drills Free in October with Basketball Coach Weekly • Proven basketball drills, plays and advice direct to your inbox - you'll never have to search for help again • Printer-friendly pages so you can take drills straight to the court • Ideas from clinics around the country that you can use with your team • Easy to use drills and fun activities to keep your players motivated, engaged and work on their conditioning • Tried and tested plays - from some of the best coaches in the game • Your free copy of Transition Drills, but only until midnight tonight. Subscribe now ‘Take It’ Teaches Toughness

‘Take It’ Teaches Toughness

From Basketball Coach Weekly   Post players get used to aggressively taking the ball away from an opponent, getting in proper position and scoring against contact in this competitive drill.   Why use it   Post players always aren’t going to receive a perfect entry pass on the block. The game requires them to track […]

Keeping It 100

Keeping It 100

From Basketball Coach Weekly   The goal is to score 100 points between the two players in 6 minutes with shooting from the free-throw line, as well as the wing and baseline on both sides of the floor.   Why use it   The best shooting drills get a lot of game-like shots at the […]

‘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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]