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.

Carve The Defense With ‘Slice’

in Basketball plays, Offense drills, Uncategorized

This popular play requires several movements, screens, handoffs and passes to set up a passer outside the arc throwing a leading pass to a player cutting to the hoop. Why use it The constant movement in this play forces the defense to cover a lot of areas and eventually breaks down after multiple screens and... MORE

The Mile...In 56 Speed-Dribble Segments

The Mile…In 56 Speed-Dribble Segments

in Strength & conditioning

Jogging a mile either in multiple laps around the gym or outside on the track doesn’t simulate game conditions — use the ‘Basketball Mile’ to build endurance the right way.   Why use it   So much time is wasted and lost on half-speed, long-distance running in an effort to build conditioning in basketball players.... MORE

Cover The Court With ‘40 In 3 Drill’

Cover The Court With ‘40 In 3 Drill’

in Shooting drills

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 with any... MORE

‘Last Man Standing’ Tests Toughness

‘Last Man Standing’ Tests Toughness

in Shooting drills

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 player get fouled... MORE

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 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

in Offense drills

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... MORE

Keeping It 100

Keeping It 100

in Shooting drills

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... MORE

‘Skip Pass Zone’ Moves Ball To Corner

in Passing drills

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... MORE

Work Passing, Pivoting & Closing Out

in Passing drills

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... MORE


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