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.

Scramble Drill to build teamwork and skills

Scramble Drill to build teamwork and skills

From Kelly Graves, the head women’s coach at the University of Oregon The pressure is on as players must make accurate passes, secure their catches, sprint to the next spot and eventually score at the rim without the ball touching the ground Why use it The Scramble Drill shows your players why delivering the ball […]

2-player hustle shooting drill

2-player hustle shooting drill

From Taylor Jannsen, player development coach Milwaukee, Wisconsin This competitive drill forces shooters to sprint and move after every shot, grab the ball, gain composure and take a good shot for 2 straight minutes. Why use it Once again, you want intensity in players’ offseason workouts. It’s great to have players head to the gym […]

"Go Drill" works strength, ball protection

“Go Drill” works strength, ball protection

  From Jared Curtiss, West Linn High, Oregon Give your post players extra reps in establishing position, beating double teams, attacking the middle and scoring in the lane. Why use it To help forwards and centers build their post skills, this drill simulates the speed of how a defense double-teams and what is required to […]

2-player competitive drill

2-player competitive drill

From Taylor Jannsen, player development coach in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Each player makes 75 shots total from 5 different spots in this drill – the competition portion comes down to who does it first! Why use it In the offseason, you want players taking a lot of game-like shots. This drill ensures each player makes 75 […]

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 […]