Proven, easy to use basketball drills, practice plans, coaching tips and advice for youth coaches

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Play like Kansas - Create a wide-open shot from the corner

Play like Kansas – Create a wide-open shot from the corner

The point guard starts by coming off a ball screen, throws an entry pass and relocates to the corner to receive a pass for an open 3-pointer off dribble penetration from the wing. Why use it This is from Bill Self’s playbook at Kansas. It uses a pair of ball screens and dribble penetration to […]

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 […]

2 Low Double Screens Set Up Shot

2 Low Double Screens Set Up Shot

From John Calipari, head coach University of Kentucky Your shooter covers a lot of ground and ends up almost where he/she started but is wide open for a perfect catch-and-shoot opportunity from behind the arc. Why use it Watch any team on film and you see them run a shooter off a couple backside screens […]

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 […]

Go 94 feet in 8 seconds

Go 94 feet in 8 seconds

The Iowa Hawkeyes ran this set trailing by 1 point to in-state rival Iowa State to set up a perfect, open 3-pointer opportunity after inbounding from the opposite baseline. Why use it Trailing then-No. 4 Iowa State, 83-82, Iowa had 94 feet to cover in eight seconds. The Hawkeyes ran this beautifully designed play, which […]

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 […]