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We have discussed the importance of teaching fundamentals. There are many basketball drills that we can use for personal player development. We also need to teach teams skills, and oftentimes the best way to do so is to break those skills down with simple basketball drills.

Below are many basketball drills that you can use to help teach the skills your players and team require. You might have a "core" of selected drills that you use all the time. But you can throw in other drills from time-to-time to teach a specific skill, or just to avoid boredom and spice things up a bit. See "Planning Practices" on how to best use these drills and how to plan a good practice. Also see "Teaching Basketball by Drill Progression".

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Basketball Drills - Ball-Handling and Dribbling Drills

All players should do these drills.
List of Stationary Circle Drills... coaches use/print this list of our standard ball-handling and dribbling circle drills.
Ball-Handling... stationary ball-handling drills, especially important for young players (5 min).
Stationary Dribbling Drills... basic one and two-ball drills (5-10 min), especially important for young players.
2-Ball Dribbling Drills... Coach Krzyzewski's Duke teams do 2-ball dribbling drills nearly every practice.
Tight Chairs Dribbling Drills... dribble-moves, get lots of reps attacking the chairs (5-10 min), a favorite of ours.
Sideline Dribbling Drills... teach dribble moves and get conditioning at the same time (10 min).
Full-Court Dribble Moves Drill... dribble-moves, attacking the chair on the wing (10 min), a favorite of ours.
Dribble Tag Drills... a fun dribbling game for younger kids (5 min).
Video Clips of Ball-Handling and Dribbling Drills... See all the video clips of ball-handling and dribbling drills.

Basketball Drills - Passing Drills

Fast-Break Passing Drills... full-court passing on the move, good conditioning, a favorite of ours (10 min).
Weave Passing Drills... the full-court 3-man weave, full-court weave with 3-point shot option, full-court 5-man weave, and half-court weave with shooting/close-out (5-10 min).
More Full-Court Passing Drills... "Laker" passing and lay-up against pressure, 2-Man speed-dribble and passing drill (10 min).
Basic Half-Court Passing Drills... Rapid fire drills, partner drills, "monkey in the middle", triangle passing drill, drive and dish drill, find the receiver drill, Bennett drill, Coale drill.
Press Break Passing Drill... passing out of the press trap (5-10 min).
Motion Offense Drills... see the "Pass to Wing, Feed the Post Drill", and V-cut and back-cut drills on this page (10 min).

Basketball Drills - Shooting Drills

Team Shooting Drills... several good competitive team shooting drills.
Guard Breakdown Shooting Drills... sixteen (16) breakdown drills for perimeter players.
2-Man Shooting Drills... partner shooting drills, catch and shoot, shot-fake and jump-shot, shot-fake and lay-up, Bird drill, etc.
Lay-up Drills... several good lay-up drills.
Free-Throw Shooting Drills... several free-throw shooting drills.
Coach's Wissel's Free-Throw Drills
Coach Wissel's Hook Shot Drills
Coach Wissel's Basic Lead-Up ShootingDrills
Coach Wissel's Off the Dribble Shooting Drills
Individual Shooting Work-Out

Basketball Drills - Miscellaneous Offensive Drills

Learning the Jump Stop... footwork, jump-stop drills (5 min).
Footwork Drills... footwork drills combining a jump-stop, reverse pivot, V-cut, forward pivot, and triple threat (5 min).
1-on-1 and 2-on-1 Drills... competitive 1-on-1 and 2-on-1 drills (5-10 min).
Screen, Pick Drills... screening drills, pass and screen-away, pick and roll (5-10 min).
Motion Offense Drills... breakdown drills for teaching motion offense (10-15 min).
Dribble-Drive Motion Offense Drills... breakdown drills for teaching the dribble-drive motion offense.
Drive and Kick Drill... drive and kick drills for teaching dribble-drive options.
Guard Breakdown Shooting Drills... fifteen (15) breakdown drills for perimeter players.
Low-Post Breakdown Drills... several low post drills for developing your post players.
Video Clips of Guard and Post Moves... video clips of standard guard and post player moves.
"50-Point" Full-Court Drills... drills used to help teach offense (10 min).
Special Situation Drills... from Coach Sar.

Basketball Drills - Full-Court Transition Offense-Defense Drills

Match-up Press Drills... breakdown drills for teaching the full-court match-up press (15-20 min).
Transition Offense Drills... rebound and outlet, filling the lanes, 2-on-1 and 3-on-2 breaks (10 min).
Full-Court Transition Offense Drills... from Coach Sars, rebound-outlet-break drill, and pepper-runner drill, and also the Piston and Pitch 'n Fire drills (5-10 min).
Weave Passing Drills... the full-court 3-man weave, full-court weave with 3-point shot option, full-court 5-man weave, and half-court weave with shooting/close-out (5-10 min).
2-on-1 Continuous Transition Drill... transition offense-defense, conditioning, passing on the move, 2-on-1 offense-defense.
Michigan State Progressive Transition Drill... transition drill used by Tom Izzo at MSU.
Memphis Transition Drills... competitive transition drills.
Fast-Break Drills (2-on-0,on-1,on-2)... a favorite passing on the move transition drill, 2-on-0, 2-on-1 and 2-on-2 (5-10-min).
5-on-0, 5-Trips Drill... use this drill for teaching the secondary numbered break, or for running plays off the break (5-10-min).
3-on-2, 3-on-3 Transition Drill... 3-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills for both offensive and defensive transition (10 min).
4-on-4 Transition... transitioning from offense to defense, defense to offense (10 min).
4-on-4-on-4 Transition Drill... a favorite full-court 4-man teams drill (10-15 min).
5-on-4 Transition Scramble Drill... a great full-court transition 5-on-4 drill (10-15 min).
11-Man (and 7-Man) Drills... a popular full-court transition drill (10-15 min).
Rebound-Outlet-Break Drill... transition drill getting the fast break going (10-15 min).

Basketball Drills - Defensive Drills

1-on-1 Drills... half-court and full-court (cut and pressure) drills, defending in the open court (5-10 min).
Close-Out Drills... several drills for teaching good defensive close-outs (5-10 min).
Shell Drill... a favorite used for teaching man-to-man principles of deny, helpside, etc (10-min).
Man-to-Man Positioning Drill... teaching man-to-man positioning, on-ball, deny and helpside (5 min).
M2M Defense Breakdown Drills... this has many of the drills that will help you teach team man-to-man defense.
Breakdown Drills for Teaching the 2-3 Zone Defense... how to build a good 2-3 zone defense.
1-on-1 Defensive Drills from Coach Joao Costa... by Coach Joao Costa, on-ball, off-ball, helpside, defending cutters.
Deny, Corner Trap Drill... deny and trap the corner (5 min).
Take the Charge Drill... teach players how to take the charge (5 min).
Z-Drill... teach players defensive footwork, full-court (5-10 min).
3-on-3 Defensive Drill... pick up your defensive intensity with this competitive drill (10 min).

Basketball Drills - Rebounding Drills

Rebounding Box-Out Drills... competitive box-out and rebounding drills.
2-on-2 Drills... competitive 2-on-2 box-out and rebounding drills.
War Drill... a variation of Michigan State's team rebounding drill.
Hustle Drills... loose ball, hustle drills.

Basketball Drills from Ganon Baker

Ganon Baker Basketball Drills... Stance N Step - 4 Cone Drill, Circle Gladiator Drill

Basketball Strengthening and Conditioning Drills from Alan Stein

Basketball Drills from Tim Springer

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Basketball Drills, Basketball Post Drills, Basketball Guard Drills, Basketball Shooting Drills, Basketball Dribbling Drills, Basketball Passing Drills, Basketball Defense Drills

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