Basketball Drills - the best drills used by the best coaches and players

By Dr. James Gels, From the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook
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We use basketball drills to facilitate personal player development, as well as teaching team skills. Below are many time-tested, favorite basketball drills, as well as some newer cutting-edge ones, that you can use to 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 swap 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 "How to Teach Basketball by Drill Progression".

Basketball Drills - Ball-Handling and Dribbling Drills

All players should do these drills.

Basketball Drills - Passing Drills

  • Full-Court 2-Line 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... "Star" passing drill, "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

Basketball Drills - Miscellaneous Offensive Drills

Basketball Drills - Full-Court Transition Offense-Defense Drills

Basketball Drills - Defensive Drills

Basketball Drills - Rebounding Drills

Basketball Drills from Ganon Baker

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Basketball Drills from Tim Springer

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