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Basketball Drills, Selecting and Using Drills

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 teams skills. 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 "How to Teach Basketball by Drill Progression".

Basketball Drills - Ball-Handling and Dribbling Drills

All players should do these drills.

folder icon List of Stationary Circle Drills... coaches use/print this list of our standard ball-handling and dribbling circle drills.

folder icon Ball-Handling... stationary ball-handling drills, especially important for young players (5 min).

folder icon Stationary Dribbling Drills... basic one and two-ball drills (5-10 min), especially important for young players.

folder icon 2-Ball Dribbling Drills... Coach Krzyzewski's Duke teams do 2-ball dribbling drills nearly every practice.

folder icon Tight Chairs Dribbling Drills... dribble-moves, get lots of reps attacking the chairs (5-10 min), a favorite of ours.

folder icon Sideline Dribbling Drills... teach dribble moves and get conditioning at the same time (10 min).

folder icon Full-Court Dribble Moves Drill... dribble-moves, attacking the chair on the wing (10 min), a favorite of ours.

folder icon Dribble Tag Drills... a fun dribbling game for younger kids (5 min).

folder icon Video Clips of Ball-Handling and Dribbling Drills... See all the video clips of ball-handling and dribbling drills.

Basketball Drills - Passing Drills

folder icon Fast-Break Passing Drills... full-court passing on the move, good conditioning, a favorite of ours (10 min).

folder icon 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).

folder icon More Full-Court Passing Drills... "Star" passing drill, "Laker" passing and lay-up against pressure, 2-Man speed-dribble and passing drill (10 min).

folder icon 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.

folder icon Press Break Passing Drill... passing out of the press trap (5-10 min).

folder icon 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

folder icon Team Shooting Drills... several good competitive team shooting drills.

folder icon Guard Breakdown Shooting Drills... sixteen (16) breakdown drills for perimeter players.

folder icon Bill Self's Shooting Drills (video)... videos of Coach Self's favorite drills using the Shoot-A-Way Gun.

folder icon Tom Izzo's Shooting Drills (video)... videos of some of Coach Izzo's favorite shooting drills.

folder icon John Beilein's Gun Shooting Drills (video)... videos from Coach John Beilein.

folder icon Muffet McGraw's Princeton Shooting Drills (video)... videos of Coach McGraw's Princeton shooting drills.

folder icon Jim Boeheim's Gun Shooting Drills (video)... videos from Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim.

folder icon Sherri Coale's Shooting Drills (video)... 8 drills from Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale.

folder icon Bob Huggins' Shooting Drills (video) - from West Virginia University Coach Bob Huggins.

folder icon 2-Man Shooting Drills... partner shooting drills, catch and shoot, shot-fake and jump-shot, shot-fake and lay-up, Bird drill, etc.

folder icon Lay-up Drills... several good lay-up drills.

folder icon Auriemma Dribble-Pass-Layup Drill... with video from Geno Auriemma.

folder icon Free-Throw Shooting Drills... several free-throw shooting drills.

folder icon Coach's Wissel's Free-Throw Drills

folder icon Coach Wissel's Hook Shot Drills

folder icon Coach Wissel's Basic Lead-Up ShootingDrills

folder icon Coach Wissel's Off the Dribble Shooting Drills

folder icon Individual Shooting Work-Out

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Basketball Drills - Miscellaneous Offensive Drills

folder icon Partner Drills... offense and defense fundamentals.

folder icon 5-on-5 Scrimmage with a Purpose Drills... scrimmage with specific goals in mind.

folder icon Learning the Jump Stop... footwork, jump-stop drills (5 min).

folder icon Footwork Drills... footwork drills combining a jump-stop, reverse pivot, V-cut, forward pivot, and triple threat (5 min).

folder icon Footwork Progression Drills... from Ari Fisher.

folder icon 1-on-1 and 2-on-1 Drills... competitive 1-on-1 and 2-on-1 drills (5-10 min).

folder icon Screen, Pick Drills... screening drills, pass and screen-away, pick and roll (5-10 min).

folder icon Motion Offense Drills... breakdown drills for teaching motion offense (10-15 min).

folder icon Motion Offense (Blocker Mover) Screening Drills - breakdown drills for motion offenses and the blocker-mover offense.

folder icon Pick and Roll Drills... set of drills from Jamie Dixon.

folder icon Mavs Drill... for teaching post rotation on guard dribble-penetration.

folder icon Read and React Offense Breakdown Drills... breakdown drills for teaching the Read and React offense.

folder icon Dribble-Drive Motion Offense Drills... breakdown drills for teaching the dribble-drive motion offense.

folder icon "One More" Passing/Shooting Drills... get your players to share the ball.

folder icon Drive and Kick Drill... drive and kick drills for teaching dribble-drive options.

folder icon 2-3 Zone Offense Drills - breakdown drills for attacking the 2-3 zone defense.

folder icon Guard Breakdown Shooting Drills... fifteen (15) breakdown drills for perimeter players.

folder icon Low-Post Breakdown Drills... several low post drills for developing your post players.

folder icon Video Clips of Guard and Post Moves... video clips of standard guard and post player moves.

folder icon "50-Point" Full-Court Drills... drills used to help teach offense (10 min).

folder icon Special Situation Drills... from Coach Sar.

Basketball Drills - Full-Court Transition Offense-Defense Drills

folder icon Match-up Press Drills... breakdown drills for teaching the full-court match-up press (15-20 min).

folder icon Press Inbounds Deny Drills... how to force turnovers from Tyler Whitcomb..

folder icon Transition Offense Drills... rebound and outlet, filling the lanes, 2-on-1 and 3-on-2 breaks (10 min).

folder icon Full-Court Transition Offense Drills... Fred Hoiberg's speed drill, Coach Sars rebound-outlet-break drill, and pepper-runner drill, and also the Piston and Pitch 'n Fire drills (5-10 min).

folder icon 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).

folder icon 2-on-1 Continuous Transition Drill... transition offense-defense, conditioning, passing on the move, 2-on-1 offense-defense.

folder icon 4-Second Box Transition Drill... from Butler Coach Lavall Jordan.

folder icon Michigan State Progressive Transition Drill... transition drill used by Tom Izzo at MSU.

folder icon Memphis Transition Drills... competitive transition drills.

folder icon 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).

folder icon Auriemma 3-on-0 Transition Drill... from Coach Geno Auriemma.

folder icon 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).

folder icon 3-on-2, 3-on-3 Transition Drill... 3-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills for both offensive and defensive transition (10 min).

folder icon 4-on-4 Transition... transitioning from offense to defense, defense to offense (10 min).

folder icon 4-on-4-on-4 Transition Drill... a favorite full-court 4-man teams drill (10-15 min).

folder icon 5-on-4 Transition Scramble Drill... a great full-court transition 5-on-4 drill (10-15 min).

folder icon 5-on-3 Transition Defense Drill... from Greg McDermott (Creighton).

folder icon 11-Man (and 7-Man) Drills... a popular full-court transition drill (10-15 min).

folder icon Rebound-Outlet-Break Drill... transition drill getting the fast break going (10-15 min).


Basketball Drills - Defensive Drills

folder icon 1-on-1 Drills... half-court and full-court (cut and pressure) drills, defending in the open court (5-10 min).

folder icon Defensive Close-Outs and Drills... several drills for teaching good defensive close-outs (5-10 min).

folder icon Shell Drill... a favorite used for teaching man-to-man principles of deny, helpside, etc (10-min).

folder icon Man-to-Man Positioning Drill... teaching man-to-man positioning, on-ball, deny and helpside (5 min).

folder icon M2M Defense Breakdown Drills... this has many of the drills that will help you teach team man-to-man defense.

folder icon Xavier Competitive Toughness Drills... drills used by coach Chris Mack.

folder icon Bob Huggins 4-on-4 plus 1 Defensive Drill... teach defenders how to rotate quickly when at a numbers disadvantage.

folder icon Breakdown Drills for Teaching the Pack Line Defense... how to teach the pack line defense.

folder icon Breakdown Drills for Teaching the 2-3 Zone Defense... how to build a good 2-3 zone defense.

folder icon 1-on-1 Defensive Drills from Coach Joao Costa... by Coach Joao Costa, on-ball, off-ball, helpside, defending cutters.

folder icon Defending the Ball-Screen Drill... video by Coach Tom Izzo, defending the pick and roll.

folder icon Deny, Corner Trap Drill... deny and trap the corner (5 min).

folder icon Trapping Drills... learn to trap and back-tip.

folder icon Take the Charge Drill... teach players how to take the charge (5 min).

folder icon Z-Drill and Lane Slides... teaches players defensive footwork, conditioning (5-10 min).

folder icon 3-on-3 Competitive Defensive Drill... pick up your defensive intensity with this competitive drill (10 min).

Basketball Drills - Rebounding Drills

folder icon Rebounding Box-Out Drills... competitive box-out and rebounding drills.

folder icon 2-on-2 Drills... competitive 2-on-2 box-out and rebounding drills.

folder icon War Drill... a variation of Michigan State's team rebounding drill.

folder icon Hustle, Loose Ball Drills... loose ball, hustle drills.

Basketball Drills from Ganon Baker

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

Basketball Strengthening and Conditioning Drills from Alan Stein

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Basketball Drills from Tim Springer

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