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.

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... "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

Basketball Strengthening and Conditioning Drills from Alan Stein



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Basketball Drills from Tim Springer



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