BASKET-BALL Physiological features of playing basket-ball. Basketball-player warming-up and methods of...


Physiological features of playing basket-ball. Basketball-player warming-up and methods of its conducting. Ball’s passing and catching Technique. Dribbling technique on the run and with the change of direction.

Basket-ball as a mean of physical training is characterized by high dynamism of the game, which promotes development of all qualitative sides of motion activity, improvement of aerobic and anaerobic productivity: in fact during the game sportsmen cover the distance of about 4000 meters, make about 500 leg motions and 150 hand motions playing in defense, 260 trunk inclinations, 300 turns, 90 jumps. Pulse frequency reaches 150 to 220 shots a minute, external work of heart grows 4 times, heart’s volume index 6 times.

Training activity of basketball-players is closely connected with the necessity of making instant decisions to solve playing tasks. It needs high mobility of neural processes, necessary not only for rapid change of motions’ structure and rate, but for improving respiratory and blood circulation apparatus. That is why doing basketball develop sensory systems, visual and auditory systems in particular, positively influencing vestibular apparatus. Typical techniques of conducting the game, carried out in different situations and variants, provide permanent growth of creative capabilities and new motion patterns.

Sanitary effect of a basketball lies, in the first turn, in active enlargement of motional and coordination skills, adroitness, accuracy, as well as speed and strength qualities, and also general and special endurance. High intensity of muscle activity causes desudation, promotes body purification, and develops an adequate reaction for rapid change of situation. Considerable physical and psychical load of different kinds strengthen central nervous system, promote constance of attention, develop motor memory. Thus, playing basketball is a certain model of man’s public life, which helps to prepare for independent activity better.

Besides, individual trainings enable us to turn away from permanent problems, find peace of mind, get rid of stress, and renew the ordinary manner of conduct, ordinary way of life.

Any training begins with a warming-up. With the help of warming-up one trains muscles, chords, joints, cardio-vascular and respiratory systems for doing basic exercises and endure physical load. But the greatest importance of warming-up is that it helps to prevent traumatism.

As a rule warming-up of a basketball-player consists of two parts: doing exercises with and without a ball. Warming-up lasts 15-20 minutes on the average. It starts from 5-7 minutes jogging, during which energetic circular hand motions are made. Then several simple exercises that involve all muscular groups and joints are made. Hands jerks in front of breast and strokes with straight hands sideways, squats, springy inclinations forward and sideways, circular motions with feet and shin joints, jumping up on right, left and both feet are made. All these exercises prepare basketball-player for the basic part of training.

In the second part of warming-up several ball juggling exercises on developing so-called “sense of ball” and adroitness should be included.

2. Models of exercises on general development:

1. Stand upright, left arm up, and right arm down.

      1-2 – two resilient movements of arms backwards, 

      3-4 – do the same but with the change of arms position.

2. Stand upright, arms sideward. Gyrations of hands forward and backward.

3. Stand upright, arms bent before breast.

      1-2 two resilient movements of hands backward.

      3-4 resilient movement of straight hands sideward.

4. Stand upright, hands behind the head, feet on the shoulders’ width.

1-2 – two resilient left bents.

3-4 – two resilient right bents.

5. While standing, arms behind the head, feet on the width of shoulders.

1-2 – two resilient bents forward.

3-4 – two resilient bents backward.

6. Stand upright, hands on hips.

1-3 – three squats

4 – starting position.

7. Stand upright, feet on the shoulders width. Touch tiptoes with your palms.

8. Forward lunge with the left leg, hands on knees.

1-3 – three resilient squats.

4 – Change your feet position in a hop.

9.      Sit down on your left leg, right leg aside.

1-3 three resilient squats,

4 – Transfer your bodyweight on an opposite leg.

10.   Stand upright, hands forward and then bit aside.

1 –Touch your left arm with the right foot.

2 – Starting position.

3 – Touch your right arm with the left foot.

4 – Starting position.


Special exercises of basketball-player

1.         While sitting, do a roll back and touch the floor with your feet behind the head. Rest your hands against the floor. Stand up strait and lean forward touching tiptoes with your fingers.

2.         Have a squat, stretch out your legs by turns as quick as possible.

3.         With legs bent move by attached steps to different sides.

4.         High-lifted thighs run.

5.         Running with flinging back of cruses.

6.         Ball twisting on an index or middle finger.

7.         A ball-pinging from right to left hand and back with gradual raising and lowering of stretched hands and rhythm change, with the ball’s speed and distance increase.

8.         Move a ball round the waist and round the head alternately. Depending on the level of mastering change direction and increase speed.

9.         Place your feet a little bit wider than the shoulders width and bend your legs in knees. Move a ball from one hand to another escribe figure “8” between legs. Feeling confidence, change direction of ball movement trying not to look at it.

10.     While walking on the spot move a ball under a leg and than make a step forward.

11.     Being in starting position hold a ball between legs with right hand in front and left hand behind your legs. Quickly change the hands position, not to let a ball fall down on the floor. While doing this exercise try not to look at a ball.

12.     Raise a ball above the head, lower it behind the head and then start lifting it back to the starting position.

13.     Toss a ball by motion of your right hand (a ball shot imitation). Do the same with your left hand.

14.     Hold a ball with your both hands behind the back at hips level. Toss up a ball over your head and catch it with both hands of in front of you. The exercise is done on the spot and in motion.

15.     While standing in a parallel stance toss a ball with your right hand over left shoulder and catch it in front with your right hand. Try to do the same exercise with your left hand.


Individual Basketball Warm-up Drills

Basketball Warm-up Drill #1) Warm-up Jog

Jog slowly around the gym for about five minutes just to get your temperature up a bit. You want to get to the point where you're breaking a slight sweat.

Basketball Warm-up Drill #2) Pointed Toes

Walk on your heels with your toes pointed upward while you keep the front muscle of your shin tight. Walk about 10 yards at a comfortable pace about 4 times. This drill will help to loosen up your shin muscles.

Basketball Warm-up Drill #3) Skip

Skipping drills help you develop the bouncing skills you need to get your feet up and off the ground quickly. An important basketball skill, don't you think? Invest about 3-4 minutes on skipping.

Basketball Warm-up Drill #4) Side Step

The fundamentals behind this will be similar to the defensive sliding drill. The difference here is, as you slide, swing your arms across your body. It's OK to bring your feet close together as you slide, but don't let them cross.

Basketball Warm-up Drill #5) Back Kick

Kick your feet up high toward your back as you move backward at a slow, comfortable pace.


Group Basketball Warm-up Drills

At the start of the season, keep the drills on the easier and simpler side and then, as the season progresses, increase the difficulty.

Be sure to vary the drills you use on a daily basis. Don't spend too much time on any one drill for the same reason.

As you may well know, some drills isolate one fundamental for the players to work. But the majority of drills will work on more than one fundamental at a time - you'll find passing, receiving and dribbling in almost every drill out there. The point here is not to let players neglect any fundamental just because a drill is emphasizing another one.

Basketball Warm-up Drill #6) Running

Have the team:

- Run the length of the floor and back with their arms rotating. Be sure they keep each joint loose and relaxed.

- Quick change-of-pace and direction up the floor and then back. Also do inside turns, alternate foot hopping, backward running and defensive sliding up and back.

- From one side of the court and then back, do reverses without the ball and then reverse drives with and without the ball.

Basketball Warm-up Drill #7) Dribbling

- Control dribbling, speed dribbling and then control dribbling with a defensive slider all up the floor and back again.

Basketball Warm-up Drill #8) Pivots

Start with three players in line. Have the first player dribble a few hard dribbles, stop quickly, turn and pass to the next player in line. The passing player charges the players receiving the pass and then goes to the end of the line. The receiver now does the drill.

Basketball Warm-up Drill #9) Passing

- Have your team perform the "Diagonal Inside Circle", "Circle Around" and "Moving Circle" drills.


Basketball Warm-up Drill #10) Jumping

- Imaginary jump ball. Have each player get into a jump ball stance. When the coach throws an imaginary jump ball up, the players time their jumps to tip the imaginary ball. Then have the players get into rebounding position (hands up above shoulders) and do the same drill practicing rebounding.

- Set-up three players to one side of basket and two on the other side. Have players rebound the ball back and forth across the board above the basket.

- Position players in a straight line in front of the basket. The first player bounces the ball high off the board for the second player to rebound high. Keep this drill going continuously with each player going to the end of the line after rebounding.

Basketball Warm-up Drill #11) Defensive Sliding

On coach's signal, have team make a defensive slide and then stop on coach's signal. Coach keeps prompting players to start and stop their defensive sliding to different positions on the floor

Basketball Warm-up Drill #12) Loose Ball

Position players in a straight line in front of the basket. Roll the ball out to the first player, have them pick it up and go in for a lay-up.


Individual Basketball Shooting Drills

1) One Hand

This basketball shooting drill forces you to shoot straight because you won't have the non-shooting hand steadying the ball. Hold ball comfortably in shooting hand with non-shooting hand held behind your back. In the beginning, try standing either right in front or to the side of basket about 5 feet back.

Once you can make the close shots consistently and your shots are under control, start moving back a step at a time. No matter your level, don't move back farther until you can shoot consistently with good form to your shots.

Variation - Still use the one hand like above, but now you're sitting in a chair. This really forces you to use proper technique. If you don't follow through with good arm extension and the proper snap of the wrist, your shot will stray or struggle to reach the rim.

2) Three In A Row

Just like it sounds! Pick a spot to practice from and don't move to the next spot until you've nailed "3 in a row".

Variations - Instead of just practicing a stationary jumper, practice shooting shots off a dribble... Put in shot fakes... Pass to yourself to simulate shooting off a pass.

Just like we've mentioned earlier, focus on shots you'll take in a game.

3) Flat On Yo' Back -good beginner basketball shooting drill

For this basketball shooting drill, while lying flat on your back, practice shooting the ball straight up into the air above you. The objective is to extend your arm straight up and snap your wrist in the downward wave. Make sure the ball comes straight back at you. Check your non-shooting hand if the ball moves to the side.

4) Nothing But Net

Start under the basket but to the side. Practice hitting 3 shots in a row that hit nothing but net. From the 2 sides, use bank shots. As you move out toward the foul line, picking your spots, stop using bank shots but keep hitting 3 "swishes" in a row.

5) Spot Shooting

For this basketball shooting drill, you'll pick 5 - 7 spots around the foul line and won't move until you hit from each spot. Start at the foul line, when you sink that shot, move up halfway to basket and sink that one. Then go to the left elbow (corner of the foul line), middle of foul line, right elbow.

If you want a longer progression, try using the spots located on the sides of the lane halfway between the foul line and end line. This will give you 7 shots instead of 5. Remember, don't move from any spot 'til you make the shot!


Basketball Shooting Drills With Partner

1) Ten Shots

Designate one player the shooter and the other the rebounder and passer. The shooter takes 10 shots in a row while the other player rebounds and passes back.

After the 10 shots, switch positions. Use your shot fakes and shoot off dribbles (keep the shots within your range and take game shots).

2) Shoot 'Til You Miss

This basketball shooting drill works the same as the "Ten Shots" drill except that the players don't switch positions until the shooter misses.

3) Partner Spot Shooting

Position one player under the basket as the rebounder. The shooter starts in the corner and takes 5 shots and the rebounder passes the ball back after each shot.

Put beginners near the end line about 10-12 feet from the hoop, intermediate players 12-15 feet and high schoolers 15-18 feet from the basket.

After the 5 corner shots, the shooter will move to a spot halfway between the corner and foul line (keeping same distance from the basket). Again, the shooter takes 5 shots and then moves to a new spot. Next is the foul line, then halfway between foul line & opposite corner and then the opposite corner. At each spot, take 5 shots, then rotate back around until the shooter ends up at the original starting point. Now shooter and rebounder switch positions and do it again. This will result in 50 shots for each player. Move quickly but focus in on proper form and fundamentals.


Team Basketball Shooting Drills

1) Shoot Under Pressure

We need 3 players for this basketball shooting drill. One player starts the drill under the basket and passes to the shooter. The passer then rushes at the shooter with a blocking hand up (don't actually make the block, just put pressure on the shooter). The shooter must be able to focus and shoot over the outstretched hand. The shooter runs down the rebound, passes to the 3rd player and rushes him as the defender.

2) Two Ball Shooting

Two balls and three players (shooter, passer, rebounder) needed. Two designated shooting spots are picked. The shooter will move back & forth between these 2 spots and take 10 shots. One player rebounds, throws to the passer and the passer throws over to the shooter. The players rotate positions after the 10 shots. To get competitive, the shooters can keep track of who hits the most shots during this basketball shooting drill.


Individual Basketball Shooting Drills (Games)

1) Game Winning Free Throws

Imagine that your team is trailing by one point, time has expired and you are in a "one-and-one" free throw situation. Make both and you win! If you miss the 1st free throw, run the length of the court four times. If you make the 1st but miss the 2nd free throw, run the court twice.

2) Beat Michael Jordan

Try to beat an imaginary Michael in this basketball shooting drill. Start at the foul line. If you make it, give yourself a point. If you miss, give Michael 3 points. Then shoot jumpers from various spots on the floor. Give yourself a point for each successful shot and Jordan 2 points for each miss. The first one to 11 points wins. Can you beat Michael Jordan?


Group Basketball Shooting Drills (Games)

1) 21

Three players are best for this basketball shooting drill. Two players are under the basket in position for rebounds. The third player starts the game at the foul line and attempts up to 3 free throws. Each shot = 1 point.

If all 3 free throws are made, that player takes the ball near the top of key, drives on the other two players and tries to score however possible (lay-up, hook, field goal). The other two players defend and try to stop the shot.

If the shot is made (it = 2 points), that player goes back to foul line and tries up to 3 more free throws again.

If at any time (beginning of game or after a successful field goal), a free throw is missed, the ball is live and anyone can get the rebound. Whoever gets the rebound has to make a shot to earn the right to go to the foul line for the 3 free throw attempts.

The first player to 21 points wins.

Variation - Players take turns attempting a perimeter shot, grabbing the rebound and then putting up a lay-up. Perimeter shots get 2 points and lay-ups = 1 point. Again, first player to 21 wins.

You can spice things up by stipulating that the game can't be won with a lay-up. So after reaching 19 or 20 points, a perimeter shot needs to be made to win the game.

2) 33

This is a three-point shot game. Have players take turns trying 3-point shots from different spots all over the floor. Whoever gets to 33 (11 hoops)points first wins.

3) Free Throw Game

For this basketball shooting drill, points are rewarded as follows: minus 2 points for a missed shot, one point for a successful shot that touches rim and two points for a "nothing but net" shot. Players take turns shooting free throws and whoever gets 15 points first, wins.

4) Horse

This game can be played with 2 or more players and is probably the most popular basketball shooting drill alive.

Whoever is chosen as player A begins the game by taking a shot from anywhere on the floor. If player A is successful, then everyone else must make the same shot. Anyone who misses gets the letter "H". Player A now gets to try establishing a shot from a different area on the court and keeps this right until missing.

If player A's shot had missed, player B tries from anywhere on the court. If player B makes a 15 footer, everyone else needs to make that same 15 footer or else receive the next letter in "horse".

If player B misses, player C then gets to try any shot they would like to. This process keeps going until someone gets all five letters (horse). The last player standing without all 5 letters, wins.

By the way, if it's your turn to "establish" a shot and you miss, you do not get penalized with a letter. You only get a letter if you miss after another player has "established" a shot.

If you'd like a shorter version of this basketball shooting drill, you can always pick a shorter word.

5) Knockout

Four or five players are best for this game, although the basketball shooting drill will work with any number of competitors.

This game is based on getting to 21 points. A 3-pointer is worth 3 points, a regular 2-pointer is worth 2 points and a free throw is worth 1 point. Just like the game of Horse, a player establishes a shot from anywhere on the floor and then all other players must try to make the same shot.

The point of this game is to get 21 points as quickly as you can. As players reach 21 points, they leave the game and the last player to left standing the loser.

6) Seven-Up

You'll need at least 4 for this basketball shooting drill. The players form a single-file line at a pre-determined perimeter shooting spot. Player A attempts the shot. If the shot is good, player B must make it or else they receive 1 point. If player B makes it, player C must also hit the shot or else receive 2 points.

Basically, if you miss, you receive points equal to however many consecutive shots were made before you. If you reach 7 points, you have to leave the game. The last player left standing in this basketball shooting drill wins.

7) Around the World

This basketball shooting drill is a fun game. Players shoot from 5 designated spots on the floor: right corner, right wing, top of the circle, left wing and left corner. You must make your shot before you can move on. If you miss, you have two options. You can stay and try again or wait for your next turn. If, however, you take the shot right away and miss, you have to go back to the starting point. The winner is the one who can make it to the opposite corner and than all the way back to the starting corner -"Around the World"

Variation - This version of the game uses seven basketball shooting drill spots: just to right of basket on the lane, midway up to foul line, corner of foul line, middle of foul line, opposite corner of foul line, midway down opposite side of lane and then just to left of basket on the lane.


Great Ball Handling Tips

Here you'll find some great ball handling tips. For any player, developing good dribbling skills is a key factor in developing their game.

For taller players, developing good dribbling skills can make all the difference in the world. It can mean the difference between becoming a great player and just being so-so (and who wants to be just an average player, right?). For the smaller players, good ball handling ability is the key to getting around the big players and getting into scoring opportunities.

Basically, everyone needs to develop ball handling skills. It helps set up an offense, get through and around the defense and definitely helps make the fast break work properly.


Ball Handling Tips

1) Control the ball with your fingers, not your palm. Keep your fingers spread comfortably.

2) Learn to dribble without needing to look at the ball.

3) Be sure there is a purpose to your dribbling. Useless and excessive dribbling can hurt the team.

4) Bend slightly and keep your knees bent a little.

5) As a general rule, you should stay away from the corners and sidelines when performing as a dribbler.

6) Try to keep the ball from going above the waist.

7) Keep your head up and stay alert to what's happening on the court, not what's happening at your feet.

8) Get good at dribbling with both hands. The best players have mastered this. You can, too.

9) Be sure to keep the ball close to your body and under control.

10) You should end every single dribble with a successful pass to a teammate or a shot attempt.

11) If you're being guarded closely or cutting to the hoop, you want to keep the ball from bouncing past your knees. Keep everything under control.


Stationary Ball Handling Drills

1) Tap Drill

Extend your hands over your head and tap the ball quickly between your fingertips. Work your way down to the floor and then back up over your head.

2) Neck Circles

Move the ball around your neck in a circular motion.

3) Waist Circles

Move the ball as quickly as you can around your waist.

4) Leg Circles

Move the ball around your right knee as you stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Then do the same around your left knee. You can also do this ball handling drill with your feet positioned close together and moving the ball around both legs.

5) Waist/Leg Circle Combo

Combine the 2 previous ball handling drills into one. Stand with your legs together. Start at your ankles and work the ball around your legs. Then move up to your knees, then waist and then back down to your ankles again. Work on gaining a quick, fluid motion up and down.

6) Wall Drill

Hold the ball above your head with both hands standing about three feet from a wall. Bounce the ball off the wall 10 times with your right hand and then 10 times with your left hand using the top, padded areas of your fingers. This may be a bit difficult when you first try, but it will help you develop the proper feel for the ball.

7) Ricochet

While standing straight up with your feet spread apart, bounce the ball hard between your legs and then catch it behind you with both hands.

8) Pretzel

Put one hand on the ball in front of your legs and one hand on the ball behind your legs while standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Drop the ball and reverse the position of your hands. Try doing this ball handling drill continuously as quickly as possible.

9) Run in Place

Bend over while running in place. Move the ball behind your right leg with the right hand and then behind your left leg with the left hand. Keep doing this while being sure to keep your feet in a straight line.

10) Straddle Flip

Hold the ball with both hands in front of your legs while standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Drop the ball, swing your hands to the back of your legs and catch the ball before it can reach the floor. Then drop the ball once more, swing your hands to the front and catch it there. Repeat this ball handling drill over and over as quickly as you can.

11) Figure Eight

Stand with your knees about shoulder-width apart and bend over slightly. With the ball in your right hand, pass it between your legs in a figure eight motion to your left hand. Swing the ball to the front and then pass it from your left hand back to your right hand through your legs. As with all ball handling drills, start slowly and increase your speed as you get more comfortable.


Stationary Ball Handling Drills

12) Figure Eight

Similar to the Figure Eight ball handling drill above (#11). Stand with your knees about shoulder-width apart and bend over slightly. With the ball in your right hand, dribble it between your legs in a figure eight motion to your left hand. Swing the ball to the front and then dribble it from your left hand back to your right hand in the same figure eight pattern through your legs. Start slowly and increase your speed as you get more comfortable.

13) Bongo Dribble

For this ball handling drill, get on your knees and dribble the ball as fast as you can, alternating your hands as if you were playing a set of bongo drums.

14) Leg Circles

Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Dribble the ball around your right leg using both your right and left hands. Then repeat the same ball handling drill around your left leg.

15) Draw the Picture

Stand in one spot and dribble the ball in a circle, cross, square and different letters of the alphabet. Do this with both your right and left hands.

16) Wall Drill

Bounce the ball as quickly as possible up and down a wall. Start as high as you can comfortably reach, work down to the floor and then back up again using your right hand and then your left.

17) Seesaw

Position yourself in a wide stance and bounce the ball behind your legs back and forth between your left and right hands.

18) 360 Degree Dribble

Dribble in a circle using your right foot as the pivot foot. Dribble with your right hand making both front and reverse pivots and then do the same using your left hand for the dribble. Repeat this ball handling drill using your left foot as the pivot.

19) Typewriter Dribble

Get on your knees and use one finger at a time to dribble with. Repeat this ball handling drill with all your fingers, even your thumbs.

20) Front and Back

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and dribble the ball back and forth between your legs using the same hand. Then repeat this ball handling drill with your other hand.

21) Dribble Sit-Ups

Lay on your back and begin dribbling the ball by one side. Start doing sit-ups but maintain control of your dribble as you do so. Repeat the drill with your other hand.

22) Figure Eight

Similar to the one ball version (Drill #12) except now you dribble in a figure eight pattern with both balls going in the same direction. After you master that, try another version of this advanced ball handling drill: Dribble in the figure eight pattern with the balls going in opposite directions.

23) "X"

Cross the two balls back and forth in front of you. Variation: Cross the balls behind your back.

24) Leg Circles

Dribble one of the balls around one leg while dribbling the other ball around your other leg. Variation: Dribble the balls in opposite directions around one leg.

25) Control Dribble

Dribble both balls at the same time, making sure they both hit the floor at the same time. Variation: Alternate bounces so one ball is high when the other is low.


Ball Handling Drills On The Move

26) Walking Dribble

Great ball handling drill for beginners because they must first get comfortable while walking up and down the floor. Before starting, pick out a spot on the wall at the opposite end of the court. Dribble toward that spot with your right hand, keep your head up and your eyes on the that spot. On the way back, pick a new spot and use your left hand.

The key here is control. If you can't use both hands to dribble, you won't be effective. After you can do this with control walking, move up to jogging and then running. Develop both hands!

27) Figure Eight

Dribble the ball in the figure eight pattern as you walk down the floor.

28) Reverse Spin

Place a chair in front of the foul line. Pretend the chair is a defender and dribble toward it with your right hand. Plant your left foot as you come to the chair and spin to your right side. Switch the ball to your left hand and go in for a lay-up around the chair (defender). Then practice leading with your left hand, planting with your right foot and spinning to the left side.

29) Suicide Dribble

Start on the baseline, dribble with your right hand to the foul line, turn and dribble back to the baseline with your left hand. Now, dribble with your right hand up to half-court, turn and return to baseline using your left hand. Next, dribble with your right hand to the opposite foul line and return again using your left hand. Finish the ball handling drill by dribbling with your right hand to the opposite baseline and then back with your left hand.

30) Slalom Course (Crossover)

This ball handling drill develops your crossover dribble. Place cones (or chairs, etc) in a straight line about 10 feet apart. Dribble in and out of the cones, always using the hand farthest from the cones (defender). Once you get past the last cone, go back through the obstacle course again.

31) Pull-back, Crossover Drill

Move forward two steps as you are dribbling. Keep your head up as you step two steps back using the pull-back dribble. Then cross the ball over to your opposite hand and repeat the ball handling drill.

32) Stop & Go

Pick a hand and speed dribble from the baseline to the foul line and stop quickly while maintaining your dribble. Speed up to half-court and stop again. Speed to the next foul line and stop quickly. Finish by running to the baseline and stopping quickly once again. Never stop dribbling during the entire ball handling drill. Now do the same thing back down the court using your other hand.

33) Full-Court Dribbling

More advanced version of the Walking Dribble (see Ball Handling Drill #26 above). Start at baseline and dribble the length of the court using one of the following types of dribbles: control, speed, change-of-pace, crossover, spin, behind the back, or between the legs. Work on certain types of dribbles each time you work on this ball handling drill.

34) Dribble-Penetration

You can use any one of the following dribble moves during this ball handling drill: inside-out, behind the back, crossover, change of pace or between the legs. Begin at half-court, dribble hard to the foul line, execute a dribble move and then drive in for a lay-up. Grab the rebound, dribble back to the foul line, execute another dribble move and then dribble back to half-court.


Two-Ball, Ball Handling Drills On The Move

35) Straight Line Dribbling

Dribble the length of the court, bouncing the balls so they hit the floor at the same time. Variation: Dribble the length of the court alternating bounces.

36) Zig-Zag Dribbling

Dribble the length of the court, moving from side to side.


Group Ball Handling Drills

37) One-On-One

For this ball handling drill, have players line up in three or four lines equally spread along one of the baselines. The first player in each line is the defender and the second player in line takes the ball. Staying within a 10-foot lane, the player with the ball tries to dribble upcourt against the defender. The player with the ball is forced to use many of the dribble moves to get upcourt because they are forced to stay within that 10-foot lane. They must also use both hands and focus on keeping their eyes off the floor. When the players reach the other baseline, they switch positions and back down the court.

38) Speed Race

Line up the players in 4 or 5 lines just behind one of the baselines with an equal number in each line. The first player in each line has a ball and on signal they dribble to far end line and then back again. When they return, they pass the ball to the next player in line and that player dribbles up and back, also. The team that gets all players up and down the court fastest, wins. This ball handling drill can be done with the left or right hands only, or with alternate hands.

39) Speed Relay

Split up into 3 teams of 5 players each. Have 3 players from each team lined up at one baseline with the ball and the other two players from each team at the other baseline facing their teammates. The first player with the ball on each team dribbles to the far baseline and passes to a teammate there. That teammate then heads back to the opposite baseline. The first team to end up in their original starting positions, wins this ball handling drill. Drill on the right hand and then the left.

40) Control & Speed Combined

For this ball handling drill, have players line up in 3 lines of 5 at one baseline. Each player has a ball. The first player in each line uses the control dribble with a change of pace and direction until they reach mid-court line. Then they speed dribble to the opposite baseline and wait for the others before repeating drill to the starting baseline. Each player starts the drill when the player in front of them has gotten about 20 feet ahead.

41) Press Breaker

Position 3-5 defenders at various spots down the court. A player with the ball starts dribbling from the baseline while the defenders try to force the offensive player into the corners or "traps". The offensive player must keep their eyes up and work downcourt without picking up the dribble or losing control of the ball during the entire ball handling drill.


Individual Basketball Passing Drills

Basketball Passing Drill #1

Wall Target

Find a wall you can paint or tape at least 3 "X" targets on. Position the targets at different heights. Now stand back about 10 feet back from wall and try to hit the targets with the ball. Practice the two-hand overhead pass, two-hand chest pass and two-hand bounce pass.

Practice this basketball passing drill by throwing at each target 10 times and imagining each "X" as your teammate in game-like situations. Keep moving back 5 feet at a time until you can do the drill from 20 feet. 



Group Basketball Passing Drills

Basketball Passing Drill #1

Diagonal Inside Circle

Position 5 players around each circle on court (at the 2 foul line circles and half-court). Make sure they are evenly spaced and one step back from the circle. Make quick passes diagonally across the circle and use all types of passes.

Basketball Passing Drill #2

Circle Around

Same line up as in #1. Instead of passes being made through the circle, now the players pass around the circle to the person next to them. Each passer can decide to pass in any direction after they receive the ball. Be sure to use a variety of pass types with this basketball passing drill.

Basketball Passing Drill #3

Moving Circle

Same line up as #1. Pass the ball diagonally across the circle (just like drill #1). The difference here is the players are moving around the circle as they make the passes. At any time, the coach can blow the whistle and the players start moving in opposite direction and continue the passes.

Basketball Passing Drill #4

Line Passing

Create two lines at half court (vertical to the half court line) with the first player in each line facing the first player in the other line. Position the 2 lines about 10 feet apart from another.

Player 1 in Line 1 makes a two-handed chest pass to Player 2 in Line 2. As Player 1 runs to the end of Line 2, Player 2 makes a two-handed chest pass to the next player in Line 1. Then Player 2 runs to end of Line 1.

After each player in each line has thrown a pass, move the lines back 10 feet and repeat the drill. Then move back another 10 feet and repeat drill again.

Once these 3 basketball passing drills are done using the chest pass, do the same thing at all 3 distances with the two-handed bounce pass and two-handed overhead pass.

Basketball Passing Drill #5


Split players into groups of three standing 15 feet apart and forming a triangle. Drill on various types of passes by moving the ball quickly from one player to the other. Change the direction of the passes often. During this basketball passing drill, the coach should let players know when to change to the next pass type and which type to change to.

Basketball Passing Drill #6

Double Moving Circle

Line up six players around the foul or center circle. Then have nine players form a circle about 8 feet outside the first circle. Move the circles in opposite directions with two balls moving from one circle to the other. Both circles should change directions when the coach instructs to do so.

Basketball Passing Drill #7

Three-Man Weave

Spread three lines of players evenly across one end of the court. The middle player (Player 1) passes to the player on the right (Player 2), who crosses over to the center as Player 1 crosses behind Player 2 to the right side. Player 2 passes to the player who started on the left (Player 3) who crosses over to the center in front of Player 2. Player 2 moves over to the left and keeps running downcourt. Player 3 is in the middle and starts the drill all over again as all 3 players keep running downcourt. Don't let the ball hit the ground. As the players reach the end of the court, the last player in the middle shoots a lay-up and then heads back up the left or right side. Repeat the drill going in the opposite direction until the players end where they started. The next three players in line now start the drill again.

Basketball Passing Drill #8

Four Corners Bounce Drill

Use half the court for this basketball passing drill. Place an equal number of players in each corner with the front players in corners 1 & 2 holding a ball. Each player with a ball makes a bounce pass to the line facing them and then moves to the end of the line to the right. The player receiving the pass in each line steps forward to receive and then passes right back to the line opposite them. Since the players need to keep the balls from colliding, this drill works on developing good judgement and fakes.

Basketball Passing Drill #9

Defender in the Middle

Position six players around the foul or center circle about one step back from the circle. One players stands in the middle as a defender. As passes are made across the circle, the defender tries to deflect or intercept. Any passes who has a pass end up incomplete must replace the defender in the middle.

Basketball Passing Drill #10 2

Defenders in the Middle

Same as basketball passing drill #8 except that now the circle gets a little larger and there are two defenders inside it.

Basketball Passing Drill # 11

Fast Break

Form one line under the basket and a second to the right or left of the foul line extending to the sideline. Have the coach or another player take a shot with the first two players in line under the hoop ready for the rebound. Whoever rebounds then throws a two-handed overhead pass to the first player in the line near the foul line and runs behind that player downcourt. The other player should fill the opposite lane. The player dribbling downcourt stops at the foul line and throws a two-handed bounce pass to one of the players on the side for a lay-up. Keep the drill going until all players are at the other end and repeat the drill.

Basketball Passing Drill #12

Step & Pass

Good drill for two players to work on together. One player starts under the basket and the other at the out-of-bounds line at the endline so they're facing each other. The players start to side-step down the court, passing the basketball to one another every couple of steps or so. Work on your bounce pass, over-the-head pass and chest pass. You can also line up the whole team at the two lines and stagger the players down the court and then back again.

Basketball Passing Drill #13

Complete Press

Two players start on offense under the basket. Eight players are on defense: two cover the area from the endline to the foul line extended, two cover the area between the foul line extended and midcourt, two cover between midcourt and the opposite foul line extended and two cover between the opposite foul line extended and the opposite end line.

The two offensive players move the ball up the court with an emphasis on making good passes. The defenders cover their area when the offensive players enter it, then stop defending when the ball leaves their area. The defenders play man and try to double-team when they can.

Basketball Passing Drill #14

Chest Pass

Position Player 1 at midcourt with the ball. Player 2 stands at the midcourt sideline and Player 3 is at the opposite midcourt sideline. Player 1 starts the drill by making a chest pass out to Player 2 at the sideline. Player 2 then passes the basketball back to Player 3 who then dribbles, turns and passes out to Player 3. Continue the drill like this for a couple minutes, then put a new player in the middle. Be sure all passes are chest passes.

Variation - Run the drill with bounce passes and overhead passes.

Basketball Passing Drill #15

Push It Up the Floor

Player 1 starts under the basket and passes out to Player 2 at the top of the key. Player 2 then pushes the ball quickly up the middle of the floor as Player 1 sprints around and past Player 2. As Player 2 reaches the opposite foul line, he calls out "One!" or "Two!".

If "one" is called, Player 1 cuts to the basket to receive a bounce pass and then put in the lay-up. If "two" is called, Player 1 moves out to receive a chest pass and shoots a baseline jumper.

Whichever shot is called, Player 2 moves in for the rebound as Player 1 sets up at the top of the key. Player 2 passes out to Player 1 and the drill repeats with the roles now reversed.

Basketball Passing Drill #16

Chest Pass Wall Drill

This is a one person drill and you'll begin it with two basketballs. Start about 15 feet from a wall and make a chest pass. The ball will come back to you as a bounce pass. As the basketball hits the ground, throw another chest pass at the wall with the 2nd ball. Keep this action going.

If you'd like, you can eventually move up to using three basketballs. You'll get into a rhythm where one ball hits the wall, one hits the floor and one is released by you. For added difficulty, move closer to the wall or even try adding a 4th basketball.

Basketball Passing Drill #17

Beat the Press

Play 5 on 5 but without dribbling. In order to move the ball up the court, you must use passes, mainly chest and bounce passes. Players need to emphasize coming back to the ball, setting up good screens and making good cuts.

Basketball Passing Drill #18

Bad Pass

Position Player 1 at the top of the key with Player 2 in the low post. Have Player 2 make a move toward the basket as Player 1 makes a deliberate bad pass. Player 2 must catch the basketball, gain control and shoot a lay-up or short jumper. Have Player 2 pass back out to Player 1 and repeat. After 5 reps, switch roles.

Variation - Make the bad pass from the low post player out to the player at the top of the key, then practice longer jumpers or even 3-pointers.

Basketball Passing Drill #19

3 on 2 No Dribble Lay-ups

Position two defenders around the top of the key. The rest of the team is set up in three lines at midcourt (one on each wing and one in the middle). The first 3 offensive players attempt to go in for a lay-up but can't dribble. Their penetration must be accomplished with passes only. This will teach the offense to make quick reads and passes.

Basketball Passing Drill #20

Around the Post

Set up a wing and post player on each side of the key (4 total players) and then set up 2 lines at the top of the key (1 line on each side of the court). The first player in each line at the top of the key has a basketball.

The drill starts with the first player in each "top of the key" line passing out to the wing on their side (chest pass). The wings then pass into the post player on their side (lob or bounce pass). The post players then kick it back out to the next player in the "top of the key" line on their side.

The two players who started the drill have now moved out to the wing, the original wing players have moved into the post and the post players run to the end of the "top of the key" lines. Now repeat drill.

Basketball Passing Drill #21

Fast Break Lob

This basketball passing drill will help simulate a lob pass over the defender on a fast break opportunity. Set up two lines at the baseline, one on each side of the hoop. The first player in one line has the ball and starts at the baseline. The first player in the other line starts the drill out at the foul line.

The players begin by running quickly down the court. When the player with the basketball gets to the foul line, he/she should throw a lob pass out to the 2nd player (who is probably at about mid-court). The pass should go up and over the imaginary defender. The 2nd player catches the ball and then goes in for the lay-up. Have the players switch roles going in the other direction. Then the next two players in line repeat the drill.

You can also try adding a defender on the player receiving the pass so the passer really learns how to get the ball up and over the defender.


Basketball Footwork Tips

Basketball Footwork Tip #1


Quality balance skills in the game of basketball are crucial. By keeping your feet shoulder width apart, you'll get the proper support base you need to stay strong against your opponent.

Keep a good bend at the knees and the waist. Keep your head just above the midpoint between both feet. In this position you have the most physical balance possible.

Basketball Footwork Tip #2


Developing great pivot skills will help you explode into effective offensive moves, as well as get away from a pressuring defender. Stay on the ball of your pivot foot and don't allow it to come off the floor until you dribble, shoot, or pass the ball.

In the post, a good move is the drop step. If you have the ball on the low block and the player guarding you is on the high side (closer to the free throw line), make the foot closest to the foul line your pivot foot and take a strong step with the opposite foot directly toward the basket.

This allows you to seal your opponent on your butt behind you.

In general, if your pivot foot moves and you don't dribble, shoot or pass, it's a violation (traveling), and the ball is awarded to the opponent. A reverse or back pivot is when you turn backwards and when you turn forwards it's called a forward or front pivot

There are many reasons to pivot, including to get open and to give yourself an open shot. If you don't get comfortable performing pivots, you'll never be as effective as your potential says you can be.

Basketball Footwork Tip #3

Quick Pivot

We can't emphasize the need to stay on the balls of your feet. This is be helpful when it comes time to make quick pivots or fast cuts. As you make your move, you'll be able to maintain your balance much better by remaining on the balls of your feet.

Since you have to be on the balls of your feet to move anyway, by playing on them, you will make your move more quickly


Basketball Footwork Tip #4

Positive Footwork

Now we're talking about your "free" foot.

Keep your free foot slightly in front of your pivot foot as you're squaring up so you gain the best position to attack your opponent. If you allow your free foot to end up behind your pivot foot, you'll allow your defender an opportunity to apply pressure and "belly up" to you. This gets you on your back foot and retreating from the basket.

Get this right because once you declare your free foot, that's the only foot you can fake or step with.



Individual Basketball Rebounding Drills


Basketball Rebounding Drill #1

Wall Drill

Stand about 5 feet from the wall and hold the ball over your head with both hands. Now throw it against the wall as hard as you can. Everytime it comes back to you, grab it like a rebound. Walk along the wall as you perform this rebounding drill. Once comfortable at 5 feet, move back a step and repeat the drill. Keep moving back as far as possible but not so far that your mechanics break down.

Next, stand about 2 feet from the wall and throw the ball from your chin with two hands. This helps you develop the focus required to rebound with players all around you. You need to concentrate because if you miss the rebound, the ball will hit you in the head.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #2

Power Drill

Throw the ball off the board, set up in a rebounding position with your body wide and strong. Leap up and at the top of your jump, grab the ball with both hands and bring it straight down. Keep the ball up, out and away. You can also practice bringing the ball down and then going back up for the shot.

Group Basketball Rebounding Drills

Basketball Rebounding Drill #3

Tip Drill

Have the players line up in a line above the foul line facing the basket. The first player in line goes to basket and tips the ball off the backboard 5 times. On the fifth tip, the player jumps up and grabs the rebound with both hands, comes down, spins and passes to the next player in the line. Then player throwing the pass moves up and plays defense against the new player with the ball. The offensive player shoots, grabs rebound, does the tip drill, passes to the next player and becomes the defender.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #4

"Go" Drill

Place a ball in the middle of the foul line and position 10 players around the foul line circle - 5 offensive and 5 defensive players. The defensive players are inside closest to the ball. As the coach yells, "Go", the defensive players turn, pivot, make contact with the offensive players and block them out. A defensive player should be able to get to the ball first. Variation on this basketball drill: Have the ten players positioned near the basket and have another player or coach take a shot from about 15 feet. The defensive players turn, pivot, make contact with the offensive players and go for the rebound.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #5

3-on-3 Drill

Form three single-file lines. One at the middle of the foul line and the other two on each side of the lane. The first player in each line starts as the defender with their backs to the basket and facing the second player in each line. These second players are the offensive players. Have a player or coach take a shot. The three defenders turn and box out the offensive players and go for the rebound. After the rebound, the offensive players turn and play defense while the defensive players go to end of the line they started from.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #6

Three Player Figure Eight Drill

Position three players in the low post. Player 1 is right in front of the basket. Player 2 is to the left of Player 1 halfway between the side of the lane and out-of-bounds line. Player 3 is positioned the same as Player 2 but to the right of Player 1. Player 1 bounces the ball high off the board, grabs rebound, passes to Player 2 and takes Player 2's position. Player 2 dribbles to the front of the hoop, bounces the ball high off the board, grabs rebound, passes to Player 3 and takes Player 3's position. Player 3 repeats the same basketball drill and passes to Player 1.



Basketball Rebounding Drill #7

Offensive Basketball Rebounding Drill

Player 1 is positioned in the left low post just outside the lane. Player 2 is in the same position but to the right of the basket. Player 3 is at top of foul line circle with the ball. Player 4 & 5 create a line behind Player 3. Player 3 takes a quick set or jump shot. Players 1, 2 & 3 all keep grabbing rebounds until one of them makes a shot. Then they pass out to 4 (who has replaced 3 at the original starting point). Player 1 goes to the end of the line behind 5, 2 replaces 1 in left low post and Player 3 takes 2's spot in right low post. Keep this basketball rebounding drill going continuously as the players keep rotating positions.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #8

Across the Board

Form a line of players to left of the basket on the lane with starting point about halfway to foul line. Player 1 goes under the basket on the right side and Player 2 stands under the basket on the left side. Player 1 passes the ball high off the backboard to Player 2 who rebounds it high and passes it back to 1 before reaching the floor. They keep this up until each player has rebounded the ball at least five times. Player 1 goes to end of line, Player 2 takes 1's place and Player 3 fills Player 2's place. Players 2 & 3 now do the basketball rebounding drill together.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #9

Check the Shooter

This drill uses six players, three on offense and three on defense. One defender and one offensive player are paired at each wing and the other pair are at the top of the key. They work the ball from various spots on the floor. The defender stays in the normal defensive position on the shooter, but allows the shooter to take a set shot or dribble a bit and then take a jumper, checks the shooter and moves in for the rebound. The players eventual switch positions and do the basketball rebounding drill again.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #10

Offensive Tipper

Form a line at the foul line. Player 1 stands under the basket. Player 2 takes a quick shot from foul line and Player 1 rebounds the shot. Player 2 keeps shooting until missing. Player 1 then passes the ball to the next player in line, moves to the end of the line and Player 2 takes position under the basket. Keep repeating this basketball rebounding drill as the players keep exchanging positions.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #11

Time It Across the Board

Five player basketball drill. Starting positions: Player 1 to the left of and under the basket, Player 2 to the right of and under the basket, Player 3 just behind 2 to the right of the lane, Player 4 just behind 1 to the left of the lane and Player 5 behind 4 to the left of the lane almost to foul line.

Player 1 begins the basketball drill by bouncing the ball high off the board over to Player 2 and then moves over to the end of the 2,3 line. Player 2 times it to rebound the ball at the height of the jump and bounces it back across the board to Player 4 who as replaced Player 1. Keep this up as each player goes to the end of the opposite line after each rebound.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #12

Compete for Ball & Pass

Basketball rebounding drill for four players. Players 1, 2, & 3 are under the basket and fight for the rebound as Player 4 takes shots from various spots on the floor. The two players who don't get the rebound try to tie up the player with the ball and prevent a successful pass back out to Player 4. The first player to grab five rebounds and complete a pass to Player 4 gets to exchange places with 4 and become the shooter.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #13

Hit Glass & Ground

Start this basketball rebounding drill right under the backboard and to the side of the hoop. Hold onto the ball with two hands, jump up and bang the ball on the glass. Keep holding the ball and as you land, bend down and bang the basketball on the ground. Repeat this action quickly over and over. Over time, try to increase your jumping height.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #14

Rebound & Break

Set up four lines. Two lines are at the sideline on each side of the free throw line extended. The other two lines are under the basket. The coach will be the shooter and stands at the foul line.

The first players in each "under the basket" line step out to the foul line to defend the shot. As the coach shoots the basketball, these two players block out and get the rebound. The rebounder then throws an outlet pass to one of the sideline players. The player not getting the rebound gets back to defend the fast break with the other sideline player who didn't get the pass. This gives you a 2 defenders on 1 fast break situation. Now, have each player rotate to the end of the line to their right and repeat the basketball rebounding drill with the next players in line.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #15

Box Out

You can do this basketball rebounding drill at the foul line circle or mid-court circle. Position two players inside the circle with their backs to each other. The other players line up around the circle. On the coach's signal, the two players inside the circle begin to push against one another, trying to get the other player out of the circle.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #16

Pass, Shoot, Box, Block

This basketball rebounding drill takes four players, a passer, a shooter and 2 rebounders. The passer stands on one side of the foul line while the shooter is on the other side of the foul line. The 2 rebounders are under the basket.

Start the drill by having the passer pass to the shooter. The shooter should shoot without dribbling, but can dribble once only if they want. The two rebounders fight for the ball. Whoever gets it kicks the ball back to the passer, who then passes to the shooter for another shot. Whichever rebounder didn't get the ball should come out to defend the shot, then get back for the rebound. After ten shots, rotate and do the basketball drill again until.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #17

Circle Box Out

Variation of Basketball Rebounding Drill #15. Position two players on the mid-court circle line (or foul line circle) with their backs to one another. This time, a basketball is placed in the middle of the circle. The player facing the ball must try to keep the outside player from getting inside the circle and grabbing the basketball. The outside player must get the ball without diving for it. You must back up the inside player to reach the ball.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #18

Put Back Drill

Part of your rebounding skills should include the ability to grab the rebound and then put the ball back up and in on offense. This basketball rebounding drill will help improve that skill.

This is a one minute basketball drill. Position yourself about 3-4 feet back from the basket. In one minute, try to make as many underneath shots as possible. Grab the ball after every shot and put it right back in without letting it hit the floor. One dribble may be necessary to get set, but limit it to the one.


Basketball Rebounding Drill #19

Over the Head Drill

This basketball drill will help your rebounding, put backs and conditioning all at the same time. The players each have a basketball and face the wall with the ball held over the head in both hands (as if grabbing a rebound). The coach uses a timer (some teams start with 5 minutes, some 4 minutes).

On the coach's signal, the players jump up and down in place with the ball staying raised above the head. When the timer reaches zero, the players leave the basketballs where they stand and then run a horse. When that's done, they return to the wall and repeat the basketball drill for 1 minute less than the starting time (if you started with 5 min, now do 4 min, etc). Repeat the basketball drill until you finish with a 1 minute session.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #20

Constant Put-Back

Line up the players out of bounds under the basket. The first 3 players in line start the drill. One player is on offense, the other two are defenders. The offensive players tries to make "around the basket" shots while the defenders make it difficult by raising their hands and pushing the scorer. The pushing shouldn't be too aggressive, just enought to make the shot more difficult.

The offensive player can't dribble or travel. Whether the shot is made or not, he must grab the rebound and go right back up. There are no stops in this basketball rebounding drill, constant motion. After 5 shots, the offensive player goes to the end of the line, one of the defenders goes on offense and the first player in line becomes a defender.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #21

Reaction Drill

One player is on the three point line with the ball. A second player lies face down on the foul line with head turned toward shooter. The player with the ball shoots a three pointer. As soon as the ball leaves the hands, the foul line player jumps up, goes for the rebound, must catch the ball before it hits the ground and then make a shot from that spot.

If the player doesn't catch the ball, penalize like this:

- Ten push-ups if the ball isn't touched before hitting the ground

- Five push-ups if the ball is touched before hitting the ground

- Three push-ups if the ball is caught but the shot is missed.

Whatever happens, now the players switch positions and repeat the basketball drill.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #22

Wide Rebound

Begin on the left block, throw the ball off the board, then jump wide for the rebound so you land with both feet outside the lane. Repeat this basketball drill 5-10 times on each side.




Fast Break Basketball Drills

The main objective in all of these drills is to keep passing the ball up ahead and dribble only if no one is open. After making the pass, you want to fill the lane behind the teammate you just passed to. If that position is blocked, you need to be alert and flexible enough to fill the next logical lane. If you can get the ball up to the top of the foul line circle with a cutter on each side, a protector and a trailer, your team is in good position to score.

Note #1 - For all the following fast break basketball drills, left & right sides are as if you're standing with your back against the wall at the rebound end and facing the direction the offense is heading after rebound.

Note #2 - Beginning positions for all the following drills: Player 1 in front of basket. Player 2 in low post to right of basket. Player 3 in low post to left of basket. Player 4 near foul line just right of basket & 5 near foul line to left of basket.

Series #1 - Rebounded in Low Post in Front of Basket

Fast Break Basketball Drill #1) Player 1 rebounds. Player 2 cuts past 1, receives pass, then passes to 4 who has run out to right wing. 5 cuts to left wing, crosses over to middle, receives pass from 4 near half-court, then dribbles to top of foul line (if possible) to make the logical play that's available.

In the meantime, 1 is slightly to the right of & behind 5 as protector, 2 has filled in trail position behind 5. 3 has crossed from left low post at one end through middle of court and ends up at right low post at opposite end. 4 continues across middle of court after passing to 5 from right wing and ends up in left low post at opposite end.

If 1's pass goes to 3 instead, this fast break basketball drill can then be run with 2 & 3 exchanging positions as well as 4 & 5 exchanging.

Fast Break Basketball Drill #2) Same exact play as #1 except we omit the pass from 1 to 2. 1 passes directly to 4 as 4 cuts to right wing. The rest is identical to #1 above.

Fast Break Basketball Drill #3) After rebounding, 1 drives straight down the floor with the ball. After cutting to right wing, 4 cuts back to middle in front of 1 near mid-court. 4 receives pass from 1 and drives down middle of floor toward opposite foul line.

In the meantime, 1 has stayed behind and to the right of 4 as trailer. 3 has run from low post starting position to behind & to left of 4 as protector. 2 has run from right low post at one end to right low post at opposite end. 5 has run down to left low post.

If 1 had started the fast break basketball drill by passing to 5 or keeping the ball, other players must adjust.


Series #2 - Rebounded in Low Post to Side of Basket

Fast Break Basketball Drill #4) After rebounding the ball, 2 passes to 4, who has cut to right wing. 5 has cut to left wing, then back to middle and receives pass from 4 near mid-court. 5 then dribbles down middle of floor.

Meanwhile 4 cuts across middle to opposite side & ends up at left low post. 3 cuts from left low post at one end over to fill lane into right low post at opposite end. 1 has trailed behind & to the right of 5 as protector. After initial pass, 2 has cut across behind & to the left of 5 as trailer.

If 3 had grabbed rebound during the fast break basketball drill, 2 & 3 exchange assignments, as do 4 & 5.

Fast Break Basketball Drill #5) 2 rebounds, then passes out to 4 in right wing (just like drill #4). 3 cuts toward corner, then to middle and receives pass from 4 about half-way between foul circle & mid-court circle. 3 then drives toward opposite foul line circle.

Meanwhile 4 continues across court after passing & fills lane into left low post. 5 cuts to left wing, runs across middle of floor & ends up in right low post at opposite end. 1 has run behind & to the right of 3 as protector. After the initial pass, 2 has cut through middle and is behind & to the left of 3 as trailer.

If 3 had rebounded, run the fast break basketball drill with 2 & 3 exchanging assignments as well as 4 & 5 exchanging their's.

Fast Break Basketball Drill #6) If the "D" shuts down the wing pass to 4, then 2 rebounds, 3 cuts to top of foul line & receives 2's pass. 5 cuts to left wing, then to middle & receives pass from 3 near mid-court. (Both 3 & 5 can look for 4 cutting down right sideline). 5 then drives middle toward foul line.

Meanwhile, 4 continues down right sideline to right low post. After making pass to 5, 3 crosses over to left sideline & ends up in left low post. 1 has trailed behind & to the right of 5 as protector. 2 has trailed behind & to the left of 5 as trailer.


Series #3 - Rebounded in High Post in Front of Basket

Fast Break Basketball Drill #7) 4 rebounds near right foul line. 2 cuts to right wing & receives pass from 4. 5 has run straight down floor to mid-court, turns & receives pass from 2. 5 then drives down middle toward foul line.

After passing, 2 makes a screen for 4, who cuts down right sideline toward right low post. After the screen, 2 fills trail position behind & to the right of 5. 1 has cut from under the basket down middle of floor behind & to the left of 5 as protector. 3 has cut down left sideline to left low post at opposite end.

If 5 got rebound, they'll exchange assignments with 4 while 2 & 3 exchange their assignments.

Fast Break Basketball Drill #8) 4 rebounds near right foul line. 3 cuts to left wing & receives pass from 4. 5 has run straight down floor to mid-court, turns & receives pass from 3. 5 then drives down middle toward foul line.

After passing, 3 makes a screen for 4, who fills lane down left sideline toward left low post. After the screen, 3 fills trail position behind & to the left of 5. 1 has cut from under the basket down middle of floor behind & to the right of 5 as protector. 2 has cut down right sideline to fill lane into right low post at opposite end.

Note that after 4 passes to 3, the play is identical as #7, but on the opposite side of the court.


Series #4 - After Opponent Score

Fast Break Basketball Drill #9) 1 takes ball out-of-bounds. 2 makes a fake in left low post, receives pass from 1. 4 has cut toward right sideline up near mid-court. 4 then makes a fake to get open & receives 2's pass.

5 has cut to left sideline, then back to middle & receives pass from 4 near mid-court circle. 5 then drives down middle of floor.

Meanwhile, 2 has filled in lane behind & to the right of 5 as trailer. 1 has run down middle behind & to the left of 5 as protector. 3 cut to left wing, then across court over towards right sideline at opposite end, then finishes with cut to right low post. After passing to 5, 4 cuts behind 5 across the floor & fills lane down left sideline into low post.

If 1 had passed to 3 to begin the play, 2 & 3 exchange assignments as do 4 & 5.

Fast Break Basketball Drill #10) Exact same play as #9, except 1 passes out to 4 near right sideline over 2 to start things. Can also be run from the other side with the first pass going out to 5.

Fast Break Basketball Drill #11) 5 fakes to left wing, cuts across middle to receive long pass from 1 near mid-court, then drives down middle. 4 fills outside lane down right sideline. 3 runs down left sideline to low post. 2 fills lane behind & to right of 5 as trailer. 1 fills lane behind & to the left of 5 as protector.


Series #5 - After Opponent Makes Free Throw

Note #1 - Beginning positions for the following "after free throw" drill: Right side of lane: Player 1 (nearest hoop), opponent, then Player 3. Left side of lane: Player 2 (nearest hoop), opponent, then Player 4. Player 5 is positioned at top of free throw circle.

Note #2 - Remember that for the purpose of this page, left & right sides are as if you're standing with your back against the wall at the free throw end and facing the direction the offense is heading after the free throw.

Fast Break Basketball Drill #12) Player 1 takes ball out-of-bounds. 3 cuts towards right wing. 5 breaks out to right sideline up near mid-court. 2 gets a screen from 4, breaks through the lane up middle of court & then down left sideline.

1 can pass in to 3 or 5. If 3 gets pass, 3 can pass up to 5, who then looks for 2

near the basket. Or 3 can try to hit 2 directly, who, once again, has cut down left sideline & then into the basket.

After the screen, 4 cuts through middle & fills lane down right sideline towards low post area. After inbounds pass, 1 runs down middle of floor & stays back as protector. After pass to 5 or 2, 3 runs to top of foul line while 5 cuts across court & fills in behind 2 near left high post area.


Defensive Basketball Drills

Defensive Basketball Drill #1


Begin in a defensive position with your head up. As the coach points left or right, slide in that direction. Stay low, don't cross your legs as you slide and keep your feet at least as far apart as your shoulders. Don't slide with your feet flat and don't let your heels touch the floor. This is hard work but builds up your stamina.


Defensive Basketball Drill #2

Sliding #2 (drop-step)

Start at the top of the free throw circle with your back to the basket and standing in a good defensive position. Slide to the left corner, spin on your left foot and slide across to the opposite corner. Then spin on your right foot and slide back up to the top of the key. This defensive basketball drill will help you with your conditioning, also.

Defensive Basketball Drill #3

Roller slides

Get into groups of 4 or 5 players and give each player a basketball. The players start at one side of the lane and slide to the next side as they tap the basketball from one hand to the other. Roll the ball from hand to hand so the basketball never hits the floor. Be sure the players bend at the knees and not at the waist so so they stay down. Do this for about 1 minute then switch groups. Do it 3 times through. This defensive basketball drill works on staying down and sliding.

Defensive Basketball Drill #4

Deny the Ball

Have a coach or player stand at the top of the foul line as a passer. Position one defensive player and one offensive player on either side of the basket. The offensive player will try to break free for the pass as the defender tries to keep the pass from being successful. Once the offensive player receives the pass, the defender gets into position and tries to stop the score.

Defensive Basketball Drill #5

Gut drill

The team should yell while performing this drill. Have the team start under the basket and do a rim touch. Players then back-pedal to the foul line and make a defensive slide over to the left sideline. Then they defensive slide to the opposite half-court sideline. Next, do a defensive slide to the hash mark on opposite sideline before making a defensive slide back to the foul line. Sprint to the corner and then to the end where the drill started. The players should stay low and go as fast as possible.

Defensive Basketball Drill #6

Switch Drill

This defensive basketball drill uses two offensive players and two defenders. One offensive player starts out at the top of the foul line circle (with the ball) and the other offensive player is at an elbow. The defender out front forces the player with the ball to drive toward the basket. As these two players pass the other offensive/defensive pair, the second defender steps out to stop the dribbler. The defenders have "switched". Now the two defenders keep playing defense on their "new" opponents.

Defensive Basketball Drill #7

Run, find, defend, steal

This defensive basketball drill emphasizes how to get back on defense, force a turnover and then head in for the lay-up. Put the ball at about three-quarter court. Player 1 starts under the basket facing the opposite basket. Player 1 sprints to the first suicide line on the whistle, backpeddles to the next suicide line, then slides as if guarding opponent all the way to the ball. When they reach the ball, a coach or player should yell "steal" and Player 1 grabs the ball and goes in for a full sprint lay-up. Player 2 then starts drill. Players shouldn't cross their feet to avoiding losing balance.

Defensive Basketball Drill # 8

3 on 2, 2 on 1

This drill uses 5 players. Position two players on defense at one end of the floor and three players on offense at the other end. The offensive players dribble the ball down and pass the ball around in order to find a good shot. The two players that were on defense now go on offense, the player who took the shot becomes a defender and the 2 new offenders work the ball back the opposite way for a 2 on 1 situation. The remaining offensive players now become the two defensive players and they start again. The defense must work hard during this defensive basketball drill as they are always out-numbered.



Defensive Basketball Drill #9

Take the Charge

This is a defensive basketball drill that works on taking a charge full speed. It's physical and will create a team that goes to the basket aggressively. Be sure to teach the proper technique on taking a charge before getting this one going.

Begin with three lines. Offensive players form the first line at the top of the key. Form two lines of defensive players. One on the outside of the three-point line at the baseline of one side, the other on the opposite side. On coach's whistle, the offensive players attempt lay-ups at full speed, trying to put defenders in jail. The two defensive lines try to take a charge by sprinting in front of the basket. The defenders need to get their feet set, collapse on contact, and slide on butt and hands for a safe fall to the floor. All three of the lines must be sprinting full speed to make this drill effective.

Defensive Basketball Drill #10


This defensive basketball drill will work on quickness, strengthen the calf and quad muscles and improve defensive skills and positioning. Begin by blowing the whistle as a signal for the players to touch the floor, yell "defense" and get into defensive position. On the second whistle, players do 'hot feet'. Now dribble straight at them, have them roll backwards as if falling down and yell "uhh". Coach drops the ball, players drop and yell "loose". Dribble to the left and players follow in a defensive position. Dribble one handed and the players reach out as if to grab the ball and yell "hey". Anytime the coach isn't doing anything specific, the players do 'hot feet'. When the whistle blows, they stop. Do this drill for 10-20 minutes and add in the steps one at a time.

Defensive Basketball Drill #11

Hands Up

This defensive basketball drill will utilize the whole team. It helps build awareness in defenders that they must keep their hands up. Have the offense run plays against the defense. Anytime a defender puts their hands down, have them run suicides with their hands up. You can "penalize" that one player or the whole defense to build in accountability.

Defensive Basketball Drill # 12


Here's a defensive basketball drill you can use for 5 on 5 and works on the defensive press to create turnovers. Defender 1 starts on foul line. Defender 2 is on the right side at mid-court with defender 3 opposite 2. Defender 4 is at mid-court & defender 5 is at opposite foul line.

The offense puts ball in play and 1 defends the ball first. 2 or 3 will step out & trap if the ball comes to their side. If,



for example, the ball comes to 3's side, 2 will move a bit closer to the ball but stay alert for a pass to the middle or their side. 4 stays in middle, moves back and looks for steal opportunities on center or cross-court passes. 5 stays at foul line but moves back while staying centered with any offensive players going past the line. 1 and 2 or 3 are trapping and trying to steal. If the turnover occurs, transition to fastbreak offense. If the turnover attempts fail, adjust into your regular defense.

Defensive Basketball Drill #13

Chase Drill

The coach stands on the foul line with one player in each corner of the baseline (where it meets the sideline). The coach then passes, puts the ball down, rolls, or throws the ball upward toward the hoop at the far end and yells 'go' to signal the two players to sprint toward the ball. Whoever gets it first is on offense and plays one-on-one against the defender at the basket. After the score or rebound, the players switch roles and head back to the starting basket to play one-on-one again. Emphasize that the defender must get to the lane or paint quickly for good position to play one-on-one.

Defensive Basketball Drill #14

Clogging the Passing Lane

This is a good defensive drill for practicing the art of intercepting the pass and getting out on the fast break.

Break up the team into groups of two on two. The defensive player on the offensive player without the ball should get into a proper defensive position while focusing his attention on the passer. Maintain about a two to three step space between the man being guarded.

As soon as the pass is made, make a break on the basketball, make the steal and take it down the court on the fast break. As soon as the ball is intercepted, the formerly offensive players should get back on defense and try to thwart the easy lay-up.



Basketball Fouls: Foul Trouble

Players who accumulate too many fouls during the course of a game are said to be in foul trouble. Players who commit five fouls(or six) are disqualified or eliminated from that particular game. Teams need to avoid the total number of team fouls reaching more than six in each half. Once they reach this number, the other team is "in the one-and-one" and goes to the charity stripe for all subsequent fouls in that half.

The following is a break-down of some of the most common basketball fouls:

Away-From-the-Play Foul - In the last two minutes of the game, illegal contact by the defense which occurs either deliberately away from the ball, and/or before the ball is released on a throw-in.

Blocking - Physically impeding the progress of another player who is still moving.

Charging - When an offensive player runs into a defender who has established position.

Double Foul - When two opponents commit personal or technical fouls against each other at about the same time.

Elbowing - Throwing your elbows during play in order to hit another player or push him away; it's a basketball foul if contact is made.

Fighting Foul - When two or more players engage in fighting one another.

Flagrant Foul - Unnecessary or excessive contact against an opponent.

Foul - Actions by players which break the rules but are not floor violations.

Hand-Checking - Using the hands to check the progress of an offensive player when that player is in front of the defender who is using the hands.

Holding - Restricting the movement of an opponent.

Illegal Blocking - Illegal contact which impedes the progress of an opponent.

Illegal Screen - A form of blocking in which the player setting the screen is still moving when the defender makes contact.

Loose Ball Foul - A basketball foul committed while neither team has possession of the ball (such as when going for a rebound).

Offensive Foul - Illegal contact, committed by an offensive player, after the ball is live.

Over-the-Back - Infringing on the vertical plane of, and making contact with, a player who is in position and attempting to rebound.

Personal Foul - Contact which occurs with an opponent after the ball has become live that may result in injury (including a push, hold, trip, hack, elbow, restrain or charge).

Punching - Personal foul where one player punches another.

Pushing - Impeding the progress or otherwise moving a player by pushing or shoving.

Reaching In - Extending an arm and making contact with a ball handler in an attempt to steal the ball.

Team Foul - Each personal foul committed by a player is also counted against his team; when a team goes over the limit, its opponent is awarded free-throw opportunities.

Technical Foul - Misconduct that officials believe are detrimental to the game; can be assessed against team members on the floor or seated on the bench. penalized by a free-throw opportunity to the non-offending team; also called a "T".

Tripping - Extending a leg or foot and causing an opponent to lose balance or fall.


Basketball Big Man Drills

Basketball Big Man Drill #1) Hops

What you have to do is keep your knees locked and just jump off the ground about an inch. You can't bend your knees at all. You should do it for about 1-2 minutes. Helps you jump if done correctly. It will work if you keep it up for 2 months and work hard at it. If you get better put a ball in your hands and do this basketball big man drill for a longer time.

Basketball Big Man Drill #2) Reverse Lay-Ups

Start with your back to the baseline under the basket. Take one step, drive your opposite knee up and shoot a reverse lay-up. Rebound the ball and shoot a reverse lay-up on the opposite side. Keep going until you make 15 shots.

Basketball Big Man Drill #3) Cooks Drill

Have someone hold a punching bag or something soft under the rim. You start on either side of the court with the ball. Drive to the goal and jump into the defender to force the contact and make you score the layup. The key is to shield the defender from blocking the shot and to draw the foul. Will make you score more points.

Basketball Big Man Drill #4) Big D

First get two players set up on wings of the key two to three steps away from the baseline, set the center up in front of one and have the other one with the ball. The object is the center turns takes quick steps and gets over to defend the shot or swat. Good for double teaming as well. As the center you need to take balanced steps not to big and not to small as yuo need to be able to get there and jump as well, try not to foul. Enables big men to react quicker, helps with jumping, rejecting and taking a charge. Variations - Add an extra defender and slowly build up to rotating one side to the other.

Basketball Big Man Drill #5) Pick-Ups

This drill requires two players and two balls. It's designed to help inside players develop strong inside moves. Place a ball at each block. The shooter aggressively picks up a ball, makes a power move and then does the same thing on the opposite side. The second player rebounds the ball and places it on the floor. The players switch positions after the shooter makes eight shots.

Basketball Big Man Drill #6) Barkley Drill

Begin on either side of the basket, jump up, hit the ball forcefully against the backboard and always maintain possession of the ball. Land balanced and then jump again. Continue for five jumps and then score. Move to the other side and repeat. This basketball big man drill will develop strong hands and explosive inside moves.

Basketball Big Man Drill #7) Hook shots

Start on the right side of the basket about 3 to 4 feet out. Do a right handed hook shot. Then go to the left side and do a left handed hook shot. Do this until you make both like make-make. Not make-miss-make. Then start on the right side again except do a left hook shot. Then go to the left side and do a right handed hook shot. Same as the other way. Start getting farther back as you make them.

Basketball Big Man Drill #8) Mikan

Similar to #7 but with a little different twist. Start in the middle of the lane about one step back from the basket. Take a step, drive your opposite knee up and take a hook shot. Rebound the ball without letting it hit the ground. Take a step and shoot a hook shot from the opposite side. Keep going until you are good on 15 shots. Don't let the ball drop below your shoulder level.

Basketball Big Man Drill #9) Tip Drill

Throw the ball off of the backboard while holding the ball above your head on either side of the basket. Catch the ball in the air and before landing tip it off of the backboard again. Use your fingers and wrist to control the ball and keep your tipping arm fairly straight. Do about 20 of these and then score. Do on both sides of the basket. Continually tap the ball off of the backboard and then make it at a chosen number.

Basketball Big Man Drill #10) Superman Drill

This drill improves lateral quickness and hand strength. Start outside the free-throw lane, approximately at the block. Throw the ball off the board and retrieve it on the opposite side. Rebound the ball so your feet land outside the free-throw lane. Continue going back and forth across the lane for eight rebounds.

Basketball Big Man Drill #11) Jackrabbit

A good basketball big man drill for jumping lay ups. Stand to the left or right of the basket and throw the ball off the backboard. Jump up, rebound the ball with both hands and come down. Do a lay-up. Make five baskets and then repeat on other side. Make sure you use your weak hand on that side.

Basketball Big Man Drill #12) Back-to-the-Basket Moves

Start under the basket with your back toward the baseline. Throw the ball out to the edge of the free-throw lane, slightly higher than the block. Go and get the ball and execute an inside move. Rebound the ball and execute the same move on the opposite side. Work on the following moves: drop step, jump hook, turnaround jump shot, wheel to the middle and up and under


Perimeter Basketball Moves

When making any perimeter move, be sure to:

A) Look at the basket

B) Hold the ball in the "triple-threat" position

C) Maintain good balance

D) Use fakes to set up offensive moves

E) Make all your moves quickly and in a straight line to the basket

F) Read the defense so you know whether to shoot, pass or drive

Basketball Move #1) Attacking A Defender

You must be able to analyze the defender's floor position and their feet position:

**Since your defender has to pivot before recovering and stopping your move, their front foot is most vulnerable. So, if your defender is in a staggered position, attack that front foot.

**Drive to the hoop when your defender plays with straight legs, leaves their feet or rushes at the ball.

**Take a perimeter shot when the defender backs up.

**If your defender moves laterally in response to your fake, drive to the basket in the opposite direction from your fake.

Basketball Move #2) Faking

Successful fakes will create shots, open passing lanes or open drives to the basket. Your fakes must look real and can include shot fakes, foot fakes, ball fakes, head fakes or eye fakes. You'll usually need to use a combination of these fakes to make fool your defenders.

**Don't straighten your legs when using shot fakes. Stay down and keep your knees bent as the ball goes up.

**Fake into your defender as much as possible when using foot fakes rather than faking to the side.

**For pass and shot fakes, ball quickness is important.

**Look in the direction of the fake with your eyes.

The following are One-on-One Perimeter Basketball Moves:

Basketball Move #3) Direct Drive

You'll use this to drive past the defender. You don't have to use a fake because this is used when you have an open driving lane. Your first step is most important and you must make a long, quick stride with your non-pivot foot as you push off your pivot foot. Keep your head up and accelerate past your defender by pushing the ball forward.

Basketball Move #4) Jab Step and Drive

"Jab step" toward the defender without bringing your foot back to its starting position. A "jab step" is simply a short, quick step directly at the defender using your non-pivot foot. If your defender doesn't react to this move, push off your pivot and drive past them towards the basket.

Basketball Move #5) Crossover Step and Drive

You'll use this if your defender does react to the "jab step". After jabbing with the non-pivot foot, use the same foot to make a quick crossover step. You're crossing over with a long step past your defender as you swing the ball across but close to your body. Keep your pivot foot still as you make the jab and crosover steps. Also, make sure your inside shoulder is between the ball and the defender and push the ball up the floor for the drive.

Basketball Move #6) Rocker Step

Make a foot fake by moving forward or backward. If your defender reacts to this, you'll use the rocker step to set up a perimeter shot or a drive to the hoop. Fake a drive with a "jab step" and then rock back into the "triple-threat" position. Take a long step and drive if your defender moves forward or take the jumper if your defender drops back. Another option is to make a shot fake after you get into the "triple-threat" position. If the defender bites on that, drive in for the lay-up.

Inside Basketball Moves

No matter your size or position you want to develop your inside game. It helps your team in a number of ways. It increases the possibility of being fouled, it provides you with high-percentage shots and opens up the three-point shot when the defense collapses inside.

Those are some pretty good reasons to be a good inside player, wouldn't you say? Before we get to the inside basketball moves, here are some points to remember regarding your stance, getting open, reading the defense, etc:

Post-Up Stance

When in the low post, maintain a wide base with a low center of gravity. Keep your elbows out, parallel to the floor and keep your fingers spread out waiting for the pass. You want to block your defender out of the passing lane by making contact. Don't let your defender in front of you. Be physical.

Get Open

You have to work to get open. Here are a few ideas: Step in front of the defender's foot to get into the passing lane. Slide into openings between defenders. Fake one way and go the other. Hustle down the floor ahead of your defender. Put your foot between your defender's feet and reverse pivot into the passing lane.

Read the Defense

You must be good at reading the defense in relation to where the ball is. If you're defended down low, work your defender a bit lower and then post up. If you're defended high, take your defender a couple steps higher and post up. If your defender gets in front, move closer to the ball, seal the defender off and look for a lob pass or ball reversal. If you're guarded from behind, make contact and post up.

Think One Pass Ahead

Consider this scenario. Let's say your teammate at the point wants to pass to you but your defender has gained position slightly in front of you and is blocking the passing lane. Should you get upset and give up? No, make contact and keep your defender on the high side. Now, when your point teammate passes to the wing, you're open for a pass from there. By thnking ahead, you can create new passing lanes.

How to Catch the Post Feeder

When catching passes in the post, reach out and catch the ball with both hands, bringing the ball into your chest right away. Then read the defense for your next move.

Basketball Move #7) Drop Step

Use this when guarded high. Make a rear turn with the foot closest to your defender. Make a step toward the hoop with your non-pivot foot so you seal off the defender. Take a quick, but low dribble and point your shoulder at the basket. Bring the ball up with both hands and shoot with the hand farthest away from your defender. You can also do this without dribbling. In this case, you'll do the drop step before receiving the pass.

Basketball Move #8) Jump Hook Shot

Use the jump hook when your being defended low. Use your baseline foot as the pivot foot on a rear-turn pivot. Use your non-pivot foot to step into the lane (don't step away from the basket, as this foot should point toward the sideline). Take a quick, low dribble and point your shoulder at the basket. When your non-pivot foot lands, swing your pivot into the lane with your chest facing the sideline. Jump off both feet, bring the ball up along the side of your head and release with full arm extension. Protect the ball with your non-shooting arm.

To perform the jump hook without dribbling, step into the lane with your non-pivot foot as before. Then raise your pivot foot, lift your knee high in the air and shoot just like we described above.

Basketball Move #9) Wheel to the Middle

Use this basketball move when your defender has taken away your drop step move. As the defender shuts off your drop step, pivot to the middle and take a jump hook shot.

Basketball Move #10) Turnaround Jump Shot

You'll use this when you're defended from behind or from either side. After receiving the pass, bring the ball to your chin. With the foot farthest from the defender, pivot using a front turn. Keep the ball above your chest as you pivot, square up and shoot a jump shot. You have make sure you get enough separation from the defender.

Basketball Move #11) Up and Under

This is a good basketball move to use after your defender bites on a shot fake. Pivot using a front turn and face the basket. Keep your knees bent as you bring the ball up for a shot fake. Step through quickly with your non-pivot foot as your defender is faked out. Very quickly move the ball across your body and take a long, quick step to the hoop. You can use this with a dribble or without.


Moving Without the Ball: Cutting

Did you realize that you play each game without the ball for about 80% of the time. Probably never thought of it that way, huh? But when you do, it becomes apparent that you better develop great skill at moving without the ball.

How many times have you watched a game where everyone is just standing around? Make sure you develop great awareness and vision and get good at starting, stopping, faking and changing directions

As you perform basketball moves without the ball, you must always move with a purpose. You're looking to set screens for teammates, get open to receive passes or clear out an area for a ball handler.

You should always strive to maintain floor balance. This includes proper spacing. Teammates should be spaced about fifteen to eighteen feet apart. As there is movement, you can't always keep this spacing, but you want to re-establish it after screening or cutting.

What will determine when and where to cut? Where the ball and your defender are will tell you where to make your basketball moves. As you cut, push hard off the floor with quickness and cut sharp and in a straight line. Your defender will be able to beat you to your spot if you move in an arc.


Types of Cuts

Basketball Move #12) "V" Cut

This change-of-direction cut helps you move your defender in the opposite direction from your intended cut. Move slowly into the "V" cut, then push off hard and make a long stride past your defender. Have your hands up ready for a pass.

Basketball Move #13) Back Cut

Use this cut when your defender over-plays and denies you the pass. This is a basketball move behind your defender and then a cut to the basket. Push off your outside foot and then take a long stride with your other foot.

Here's a second way to do a back cut: Pivot on your inside foot and make a long crossover step toward the basket.

Basketball Move #14) "L" Cut

Use this change-of-direction cut when your defender is in the passing lane but playing loosely "off" you. Make a move toward the defender and then push off hard and cut to the wing. This creates the shape of an "L". It works well because it's hard for the defender to react to your hard cut after you get close to them.

Basketball Move #15) Give and Go

This is an inside cut where you pass to a teammate, then cut to the hoop looking for the return pass. Make the pass, then use a hard "V" cut in front of your defender. This creates a passing lane by getting you between the defender and your passing teammate. Catch the pass and drive in for the lay-up.

Basketball Move #16) Clock-Down Cut

A cut to the baseline by a weakside forward to open up a passing lane as a teammate is driving to the basket. Make the cut to baseline as your teammate drives from the opposite side of the court. Getting close to the baseline as possible will open up the passing lane because your defender will usually leave you to help defend your driving teammate.

Basketball Move #17) Fish-Hook Cut

Good change-of-direction cut for when you're being over-played and the ball handler is coming toward you. Take a few steps past you teammate and then "fish-hook" back toward the dribbler for a pass from them. Also called a "shallow cut".


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