Welcome Coach! To get started with our free basketball drills, just click on one of the links below. If you’re an athlete, feel free to check out our basketball training drills instead.
Or if you’re ready to get on the fast track, head over to our basketball drillbooks page for a list of downloadable PDF drill collections you can save right to your computer or mobile device.
Here are a few quick tips to help you get started.
Getting the Most out of Your Basketball Drills
The most effective basketball drills use a concept called “high intensity training.” They are designed to force a level of mental concentration or physical skill that wouldn’t otherwise be needed in a game. This is because we want the game to be the easy part!
For example some of the dribbling drills incorporate dribbling two basketballs or going up against two defenders at the same time. Some offensive drills force the offensive team to make five consecutive passes before taking a shot. Some defensive drills force the defenders to play with their hands behind their backs, and so on.
When we remove that handicap and your team is competing on a level playing field, your players will find the fundamentals of the game much easier to perform.
Don’t Forget the Weak Hand!
It’s extremely important to have your players work both the dominant hand and the weak hand equally. While some of the drills will only have a diagram showing the drill being done on one side, it is implied that you would flip the drill and work the left side after as well.
This is because one of the first things any good coach or smart defender will do against a talented scorer is force them to their weak hand. Most players will become exponentially worst when forced to go away from their dominant hand, and by developing the weak hand, the offensive player can go in either direction, allowing them to dictate the terms of each possession.
Use Your Practice Time Effectively
One of the biggest mistakes coaches make is trying to “wing” their practice sessions. Not only will this waste your gym time, it will slow down the development of your players, and create unnecessary stress for your coaching staff as well.
Before your first practice, spend 30 minutes a season practice plan. Write down all the skill development goals you are trying to accomplish and how you will structure your practices over the course of a season.
Next, create individual practice plans that lay out exactly what drills you’re going to run and how long you’ll run them for. Make sure your assistants have a copy of the plan so they can transition quickly from one activity to the next.
Choose drills (like the ones on this site) that put a large number of players on the floor and/or that rotate players in and out quickly, so that your players are spending the majority of the time improving their skills and not just watching their teammates.
Here are some additional articles to help improve your coaching skills. Enjoy!
- Top 10 Basketball Coaching Quotes of All Time (Infographic)
- Game Planning for Success
- 16 Laws Of Basketball Offense
- 8 Laws of Basketball Defense
- 10 Easy Ways To Improve Your Basketball Defense
- 5 Tips For Better Half Court Defense (video)
- 9 Competitive Drills That Get All Your Players Involved
- Winning the Battle of the Boards
- Keys to a Successful 1-3-1 Zone Defense