Coaching Youth Basketball... Simplified

If you're a youth basketball coach looking for simple solutions to help your kids improve their skills and execute at game-time, you've come to the right place! This site is packed with more than 547 basketball drills, plays and articles for coaching youth basketball. All designed to help you save time, eliminate stress, and win more ball games!

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Close Out Shooting Drill

Purpose Players work on shooting while under defensive pressure. Drill Setup Split your team into groups of four. One shooter stands at the free throw line. Three defenders stand under the basket.

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Quick Stop Rebounding Drill

Purpose Helps players perfect proper rebounding footwork. Drill Setup Players form two lines – one on each side of the lane. How it Works 1. Coach says, “Ready.” 2. First player in each line gets

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Corkscrew Ballhandling Drill

Purpose This is a great ballhandling drill for beginners. Drill Setup Start holding the ball with two hands at about ankle length How it Works Start wrapping the ball around your ankles, then

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Up and Under (Inside)

Purpose Players learn to perform a proper pump fake on a defender How it Works Start down on the left block, chinning the ball in a low, strong stance. Pivot inside with

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Gravel Drill

Purpose This is a great warm-up drill that also develops the in/out dribble move. Drill Setup Take your stand ready to start dribbling with your right hand. How it Works Dribble the ball

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Figure 8 Basketball Dribbling Drill

Figure 8 Drill

Purpose This intermediate ballhandling drill is one of the most popular dribbling drills taught to youth basketball players. How it Works Start dribbling low down by your left ankle. Dribble the ball

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Cone Dribbling Drill

Purpose In this drill, players dribble as they change speed and direction. Drill Setup Set up 5-10 cones in a line roughly one large stride apart. How it Works Beginning at one end,

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Up and Back Drill

Purpose This is a great drill for practicing to maintain space between your feet while dribbling the ball. How it Works Start in an athletic position, turned sideways with your left forward,

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Two Hand Bounce Catch Drill

Purpose This drill will help with your hand-eye coordination. How it Works Start with the ball in front of you, holding it with two hands. Drop the ball and quickly switch the position of

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Hesitation, Go and Pull Up

Purpose Players work on starting from and pulling up from a variety of spots on the floor in this intermediate dribbling moves drill. How it Works Begin behind the arc, taking a

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Layup Footwork Drill (No Ball)

Purpose Learn the footwork and mechanics for shooting a layup. Drill Setup Set up two lines behind the baseline. How it Works   Start in triple threat position with no ball Right Hand Layup:

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hurdle jumps basketball conditioning drill

Hurdle Jumps

Purpose This drill helps to build explosiveness off the ground. How it Works This is an advanced exercise. Line up 5 to 10 track hurdles. Two-foot jump over each hurdle. Jumping five

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Wave Drill

Purpose This drill focuses on mid-range shooting, passing, and shooting under pressure. How it Works Players form two lines at the free throw line & baseline, with the first player in each

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mass footwork basketball drill

Mass Footwork

Purpose This drill practices footwork, stamina, agility and defense. How it Works Players spread out, with a couple of feet between them, facing the coach who has a basketball. Players will react

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lightning basketball shooting drill

Lightning Shooting Drill

Purpose This drill practices quick shooting skills in a competitive fun drill. How it Works Players form a line at free throw line, with the first two players starting with a ball.

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Continuous Layups

Purpose This drill emphasizes layup fundamentals and explosiveness, stamina and finishing. How it Works Players will form a line at the right hash mark, with both the 1st and 2nd players holding

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