A coaching staff’s goal is to educate and expose the student/athlete to a wide range of ideas, concepts, and situations regarding basketball. In order to be successful as a team, we need to rely on a fundamental style of basketball. Today, we are featuring 9 basketball drills that are based on these fundamental concepts, and have proven to create a winning team!
9 Fundamental Basketball Drills
3 on 2 3 Man Weave
Man Weave basketball drills teach transition defense and spacing, playing the ball and help side defense. Players line up on the baseline and perform a 3 man weave to the cones 3/4ths the length of the court (passing, offensive spacing, and communication are key). Two defenders pick up the weave on the way back at half court defending the basket.
Closing out the shooter begins with footwork and intensity. Coach stands on side opposite the offensive player and the defender begins in help side defensive position. Once the ball is passed to the offensive player, the defender sprints out to the ball with choppy feet, one hand in the passing lane, and the other hand on the ball in order to disrupt a shot or pass.
D.L. is named after a former assistant and teaches the back tip concept in a full court setting. Always teach athletes to use their inside hand and run through the ball in order to back tip. Effort is key in this drill and is a great conditioning defensive drill.
4o0 drill which requires communication and players to sprint into position for defensive helpside. Players typically have difficulty stopping the ball and the closest man picks up the ball and drives the ball to the sideline.
Shell drill where points are only scored on defensive stops. Offense shoots to get onto the defensive side of the ball. This drill works best with three or four groups competing for 7-8 minutes at a time. Everyone has to closeout, move while ball is in the air, and rebound. All around drill for several aspects of the game.
Time is set from 25-35 seconds and the ball always begins under the basket. The defender passes the ball to any of the three players and closes out and defends 1-2 dribbles. If offensive player scores, the defender must go right back at the scorer until they get a stop. Teaches close out technique and toughness. Kids typically have fun trying to stop all three in the time allotted.
Man in Hole
Zig-Zag drill which teaches toughness and multiple dribblers. Great conditioning and ball handling drill. Time is placed at 6-8 minutes and athletes are required to defend 3-4 dribblers back to back until all have been defenders. A little twist on this drill is having the defenders hold a basketball and push on the dribbler in the defensive stance trying to knock the dribbler off balance. The ball must stay in contact with the dribbler at all times or that one dribbler gets reset to the beginning and the defender has to start over with that dribbler.
1 on 2 on 3 on 4 on 5 on 5 for 2 Minutes (Progressive)
Begin this drill keeping score each possession in a 1o2 scenario. Then 2 players enter in by touching the three point line creating a 2o3 situation at the other end. Score or stop adds two more players for 3o4 situation, then two more get added for a 5o0. Finally, 1 player is added for 5o5 and the 2 minute clock begins. Teaches disadvantage and teamwork in transition situations.
Players must touch a cone while the game continues going to the other end. Just for a brief moment, the situation is 4o5 until the man down recovers and picks up their original man. Usually we go down, back, and down before the drill ends. Transition defense takes place during this drill, along with offensive spacing and movement. Teaches players to play fast.
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