Training for [tag]basketball[/tag] season requires more than just work on individual skills, such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense. It also requires a commitment to conditioning… improving strength, endurance and explosiveness will translate directly into better performance on the basketball court. This is best accomplished through targeted [tag]basketball training drills[/tag].
The [tag]basketball training[/tag] drills have been tested, evaluated, and tweaked over many years. The idea is to produce the greatest gain in improvement with the least amount of time spent. Most youth basketball players will only have 20 minutes to 1 hour to train each day, with homework, basketball, and family and social commitments taking up the majority of their time.
These basketball training workouts are designed building quick feet with youth players.
The first training drill is called the Slide Drill. To start, the player stands in the middle of the key, assuming a defensive position. The player’s head should be up, with his knees bents, butt down and arms and fingers extended outwards.
To execute the drill, slide back and forth from one side of the key to the other, maintaining a proper defensive stance. Continue this for 1 full minute, then take a break.
The second training drill is called the Ski Drill. The player stands with his feet tightly close together, then jumps back and forth over a real or imaginary line, as quickly as possible. The name comes from the similarity the motion skiers use to navigate their way through moguls.
The third training [tag]drill[/tag] is called the Heel and Toe touch drill. The player starts with his legs shoulder width apart. He begins by jumping up, bringing his toes as high as possbile in front of his body, then touching his toes with his fingertips. Immediately after landing, he jumps back up, brings his heels as high as possible behind is body, touching them with his fingertips. He continues to alternate, toe-heel-toe-heel for 30 seconds.
The fourth drill in this program called the back-door move drill. The player begins by standing on the baseline. He then runs to the foul line extended area, plants his outside foot and shows his outside hand. The player blasts off his outside foot and cuts back door looking for the ball to score layup. The focus is on getting low, changing direction quickly, and using the proper footwork. Repeat this 10 times in a row.
The fifth and final drill in this program is V-cut [tag]footwork[/tag] drill. The player begins by standing at the 45 degree angle at the 3“ point line. The player jogs down to the block, then blasts off with a change of speed and change of direction. Again, the focus is on the footwork, and getting low to make the move. Repeat 10 times.