One of my subscribers suggested this idea for [tag]fun basketball drills[/tag].  I’ve“  included it for you below.  Give it a try!Fun Basketball Drills

From John…
This is a [tag]basketball drill[/tag] I do with my younger teams usually near the end of the season. It breaks up the monotony of working on fundamentals (although very necessary!), and let’s me see how they’ve improved on some of their basic skills.  It’s a variation of the kids’ game “Steal the Bacon”.

I break the team into two evenly matched groups. Each player in group 1 is assigned an odd number; 1, 3, 5, etc.  Group two players are assigned even numbers, 2, 4, 6, etc.

Group 1 stands along one side line, group 2 along the other. A [tag]basketball[/tag] is placed in the center of the court.  To begin, I call out 2 numbers, one odd and one even. On the whistle, these players go for the ball…whoever gets it is on offense, the other player plays defense.

This results in a 1-on-1.  If the offense scores, their group is awarded 2 points. If the defense makes a stop, the defense is awarded 1 point.  I can call out multiple numbers, “1, 2, 3, 4” to create a 2-on-2.

This drill can also be run as a 3-on-2, 2-on-1, or any combination you choose. The kids love it when, after starting with, let’s say a 2-on-2, I call out only one additional number DURING play to simulate the introduction of a trailing player to the mix.

I usually run this drill until one team reaches 21, but any point total can be set.  It creates a great team atmosphere, and allows players to work with many different player combinations on the court, in both offensive and defensive sets.