Increase Both Offensive and Defensive Skills
To complete this drill, three individuals are needed. After
placing a basketball on the floor, two players should stand
a few feet from the ball (with their backs against one another).
A third participant will blow or whistle or say the word,
“Go.” At this time, Player 1 has the responsibility
of keeping Player 2 from retrieving the ball by boxing the
other out. The same drill can be completed with both players
sitting on the floor or ground (with their backs to one another),
which will not only work on offensive and defensive skills,
but also speed and agility.
Rebounding, Blocking, Shooting and Concentration
Three players or an entire team can complete this drill with
a designated helper. Once a basketball is tossed into the
air, it is the goal of three players to get their hands on
the ball (rebound) at the same time. Whoever gains control
of the ball will be expected to immediately shoot while the
other two are desperately trying anything and everything to
prevent a basket.
With this drill, fouls are allowed and players can use any
tactic, such as yelling in the ears for distraction or pulling
at the arms. For the shooter, the drill works on shooting
under pressure, while the others work on blocking. As a team
drill, the first of three players to make a basket wins. The
other two players sit down, while two more take their place.
An individual may stand at the key and alternate shooting
from opposite sides to improve their shot selection, as well
as increase their options. Many basketball players do not
embrace the many dimensions and angles presented on the court.
With this drill, the player will shoot from one side, retrieve
their own basket, and then run to the other side, making another
shot. Regardless if the shot was a success, the alternating
continues for at least one minute.
Medicine Ball Routine
Many high school players have access to a weight room to
develop the physical aspect of their game. For those who have
ignored the power of the medicine ball should know that it
works wonders in strengthening the body, as well as increasing
speed, agility, and passing ability. With a partner, the medicine
ball can become a rather helpful tool.
Players should stand at a distance from one another that
still allows passing without dropping the ball. To establish
an effective routine, there are three main elements to consider.
The first requires partners to face each other and throw 5-10
quick chest passes each. This is followed by throwing 5-10
quick push passes on each side to one another, while making
sure to aim for the shoulders. The last suggestion is to stand
sideways of one another while achieving 5-10 quick side throws
each. Participants should remember that the key to this drill
is to quickly get rid of the ball while keeping an efficient
Dribbling is an important part of the game and in moments
when passing is not possible, you may have to take the ball
up the court for your team. A common drill that doesn’t
need the help of a partner is to practice dribbling the ball
around your legs in the form of the number 8. You may also
dribble with one hand behind your back, while lying down on
the floor, and with your eyes closed.
Increase Speed and Efficiency
A good way to increase speed and efficiency is to perform
basketball slides, which resembles a sideway skip, while making
sure the knees are not bent. Sliding with the left leg, the
right leg should meet up with the left. You should land on
the right foot and repeat the drill again. While performing
this drill, the arms should are bent and kept in the running
position. The drill requires sliding for 100 yards, where
the player would then slide back while facing the same direction.
Overall, basketball drills can help improve the many aspects
of playing that allow good players to become great. It is
important to note that taking the time to enhance your skills
will definitely go a long way in the future.
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