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"FREE Basketball Agility Drills"

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Here are a Few Sample Basketball Agility Drills and Some Tips to Follow When Using the Drills

Basketball Agility Drill #1 - Lane Slides

Drill Purpose

This drill tremendously improves your lateral quickness and speed defensively. It's a great a way to improve your man-to-man defensive skills at practice or by yourself.

  1. You start with your outside foot touching the line anywhere from the block to the elbow in the free-throw lane.

  2. Get into a defensive stance.

  3. Then, slide across the lane and touch the opposite line with your outside foot.

  4. Once you touch the opposite line, slide back and touch the line where you started.

  5. You should do this as quickly as possible for 20-30 seconds.

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Points of Emphasis

Continually tell your players to...

  • Maintain a good defensive stance (butt low, on balls of feet, legs slightly wider than shoulder width apart, knees bent, back bent slightly forward).
  • Slide as quickly as possible.
  • Do not click heels, feet should never cross.
  • Do not bob up and down; head should stay on a level plane.
Motivation / Teaching Tips

Tip #1 - A reoccurring theme in these drills is to keep them as competitive as possible. If you are going to do this in practice, you could have each player go for 20-30 seconds and see who can do the most repetitions.

Tip #2 - To keep players from crossing their feet or clicking their heels, you tell them that the lead foot (if you're sliding to the right, your right foot would be the lead foot) is in a race with the back foot. You never want the back foot to catch the front foot. Let them know, they still want to push off the back foot for power.

Tip #3 - At first, the proper defensive stance will feel awkward for most players. You could start out doing lane slides at 50% speed or 75% speed until they become more accustomed to the defensive stance.

Basketball Agility Drill #2 - Recovery Drill

Drill Purpose

This drill is designed to build defensive speed, helping your team recover quickly and stop the offense from getting an easy bucket. An indirect benefit from this drill is getting your players in better physical condition.


  1. Divide the court into three lanes, positioning cones on each side of both free throw lines and the mid court line.

  2. Players will be positioned on the corners of baseline, and on the whistle, the first player in each line will sprint to the first cone.

  3. Once this player reaches the first cone, the next in line may proceed.

  4. When the players reach the first cone, they will slide to the sideline, ending half way between the first and second cones. They will then repeat this process until they reach the other baseline.

  5. Once the players have reached the far end of the court, they will go to the center lane (in between the cones) and run backwards to half court.

  6. Once to half court, they will turn around and sprint back to the opposite line they started in.

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Points of Emphasis

Continually tell your players to...
  • Stay low when in their defensive stance.
  • Keep their feet from clicking together when sliding.
  • Pretend there is an offensive player trying to get by them.
  • When sliding, back pivot each time you reach the line and change directions.
Motivation / Teaching Tips

Tip #1 - Make sure that everyone is running this drill at full speed. Being able to recover on defense can prevent a lot of easy scoring opportunities for the offense, so make sure your team knows that this drill is one of the keys to winning basketball games.

Tip #2 - Feel free to turn this drill into a competition, but penalties for incorrect form may be necessary to keep your team from cheating.

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