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"FREE Basketball Skill Drills"

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We've created a brand new eBook crammed with 70 of our favorite basketball drills... And it's completely FREE! It includes complete step by step illustrations, easy to follow instructions, motivation tips, and coaching tips for all 70 drills!

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  • Shooting Drills
  • Passing Drills
  • Ball Handling Drills
  • Offense / Footwork Drills
  • Big Man Drills
  • Transition Drills
  • Defensive Drills
  • Rebounding Drills
  • Conditioning Drills
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Here are a Few Sample Basketball Skill Drills and Some Tips to Follow When Using the Drills

Basketball Skill Drill #1 - Partner Passing With 1 Defender

Drill Purpose

This drill will help with accuracy of passing and will force players to use ball-fakes. The defensive player improves hand-eye coordination trying to shield and deflect passes.

  1. Have two players about 12 to 15 feet apart facing each other.

  2. A defender will be between the two players.

  3. Have one of the offensive players start with the ball.

  4. The defender harasses the offensive player by mirroring or shielding the ball.

  5. Offensive player uses any sort of pass fake to get the ball to the other offensive player.

  6. If the ball is tipped, offensive player who threw the ball goes to defense.

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Points of Emphasis

Continually tell your players to...

  • Pass-Fakes!!!! As the competition & age increases, a player who has not practiced pass fakes will constantly have their passes tipped and intercepted by defensive players. It is vital to a player's development to practice pass-fakes.
  • Use your pivot to create space between you and the defender.
Motivation / Teaching Tips

Tip #1 - Tell the players, if they want to be a good offensive player, they will need to practice pass-fakes. If they do not, they will not succeed as an offensive player.

Tip #2 - Make sure that the offensive player does not start attempting to pass the ball until the defender is guarding him. Otherwise, the two offensive players will continually pass it above his head, so the defensive player can not get set defensively.

Basketball Skill Drill #2 - Full Court Lay Up (Minimal Dribble)

Drill Purpose

This drill is designed to cover a lot of ground with very few dribbles. This will make your team faster and better with the dribble, especially on a fast break.


  1. Each player has a ball, starting by the sideline in line with the free throw line of the opposite basket.

  2. On the whistle, the first player will take a dribble that will last all the way to half court. The next dribble will last from half court to the three point line, and the final dribble will take the player from the three point line to the basket for a la-yup.

  3. The next player can go as soon as the first player reaches the free throw line.

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Points of Emphasis

Continually tell your players to...

  • Dribble, not throw the ball when executing these lengthy dribbles.
  • Concentrate on putting the ball softly off the backboard when shooting the lay-up.
  • Make sure that by the time you get in position to shoot the lay up, you are under control.
Motivation / Teaching Tips

Tip #1 - Run this drill from the left hand side of the court as well so players can practice dribbling from both sides of the court.

Tip #2 - This can turn into a good conditioning drill as well. Let your players make the lay up on one end and have them repeat the process going to the opposite basket.

Tip #3 - It may be necessary to insert an extra dribble or two in the beginning until the players get the hang of the drill - there's nothing wrong with doing that. We want the drill to be difficult, but not impossible.

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