Basketball drills for all skills




  • players must have the courage to shoot defensively
  • master open step and crossover step
  • and master a feint followed by a dribble + shot or drive

to decide which action to take as a forward in a 1v1 situation


  • defender passes the ball with a bounce pass to the attacker
  • and starts defending
  • Attacker stands within shooting distance

Teaching points:

  • foot, knee and shoulder in one line
  • Hands ready to shoot
  • Knees in an angle of 60 degrees (shot fake) to 90 degrees (drive fake)
  • Shot fake: ball not higher than the nose + bend the knees a bit
  • Drive fake: short, quick step + forward movement with the shoulders
  • Open step: first step is short
  • Bringing the ball to the other side with sweep/rip: bring the ball below knee height


  • defender has his hands low and/or more than an arm's length away: shoot (quick draw)
  • Defender has his hand on the ball: driven directly (preferably over the front foot / along the back of the defender)
  • make one fake at the most. Read the defender's reaction during your fake.
  • If the defender does not react, continue the move (fake shot becomes shot, fake drive becomes drive).
  • if the defender reacts, take the other option, i.e.: fake shot becomes drive; fake drive becomes shot; open step becomes rip + crossover step; crossover step becomes rip + open step
  • do NOT introduce an element of competition here, to prevent defenders from making hard mistakes to avoid losing


  • instruct the defender to only defend the drive hard and leave space for the shot
  • defend crossover and shot, but leave open step
  • defend the shot to the full



  • players must have the courage to shoot defensively
  • and control a feint + dribble + shot or drive

against 1


  • after a goal attempt, each player catches his own ball
  • waits until his team-mate is in his shooting position.
  • passes the ball and defends the attacker.
  • the attacker uses the space left by the defender for a shot or drive
  • or lures the defender towards him with a shot fake and then makes a drive to the basket
  • OR a bounce + step + shot
  • do NOT introduce an element of competition to prevent defenders from making hard fouls to avoid losing.
  • Make sure the attacker gets the ball where he can actually shoot, so the defender has to consider the shot AND the drive.

Teaching points:

  • Catch the ball in your shot hand (ready to shoot).
  • adjust shooter well
  • shooting technique
  • if a player never shoots but always makes a drive, instruct the defender to only defend the drive hard and leave room for the shot


  • shot distance
  • Position in relation to the basket.


players must master the layup at full speed

daring to finish
layup under pressure of an approaching defender


  • set up pilons for positioning
  • passer (1) plays the attacker (5) with a baseball pass and starts defending
  • the attacker dribbles as fast as possible to the basket and finishes with a layup.
  • finishes with layup
  • loser takes the ball and joins the passers.
  • winner connects with the attackers
  • depending on the skill of the attackers, move the pylons to allow the defender to cover more or less distance.

Teaching points:

  • dribble at full speed
  • do not get distracted by the oncoming defender


  • increase pressure by having the defender start closer to the basket
  • Put hoops down and let players start with their back foot in the hoop.
  • Have the defender start at the three-point line and instruct him to stand for the charge. The attacker must then change direction at full speed to avoid the charge and still score.



  • players must be able to individually defend the man with the ball
  • Players must be able to dribble

fitness / intensive interval training


  • players start with 1 foot on the back line
  • start on signal of the coach
  • loser takes the ball and has to defend in the next round.
  • 1 and 2 place the ball on the middle line so that 3 and 4 can pick it up
  • 1 and 4 play 1 against 1 on the basket on the side they came from


  • left and right
  • Place a hoop just beyond the baseline to handicap the defender.


players must be able to drive and shoot from the 3-point line

Goal: forwards
learn to get free by reading the defense


Defender is instructed by the trainer how to react when the attacker cuts inside for the first time:

  • stay put
  • pass
  • stick to the attacker
  • passer static on the guard position
  • passes to the attacker when he gets free
  • who then plays 1 against 1
  • loser defends on the same side
  • winner takes the ball and attacks on the other side
  • play until the 4

Teaching points:

  • defender stays put: step outside the three-point line for the shot
  • Defender overshoots (you can't see the ball well because the defender is in between): go back through (explosive, hard offload on your outside leg)
  • defender sticks: pin and spin (after the spin make your line form the letter V, so the defender stays behind you and cannot intercept the pass)
  • if the attacker is still not free after 2 times, then the defender has won

Let the defender vary the way he/she defends so that the attacker really has to read and react appropriately.

The trainer instructs the defender to successively:

  • follow
  • pass
  • stick
  • Attacker starts against the back line
  • moves parallel to the bucket towards the ball
  • if the defender follows, accelerate at the elbow by pushing off hard on the inside foot and step out perpendicular to your line of play
  • if the defender sticks, then perform a pin and spin on the elbow and step out hard perpendicularly
  • if the defender sticks at the elbow: ask for the pass at the three-point line and shoot
  • if you cannot see more than the defender's hand between you and the ball, call for the pass with your outside hand at the three-point line
  • after catching the ball, rip it and drive directly to the basket
  • if you see the defender's shoulders between yourself and the ball, then drop off hard on your outside foot and go back through (ask for bounce pass on your outside hand)

Defender varies the way you defend, so the attacker really has to read and react appropriately

Mtm offense

  • Coach instructs defender to consecutively:
  • keep position between attacker and basket
  • Pass from the extended free throw line.
  • Attacker runs outside along the three-point line:
  • If the defender stays between man and basket, call for the pass with your outside hand at the three-point line.
  • Take your triple threat position and play 1 against 1.
  • if you can see the defender's shoulder when looking at the ball, then push hard on your off-side foot and go back through (ask for bounce pass on your off-side hand)
  • Same if the defender puts a foot over the three point line


Defender varies the way you defend so the attacker really has to read and react appropriately


players must be able to drive and shoot from the 3-point line

Goal: get free
at the forward position and improve scoring ability from that position


  • coach dribbles at guard position
  • occasionally threatens to penetrate and defender 5 must step in. He always has to defend the ball as well!
  • Forward makes sure he gets free with an in-out move, backdoor or pick-up + flash
  • gets free
  • then plays 1 against 1
  • Loser goes to defend
  • catch it yourself, dribble to the other side than where you started.
  • play until the 3

Teaching points:

  • face the basket immediately after receiving the ball
  • use the front or reverse pivot immediately as a feint
  • Sit deep in the spin
  • high speed
  • maximum 1 dribble to the basket
  • If the defender gives space, shoot immediately


players must be able to run a lay up from a bounce pass

Goal: To learn
how to create scoring opportunities for yourself as a forward


The helpline is out: this allows you to play with two foursomes on one basket and forces players to not use the space where in the game the help is.

  • Make it, take it and play to the 5.
  • guard dribbles up from the center circle
  • at the same time 2 makes a V-cut
  • if defender 4 overplays, then extend the V-cut to at least one meter
  • above the three-point line and sprint backwards for the backdoor pass.
  • if the back pass is not possible because defender 4 stays between the ball and 2
  • then 1 dribbles to the wing
  • and posts 2 at the block
  • gets the ball via a bouce pass from the wing
  • and plays 1 against 1
  • when defender 4 doesn't pass, 1 passes to 2
  • 2 makes one feint and goes hard to the basket

All score from:

  • back by
  • 1 against 1 from the wing
  • 1 against 1 from the block

Mtm offense

If 2 fails to pass, 2 sprints to the center circle and receives the pass from 1. The cycle then starts all over again, but now with 1 at the forward position.

Teaching Points:

  • if you can see your defender's shoulder in the passing line at the V-cut, it is a replay
  • and you have to take the defender at least one meter above the three-point line towards the sideline.
  • print at full speed when your back passes
  • the back through pass is mostly one-handed, from the dribble with a flat bounce
  • when posting up, first take the defender into the bucket, turn 180 degrees (pin & spin) and land with a hop on the block (both feet outside the bucket line)


no specific requirements

Goal: To learn
to use the front cut from the forward position when the defender closes the back door cut


  • the dribbler dribbles from the centre circle towards the ball side
  • changes direction with an under the buttocks or between the legs towards the guard position on the half way line
  • forward pretends to go back, but cuts over the elbow to the basket
  • guard players are constantly working on their dribbling skills

Teaching points:

  • hard off the outside foot
  • cut around the ball box shoulder to shoulder
  • Show with your hands where you want to receive the ball
  • timing of the pass: should be somewhere near the elbow and in front of the man


  • different ways of finishing: jump shot, rocker step, fade away, power move etc
  • Have the dribbler apply different dribbling skills
  • Different passes: bounce from the dribble, overhead etc.



  • be able to make a jump stop from the dribble
  • make a jump shot from the middle of the bucket

learn to
and go + score from the middle of the bucket


  • 1 dribbles to the middle of the bucket immediately after catching with 2 dribbles
  • stops the dribble with a jump stop
  • and scores with a jump shot
  • 2 sprints immediately after passing to the forward position at the other side
  • and receives the ball from 3
  • ditto, but now after the jump stop turn backwards around the defender
  • (possibly a chair in the place of the defender)
  • same, but after turning backwards, do not finish, but pivot back so that both feet are pointing to the basket again
  • Second foot about 50 cm behind the pivot foot.
  • score with a jump shot with the shoulders far back (fade away) and a high bow

Teaching points:

  • From catching the ball, dribble in quickly and immediately.
  • Stop for one second, so you can pivot in both directions.
  • When turning backwards, bring the ball up under your chin and put your right hand under the ball
  • when turning backwards, turn so far that the foot points at least to the backline

Applied in 1v1:

  • 1 taps the hand of defender 2 and sprints to the forward position
  • 2 may start to defend after being tapped
  • 1 dribbles straight in with max 2 dribbles and makes a jump stop in the middle of the bucket
  • and scores in one of the three practiced ways
  • score with another technique = lose
  • winner stays put
  • loser goes to defend