Basketball drills for all skills


Emphasis can be placed on different fundamental items. Passing, ball handling, transition or shooting. You can
give it a conditional character for the core of your training.
The exercise is also fairly complex, which means that the players also have to think a little during the exercise (brain training).


  • The exercise starts with a plurality of 3 players.
  • Even if you don't have a plural of 3, the exercise is possible, only then one player steps out each time. #1/#2/#3 start the exercise with a half weave to the center line.
  • After his pass #1 becomes a flyer and after the pass from #3 he also becomes a flyer. #2 receives the ball last and dribbles midcourt for a score (lay-up).
  • #3 and #1 receive the ball from #4 and #6 for the shot from outside. #5 rebounds the ball from #2, and starts the same drill along with #4 and #6.
  • In this way this exercise repeats itself and a full court continuous drill is created.


  • The ballhandler (#2 in the first diagram) must finish with at least 1 change of direction (spindribble, reverse dribble, crossover, etc)
  • Give the ballhandler a maximum number of dribbles so that he finishes aggressively.
  • Have the 2 flyers who receive the ball stop with a jump stop / rhythm stop / or take 1 dribble and pull-up.
  • Have the 2 flyers make a jab step with a countermove
  • Starting with a rebound situation, you can vary with #1 / #2 / #3 in a row and throwing the ball up against the board (tipping), or have two players start at the board where one defends the outlet pass.
    • The disadvantage of this is, that you have to constantly reorganize, and the continuous nature of the exercise disappears.
  • Have #2 (in the first diagram) defend the ballhandler with a close-out and box out after the score or goal attempt.
  • The 2 flyers make a "split the post" move, so they make a front move and cut in on the other side.
    • This is a very good variation in terms of timing, as it involves three players.

Teaching points:

  • Require the tempo you want from the players. Depending on the age, the exercise should reflect what you want to train. Keep in mind that the organization is quite complex, so for younger ages you will spend a lot of time on "organizing" the drill. So, wasted time, and ask yourself if you have this time.
  • Make good stops, when catching the ball (flyers). Be critical on running, see that players make a stable stop, bring butt back, and jump straight up. The shot starts with the “foundation†and that is the footwork. If that is not right, it will affect all of your shot.
  • Ballhandler finished hard on the basket. Re-enact the game situation! The attacker must visualize the defender. So dribble with the right hand (your body between the ball and the defender), protect the ball, also in 2T rhythm.
  • Also use a situation where the ballhandler is the "front man" of the pitch, and therefore has to finish with a speed dribble: high, forward dribble, push the ball in front of you, and as few dribbles as possible (every dribble is a risk).
  • Passing: Think about a good passing technique and its teaching points: Pass in front of the man, ask, make eye contact, target as a receiver, run into the ball, pass tightly, arms out, thumbs down after the pass. Also remember that players do not necessarily have to complete their 2T rhythm.
  • Finish: Going hard to the board, and letting the ball “kiss†the board. The ball makes a so-called soft touch against the board. Especially with young players this is obvious, as they tend to “throw†the ball against the board when going hard. This implies that they have to rise (long stride, small stride, take a knee, stretch, the ball actually leaves your hand automatically due to the vertical movement of your body, do not bump).
  • Shooting: Basics are footwork! Make a good stop, and the feet should be in the right position. Shoulder width, foot under the shot-hand slightly in front of the other, slightly through the knees (120 degrees), straight back, upper arm immediately horizontal after the catch, and forearm slightly less than 90 degrees. The forearm moves in a vertical direction first, and do not bring the ball behind your head (a common mistake among children). Look under the ball and then do the follow-through. Wrist flap and follow through!
  • First train and program the technique, then focus on the speed. Note: this will not work in 1 training! Depending on the age, you can play with this, read: put the emphasis on something.
  • After you make the lay-up,
  • you catch the ball and
  • pass the ball with a bouncing pass to a player without the ball in the line you came from



Half of the basketball players have a ball.

These basketball players dribble all over the room.

On the whistle they pass the ball to someone they first made eye contact with.

The pass they use to do so is up to them.

Choose the pass that is best in the situation.

If you are close to the ball, do not pass.


Players must be able to dribble away from the ball at an angle with one hand at the side

Preparatory exercises:

  • with one, passing the ball in front of the body with a flat bounce from left to right
  • Same with two hands, bringing the ball with the left hand from right to left and vice versa (so that the player is forced to bring the hand over the ball and exert force on the side instead of the top of the ball)

practise speed and direction change with the ball behind the body and a 180 degree turn of the body


  • players dribble zigzagging between two lines along the length of the field
  • when they reach a longitudinal line, they make a spin dribble
  • change direction and accelerate
  • when the first dribbler reaches the extended free throw line, the next one starts

Teaching points:

  • look over the ball and survey the court in front of you
  • Stop in 2 TR
  • Leg on the side of the ball is behind
  • Hand over the ball
  • First turn your head, then your trunk and then the ball
  • Turn the trunk quickly
  • back foot makes a turn of about 270 degrees

Start left and right


players must already have good dribbling skills

practice retreat dribble to get out of a kick


  • use the length of the field
  • defender 2 forces attacker 1 to the sideline with slides
  • defender 3 sets up the kick by closing off the sideline
  • dribbler creates space with a retreat dribble
  • dribbles between the legs
  • and attacks the free shoulder of 2

Teaching points:

  • put the body between the 2 defenders and the ball
  • Feet perpendicular to the direction of movement
  • Take off hard and make a jump to the back


  • AFTER retreat dribble with between the legs OR under the buttocks by changing hands
  • if you cross the centre line without the ball being tapped away by a defender, you play 1 on 2 on the other basket
  • OR if you only have a quarter court: from the midline back 1v1 on the basket you left.


Players should have a reasonable grasp of the basic technique of dribbling.

players practice surveying the surroundings while dribbling


  • players 1, 2 and 3 stand about two metres away from a wall they dribble with their weak hand
  • players 3, 4 and 5 throw a tennisball against the wall in such a way that it bounces in front of the strong hand of the dribbler
  • the dribbler grabs it and throws the tennisball over his shoulder to his buddy
  • change after one or two minutes

Teaching points:

dribble with strength from the wrist



Players should have a reasonable grasp of the basic technique of dribbling.

To have players dribble by feel while having their attention focused on something else


  • each player puts a ribbon in his pants as a tail
  • dribble inside the three-points area
  • take the tail of another player and hang it around your neck.
  • the game is over when there is no player left with a tail

dribble with the weak hand only


players must already have good dribbling skills

to train the ability to oversee the field while dribbling


  • pawns to mark the dribbling area
  • player 2 is doing the Mikan drill
  • the dribbler has to count the number of scores out loud and at the same time apply his dribbling skills
  • (waiting players can practice their dribbling skills along the sidelines)

Teaching points:

  • knees bent
  • keep the ball low
  • nose points to the ring
  • always overlook the field, so no reverse on spin dribble

With defender:

  • add active defender
  • use several areas if necessary

With passes:

  • defender 2 gives maximum pressure on the ball
  • forwards 3 and 5 try to get free in turns
  • 4 defends actively
  • If the pass does not reach the forward in time, he/she steps back to the bucket edge.
  • in case of a successful pass the forward plays 1 against 1 against 4


  • defender 4 picks up the rebound and joins the back of the line
  • the forward who just attacked becomes defender
  • defender 2 becomes forward at the open position
  • 1 starts defending the new dribbler

With extra defender:

  • add extra defender, so there is less time for the dribbler to make the pass
  • (players at the helpside are inactive)
  • back through pass is allowed



Players must master the basic technique of dribbling.

to improve the dribble with the pocketed hand


  • use half the field
  • players are only allowed to dribble with their weak hand
  • players are not allowed to pick up the ball
  • start with one ticker
  • the player who is tagged becomes a tagger and so on until there are only taggers left.

Teaching points:

  • look over the ball and oversee the field in front of you
  • bounce is hard


  • take the ball outside the field with two hands, but then start with two hard bounces before going over.


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