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Basketball drills for technique catching

  • Depends on the number of balls. 
  • In pairs or alone
  • When alone:
    • Start at your position, dribble across the basket. 
    • Set or Jumpshot from your position (Guard, forward, center). 
    • Up to 8 points.
  • In pairs: 
    • Start at your position, pass to the opposite side of the basket. 
    • Last pass should be good so that shooter in jumpshot is ready for his/her shot. 
    • Up to 4 points per player. 
    • Losers: Slides over the width of the pitch, 1x back and forth.
  • 3 against 2 with passing every time. 
  • Help each other in defense when someone is free. 
  • The attackers learn to use a man advantage and to finish. 
  • Speed, precision, good passing and team play are necessary here.
drawing 3 v 2

Players gather on the right or left side of the center line.
The first two have a ball.
There are two catchers under the basket.
From the center line you dribble to the basket and make a lay-up.
The catcher catches the ball and passes it to the next player in line.
You do this until you have scored 15 times and then you change sides.

  • Everyone stands back to back. 
  • The first one throws the ball against the board, the rest time well each time to catch the ball in the air and throw it against the board again,.
  • The 20th throws the ball into goal. 
  • Do this both right and left. 
  • They walk around cone or coach each time and rejoin at the back.
drawing rebound exercise
  • free play on 1 or 2 baskets,
  • depending on the number of players.
  • NO dribbles only passing.

  • wave-9
    With 3 men on the back line and the middle one has the ball
  • The middle passes to a man and runs after the ball
  • The man in the middle passes to the man on the other side, who also runs after the ball.
  • They do this while running to the basket on the other side.
  • When someone is close enough to the basket, the man runs a lay-up.
  • He becomes the defender and the other two attackers must try to reach each other with a long ball.
  • The goal of the defender is to prevent the attackers from scoring.
  • If the attackers do not manage to score, they must do 5 push-ups.


  • Everyone stands in a circle and start with 1 ball.
  • The first player calls out the name of the person he/she wants to pass to and only when he/she looks does the player give a pass of their choice; collision, chest, overhead.
  • If this goes well, you can differentiate to multiple balls.
  • 1 or 2 rows just below the board on either side of the basket. 
  • Make sure there are at least 4 players per row.
  • Ball is thrown against the board next to the basket and "tipped" into the tide by the next player (catch it two hands and throw it back to the board immediately). 
  • The third player catches this ball again, etcetera. 
  • After the action, a player closes behind the (other) row. 
  • The exercise is finished when a minimum number of successful tips in a row have been achieved (without the ball touching the ground).
  • Variation:
    • Players must pass behind the coach before they may rejoin the (other) row. 
    • The coach walks backwards slowly, which means they have to run harder. (This is a must with rows of 6 or more players).
    • The ball must be both caught and thrown again during 1 jump. (is quite difficult for smaller or weaker players)
    • Advice: 
      • This can also involve deducting 1 point in the event of a failed tip instead of starting again at zero.

  • Parties with different assignments/restrictions. 
  • Please note:
    • Walk freely.
    • Do not dribble blindly.
    • Pass well.
    • Pivot.
    • Talking.
  • 3x3 without dribbling. (1 basket)
  • First 10 passes.
  • Both teams on the back line. (on stomach)
  • Trainer puts ball in play via shot or bounce. (Quick positioning, who will attack?).
  • Just play to the 10 (end game).

  • Four men in Diamond Defence.
  • 5-6 men on offense.
  • Ball changes position.
  • Defence responds.
drawing Diamond Defence Drill
  • Square formation, 2 balls.
  • Player passes and runs diagonally to the other row.
  • Receiving player passes on.
  • Balls thus go around the sides of the square, and the player crosses only diagonally.
  • (1 passes to 2, 3 passes to 4, then 2 to 3 and 4 to 1)
drawing Passing square
  • Four pylons, rows with 1 ball.
  • Player with ball dribbles to the middle, jump-stops, pivots (right foot, turns to the right) and passes.
  • Connect behind in row to which you pass.
  • Variation:
  • Pivot to left and pass.
  • Observations:
  • Make a good jump stop.
drawing Warming up: pass, jump stop