Basketball drills for warming-up

Make sure all players have a ball
  • The player starts at the post next to the bucket.
  • Player dribbles to the basket
  • Variations:
    • The player stops on two feet = jumpshot
    • The player starts the two-count rhythm = lay-up
      • From the right side: first right foot, drop with left foot.
      • From the left side: first with left foot, then with right foot.
  • The player picks up his own rebound and dribbles around the pole.
  • The player zigzags through the posts.
  • The player then rejoins the line near the basket.
When there is a large group, this exercise can be done on both sides of the field.
  • Who is the first group to reach 20 scores, wins.
  • Stand on one leg, raise the other as high as possible.
    • Ball with 2 hands above head.
    • Found balance trying to close eyes.
    • Then the other leg.
  • Stand on one leg, stretching the other as far back as possible.
    • Ball in front of you to 15cm above ground, then up again.
    • Drop 45gr to your left to 15cm above ground, then right.
    • Found your balance and close your eyes.
    • Then the other leg.
  • Stretched lunge position with arms spread
    • Close your eyes and slowly move the ball from left to right.
    • Then other supporting leg in front.
Groups divided over baskets, 2 pylons on head bucket
try to get equal numbers so we can have a game
  • Start low.
  • Run to pylon.
  • Slides over free throw line.
  • Back to base.
  • Back again (tap line).
Set up on one side so players can run directly into each other (loser press).
You are only allowed to run on the lines of, for example, a volleyball field. The person who's 'it' must try to tag 1 of the runners.


  • Only turn right/left.
  • Knees high.
  • Hopping.
  • Backwards (don't fall!) etc.

Outside you can set up a closed course with hats or cones.

  • Players at the baseline have the ball.
  • He passes the ball to the blue player and walks towards the other baseline.
  • He gets the ball back and passes it to the red player.
  • He gets the ball back and passes the ball to the orange player.
  • He gets the ball back and dribbles to the basket and finishes with lay up.
  • When the blue player has passed the ball he runs to the spot of the red player.
  • The red player to the orange player and the orange player takes the rebound and starts the exercise on the other side.
  • Variations in finishing and eventually close out and live defence possible.
  • 2 rows on the baseline.
  • Front player of one row without ball.
  • Player without ball walks around the pylon, receives pass from front player of other row and makes lay-up/shot.
  • Catch the ball from the back of the pylon.
  • Player who passed the ball goes around the pylon and gets the ball.
  • Adjustments:
    • Move the pylon further and further away.
  • Make 1 row.
  • Players in the line take turns having a ball.
  • 1st player makes layup, 2nd in lij rebound, both connect behind.
  • Adjustments:
    • Pylon on left or further away.
  • 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)
  • 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.
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