Basketball drills for warming-up


Pass exercise from the four corners.

  • Two rows diagonally opposite each other have a ball
  • The other two rows start with diagonal pass towards the row diagonally opposite
  • They receive the ball in the middle
  • The passer cuts behind his/her own ball and receives it again
  • The players all start on the back line.
  • They run/jog to the opposite side doing a dribbling exercise.
  • The guard/chief indicates which exercise the players will do.
  • 2 rows on the center line and an outlet.
  • Right side starts with ball and runs lay-up and left side catches it as high as possible.
  • The catcher passes to the outlet and the outlet to the next man in the right row, etc.
  • After a desired number of scores, do the same on the other side.figure-circles


  • Reenact all the exercises, which the trainer presents.


The players stand in a (half) circle so everybody can see the trainer. The trainer shows some exercises. The players imitate him/her.

  • Stand in a circle. Roll the ball between your legs in an 8-shape.
  • Roll the ball around your waist, legs and head. Change direction every now and then.
  • Bounce the ball on the ground with 2 hands and catch it again with 2 hands.
  • Throw the ball in the air with 2 hands and catch it again with 2 hands. Who can clap before catching the ball?
  • Stand in a spread position. Move the ball between your legs in an 8-shape without letting it fall to the ground.



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.
  • The teacher selects 2 taggers.
  • They have to stay within their box (within the 4 pilons) and tap the basketballs away from the runners if they want to cross.
  • So the runners have to dribble to the other side without losing their basketball.
  • If a runner doesn't have the basketball with him, he is finished and automatically becomes a tagger.
  • A tip you can give to the runners is that they shield the ball with their body.
  • This means keeping your body between the ball and the opponent.
  • The runners are not allowed to cross again until everyone has tapped or reached the other side.
  • In the end, as the game progresses, you get more and more taps and fewer runners.
  • The last remaining runner is the winner.



  • Lift knee, leave other leg straight
  • Changing legs at pilon
  • With 1 leg: lift heel and knee, leave other leg straight
  • Changing legs at pilon
  • Bend through the knees, arms move along
  • Passing movements while running


Dribble forward with ball

  • Keep the ball in front of you and run / lift knees and heels / lift knees
  • Hold ball above your head and slide / crosspass
  • Keep the ball in front of you, make a big step forward and bend through your knees to an angle of about 90°. (Lunges)

Two rows on the centerline, 1 player in the corner on the baseline (the compass).

Starting with right layups:

  • Ball is at the proposal player in the right row.
  • First player in left row runs to the front
  • Player with the ball passes the ball to the player in the left row
  • Player in left row makes a jump stop
  • Player in right row touches sideline at freeworking line and makes a cut to the basket.
  • Player with the ball passes at the right time (other player asks for the ball) to another player
  • Player right row makes lay-up.
  • Player from left row catches the ball and passes to the player in the corner (ball may not hit the ground!).
  • Player in the corner passes ball to next player in the row
  • Receiver becomes player in the corner
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