Get comfortable with the ball, warm-up the fingers and hands, develop the ability to control the ball. The shooting team players must rebound their own shot and pass it back to the next person in line. Defender starts at the 3 point line. Everyone must be shooting. 2. Do make sure to reverse the direction half way through the drill. By playing one-on-one, we’re forcing the on-ball defender to have to ‘guard their yard’. This is a great drill for incorporating footwork into a shooting drill that players will enjoy. All it is is one long-distance shot where, if made, the shooter wins some kind of prize or award. How it Works: Open to boys and girls of all skill levels. Instead, the aim of the drills is to navigate through and dodge all the other players using dribbling moves and by being creative with the dribble. 2-1-0 Dribbling Drills - These are beginner progressions for teaching basketball moves to your players. Maravich Stationary Ball Handling Drills - These are beginner drills to help develop better hand-eye coordination and a feel for the basketball.. 2. Go! Small-sided games are the best. Work on dribbling below the knees, below the waist, and also popping them all the way to the shoulders to work on strength. Players should be in a stance with their legs wide and their chest up. If they do they’re out. Repeat this action with the pass back from player 2 to player 1 while player 3 dribbles the same distance and jump stops next to player 1. Don’t get me wrong, there is no magic formula, but if the below 5 basketball drills (which I consider the top 5) are done everyday or almost everyday then with a little bit of good, old-fashioned hard-work, youth players can drastically improve their individual basketball games. 3 on 2 Continuous Passing - No Dribble - This is a full court drill that emphasizes passing, cutting, and footwork. Make sure players are attacking the ring at the correct angle. 10. ’21 cones’ is a variation of the drill ’23 cones’ which is a drill I recommend for high school level and higher. Click here to find out why. We want the offensive player far enough in front that they have to sprint while dribbling down the floor and then when they finish at the rim there’s close defensive pressure behind them. Get comfortable with the ball, warm-up the fingers and hands, and develop the ability to control the ball. That player will work for 1-minute before switching with the partner. This game never has a winner unless the taggers happen to get everyone out at one time (this doesn’t happen often). Immediately after making the chest pass, the player will explode to the free-throw line where the coach will pass the ball back to them. All players line up in a straight line behind the free throw line. You don’t have to decipher through thousands of ineffective drills. If they’re not, join in the game and pass them the basketball. The only problem with this drill is that only two people can go at once so if you have a large group it might not be appropriate. The taggers then do their best to tag each player dribbling a basketball. The offensive player must try and finish at the rim and the defender must pressure the shot without fouling. You will give the each individual player on each team a number from 1 – 6. If you coach long enough, you will see some kids that weren’t very good as middle school athletes develop into very good players at the high school level. Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic, "Amazing supportive environment, where it is OK to make mistakes, that is how you learn :)  Kids love it - they are pushed hard, and they don't mind it, since it is a safe environment to make mistakes.Wonderful staff, all very supportive, they know basketball and are able to coach  / train to young kids as well as high school / college. They’re on their own and must stay in front and challenge the shot. Finish off the drill by calling everyone in! Plus dozens of skill-building games to liven up your practices, engage your team, and keep your young players coming back for more! The player receiving the basketball should be starting in a low stance and showing target hands. The 2 partners will make overhead passes to each other for 2 sets of 60 seconds and then do the same thing with chest passes. It improves ball handling and defense. If you want to make the drill more advanced, don’t allow the players to dribble the basketball. The third key fundamental is Shooting. Assign all players to a number in groups of 3 and have everybody stand on the baseline. For one group of players, they might just play 1v1 full court. We even added some fun basketball drills and games for kids. It will end up with blood noses. For the dribblers, the goal of the game is to make as many home run’s as they can. Advanced: Players progress to a zig-zag pattern on the move with two basketball. My son and daughter train there, and Packie and Larisa are really pro trainers and college trainers. It’s a really quick and simple drill to run. Players form three lines a couple of feet out from the basket. This is a simple drill to teach the basics of dribbling to new players. Divide the players into two or more group lines and have each group at a designated shooting spot on the court. Throw the basketball out to the advantage of one side each time because you don’t want players running into each other as they scramble for the basketball. Players can also now add in “live” dribble one on one where they must make a dribble move versus the defender. No Hands Defense - A great drill for teaching proper defensive position and reducing reaching that puts your players in poor defensive positions. Access to Zoom, 1 or 2 basketballs, and 1 tennis ball. Once these skills are mastered, players can move on to crossing the basketballs over, going through the legs (one ball through legs, other ball cross over in front), and going behind the back legs (one ball behind back, other ball cross over in front).