Basketball drills

basketball drills

Have you been looking for a comprehensive basketball drills for kids of all time? Have your mates out-shined you in basketball? Well, you have arrived at the right blog for basketball drilling tips.

I have received countless emails from world coaches who are searching for perfect drills. Most people searching for drills are doing so because they do not know the drills to apply in training. Often than not, kids gets tired of practicing same drills on a regular basis at practice.

Experienced coaches are well known and recommended for using already proven drills that extremely improves the skills of their players.

I have listed below most important drills and games. They are also described in full details including: illustration diagrams, how the drills works, how to set up the drill, drill instructions, and coaching points.

You simply have to use these listed drills to improve your personal practices, also use it to improve your teams, as well as improve yourself as a coach.

Basketball Shooting Drills For Kids

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Perfects – Shooting Drill

perfect shooting


Shooting drill is a nice drill for players who practice shooting using perfect form. Also it’s a good drill for coaches teaches how you can correct shooting form


In this one, the basketball players will form three lines having a couple of their feet out from the basket. They will use both ends of the basketball court where possible; this is to ensure that the kids take lots of shots. During this basketball drilling drill, every player will have a basketball.

How it Works: 

Once they are set, the players will start to take the shots turn by turn with an aim to swish their shots or make the ball pass through the net. Why this swish is important is simply because we are attempting to teach kids with limited knowledge on how to shoot a ball with so many arcs pushing the shot.

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Once a player takes a shot from his round, they will return to the back and queue up for another shot in the clockwise or anticlockwise direction on the same line until the drill is over for the day.

21 Cones – Shooting Drill

21 cones


’21 cones’ is a variation of ’23 cones’ which is a drill I have been using and will like to recommend for higher kids and high school level.

In this one every player falls in two teams and whenever any of the player hits a shot, their team is highly rewarded with a cone, Is very interesting one.


The coach should put on the baseline of one end of the court with 21 cones and separate the players to form 2 teams. The teams should also have one ball each.

How it Works:

When the teams are separated from each other, the players should start taking a shot from their allotted spots. Once a player correctly makes a shot, he is rewarded by the coach who allows him to sprint from the spot to the other end of the court to get a cone for their team.

Of course the team that wins the shooting is determined by the amount of cones they get for their team.

Pivot Shooting – Shooting Drill

pivot shoooting


When you need to incorporate footwork into your shooting exercise for players, then you have this particular drill as your best option.

When the coach passes a ball to his players on the court, the players will partake by performing a jump stop, square up to the basket with a pivot and then display their various skills of scoring moves.


To start with this bball passing drills, the players will form two lines on the baseline at once. The drill will employ two coaches at the top point and have each coach separated at one line each.

Each participating player is expected to have a basketball.

How it Works:

They players start the drill by chesting out the ball to the coach in their front. Once this is done, the player sprints straight to the free throw line and have the standing coach pass out the ball back to the player. It’s a great drill that gets the player going on and on.

Once the coach passes the ball back to the player, then he (the player) is expected to make a jump stop with a nice and skillful pivot. The coach will ensure every player will develop a nice skill and technique that they can use to square up to the basket amid shooting the ball or attacking the basket ring.

It’s very important for the coach to decide a particular move the players can employ to score at their stage.

Chase Down Layups – Shooting Drill

chase down layups


Layups are very important in basketball and chase down layups is one of the layups that we will talk about here. This drill is a resource that teaches players how to finish layups with lots of pressure and unraveling pace. We all know that majority of youth basketball drill is always decided by the team that makes lots of layups, this drill then have been proven to be a resuscitating drill every coach must employ to improve players experience.


According to wikipedia, It starts with the players forming two lines each on the floor of the court. You may be wondering what the two lines will serve as, well its one defensive and one offensive line.

A basketball starts from the front of an offensive line through each end of the court.

How it Works:

As a coach, you will have to start this drill by getting the offenders out from your already formed baseline. This is to let them have an advantage over the participating defenders who are also found on the baseline. You will have to decide the distance the offensive players should be in front.

Ensure the offensive player have enough distance in front to enable him have a good sprint whilst he is dribbling down the floor. This will result in a great defensive pressure behind the offensive player once he finishes at the rim.

Once the offensive and defensive players are set up, simply shout “GO” and the two players will start sprinting down the other end of the floor. It’s the sole obligation of the offensive player to do everything possible as to finish at the rim. The defenders duty is to try everything to pressurize the shot without committing foul of any kind.

After that, the next players in queue, receives the ball passed unto them from the first players and the second players take their own drill. It continues till the last players in the line and depending on the coaches time they may go another round till perfection is achieved.

Pressure – Shooting Drills



Pressure is very important in every game and practice especially on shooting free throws in basketball game.


Every player is going to form a line on the free throw line in the baseline.

This exercise or basketball training requires just one ball.

How it Works:

The drill will ensure every player is participating in their own turn.

This drill will alert the players that any miss from them will see them out of the game. so when the first player make a successful free throw, the next player will swim in pressure and try to make a score to keep them live on the game.

This pressure will continue to the last player once the players are continuing to make successful shots. Once success is achieved, the pressure keeps getting minimal over and over.

The pressure keeps going seeing the players out of the drill until there emerges a winner who

Basketball Dribbling Drills for Kids

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Dribbling Lines – Dribbling Drill

dribbling lines


This particular drill is the only resource that helps offensive player mostly to achieve great height in the sport.

Without getting the players overwhelmed, this drill helps you introduce new moves they are yet to see and also helps them improve their skills and techniques they have already bagged.


On the baseline, you will allow each player a bball and have them also lined up.

Should you have anywhere more than 8 players, then split the lines into two on the baseline.

How it Works:

As the coach, give your players an instruction of using lots of different dribbling movements to pass to either full court or half-court line.

Instruct them on a specific dribbling movement you want to see them take first before shouting “GO”

Below are few dribbles you can use:

• Through-the-legs

• Dribble low

• Dribbling backwards

• Right hand up, left hand back

• Crossovers

• Behind-the-back

Dribble Knockout – Dribbling Drill

dribble knockout


This type of drill works when protecting the dribble and also on ball-handling.

The aim is for every player to start dribbling around a small area of the floor. The goal is to outwit other players from the area while keeping your game alive.


The coach’s first job here is to make a close decision on the area the kids will be using for this dribbling practice. Although this is dependent on the quantity of players you have, the common areas used for this dribbling practice is usually the 1/3 court or the focal three-point line.

Every participating player should have a bball.

How it Works:

Once the coach makes a call for dribbling, every player will start dribbling and make a serious attempt to outwit each other’s ball out of the playing arena.

While the players keep getting out as a result of their fellow players pushing their balls out, the coach now should pause the game and decrease the playing area. It keeps going until a winner emerges.

Collision Dribbling – Dribbling Drill

collision dribbling


This one is very similar to the knockout dribble that we discussed, only that the players are not allowed to hit away the ball of their fellow players.

Rather this drill aims at making a thorough navigation from the player to dodge their fellow players with a nice dribbling moves and also developing a skillful and creative dribble.


Every player should have a basketball handy, and also will be in a little space which should be determined by the coach.

How it Works:

When the coach calls for the game to start, the players will engage in dribbling their fellow players within the allotted space with an aim of keeping possession of their balls.

With this drill, every player’s ball-handling will effectively improve due to the reaction of each player with another which will not be predetermined nor justified at the beginning. The ball handling drills will make each player to be focused so that they don’t jam one another while on the move. 

Scarecrow Tiggy – Dribbling Drill

scarecrow tiggy


The Scarecrow Tiggy Dribbling Drill is great drill which engages every player and makes them dribble around while they try also to avoid two or more taggers.

Almost every basketball player I have come across love this drill because it’s very great for players who are looking to develop the best of ball-handling skills.


To start this drill every player is required to have a handy basketball and position themselves in the half court. This is exceptional to two players that will be the taggers. Trust me this is nice and players see lots fun with this drill.

The players we call the taggers won’t be having any basketball as opposed to every other players on the court. They will be wearing different colored singlets in other for them to be properly identified as the taggers.

How it Works:

The coach will have to alert the players by calling on “GO”

Once the coach opens the drill, the taggers will swing into action by doing their possible best to tag their rivals who are dribbling a ball.

If the taggers succeed in tagging a dribbler, the dribbler will have to stand in the place or location where they were tagged and have their legs wide spread while holding the ball on top of their head. Once a dribbler rolls the basketball through the legs of the standing player, he regains his freedom and joins the game again.

Unless the taggers assumedly gets every player out at once, the game will not end nor have a winner. (It’s unlikely that this can happen).

The taggers switch on with time allowing other players to participate as taggers as well. This basketball warm up drills is a great learning process that cycle tagging players.

Coaching Points:

  1. Because you will have to be freed by a layer rolling the ball in-between your legs doesn’t mean a player should throw the ball between a team mates legs intentional to free them up. The ball has to be rolled
  2. The dribblers must not violate the rules of the game in other satisfy the coach; like traveling with the ball, double dribbling, etc.. once this happens, the coach should send them out as punishment.
  3. Always ensure you change the size of the space allotted to this drilling exercise and the taggers as well, though it depends on the amount of players participating at once.

Dribble Tag – Dribbling Drill

dribble tag


This is very similar to the Scarecrow Tiggy drill that we discussed on recreation tipsy above, just that every participating player gets a basketball for this drill including the taggers. Once a player is caught, he is out and must get seated down on the side of the basketball court.

Dribble Tag is very interesting when mastered and can make a great difference in the court for good.


The coach should first make a decision on the playing ground the drill will use. Although it solely depends on the number of players participating in the drill.

After the decision is made, the coach will select two players that will emerge as taggers and each of the players will spread out all over the court.

How it Works:

The taggers mission is to tag as many players or dribblers as possible once the drill starts.

Once a dribbler is tagged and caught, the will have to wait outside the court for the rest of the dribblers to be tagged or caught as well.

The cycle keeps moving and rotating round until a dribbler emerges and will eventually become the winner.

Sharks and Minnows – Dribbling Drill

Sharks and Minnows


One of my favorite youth basketball practice is the one called Sharks and Minnows.

The important aim of the game is for the Minnows referred to as the ‘Dribblers’, to dribble from one baseline point to another without been tagged by the sharks who are referred to as the ‘Taggers’.


Here you will select either a player or two as ‘Sharks’ that will be deemed as taggers.

Every player should have a basketball and will also be on the baseline as the ‘Minnows’

How it Works:

The duty of the Minnows is to attempt and dribble through to the other baseline without the sharks tagging them when the coach calls ‘GO’

Once a shark successfully tags the minnows, they will have to stand at the spot they were tagged and place the basketball between their feet as scarecrows. Once a minnow gets close to them, they could tag them in order to be redeemed from the stand.

The winner of the drill will be the last player that has not been tagged.

Basketball Defensive Drills for Kids

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Defensive Mirrors – Defense Drill

Defensive Mirrors


This basketball defense drill is basically going to teach how to work on defensive footwork

With this drill, players are going to mimic their fellow players in the way the move around the court which helps for reaction development while solely working on their defensive footwork.

Again when running this drill, only two players are allowed to move at once. If you have so many players it’s not ideal for them or maybe you will split and teach them the drill carefully.


Every player is going to move unto the baseline and carefully pick a partner for this drill.

It will be very nice to use both ends of the court if you have another coach.

We are going to use the parallel lines of key for this drilling example. If you have two parallel lines on the court, they can also be used.

How it Works:

Two players will come out and directly set themselves up opposite each other on the parallel lines of the key.

The coach will now assign one of them who are the offensive player to the defender and the drilling exercise will commence.

The objective of the defender is to keep a direct close watch in line with his marker (the offensive player). Now the duty of the offensive player is to do everything possible and try to separate themselves from the line with the defenders. It can be achieved by sliding up and down the line of the key.

When this starts, after 15 seconds, the coach will call ‘Switch’ the players will swap roles and the game keeps going.

After 30 seconds the players will give way for another two new players to step in.

Defensive Specialist – Defense Drill

Defensive Specialist


This is a very great continues basketball drill for beginners that works on different level of defense and the movements every player will make to defend the ball including ‘how they should closeout’, ‘back-pedaling’, ‘defensive sliding’, as well as sprinting.


It will be very hard to show you where the cones will be positioned just with this write up. Practice is going to be your best option to figure this out.

You will need what we call Four D-men or cones for the purpose of this drill.

Every player will start in a straight line on the baseline.

How it Works:

Once the whole players are lined up on a straight line in the baseline, the game will start. Unlike the other drills above, this drill will be taking one by one by the defensive players.

The first player’s movement will be a sprint before a close out cone in front of the baseline. The player should then back-pedal around a cone which is directly behind them, before they slide over to the other side of the court.

Once the first defensive player slides across the line, the following player will start the drill.

Once the first defensive player has slide round the cone and move to the other side of the court, they will move to close out, before they slide again to the opposite side of the court and make a return to the end of the baseline.

This drill is required to run for at least 5 – 10 minutes depending on the number of players you have.

One-on-One – Defense Drill



Whenever I come across this one-on-one drill at practice, I feel happy. This is because it’s very good option to teach offensive and defensive players.

Using this one-on-one basketball practice drill will teach the defender to ‘guard their yard’ because we will be forcing the defender with the ball to do so. The defender will not be helped and will remain on their own. They will have to stay in front and challenge the shot from the offender.


The basic basketball drill should start with two players who will be at free-throw line or at the top of the key; it depends on the age and experience.

The basketball stays with the defensive player who should start the ball

Every other player will remain behind the players at half-way on the court.

If there are two coaches, you can stretch your strength with them and make use of both ends of the court. This is to make the players get more play on a regular.

How it Works:

When starting this fun basketball drill, the defender will give the ball to the offensive player. Through giving the basketball to the offender, this will make sure that the defensive players is challenging each other by starting up close to the offender rather than standing back playing defense.

The offender player has to dribble maximum of 2 or 3 times in order to attack the ring and take a shot.

This drill will teach the offensive players to hold unto their drill than waste and it also teaches the offensive players how to defend one on one with their opponents.

The defensive players will need to know the best tactic they will use to on an offensive player in front of them and challenge every shot they got.

When a player make or miss the ball, the coach will introduce an offensive player and ask the previous offensive player to become a defensive player. This will make the previous defender to join the end line at the baseline.

Zig-Zag Slides – Defensive Drill

Zig-Zag Slides


This one is called the Zig-zag drill and it is so great for starters to basketball.

There are two most common things that this drill teaches and they are

  1. How to defensively drop steps when playing basketball, and
  2. How to properly slide defensively while playing.


This one is also simple, basically every player on the baseline will line up on one corner of the court.

There must not be any player with a ball that will join this line.

How it Works:

Once the game starts, the very first player will move from the corner point to a high post through defensive sliding and do a 90-degree drop step. This will ensure they slide back to the opposite sideline.

This process of sliding from one point to another will continue until a player gets to an opposite baseline.

Using these same sliding principles, the player will return down the opposite side of the basketball court.

Whether you are interested in basketball drills for 6 years old, learning to shoot, playing on defense or you are a beginner, this is for you.

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ball handling drills


Basketball conditioning drill is aimed at developing endurance while making the kids get into the game fully and making multiple training as an extra benefit. We all know that scrims and games are vital practices that build up a complete basketball player, on the same hand fitness drill is a very essential component and key to ensure that you will not get outplayed or won by another team.

Now am going to show you the best compiled conditioning drills that make every young player gain fun and fitness. As a coach, you can tweak the drills according to the age of players and athletes as well as number of players taking part in it. These drills could be done in a gym, backyard, and driveway or even at the park. I have put out the most common 2 ball handling drills that will suit you below.

Red light, Green light

In the history and olden days of basketball, we had a well spirited and traditional Red light, Green light basketball drill and game. The drill allows for each player to have one basketball in their hand at the end of the court. Once the Shout “Green light” is called, it informs the kids to run forward while still dribbling their balls, and when they hear “Red Light” they have to suspend the section.

This is a very great conditioning drill that allows for a proper combination of both short and longer dribble and running intervals. You could make a decision for players to run all through the court in a row severally and as well you may decide that they will stop and start unlimited times in little order.


Since the kids who play this training basketball are too small or young to lift weights, it’s very important for parents and coaches to become creative and help the kids build build and generate muscle strength. Relays are one of the drills that make these kids achieve these muscle goals and ensure the competitive fire is lighted. If you will go the relays route, you will have to create small groups for the kids and put them together at one end of the court, yard, floor, or field. Let them start the relay one after another as well as stop them in-between:

Crab Walking: With their stomach facing upwards to the ceiling and their feet and hands remaining flat on the ground, make them do a crab walk through the length of the court and return them back with sprint.

By Skipping: Laying emphasis on airtime with each skip, let them skip down through the length of the court and then make them sprint back.

Do The Frankenstein: Make them to kick one of the legs up and towards their hands as they walk, followed by the other leg having their arms extended straight out in front of their body and their palms facing down. Do them “the Frankenstein” throughout the court and allow them to sprint back.


This is another conditioning drill that engages in splitting the team into two groups and stand them at the baseline faraway. You are simply going to assign number to each of the players and have the same number assigned to the opponents on the other group. What this means is that the two groups will have 2 players, with the same number like Group A : 1, Group B: 1. And so on. Call out a number and two players bearing the same number will sprint out to the center court, grab a ball and make a dribble for layup. Any team that first scores gets a point.

Passing Drills for Kids

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Partner Passing – Passing Drill

partner passing


This drill is called the partner passing and it teaches the unique and basics of passing which lets the players to practice lots of different types of passes and the accurate techniques that should be employed.

It is a unique drill for kids to begin learning the fundamentals and basics of passing basketball.


The players are going to be paired alongside their team mates and should have one basketball for each pair of players.

Should the players go in or form pairs, they will have to stand in a file parallel from their partner.

How it Works:

Now is the time for the coach to tell the kids which of the pass they will need to perform and then stand out and allow the players to pass the ball back and forth to their partners.

The coach could change the type of pass the players will perform interval or even make an increase to the long distance the players are apart if it is too easy.

Stationary Keepings Off – Passing Drill

Stationary Keepings Off


This stationary keepings off passing drill is a great drill which utilizes the power of spacing between two players to train the kids decision making on the catch.

Every tom and dick knows that young players are constantly sprinting towards the basketball at the start of the games. Keeping the players stationary in this drill, will show them how much easy it is to keep the ball away from the defense once they are spread apart from their team mates.


Select maybe a player or two that will be the defenders and make the remaining players to spread out wide in a small area like we have in the three-point line.

The offensive team will only require a basketball to begin the drill.

How it Works:

To start the drill, instruct the defenders that they are going to run around and chase the offenders in order to steal the basketball from them. Objective of the defender is clear in this drill, try as much as possible to steal the ball or make a deflection of it.

The offensive player should stay in a space and allow the ball to pass around to each other which keeps the ball away from the reach of the defenders.

The defenders are to be swapped over, maybe after one or two minutes

Count Em’ Up – Passing Drill


Just like the stationary keepings off, this drill is a more advanced version which is why we call it the Count Em’ Up Passing Drill for kids.

To get an open, deny the offensive player, or even make great smart passes to limit turnovers.


The very first thing that is required is to split up the kids into two even groups. The teams should preferably have different colors so as to be differentiated from one team or another during the course of the drill.

It is required to bring in just one basketball for this drill to begin.

How it Works:

The first which happens in this drill is that every player must match-up and make a stick to their opponents respectively.

There is one goal of this particular drill which is to move round and make a certain number of passes which is set by the coach without the opposition having the basketball deflected or stealing the ball. No shooting or dribbling is allowed for this drill.

The number of passes which must be make and should be between 5 and 20 depending on the level and age of the player’s experience.

Players should be allowed to go around wherever they want to go within the playing area.

Once the defenders steal the ball out of bounds or deflect the ball, it should become their ball and both the defenders and offenders will switch roles.

For every time a team makes a successful and certain number of passes, they are rewarded with a single point.

Continuous 3 on 2 – Passing Drill

Continuous 3 on 2


Do you want to improve your decision making and passing drills? If so this drill is your best bet and it is called continuous 3 on 2 passing drill.

To have additional player on your offensive team means there is always an opening as long as the offender keeps spacing out wider. It is very fascinating drill and fun when you start enjoying it with your team mates.


To start this drill, there needs to be three (3) players on the offensive team that should be located at the middle of the court. Also the drill requires two defenders at each of the half court, having the rest of the players who stands out of bounds at half court line

There should be only one basketball to use during this drill.

How it Works:

The 3 offensive players will be attacking 2 of the defenders at one end of the court and when the have the ball in their possession, either they score or let the defensive players on the court to get the basketball.

Should two of the defensive players manage to get the basketball, (either by rebound, stealing it out of bounds or maybe the offensive team make a basket), they will simply let the next player in line at half way who sprints in towards the ball to help them advance the ball to the basket.

After that, two of the defenders will now become the offensive team players and are allowed to pick an additional player maybe from sideline to help give them 3 players. They will have to attack towards the other end of the court on a 3 on 2 basis.

For the previously offenders, two of the players will automatically now become the next defenders and one (1) of them joins the tail end of the out of bounds line.

This process is a continuous one that will keep repeating for some time until they players becomes weak to carry on play.

Footwork Drills for Kids

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Four Corners – Footwork Drill

Four Corners


Four corners footwork drill is very good for doing working on jump stops, passing and pivoting the ball at games.

This drill makes it easy for a coach to show the different types of game pivots and the drill the players will enjoy doing.


The coach needs to create a big square first in the center half-court and it’s done by placing from a distance, four good cones which should be greatly visible. In the exact middle of the square, there should be the D-man or another cone. Cones are basically used to show were each of the groups need to be.

There should be a visible and splited four groups of players and each of the group will acquire one cone. The starting position for each of the lines will be the cones.

The drill will require one basketball for each line to start and should be visible in the hand of the person in the front of the line.

How it Works:

The very first task that a coach needs to execute on this drill is to teach the players the direction they need be passing their ball (whether is the left direction or the right direction) and the type of pivot he requires of them to use.

As soon as the coach calls out “go”, every player that has a basketball will start dribbling towards the middle of the arranged cone and performs his jump stop a few feet away, he further pivots before he can then pass the ball to the next line before he returns to the end of the line.

Any player in, who will catch the basketball, will not get started at once until the coach calls out “go” and then he can start his game.

Red Light, Green Light – Footwork Drill

Red Light, Green Light


This great drill called Red Light, Green Light footwork drill is very great and always improves your players on jump stops and Pivoting.

With almost every young, youth and kids level of play I have coached, this drill have been employed a lot and I can vouch the significant and impact was felt by the players.


To begin this drill, every player will need to be lined up at the tail end of the baseline and have one basketball each.

Create two files for the players when they are around or over 10 players to make them fell belonged in the drill and see how each of them performs clearer.

How it Works:

To start the drill, put the players in triple threat position at the baseline on the court.

To fully begin this drill, the coach will need to take the players up to the court by calling out “go” and ‘stop”. When they hear ‘go’ they will have to start dribbling at a great but comfortable pace to the opposite end of the court. Once they hear ‘stop’ from the coach, it is required of the players to immediately do a jump stop.

This drill is expected to go on for as much time as it could take the players to reach the opposite end of the court.

Should the players become comfortable with the jump stops and perfect it accurately without mistakes, as a coach you may consider going a bit more advanced through adding pivots.

The coach could shout ‘pivot’ and watch the players to do their pivot any direction, or better still specify the direction they need to pivot by either saying ‘left foot pivot’ or ‘right foot pivot’. Any direction specified is the direction the players will pivot around if you ever specific to them.

Explode, Pivot, Pass – Footwork Drill

Explode, Pivot, Pass


The Explode, pivot, pass footwork drill makes absolute use of basic footwork fundamentals. It is a great and fast drill every coach should consider running for the kids. Even if you decide to run it for few minutes, your team will definitely gain a lot of experience and benefits from it.


The drill is going to divide the players into two or more groups of players. You could consider having 3 players in each of the groups as this is more preferred than 2 players on a group. If you have the opportunity, make it 3 players per group.

Every group involved should begin in a straight line and have one basketball. Their lines should either be at the baseline or behind the sideline.

How it Works:

The drill must be started behind the line that is located in triple threat stance by the players with the ball.

The first way to go is to do two great dribbles which must be explosive to every spectator, out from the line before they do a greatly controlled jump stop.

Players should pivot at 180 degrees after their jump stop, until they are directly facing their group and then they have to make a great chest pass to the player next to them in line. To end, they will have to sprint to the end of the line.

There are three basic components every coach will be looking at and they are:

  1. A controlled pivot
  2. No traveling while the player is exploding off the dribble
  3. Controlled jump stop

This is a clear process which will keep recycling for a number of specified time.


Fun Drills for Kids

fun bball drill

War – Fun Drill



War fun drill is very good to implement in a small-sided games for practices. This is one of the series of small-sided training sections that happens between two separate teams that can be played in both half-court and full-court.

This is one of the most common drills in a practice that could be seen among every team no matter the level of play.


With this drill, you are going to split two teams and line each of the group in half up formation directly opposite to the sidelines.

Say there are 12 players total in a team for this instance, the team is going to have 6 players each side or group. Let every individual player on each of the teams get a number ranging from 1 – 6

A coach is required to start this drill with the players and only one basketball is required for the drill.

How it Works:

The coach is going to throw the ball out into the center of the court for this drill to commence and call out few numbers between 1 and 6 to chase the ball.

Should the coach decide to play 4 on 4 or 3 on 3, he can call on number “1, 2, 5, and 6” or number “4, 2, 5, and 1”. When this occurs, the numbers he have chosen from will come out from both teams and play a game of 3 on 3 or 4 on 4 until one team scores.

Any number of players are allowed to play this game from 1 on 1 to 6 on 6 and it’s the decision of the coach to play any number of players.

Golden Child – Fun Drill

Golden Child


Golden child fun drill is a great game where kids are constantly begging for the practice to keep rolling over and over again daily. This is because it is very fun to play.

This game requires that there will be two teams, a dribbling team and a shooting team.  It is also required of the dribbling teams to run around the half-court one after another while shooters try their best to bring them out.


As a coach, you will need to separate your group of players into two likely even teams

On the side of the dribbling team, they have to hold on the possession a basketball and line up at the end of a corner at the baseline of the court.

The shooting team should be lined up at the free-throw line and must have either one or two balls for the drill to start, where ever they line up needs to be close enough to let them shoot, depending on the ages bracket and level of the play they are participating on.

How it Works:

This drill starts with the coach who should call out ‘go’, a word that is supposedly going to trigger both sides of the team to begin the drill.

For every dribble on this drill, their goal is simply to make as many Home runs as possible as they can. For people who don’t know what a home run is, a home run is when a dribbler successfully makes it back to line or round outside of the half court.

To get a dribbler out of this drill, the shooters should do everything within their powers to get them out simply by making a shot. Should a shot be successfully make, the shooters must call out “STOP” and the dribbler in position has to freeze. The next available dribbler can begin dribbling once this happens.

Should they successfully return home, they are rewarded with one run and still they could then join the end of line to run again?

This keeps going till every dribbler is called out and then the players and their teams will switch their roles. Any team that acquires the most number of runs during the drill, wins the game.

Elimination – Fun Drill



This drill is great for players when they want to conclude their practice and it is called Elimination fun drill.

The main goal of this drill is to make your shot before any player behind you makes it to the basket with their shot. The free-throw line is always the point where the first point must come from then the next shots can come from any angle on the court.


To start this drill, every player is going to line up at the free throw line on the court.

The very first two players in line of the court should have a ball.

How it Works:

To start this drill, allow the first person in line to shoot their own shot. If they succeed, they have to quickly rebound their ball and throw it to their next team mate in line to try their luck. Should the team mate miss the ball, they have to make a rebound of the ball and make a score as fast as they can.

Without the first player shooting the ball, the second player cannot shot, so as soon as the first player have shoot, the second shooter is expected to commence at once.

The first players are usually the players that go out first; this is because the second shooter is not expected to score before the first shooter. So should the shooter behind score first before the first shooter, the first shooter is out.

This elimination fun drill will keep recycling during the process until one person is left and he/she is crowned the winner of the drill.

Small-Sided Games – Fun Drill

small sided


Everybody is asking if kids love anything more than playing a real basketball game?

Due to some reasons that are practical, it is required to play a small-sided game for some of the benefits that have been listed on this post. Its still depends on the amount of players you have on your team and it is believed that 3 on 3 or even 4 on 4 are the greatest small-sided games to use here.


We are going to use both halves of a court to create small-sided games which depends on the number of players you have.

Let each of the sides know that they are going to advance the ball to half-court or the third line of the court, which is if there is one.

Every game you drill the kids on small-sided fun drill will require just one basket to progress.

How it Works:

Begin the game and allow the kids to participate on it.

Make team changes and some adjustment if the need for it arises, though it is recommended to try and not interrupt too much on the drill because the players will learn their mistakes through experience.

Game-Winner – Fun Game



When you are eager to finish your practice on a high esteem, then employ this drill. Whenever a coach runs this drill, I normally see players that end up leaving the floor or court with huge smiles on their faces.

This drill is just one long-distance shooting practice, that when accurately made, will ensure the player who shoots it will win a kind of award or prize.


This team makes use of age and level a lot, and depending on the level of a team, it is required to choose a little long distance from the basket which should be away from their comfortable shooting range. It needs to be close in a way that every kids effort could be seen and noticed towards the basket when he/she throws/shots the ball, so that they have a clear chance of making the basket.

Only a single ball is required for this drill when it starts.

How it Works:

If you are a coach, let’s assume that the distance for this drill is going to be half-way line. Gather every participating player in a single file at the half-way and allow them to start taking shots one after the other.

As a coach you will need to gift any player that makes the shot a reward. It simply could be anything ranging from as little prize to being the leader of warm-ups week after week provided you are using these basketball drills