Chase Down Layups – Shooting Drill


How the Drill Works:

Two lines of players on the baseline at each end of the court. The offensive player starts with an advantage and sprints the court and must lay the ball up while under pressure from the defensive player.


To teach players layups at full speed while under pressure from a defender. Also works on chase-down defense.

Fatigue Shooting – Shooting Drill

Fatigue Shooting

How the Drill Works:

Players are in groups of 3 or 4. The drill involves each player passing the ball to a shooter, sprinting the floor, receiving a pass for the shot, and then rebounding their own shot to pass to the next person.


A fast-paced drill that allows athletes to practice shooting while fatigued. Great drill to improve conditioning in all players.

2-3 Zone Defense – The Complete Guide

2-3 zone defense

The 2-3 zone is by far the most common zone in basketball and is more than likely the specific formation that will come to a coaches mind when they hear the term ‘zone’ relating to basketball.

The 2-3 zone defense involves two players across the top of the zone near each high post; these players are referred to as the ‘guards’ (1 and 2), two players a step outside of each block; known as the ‘forwards’ (3 and 4), and a player in the middle of the key referred to as the ‘center’ (5).

Tennessee Drill – Shooting Drill

Tennessee Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

The ball starts under the basket. On every trip down the floor there will be two passes and a layup. The first two passers must switch sides of the floor and then take a jump shot from either the high post or three-point line receiving the ball from the players on the sideline. The player that performs the layup then initiates the next trip down the floor with the two players that passed the ball to the shooters.


Allows players to work on layups as well as shooting from different areas on the floor. Two other benefits are practicing passing the ball ahead to a teammate running at full speed and the drill is also great for conditioning since the players are under a time limit.

Partner Shooting – Shooting Drill

Partner Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Players take sets of 10 shots each. One person rebounds while the other shoots, back-pedals to half way and spots up again for the shot. Then they swap over.


To work on shooting while fatigued. Great drill to get up lots of repetitions when you have a lot of players. Also can work on a variety of shots.

5 Spot Variety – Shooting Drill

5 Spot Variety Drill

How the Drill Works:
All players grab a basketball and line up behind the same cone. Each player takes four different shots from 5 different cones. The core four shots are two layups and two jump shots.

A great drill for practicing a variety of shots from all over the floor. While I’m usually against lines, this drill moves quite fast and the players will never be standing for too long.

8 Reasons Why You MUST Use Small-Sided Games

small sided games

Small-sided games are awesome. I love them and use them in every youth basketball practice I run. I think you should too.

In my blog post on creating a youth basketball practice, I emphasised the importance of small-sided games in youth sports. This being a new concept to some coaches, I received a few emails asking why exactly are they’re so important or wanting more information on the subject.

Most of the questions I received basically summed up into this question…

“Why are small-sided games so important? If the players play 5 on 5 in a game, wouldn’t it be silly for them to practice with fewer players?”

Understandable question and I can definitely see why some coaches may question the concept of small-sided games for quicker and easier development of our players.

To answer this question I decided to create this blog post of the 8 reasons you MUST use small-sided games in every practice.

Drive and Kick Drill – Shooting Drill

Drive and Kick Drill

This drill teaches your players how to explode off the dribble and attack gaps in the defense, forcing defenders to help, before passing it out to a teammate for an open shot.

To keep the drill fun and competitive, the last player takes a shot from the corner.