Sharks and Minnows – Dribbling Drill

Sharks and Minnows

Sharks and Minnows is one of my favorite drills for youth basketball.

The aim of the game is for the minnows (dribblers) to dribble from baseline to baseline without getting tagged by the sharks (taggers).

27 Basketball Drills and Games for Kids

Basketball Drills and Games for Kids

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I frequently receive emails from coaches seeking drills because they either don’t know what to use or their kids are tired of running the same drills over and over again at practice.

It’s important for all coaches to use proven drills that will improve their players.

Hand-Off Shooting – Shooting Drill

Hand-Off Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Players at the top of the key dribble down and perform a handoff with a wing player cutting to the top of the key who then takes the shot or drives for the layup.

Purpose:

To work on shooting off hand-offs and performing them as they can be tricky for players to master unless drilled often.

23 Cones – Shooting Drill

23 Cones Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Place 23 cones at the baseline of one end of the floor and split the players up into two teams at the other end of the floor. Players shoot and are ‘rewarded’ by being allowed to go to the other end of the court and have a chance at collecting a cone IF they make another shot. If they miss, they get nothing and return to the end of their line. The team with the most cones at the end of the game wins.

Purpose:

A fun variation to a normal shooting drill that keeps players interested and excited. Players are shooting under a lot of pressure on the second shot.

Pressure Jump Shots – Shooting Drill

Pressure Jump Shots Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Players must complete eight shots (two from each high post) while under the pressure that if they miss the shot they have to join the same line and try again.

Purpose:

Allows players to practice shooting open jump shots while under mental pressure.

Speed Shooting – Shooting Drill

Speed Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Three groups line up along the baseline. The first player in the group sprints the floor with the ball, pulls up for a shot, rebounds, then sprints back down the other end and shoots, rebounds, and passes to the next player in line.

Purpose:

This drills makes sure the players are fatigued when shooting the basketball and works on players learning to decelerate and be on balance when shooting the ball.

Off the Dribble Form Shooting – Shooting Drill

Off the Dribble Form Shooting

How the Drill Works:

Players practice the 1-2 step or the hop two times with a pump fake and then use the 1-2 step or the hop to shoot a jump shot.

Purpose:

To teach players to shoot off the dribble using either the 1-2 step or the hop with the correct footwork and while balanced. A great drill for players that are usually off balance when they shoot after dribbling.

Weave Layups – Shooting Drill

Weave Layups

How the Drill Works:

Players weave from half court ending in a layup by a wing player. The middle player rebounds the ball, outlet passes, and then the ball is back to the start.

Purpose:

A fast paced drill that works on passing and layups while at full speed and under time pressure. A great drill to get the intensity up at training.

Cincinnati Layups – Shooting Drill

Cincinnati Layups

How the Drill Works:

A line of players at half court and on the wing, and a single player on the free-throw line. The player at half court passes to the player at the free throw line who then passes to the cutting wing player for a layup.

Purpose:

This is a great warm-up drill for young players that works on layups and passing skills. Also great for concentration as we emphasize that the ball should never hit the floor.

Give and Go Shooting – Shooting Drill

Give and Go Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Players weave in and out of the cones, pass to the coach, receive the ball back, and then shoot a variety of shots off the catch switching sides each time they shoot.

Purpose:

A great drill to work on dribbling skills, footwork off the catch, and a variety of shots.