5 Basketball Agility Drills to Improve Footwork and Body Control

Agility is the ability for a player to move quickly and easily around the court, changing directions effortlessly and using elite body control to change speeds.

Agile players have an advantage because they can quickly react to opponents and be the first players to get their hands on a loose ball.

To train this, many coaches will use basketball agility drills before and during the season.

These drills are designed to improve body control, footwork, coordination, and balance.

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How to Run the Three Man Weave Drill (and Why You Should)

Practice time is precious to a coach, regardless of age level.

No matter if you’re coaching your child’s elementary school team or preparing for the NBA Finals, every team needs some warm up activity at the beginning of practice to get blood flowing both physically and mentally.

One of the most popular warm up drills for basketball teams is the “Three Man Weave”.

This drill works on passing and catching on the fast break, communication, finishing, and running the floor hard.

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How to Become a Basketball Coach (11-Step Guide)

Coaching young people at the youth and high school level is an important job.

Aside from teaching the skills and fundamentals of basketball, a great basketball coach can have a tremendous impact on the life of a child.

The coaching community is in need of quality role models to enter the profession… and more importantly, young people are in need of these role models.

We need more people learning how to become a basketball coach!

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3 Basketball Practice Plans for All Age Groups (7 – 18 Years Old)

Practices are the time coaches have the biggest opportunity to impact the basketball skills of a player…

However, I constantly attend practices that are inefficiently run.

The coach spends half of practice trying to work out what drill to run next.

All coaches should be spending the majority of their time encouraging and providing feedback to their players… not working out what the next drill is going to be.

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1-2-2 Press – Complete Coaching Guide (Includes Images)

Basketball is a game of flow.

When a team is playing well, they’re usually advancing the ball quickly down the court with an attacking mindset. The ball moves quickly and easily. Offensive players play confidently and decisively.

It’s the job of the defense to try to break the offensive team’s rhythm.

One way to do this is through full court zone pressure, which can create indecision and force the offense to reverse the ball multiple times to cross the half court line.

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How to Dominate as a Center in Basketball (Tips and Tricks)

The center, who is often referred to as the “five,” is one of the most important basketball positions on the team.

A dominant center can completely change the identity of a team’s offense and defense.

Often the player deemed “the center” is the tallest player on the team, and they usually spend a lot of time around the key on the defensive end of the floor.

Offensively, most of the center’s points will come right around the basket, although it’s becoming more common for them to step outside and hit midrange and three-point shots.

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