Basic Basketball Drills For Beginners – Next Level Hoops

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For the players that’s new to the game of basketball, all the different aspects of the game can be overwhelming at first. That’s why you start off with the basics first, also known as the “Fundamentals of Basketball”.

Fundamentals of basketball are what makes an elite player. All the all-time great players like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, they all mastered the fundamentals first and went on up from there.

Players must be able to handle the ball, shoot the ball properly, shooting off the dribble, learn footwork, etc. Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, then you expand your skill set into the more advanced development.

Practicing these basic basketball drills for beginners regularly will give you an solid foundation to build your game off of and to take it to the NEXT LEVEL.

 

Shooting

Form Shooting

Description

This is a great drill to improve shooting technique, accuracy, and develop consistency in a player’s shot. So when it comes to a real game, there will be no thinking involved. It’ll just be automatic. This is a very simple drill, but very effective. Players of all ages and skill levels including professionals use this drill to improve their shooting stroke.

Layout

Performed from 3 spots around the basket. The right block, left block, and then middle.

Startup

  1. Player will have an basketball and stand 5 feet from the basket at one of the three spots.
  2. Player will then shoot the ball with proper form without jumping, but finishing on the balls of they’re feet
  3. Complete from all 3 spots for desired number of reps. I recommend making 10 shots from each spot for a grand total of 30 made shots.

Key Points

  • Coaches may have to demonstrate shooting with proper form to your players for the first time around. If you don’t know how to shoot with proper form, click HERE.
  •  No wasted reps. Every repetition should have proper shooting form. If not, the rep doesn’t count.

 

5-Spot Catch And Shoot

Description 

This drill is an non-stop shooting, passing, and rebounding that can be done individually or with an partner. Players get quality repetitions while improving their shooting accuracy.

Layout

Perform from 5 spots around the basket. Both corners, both wings, then from the middle. Either from mid-range or 3 pointer.

Startup

  1. Shooter will start in the corner in shot ready position (hands up, knees bent, ready to shoot), doesn’t matter which side.
  2. Rebounder will be under the basket catching rebounds and passing it out to the shooter
  3. Complete steps at each spot for a desired number of reps. I recommend making 10 mid-range shots and 10 three pointers for a total of 20 makes at each spot. A grand total off 100 makes.

(if you do not have rebounder, just self-pass the ball to yourself and getting your own rebounds for desired number of reps. It takes longer, but still just as effective.)

Key Points

  • Shots must be performed at game speed to be effective
  • Practice shooting with proper shooting mechanics to improve accuracy and consistency in jump-shot
  • Also can practice shooting off the dribble instead of shooting off the catch

 

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Ball Handling

Stationary Dribbling

Description

This drill will tighten the ball handling skills by helping a player get used to pounding the basketball and learning different dribble moves.

Layout

Every player has a ball and is lined up on the baseline

Startup

  1. Player should have knees, eyes up, and pounding the ball on every rep
  2. Practice moves such as crossovers, between the legs, behind the back, etc…

Click Here For 7-Minute Stationary Dribbling Routine That Will Get Your Handles On A String

Key Points

  • Stay Low- The ball shouldn’t come above kneecap
  • Head Up- Scan the floor so it’ll be easy in real game
  • Pound The Ball- To get the feel for the ball and to make your handles quicker
  • Welcome Mistakes- that’s how you know your actually trying to get better

Zig-Zag Dribbling Drill

Description 

This drill improves a players ability to handle the ball in the full court and make moves while going game speed.

Layout

Every player has an basketball and starting on the baseline.

Startup

Player will perform a series of different dribbling moves or combos in zig-zag motion, either to half-court or full-court. Going at game speed.

Moves to-do:

  • Right Hand Up, Left Hand Back
  • In-Out with right hand up, In-out with left hand back
  • Crossover
  • Between The Legs
  • Behind The Back
  • Spin Move
  • Combos (Whatever moves you want)

Key Points

  • Stay Low- The ball shouldn’t come above kneecap
  • Head Up- Scan the floor so it’ll be easy in real game
  • Pound The Ball- To get the feel for the ball and to make your handles quicker
  • Go game speed- the only way to get better
  • Welcome Mistakes- Improvements are made through mistakes

 

Passing

Partner Passing

Description

This drill is great for working on a variety of passes that a player will need during a game such as bounce passes, chest passes, Over-Head passes, etc…

Layout

A player with an basketball and their partner will stand facing each other with about 10 feet between them.

Startup

The player and their partner will pass the ball back and forth to each other while working on different types of passes.

Passes To-Do:

  • Chest Pass
  • Bounce Pass
  • Over-Head Pass
  • 1-Hand Chest Pass
  • 1-Hand Bounce Pass
  • Hook Pass
  • Behind The Back Pass

(If you do not have an partner, just makes the passes to the wall and the ball should bounce back to you)

Key Points

  • Make quick and hard passes
  • Have an target when passing
  • Make passes with your fingertips not your palm

 

Pass And Shoot

Description

This is a very effective drill because not only are you working on your passing, but also your shooting. The best of both worlds.

Layout

One Player with the ball and partner under the basket.

Startup

  1. The player with the ball will shoot their shoot and go get their own rebound
  2. The partner is relocating to whatever spot they choose, ready to catch and shoot
  3. Repeat steps for desired number of reps. I recommend y’all play a game to see who makes 10 shots first to boost intensity and get that competitive spirit going
  4. Can Be performed either from mid-range or 3 pointers

Key Points

  • Be ready to shoot every  time you catch the ball
  • Practice proper shooting mechanics to improve accuracy and consistency

 

Defense

Lane Slides

Description

This is an awesome drill to improve a players defensive stance and help them move their feet quicker.

Layout

Player positioned on either side of the free-throw lane lines.

Startup

  1. Players are low and in defensive stance on either side of the free-throw lane lines
  2. On “Go”, player slides to opposite lane line and back to starting position. That is 2 reps completed.
  3. Repeat steps for desired amount of reps. I recommend seeing how many lane lines a player can get within 30 seconds

(If your alone, just go on your command and time yourself)

Key Points

  • Stay low with hands out in defensive stance
  • Shuffle your feet, don’t cross them
  • Have active hands

 

Zig-Zag Defensive Slide Drill

Description

This another really cool drill that not only works on your defensive skill set but also your shooting. We all know that you can’t ever get enough shooting.

Layout 

Players will start on baseline with their backs turned towards the court.

Startup

  1. Players are low and in defensive stance on the baseline
  2. On “Go”, players will then slide in zig-zag formation either to half-court or full-court
  3. Repeat steps for desired reps. I recommend doing 3 full-court zig-zag defensive slide reps. Up and back count as 1 full rep.

(If your alone, just go on your command)

Key Points

  • Stay low with hands out in defensive stance
  • Shuffle your feet, don’t cross them
  • Have active hands

 

The Bottom Line

Basketball it’s not something you just learn overnight, you have to continuously work at it if you want to see results. It may be difficult to grasp right now, but you’ll notice as time goes by that it gets easier as your game improves. You’ll be able to do more, understand more, and just be able to pick up on new things just as you seen them. Just got to put the work in.

I hope you enjoyed these basic basketball drills for beginners, if you commit and take pride in them, your game WILL go to the next level. I encourage you to share this article and leave an comment below if you have any questions or want to share your own personal experience.

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4 thoughts on “Basic Basketball Drills For Beginners – Next Level Hoops

  1. I never knew there was so much to basketball! That’s a lot of drills and I’m not sure my 12 year old could remember them all, no matter how many times he practised lol

    It is true what you say though “you have to continuously work at it if you want to see results”, and I think that very much applies to most things in life. 🙂

  2. This is great. My son has just started playing basketball. He is only 9 years old. He has a poor shooting technique, but for some strange reason he still gets them in. I will show his this page to him and we will go through some of these drills together. This website will help us a lot.

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