Drills & Games

Mikan Drill

Under the basket layup drill using 2 steps in each direction, alternating sides and finishing hands without dribbling. Start underneath the basket, face out of bounds, 2 step layup in one direction, grab the rebound, 2 steps to the other side for another layup. Repeat the process until you reach your goal of MADE baskets.

The plan here is to keep the ball chest or shoulder high after each rebound to get the shots up quickly, as you would need to in a game time situation. The Reverse Mikan Drill starts underneath the hoop, but instead face the free throw line.

We recommend making 10 layups in a row, 5 with each hand, for each variation below. When all is said and done, this comes out to 40 MADE layups.

  1. Layups straight in
  2. Layups off the backboard
  3. Reverse straight in
  4. Reverse off the backboard

Ball-Handling Drills

  1. Around the Body: Moving the ball around the back from one hand to the next and picking up the speed as you get more comfortable. This also includes lowering the ball and moving the ball around your legs. You can also reverse the direction.
  2. Around One Leg Handling: Moving the ball around one leg and picking up the speed as you get more comfortable. You can also reverse the direction. Then move onto the other leg.
  3. Figure-8 Handling: Moving the ball around one leg then continuing to move the ball around the other leg. You can also reverse the direction.
  4. Spider Handling: Start by holding the ball between your legs, with a hand on each side of one leg. Let go of the ball, allow it to bounce once, switch hands to the other leg and catch the ball. Keep doing this drill continuously, alternating legs. You can pick up the speed as you get more comfortable. For advanced handling, do not let the ball bounce.
  5. Crab Walk: From sideline to sideline, or whatever 2 lines you can use, this is a walking figure-8. As you get more comfortable this can develop into a run.

Dribbling Drills

  1. Stationary Dribbling Levels: Dribbling chest high, to hip high, to ankle high. From top to bottom and back to the top with continuous dribbling.
  2. 2-Ball Stationary Dribbling Levels: The same drill as above, but now you feel more comfortable and advanced to dribble a ball with each hand. You can dribble the balls simultaneously, or alternate dribbles.
  3. Around One Leg Dribbling: Dribbling the ball around one leg with one hand. For example, right hand around right leg. You can also reverse the direction. Then move onto the other leg.
  4. Figure-8 Dribbling: Dribbling the ball around one leg then continuing to move the ball around the other leg. You can also reverse the direction.
  5. Spider Dribbling: Dribble the ball in front of you twice, once with each hand. On the second dribble, push the ball between the legs to the back side. Dribble the ball behind you twice, once with each hand. Again, on the second dribble, push the ball between the legs to the front side, where you started. Keep doing this drill continuously, alternating between the front and the back.

Dribbling Races

  1. Zig-Zag Dribbling: Starting at the corner of the baseline. Dribble to the elbow, then the sideline corner at half court, then the elbow on the other end of the court, then the corner of the opposite baseline. Anytime you are going left, dribble with the left hand. Anytime you are going right, dribble with the right hand. This can also be done with 2 balls, simultaneous or alternate dribbles.
  2. Suicide Dribbling: Also known as wind sprints, while dribbling the basketball. You can make it more challenging, and also for more conditioning, by doing a double suicide.

Shooting Games

  1. 1 & 1 Free Throws to 10: You have to make the first free throw to shoot the second, but the maximum shots is 2. This can be done with a partner and the first one that makes 10 shots is the winner. If doing this on your own, you can run a sprint, do some push-ups, or think of some other alternative to missing free throws. For example, missing the first free throw could equate to 5 push-ups while missing the second free throw could equate to 1 wind sprint.
  2. Beat the Pro: Alternate catching & shooting from mid-range spots: elbow to elbow, elbow to wing, elbow to baseline, and baseline to baseline. The game is to make 8 shots before you miss twice. This can be done on your own, but it would be more helpful and efficient to at least have 2 people.
  3. Golf: This game needs at least 2 people and can be done with as many as you would like. It is doable with only one basketball, easier with more than one ball, with ideal being one ball per person. Players shoot in an order, from anywhere behind the 3-point line. When a shot goes in, that is 1 point. If the next shot also goes in, the point streak extends to 2. For example, say the point streak extends to 7 and the next shot is missed, the player that missed now has 7 points. Like golf, the lower score is the goal, because once you get 21+ you are eliminated.
  4. Around the World: Make a shot at each mark around the paint from one side to the other. You can make it more challenging by going there and back to where you started. You get 2 chances to make a shot at each spot or you start over, but these rules can be adjusted to how you would like to play.
  5. Team Shooting Spots: Picking a spot on the court for a team to shoot on, with another team shooting at the same spot on the other side (left side/right side).

Footwork

  • Dot the i: Jumping forward over a line and then backward, continuously. This can be done off of 2 feet, as well as off of 1 foot at a time.
  • Cross the t: Jumping side to side over a line, continuously. This can be done off of 2 feet, as well as off of 1 foot at a time.