Coach Pintar – Clarkston High School
Here is a great full court basketball drill that you can incorporate with your team. What I really like about this basketball drill is that it can be run with large numbers of kids, so if you’re doing a tryout and have 30 kids this drill will work. I also like this basketball drill because it incorporates a ton of different skills: Full court/game speed layups which are especially good for your big men, passing, jump shots, closeouts, boxouts, and eventually we incorporate offensive skill moves and post ups into the drill.
The drill begins with 11 guys in these 9 spots (I apologize if the numbering is confusing but it’s all the program allowed me to use). Notice you will want to have two guys in each outline line on the side where the drill starts from. The players who are circled (1 through 5) all will have a basketball to start. We want our outlet lines to be free throw line extended. If you have more than 11 players just have them fill in behind any of the 9 spots. Again, we have done this drill with 30 or more kids, so you can do this with very large groups as well.
Wolves Basketball Drill Setup
Wolves Basketball Drill in Action
The drill will begin with an outlet pass from (1) to (x1). We stress here that (x1) needs to be calling for the outlet, and we also talk about making yourself available for the outlet and getting to an open spot where the pass can be made. You will see how this is important once the drill gets going. When (x1) gets the outlet he dribbles game speed to the other end for a layup. After he makes his layup he should get his own rebound and he will start the drill back in the other direction. Player (1) will trail (x1) after he makes the outlet pass. He will come down the floor and get a jump shot at the other end. The (4) will make the pass to (1) and after making the pass he will close out on the shot. Here you can stress your closeout/defensive principles, for example close out low, break down, etc… We also like to keep guys out of the middle so you may stress something like that as well. For the purposes of the drill we ask our guys to close out and defend hard but to allow the shot to be taken. After the shot is up, the (4) should box out and then get the rebound. Along with this, when (x1) gets to around the 3 point line as he goes in for the layup, (x3) should start running the opposite lane. He will end up getting a shot as well, and like our other shot the (5) will pass it and then close out and get the rebound. We want this player to delay slightly, so that we end up with a layup, shot and then another shot, all at different intervals.
Wolves Basketball Drill – Going back the other way
After the shots are taken, the shooters will end up in the spots on the baseline with the basketballs. The two defenders will now go to the outlet lines and your spots are filled again. The drill is a continuous drill (don’t stop after the layup/shots). After (x1) makes his layup, he should be looking for (x2) to make the outlet to and the drill continues in the opposite direction. Everything from here on out repeats. (x2) will take the ball the length of the court for a layup (x1) will trail and get a shot and (x4) will trail opposite of (x1) for the other shot. To continue back the other direction (x2) would get his own rebound and make the outlet to start the drill in the other direction.
While the drill make look like a giant mess it really works well and generally takes just a few rotations for most kids (middle school to high school) to pick up. I haven’t tried it with elementary levels but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work just as well at those levels. Also, after you run it for awhile going right handed we reverse it and start the drill going to the left so we work on layups on both sides of the basket.
Once your players get accustomed to the drill you can incorporate some twists to the drill…
1) Make it competitive by telling your team you need to make ‘x’ amount of shots in ‘x’ amount of time. For example, 100 made baskets in 5 minutes.
2) Require your shooters to make a certain move before their shot. For example, crossover to the left then a shot, or crossover then a step back before you shot.
3) Have your players get post touches. When we do this we usually tell only our first shooter to call for a post touch. The way we do this is when the first shooter is trailing the play he yells “post, post”. When he calls for the ball in the post, the passer (on the baseline) makes a pass to the wing on that side of the floor. The ‘shooter’ now instead posts up against the defender and gets a post feed from the wing. You have to stress that only the first shooter can call for the post just because the timing won’t work for the 2nd shooter to do this. We added this last year and it’s a great addition to the drill.
If any part of this basketball drill doesn’t make sense feel free to comment and I will respond and answer you as soon as I can.