Basketball Moves - Drills For Players, Parents & Coaches

Mastering the various Basketball Moves is an important part of being a successful offensive player. Players must learn how to move with the ball in the many situations they will face during practices and games.







Yes, we must remember that basketball is a team sport and that each players' main objective is to help their team succeed. By improving their basketball moves, players are putting their team in a better position to succeed.

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By practicing and understanding the following drills...

Players will improve their skill level at making various basketball moves while controlling the ball. They will become more confident in their ability to drive to the basket for scoring opportunities, and for opportunities to help their teammates score.

Parents will have a better understanding of the various basketball moves their child will need to work on in order to improve their game. They will also be in a better position to help their child practice these drills and improve their skill level.

Coaches will discover the keys to develop and improve their players' skill level for their basketball moves. They will be able to teach their players a wide variety of moves that they will be able to use in game and practice situations.

I will divide these drills into two sections for your convenience: Perimeter Moves and Post Moves. As always, I recommend that players work on all the drills of basketball, regardless of their position.

A guard should learn the varius post moves, just as a post player should learn perimeter moves needed to drive to the basket. By doing this, players will be more comfortable with any offensive situation they may encounter.


Basketball Moves With The Ball


Perimeter Basketball Moves

Pointers

  • Live Ball Moves will include: Direct Drive, Hesitation Move, Rocker Step and Crossover Step.

  • Dribble Moves will include: Control Dribble, Speed Dribble, Change-of-Pace Dribble, Crossover Dribble, Reverse Dribble, Back-up Dribble, Between the Legs Dribble and Behind the Back Dribble.

  • Dead Ball Moves will include: Jump Shot, Fake Shot and Jump Shot, Step Through Shot, Crossover Move and Spin Move.

1. Perimeter Line Drills

Goal - To practice live ball moves, dribble moves, and dead ball moves.

Equipment - Basketball court, full-court. One basketball per line.

Action - Players divide into four groups and form four lines at one of the baselines. Players will make their basketball moves to the opposite baseline and back in the following manner: Live ball moves to the free throw line - Dribble moves to the opposite free throw line - Dead ball moves at the opposite basket. Players should make a basket to complete this circuit. They will then repeat the process back to their basket.

Players should focus on proper technique and footwork. They should perform these moves at game speed. Players should practice using both feet as their pivot foot.

2. One Man Outside Moves

Goal - To practice live ball moves, dribble moves and dead ball moves.

Equipment - Basketball court, full-court. One basketball per player.

Action - Players will divide up into groups of six at each basket. Each player will have a basketball and be positioned around the three point line facing the basket. The players will give themselves an underhand spin pass to start the drill. They should catch the ball with their feet in the air and land on both feet. They will then pivot to face the basket, in a triple threat position.

Players will then practice various live ball moves, dribble moves and dead ball moves as they drive to the basket for a shot. Players should focus on proper technique and footwork. They should perform these moves at game speed. Players should practice using both feet as their pivot foot.

3. One-on-one Outside Moves

Goal - To practice live ball moves, dribble moves and dead ball moves in a live ball situation.

Equipment - Basketball court, full-court. One basketball per group.

Action - Players will divide into groups under each basket. Half of the group (defense) will be under the basket. The other half (offense) will be at the top of the key.

The defender starts the drill by making a chest pass to the offensive player and then closes out to play defense. The offensive player must catch the ball, get into a good triple-threat position, read the defender, and then either take a shot or make an outside move and drive to the basket. Players will switch lines after their turn.

This is a live ball drill. Players should play until a shot is made or the defender gains possession of the ball by stealing or rebounding it. This drill can also be ran as a two-on-two drill.


Post Basketball Moves

Pointers

  • Post Moves will include: Post Shot, Power Move or Drop-Step, Wheel Move and Facing Moves.
  • Facing Shots will include: Jump Shot, Fake Shot then Jump Shot and Crossover Post Shot.
  • Players should practice their moves using both feet as their pivot foot.


1. One Man Post Moves

Goal - To practice various post moves.

Equipment - Basketball court, full court. One basketball per player.

Action - Players will divide up into groups at each basket. Each player will have a basketball and be positioned at one of the low post positions with their back to the basket.

The players will give themselves an underhand spin pass to start the drill. They should catch the ball with their feet in the air and land on both feet. They will then perform one of the following post moves: Post shot, Power Move, Wheel Move, and Facing Shots.

Note: Players should practice these post moves to the baseline and to the middle.

Note: Once players develop good post moves, a defender can be added to the drill for a live ball situation.

2. Five in a Row Post Shooting

Goal - To practice various post moves.

Equipment - Basketball court, full court. One basketball per player.

Action - Players will divide up into groups at each basket. Each player will have a basketball and be positioned at one of the low post positions with their back to the basket. The players will give themselves an underhand spin pass to start the drill. They should catch the ball with their feet in the air and land on both feet.

Players will make five baskets for each of the following moves: Power move from the low post, Post move from the low post, Wheel move from the low and middle post, Facing move from the elbow.

Note: Players should complete this circuit from the right side of the court and then repeat it from the left side.

3. Feed The Post Drill

Goal - To practice various post moves, post defense, moving without the ball, and passing and catching.

Equipment - Basketball court, full court. One basketball per group.

Action - Players will divide into groups of four at each basket. Each group will divide into offense and defense - positioned at the low post and on the wing. The groups will then play in a two-on-two situation.

The perimeter offensive player will start with the basketball and work to make a good pass to the post player. The post player should work to get open and maintain good post position. Once the post player receives the pass, they will perform one of the following post moves: Post shot, Power Move, Wheel Move, and Facing Shots. Once the defense gains possession of the basketball, either by a steal or rebound, the teams will switch roles.

Note: The groups should work on both the left and right side of the basketball court.

Note: The players should work on the proper fundamentals of passing and catching, defense, post play and rebounds.

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I hope you found these drills for Basketball Moves to be helpful and informative. Remember - an offensive player that is able to make moves to drive to the basket will be a much more effective player.

They will not only be able to create shots and scoring opportunities for themselves, but they will also be able to help get their teammates more scoring chances. By developing these basketball moves, players become a more complete offensive weapon.

If you need more great information on these drills for basketball moves or other basketball topics, I would suggest you purchase some good basketball books and videos. These will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about the game of basketball.








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