Last Man Up Basketball Drill

by Nicole Crutchfield
(Newport News, VA, US)

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This is the Last Man Up Basketball Drill.

Level: Beginner & Up

Instructions: Start all players in a single file line running a lap around the gym. Once a full lap has been completed, the last player in the line sprints to the front of the line while the line is still running laps.

Once the player gets to the front of the line, he/she yells, "Last Man Up". Once this is the heard, the new "last man" sprints to the front. This pattern continues until all players have been at the front of the line.

This basketball drill is great for conditioning both before and during the season. It is not only good for building stamina, but also good for teamwork. The players must work together as a team to adjust the speed so the last man can make it to the front without being exhausted. Also, it gives everyone a chance to be in the position of leadership.

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Dec 06, 2007
Great Basketball Conditioning Drill
by: Joe Waters - webmaster

Thanks for the great basketball drill Nicole.

You've done such a great job explaining this drill, but I would like to add one variation that coaches can use.

This is a conditioning drill, and one of the most effective ones I've ever used. However, if you want to change it up a bit, simply have your players dribble a basketball while running their laps.

The drill would run in the same exact manner, the only difference would be that each player would have a basketball with them. This is an excellent way for them to practice their dribbling, both right and left handed, while getting their conditioning in.

Just be sure that the players have proper spacing between them so they're not dribbling the basketball off each other's feet.

Also, make sure your players are dribbling with their heads up and that you have them switch hands every 30 - 60 seconds.

Thanks again for the excellent basketball drill Nicole!

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