Ganon Baker, founder of Elev8 Sports Institute and owner of Ganon Baker Basketball, does a great job of improving players by running them through tough drills. The “Attack the Cones” drill is no exception, as athletes are forced to execute a crossover while holding on to a second ball.
Drill Summary: Players start in a single file line at half court. Set up two cones about shoulder width apart at the top of the key and have a coach stand just behind them. Every player needs two balls for this drill. Begin the drill by passing one ball to the coach behind the cones, then start to dribble toward them. While the player is dribbling, the coach passes the second ball back to the player. Once the player has secured the second ball, they read the coach (who either stays where they are or cuts off the athlete) and attack the hoop. If the coach stays in the same spot, then drive all the way to the bucket. If the coach cuts the player off, cross over and attack the other direction. Make sure to carry the second ball through the finish and lean into it since it simulates a defender.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Use your body to catch the second ball.
2) Short, quick crossover.
3) Pin defender on the drive.
4) Extend on the finish.
Work on a variety of individual skills in this drill from Iowa State University head women’s coach Bill Fennelly. In this drill, players work on ball handling, fakes and jump shots.
Drill Summary: In part one, a player starts at the wing with two balls and another player posts up on the block. The player with the basketballs dribbles both balls simultaneously, then feeds one to the post player while keeping the dribble going with the other ball. After receiving the pass, the post player lays the ball in while the player on the wing performs a dribble move and takes a jump shot. The second time through the drill, instead of shooting the ball, the post player waits for the other player to shoot, then hits them with a pass so they can take a second shot on the wing. The player at the top of the key dribbles both balls, then attacks the lane and dishes to the player on the wing. Then, the attacker takes one dribble away from the player on the wing and shoots a jumper, then comes back toward the second player, receives a pass and shoots one last shot.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Keep the eyes up.
2) Stay under control.
3) Vary dribble moves.
4) Pass with different hands.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Bill Fennelly: Offensive Breakdown Drills and Skill Development.” View other world class Basketball videos!
Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Louisville, Jeff Walz, provides you with the “Two Ball Chair Drill.” This drill incorporates ball handling, finishing through contact, footwork, and shooting.
Athlete Movement: The drill begins with the post players dribbling two basketballs out to the free throw line area. He/she will place one of the balls on a chair and then drive hard to the rim, take a hit from the pad, and score one of the basketballs. That player will then go back to the chair, pick up the second ball, reverse pivot, and shoot a free throw line jump shot. Each player will go three times from each side.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Dribble both basketballs low with alternating dribbles.
2) Drive strong to the rim, absorb contact, and finish.
3) Pick up the second ball from the chair and reverse pivot.
4) Shoot a free throw jumper with proper form.
Basketball Skill Trainer and coach, Lyndsey Fennelly, starts all of her workouts with ball handling as a warm-up for her athletes. In this clip, Coach Fennelly has her athletes perform single basketball ball handling drills. Coach Fennelly wants her athletes to make mistakes when doing any ball handling drill because she emphasizes you need to get out of your comfort zone to improve. Communication and energy are crucial to this workout.
This segment features the following drills:
1) Hard Pound – Driving the ball with power into the ground using the fingertips.
2) Baby Dribbles – Keep the basketball below the ankles. If you’re stationary doing this drill, work the ball around your legs.
3) Pound Crossover – This is a hard dribble where you change hands with power.
4) Between the Legs – Be sure your legs are in a straight line when the ball is crossed over between the legs. Those who are stationary will do a scissor action.
5) Behind the Back – Be sure you change hands quickly.
1) Be sure you use both hands for the Hard Pound and Baby Dribbles.
2) Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Errors are encouraged.
4) Bring Energy
Kelly Amonte Hiller, Head Coach of the Northwestern University women’s lacrosse program, will show you a basic quick stick drill using a rebounder or “punch back.” This drill, with its ability to produce a large number of repetitions, helps players build excellent muscle memory, hand-eye coordination, and flexibility.
Drill Setup: The drill involves one player, a stick, a ball, and the punch back.
Athlete Movement: While approximately 4-6 yards away, the player will throw the ball to the punch back, and it will rebound the ball back to the player. The player will receive the ball, bring the stick and ball to rest near their shoulder without cradling, and continue with the next repetition.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Kelly Amonte Hiller’s Skills of a Champion: The Basics.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!