This drill will be focusing on Team Offense Drills for coaches. This post will be the first one out of a series I started. As a coach you should be able to change some of these drills so that it can better suit your student, cater their skill level for example or age. As of right now just enjoy this post and make sure to soak in all the information that is presented in here.
Competitive Dribble Penetration Shooting Drills
Below is a series of dribble penetration shooting drills that you can use to improve shooting, passing, spacing, and movement off the ball.
Dribble Penetration Shooting Drill #1 – Wing Movements
For simplicity reasons, we will just look at the situation where the ball handler attacks the middle of the floor and another offensive player is positioned on the wing. We will present you different options to attack from the wing position.
In this situation, I would teach 4 options for attacking the defense:
- Curl Up
- Fade Down
|The diagram to the right simulates a situation where 1’s defender steps UP to stop dribble penetration. Most coaches would tell you the best option is to fade to the corner or go backdoor in order to keep proper spacing.
I teach differently because I believe you present the different options and you let the player choose. I want you to do the movement where you have the highest amount of confidence because I believe the overall results will tend to be better and that doesn’t always result in “PROPER” spacing. At the same time, if a player keeps making a choice that ends in a poor result, we will suggest they do something different. However, these philosophies would require more in-depth conversations.
Also, the “wrong” read of curl up in this situation allowed me to assist a teammate in 6 straight 3-pointers during the 2nd half of a game.
Option 1: Stay
4 makes dribble move at first cone, comes to a quick stop at second cone.
As 4 reaches 2nd cone, 4 passes to 1 who STAYed on the wing.
Option 2: Curl Up
As 4 reaches 2nd cone, 4 passes to 1 who CURLed UP to the top.
Option 3: Fade Down
As 4 reaches 2nd cone, 4 passes to 1 who FADEd DOWN to the corner.
Option 4: Backdoor
As 4 reaches 2nd cone, 4 passes to 1 who cut BACKDOOR to the basket.
On this drill, you’ll want fake high, then pass low to simulate what would happen in a game. Or if you have elite athletes, you could work on lob passes.
Points of Emphasis
Passer uses outside hand – In these diagrams, player would pass with right hand. On left side of the floor, player would pass with left hand.
Fake opposite before cutting – It is good to form a habit of faking opposite before cutting as this will take your defender out of position to open up the cut. However, it may not always be needed in this situation.
Cut at full speed – This helps you create separation from the defense.
Hands and feet ready – Stick your feet with hands up where you want the pass, so you can get the shot off as quickly as possible.
Dribble Penetration Shooting Drill #2 – 2 on 1
Now to get some reps with the game-like situations, you can add a defender to incorporate decision-making and increase difficulty.
4 makes the dribble move and looks to score.
There is one pass limit.
Dribble Penetration Shooting Drill #3 – 2 on 1 with Chaser
This is the same as the situation before, except now you add a chaser.
There is a two pass limit.
You can also add dribble limits if you would like.
String Spacing – Dribble At Wing
Combo drill that improves spacing, passing off the dribble, cutting, and finishing. In this drill we are taking a piece of our offense and turning it into a skill building drill. String Spacing Explanation With the string spacing drills, players should imagine that they are connected by a 12-15 foot string. If players get close together the string will sag and touch the ground. If players get too far apart, the string will break. The goal is to keep the string taut so it doesn’t break or touch the ground. Players should move in unison. Set Up This is a 2-5 player drill. The smaller the numbers, the more reps you get. We usually limit to 2 or 3 players per basket. You can also run the drill on both sides of the basket if you have limited baskets to use. Variation 1 – Back Cut
1 dribbles towards 2. To improve spacing, 2 back door cuts as the ball is dribbled towards them (keeping the string taut).
1 then picks up the ball and makes a pass off the dribble to the cutter (2). 2 finishes with a lay up.
2 gets the rebound and passes the ball to 3. 2 then goes to the end of the line and the process repeats. (3 dribbles toward 1 and so on).
Variation 2 – Flare If there’s space in the corner, 2 could flare to the corner instead of back cutting. And then take the shot. In a 5 out offense, there may not be space in the corner. And you may always want your players back cutting. In any case, flaring can be another way to maintain spacing.
Variation 3 – Penetrate and Circle or Flare If 1 dribble penetrates, 2 can look to circle behind or flare for the kick out. Both actions will create space. The action you use depends on your offense and can also depend on the situation (whether a teammate is in the corner or not). You may want to require players to always circle behind or let them choose.
String Spacing – Dribble At Post
This is a combo drill that improves spacing, passing off the dribble and shooting. In this drill we are taking a piece of our offense and turning it into a skill building drill. String Spacing Explanation With the string spacing drills, players should imagine that they are connected by a 12-15 foot string. If players get close together the string will sag and touch the ground. If players get too far apart, the string will break. The goal is to keep the string taut so it doesn’t break or touch the ground. Players should move in unison.
Part 1 – Dribble Toward Bottom Foot This is a 2-5 player drill. The smaller the numbers, the more reps you get. We usually limit to 2 or 3 players per basket. You can also run the drill on both sides of the basket if you have limited baskets to use. To start the drill, 1 dribbles towards the bottom side of 2. To improve spacing, 2 cuts to the elbow area.
1 passes to 2. 2 takes the shot. 3 moves to the wing position.
1 gets the rebound and passes the ball to 3. 2 goes to the end of the line. The process repeats (3 dribbles to the bottom side of 1. 1 cuts to elbow. And so on.) After completing desired reps or reaching the time limit, move to the left side of the court and repeat the drill.
Part 2 – Dribble Toward Top Foot As a progression you can run the drill the same way, except the wing dribbles towards on the top side of the post. The post player then slides to the short corner and takes the shot.
Part 3 – Guard to Post As an optional progression, you can change the angle by moving the wing to the guard spot. As the guard dribbles toward the post, the post can either circle under to the left or flare out to the right. Guard then makes the pass and the post takes the shot.
Variation – 2 Player Competitive You can also make the drill competitive by using cones and making the players dribble around cones. The competitive version is a 2 player drill. So extra players may have to sit out and then rotate in after time expires. To make the drill competitive, put a cone on the wing. You can also put a shooting marker or spot on the elbow to make sure players don’t cheat by moving closer to the basket. It’s a timed drill (ex: 2 minutes). All groups start at the same time… so you’ll need more than one basket to make this competitive. Player 1 dribbles to the bottom side of 2. 2 will pop to the elbow and take the shot.
1 moves to the post position. 2 gets the rebound.
2 then dribbles around the big cone (inside of cone to the outside) and dribbles toward the post. The post cuts to elbow, receives the pass, and takes the shot. The process repeats for the prescribed duration (ex: 2 minutes). Players keep track of made baskets for the 2-person team. The team with the most made baskets wins the competition.
In summary, I hope you have enjoyed this drill and make sure to stay tuned for more informative drills. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comment section below, I will happily answer them. Also, if you have any things that you think should be added to this post I will try my best to improve on it;) Lastly add up the socials and receive updates on when I am dropping a post or something in the shop and generally anything about basketball.