Update: We have added a new page full of ball handling drills for all levels of coaches and players. In this post (from 2013) professional coach Wes Kosel present a nice combination of ball handling and shooting drills that you can use with your guards.
This drill is great to use with a small group of players (4-6), but if using on multiple baskets this drill can accommodate an entire team. This drill works footwork, ball-handling, shooting, and active rebounding. However, the focus should be on the footwork, ball-handling, and shooting drills. Working this many aspects of the game in one drill makes it a time efficient option for coaches with limited time for drills. It is important to get the players to understand the footwork on the steps and moves, and to complete the drill moving full speed. Players will tend to slow down when asked to perform moves that he/she hasn’t done before, but encourage the players to make mistakes going full speed. If the players will buy into this, great improvement can be made in footwork, ball-handling moves, and shooting. To start the drill, players begin at half court (either in the middle of the floor or on either the left or right side of the floor). Use these different positions to attack different areas of the defense, and cater this drill to your particular offense. At the starting position, the player will make a step-move past the cones and attack the next set of cones at full speed. Once he/she arrives at the second set of cones, he/she makes a dribble move past the defender and pulls up for a jump shot. It is important to get the players to attack past the second defender at full speed and to pull up quickly for a shot jumping straight up and down.
Players, if moving full speed, will tend to drift on this shot.
• Cones or Chairs
Keys to Focus On:
• Footwork (on step-moves and dribble moves)
• Attacking full speed
• Straight up & down on the shot (no fading or drifting!)
• Go get your rebound!
• Dribble low with your head Up
Best of luck!
Coach Wes Kosel
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Wes Kosel is an assistant coach for men’s basketball under Head Coach Tommy Jones at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX. 2013-2014 marks the second year for Kosel at TLU. Prior to arriving at TLU, Kosel served as a student assistant coach under Head Coach Chad Killscrow at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS. Kosel has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Houston. The Bartlesville, OK native is also a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and teaches weight training and aerobic fitness courses at Texas Lutheran. He has coached AAU programs, volunteered with elementary and middle school basketball teams, and has worked basketball camps for various programs including the Houston Rockets, University of Houston, Texas State, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
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Combination Ballhandling/Shooting Drill for Guards by Wes Kosel