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Basketball Conditioning Drills - Chatter, Sprint and Slide

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This drill is designed to help coaches who may not have a great deal of practicetime, but want to make sure players keep up their conditioning. This is a great leg conditioner and stamina builder. I use it with my 14-under team as a form of conditioning for their practices / games - it takes maybe 5 minutes a practice.


Begin by having players line up along baseline in lines of two to four (three lines preferred). The first players in line will sprint the length of the court, touch the baseline at the other end with their hand, and sprint back to the starting position laterally in proper defensive stance . As the sprinters slide back in their stance, the next three players in line step onto the court and begin the chatter drill (rapid-fire foot movement in place), also in proper defensive stance, and continue until the players sliding reach the free throw line (extended), then the next group sprints and slides. Each line will in turn chatter, sprint and slide fullcourt three times.

Number of Players:

any number in lines of two to four


Remember to stress proper defensive stance (in order to assume proper defensive stance on my team, I have the players touch the floor in front of them with both hands - and then stay there), and encourage them to move their feet quickly. The faster their feet can move in 'chatter,' the more they will improve their foot speed.


Have the players alternate which foot / leg will lead in sliding back (right foot / leg first time, left foot / leg next time).

Have the players sprint and backpedal instead of sliding.

Have the players sprint and skip backwards instead of sliding.


foot quickness, defensive stance, defensive sliding technique


This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.

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