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Basketball Offensive Drills - Drop Step

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This is a drill which stresses to players the importance of going 'strong

to the basket'. It also helps to break the habit many young players have of wanting to put the ball on the floor unnecessarily while under the basket.


Two basketballs are needed. Place one ball on each of the low post blocks. Have the player to be drilled stand with his back to the basket and in front of one of the balls. To start the drill, he will pick the ball up with two hands and take a drop-step to the basket for a lay up without a dribble. Immediately after executing the lay up, he will go over and grab the other ball and repeat drop-step and lay up with the other foot and hand.

As he is going up for the lay up, another person will get the rebound a replace the ball on the block so that the player being drilled can continue without hesitation.

This can be done for as many repetitions as desired.

Number of Players:

2 (minimum)


Make sure the rebound returns the balls to the blocks before the shooter comes back for it. That will make the drill more fluid. Be sure players do not try to dribble the ball.


With a football blocking pad/dummy, you can bump the player as he goes up for the lay up simulating defensive contact.


Low post techniques


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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