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Basketball Conditioning Drills - Figure 8's

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Player line-up single file, along the baseline. Fade away from the court. First player starts from the right corner and back-peddles as fast as possible to mid-court. Second player follows with a 10 foot separation, third player 10 feet later and so on. At mid court the player slides as fast as possible across court to other side of half court. There the player back-peddles to far corner, then slides back across to other corner. Player then runs forward as fast as possible to mid-court, slides across, runs forward, slides across, until at starting point. (Creating a Figure 8 around the court).


Space coaches around the court to push the players to stay in proper defensive position. Don't allow players to cross there feet while sliding. Encourage players to stay in proper defensive position, with back straight, head up, etc.

Number of Players:

5 - 15


This is a great way to start practice. Stress defense and proper slides from the start. Usually three times around will do a great job of conditioning. If you do more the proper positon breaks down. Players begin to cross feet and hop instead of slide.




Proper Defensive Stance/ Defensive Slides


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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