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Basketball Offensive Drills - Listen and Look.

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This is an half-court drill beginning at mid-court using 3 lines of players - one line on each of the side-lines (lines A and C) and one in the centre (line B). If only 4 players are used 1 player should stand in each of the lines A and C and 2 players in line B. Each of the line A and C players face the basket. The first player in line B should stand with his/her back to the basket. The coach stands under the basket. The ball is with the second player in line B. As that player passes the the ball to the first player in line B the leading players from lines A and C begin sprinting to the basket.

Before there is any player or ball movement the coach must indicate (without the player standing with his/her back to both the coach and the basket seeing) which of the players from lines A or C is to call for the ball - the coach must also indicate if the 'calling player' is to have 1 or 2 hands extended.

The line B player pivots (after receiving the ball) towards the 'calling player' - but he/she should only pass the ball to that player if both hands are extended. If the 'calling player' only has 1 hand extended the passer then must go to the second option.

If the 'calling player' receives the pass he/she must complete the lay-up. If the second option is given the ball, all players should stop outside the key. The ball should be passed back to the player at the top of the key (player from line B) who then reverses to the 'calling player' for the outside jumpshot.

The best-positioned non-shooter rebounds the ball and returns it to the next line B player waiting at centre court.

All players return to the centre lines - shifting to the next line.


The coach indicates which line will provide the 'calling player' by extending his arm in that direction. He also indicates whether the player will extend one or two hands by holding up one or two fingers.

Number of Players:

4 or more.


This drill focuses on players not over-committing to an action before they are fully confident of their decision and have used their vision to confirm the best option. It also encourages players to think and concentrate on their roles during training, which will then hopefully help their thinking and concentration during games.




Decision making.


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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