There are basketball drills for all types of purposes. Some are used to improve a specific skill like shooting form, others might be designed to work on hand eye coordination, and so on and so forth. Basketball conditioning drills are a little bit different though, they are going to work on multiple skills at the same time. They are going to teach the player to be able to execute a skill or several skills while also working through fatigue. Players need to be able to think and function even when they are tired, this is called "mental toughness."
This type of stuff is extremely important for late game situations when a player is running out of gas and they must be able to mentally push through and execute a play or get a stop on defense. Many games are won and lost because of mental toughness or the lack of it. Tough minded players are able to do what needs done regardless of fatigue.
Conditioning drills also do a great job of maximizing gym time. With traditional conditioning you are spending time running sprints or doing some form of conditioning without a basketball in your hands. However, with basketball conditioning drills you are working on different skills like ball handling, shooting, etc. while also improving conditioning. It keeps the player(s) engaged both physically and mentally while improving both skills and conditioning.
Here is a list of some great basketball drills broken down by category that will work on a specific skill(s) while also challenging the players conditioning.
Basketball Conditioning Shooting Drills
As a shooter begins to get fatigued they start allowing themselves to shoot the basketball with bad habits. They might not shot prep the right way (footwork/down ready), get enough lift on their shot, hold their follow through, or one of the other important shooting details that go into a high percentage shot. In a game you can't stop to point this out and correct it, but during basketball training you can put a player through conditioning shooting drills and really emphasize the importance of shooting the basketball the right way every single time. It takes great mental discipline to be able to do this when a player is tired, but there is no better time to work on it then when in training.
- 50 Makes Shooting Drill
- 10 Spot Boston Celtics Shooting Drill
- Championship Shooting Drill
- 4 Quarter Shooting Drill
- Nuggets Shooting Drill (video displayed above)
Basketball Conditioning Ball Handling Drills
Players that are tired tend to make mistakes. Whether it is physically or mentally, fatigue causes players to make mistakes. As a ball handler, this may come in the form of dribbling the ball of a foot, misreading the defense, or dribbling into a bad situation. To become a great ball handler you MUST get out of your comfort zone, and a great way to do that is with conditioning drills that focus on ball handling. Some are going to work on being able to make a variety of moves at a high pace, while others are going to focus on being able to handle the basketball and process information at the same time.
- 2 Ball Box Dribbling Drill (video displayed above)
- Number Drill 1 Basketball Combo Moves
- 1 Dribble Between the Legs Change Direction Drill
- Advanced 2 Ball Mirror Drill
- Number Drill 2 Basketballs Combo Move
Basketball Conditioning Rebounding Drills
Rebounding the basketball is all about execution and effort, and at the end of a game both begin to suffer if a player does not stay locked in mentally. These conditioning rebounding drills are going to allow the player to be able to train at a high speed and fight through fatigue as they battle on the boards. This will directly translate over into late game situations where a player must fight through fatigue and continue to battle on the boards.
- Closeout Slide Rebounding Drill
- 5 Spot Offensive Rebounding Drill (video displayed above)
- Out of Area Catch Minute Finish Rebounding Drill
- Post Defense Lane Line Slides Rebounding Finish Drill
- Superman Rebounding Drill
Basketball Conditioning Defensive Drills
Defense can be extremely tiring at points, especially at the end of a game. However, this is when defensive breakdowns matter the most. One mental lapse and mistake can cost the team the entire game. This is why it is so important to practice defense with high intensity and not only work on the physical movements of playing defense the correct way, but also being able to think and communicate while doing so.
- 1 on 1 Hawk Defensive Drill
- Resistance Band Closeout Drill
- Resistance Band Defensive Slides (video displayed above)
- Advanced 4 Cones Defensive Drill
- Resistance Band Zig Zag Defensive Drill