This article was written by Basketball HQ Co-Founder Kyle Ohman
It seems like there are always excuses that we can come up with when we aren’t fully committed to something; some excuses may even seem legitimate. One of the biggest excuses that comes up when basketball training is mentioned is not being able to get access to a gym. Having the proper facility can make a big difference when it comes down to training. However, there are some great drills that can be done at home in your driveway, garage, etc. as well. So even if you don't always have access to an indoor gym, you can still be working on your game.
All you need is a basketball and a flat hard surface to work on your game. Here are some great basketball drills to do at home as well as some exercises o help improve your skills and athleticism as a basketball player.
One Ball Dribbling Drills
These drills are going to work on game specific moves that you can use in a game, as well as your overall handles. The key for these dribbling drills is to make sure that you are pushing yourself and getting out of your comfort zone. Another important key to these types of dribbling drills is to work on change of pace and visualizing the defender in front of you. Don't practice your moves like a robot, but instead work on changing up your speeds and you will be a lot harder to guard in a game.
- Crossovers Dribbling Drill
- Low Dribble Drill
- Between the Legs Crossover Dribbling Drill
- Windshield Wiper Between The Legs Dribbling Drill
Two Ball Dribbling Drills
Two ball dribbling drills are great for developing a players weak hand. The reason why it does this so well is because it doesn’t allow the player to switch the basketball to their strong hand when they get in trouble. Most players immediate reaction when dribbling is to put the basketball to their strong hand. With two basketballs though, the player doesn't have this option and they are forced to work on their weak hand.
It also does a great job of maximizing training time by working on both hands at the same time; and the added difficulty of the second basketball really challenges the player to get out of their comfort zone. The key for these drills is to make sure that you are controlling the basketballs and dribbling them as hard as you can; you get out what you put in.
- Alternating Circle 2 Basketball Dribbling Drill
- Crossover Hold 2 Basketball Dribbling Drill
- Two Ball Kill the Grass Dribbling Drill
- Between The Legs 2 Basketball Dribbling Drill
Tennis Ball Dribbling Drills
If you are looking to improve you hand eye coordination and overall hand quickness, these are the drills for you. Adding a tennis ball to a dribbling drill adds another level of difficulty. It really forces the player to develop quick handles because they must complete each move and then also catch the tennis ball. It make take a little bit to get used to, but tennis ball drills are excellent for improving a players hands.
- Windshield Wiper Toss Tennis Ball Drill
- Between the Legs Toss Tennis Ball Drill
- Windmill Toss Tennis Ball Drill
- Double Cross Toss Tennis Ball Drill
Basketball is a game that is becoming more and more focused on athletic players, and if you aren’t actively improving your speed, quickness, explosiveness, etc. you are going to struggle . Here are some great exercises that you can do in your house our your own backyard that will help you improve your athleticism. Really make sure that you lock in on the details and execute the different movements correctly. These types of movements will translate to the court and make you a more athletic player.