Foot Ups Forward and Backwards Footwork Basketball Drill

Foot Ups Forward and Backwards Footwork Basketball Drill


Footwork is so important in basketball because you use it so many times throughout a game. Whether you are playing defense, getting ready to shoot, or making a post move, you are going to need good footwork. Your goal should be efficiency as a player. The more efficient you are with your footwork, the more effective your moves will be.

The foot-ups forward and backward footwork drill will teach the player to be light on their feet and be able to change directions quickly. This footwork and agility basketball drill is taken from soccer (European football) and is going to treat the basketball like a soccer ball. It is terrific, though, for teaching players to move quickly and lightly on their feet.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Foot Ups Forward and Backwards Footwork Basketball Drill

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Improve your footwork and your agility.
  • Learn to be light on your feet.


Coaching Points

  • Don’t let your heels touch the ground, and stay light on your feet.
  • Do your best to stay straight up and down.
  • If you have to go slow at first to get the rhythm, that is fine, but try to push yourself and get your quickness up as you go.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Start with your right foot up on the ball.
  • Push the ball slightly forward with your right foot, and as you do, take your right foot off the ball and bring your left foot up to lightly tap the ball forward.
  • Alternate feet for the desired amount of time or distance and then do the same thing backward.
  • You can also have the coach call out forward or backward, and the play has to follow his command.


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