Foot Ups Side to Side Tennis Ball Basketball Drill

Foot Ups Side to Side Tennis Ball Basketball Drill


The better your footwork and hand-eye coordination are, the better you will be able to execute different moves during the course of a game. This basketball workout is going to work on both footwork and hand-eye coordination at the same time. It is more of an advanced drill, but it is perfect for developing a player’s coordination.

This type of basketball footwork and agility drill is great for both guards and post players but primarily geared towards helping post players develop their footwork and catch a pass with soft hands.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Foot Ups Side to Side Tennis Ball Basketball Drill

Equipment Needed: 1 Basketball, 1-2 tennis balls, and 1 partner.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Work on developing footwork and hand-eye coordination.


Coaching Points

  • Stay light on your feet, and don’t let your heels touch the ground.
  • Toss the tennis ball back underhand to the passer.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • The player will start with a basketball at their feet, and the partner will face them with 1-2 tennis balls about 4-5 feet away.
  • When the basketball drill starts, the player will start touching the basketball back and forth side to side with their feet.
  • After a few seconds, the partner will start tossing tennis balls to the player while executing the correct footwork on the basketball.
  • The player must catch and then toss the tennis balls underhand back to the passer.
  • Continue this pattern for 30-45 seconds and then rest.


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