In basketball, being able to breakdown and stop is almost as important as being able to start quickly. If you think about it, the quicker you can stop, the longer you can run faster before you have to stop. Also, a great way to get past your defender off of the dribble or to shake a defender that is guarding you off the ball is to be able to stop and start quickly.
This basketball quickness and speed drill is a great way to break down the motion of stopping and teach you the right technique for the movement. Really follow the steps closely in the video, though, and learn the correct motion before adding this drill to your basketball training plan. Otherwise, you will be doing more harm than good because you will be practicing it the wrong way.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Kneeling Stops Drill
Equipment Needed: 5-10 cones.
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Goals of the Drill
- Practice Forward COD (Change Of Direction) technique and stopping quickness
- Keep your chest up while kneeling.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Set cones approximately 5yds apart in a line down the width or length of the court.
- Beginning in the athletic position, sprint to the first cone and stop in a kneeling position.
- Continue the rest of the way, kneeling at each cone.