Having good footwork is a must if you want to be a good basketball player. Whether you are a guard or a big man, footwork is important. The best way to improve your footwork is to do basketball drills that specifically focus on developing a player’s feet. Playing games and practicing will help develop footwork over time, but the best way is to do drills. The reason why is because the drill will teach the player the correct footwork and then help them develop it. Whereas playing or practicing just continues to reinforce poor footwork in a player.
The reverse figure 8 footwork drill is a great footwork and agility basketball drill for any level of player to do. It will teach the player to be light on their feet and how to better control their foot movement.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Reverse Figure 8 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.
- Don’t let your heels touch the ground, and stay light on your feet.
- Do your best to stay straight up and down.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Start with your feet together and the ball to your right.
- Bring your inside foot behind the ball and then your outside foot in front of the ball.
- Now do the same thing back.
- Your inside foot will go behind the ball every time, and your outside foot will go in front of the basketball every time.
- You can go for 30-60 seconds as quickly as you can, or you can change up your speeds.
- If you will mix up your speeds, go for about 10 seconds jogging and then turn it up to a sprint pace for 10 seconds.
- Alternate back and forth between jog and sprint speed for 30-60 seconds.
- Coaches can call out when to switch speeds as well.