Rip Through Basketball Drill

Rip Through Basketball Drill


Being able to be explosive and athletic has a lot to do with technique and form. It comes from playing low and then pushing off and driving in the direction you want to go. Whether you are attacking out of the triple threat, making a move off of the dribble, or doing a defensive slide, it all comes from this athletic base position.

This specific basketball drill will work on being able to rip through on the catch or out of the triple threat, but it really translates into so many areas of the game. It is a great drill to warm up with and to work on the techniques of driving off your back leg. Being able to execute this type of rip through movement is a basketball fundamental that every player should be spending time working on.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Rip Through Basketball Drill

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball or heavy ball.


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Goals of the Drill


Coaching Points

  • Stay low in an athletic position the whole time and really look to be explosive every time.
  • Make sure that you aren’t practicing a travel.
  • Keep your eyes up on the rip through and bring the ball from hip to hip, don’t expose it to the imaginary defender.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • The player will start with the basketball on their left hip and in an athletic position.
  • They are going rip the ball through and extend their right foot out and forward.
  • As they do, they are going to dribble the basketball one time with their right hand.
  • Pick the basketball back up and then repeat the movement going to the left side this time.
  • Continue alternating back and forth for the desired amount of repetitions or distance.
  • Half-court and back is usually a good distance.



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2 Responses

  1. thankful that you guys are teaching skills and development for players. This rip thru drill I learned while I played at Fuquay High in the early 90’s as a point guard.

  2. I actually prefer ripping through yet 1st step with the OPPOSITE foot so you can seal off the defender. You essentially eliminate the possibility of the defender recovering. #TheChampsMom #RaisingAChampion

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