The Techniques of Running – Drive Phase Drill

The Techniques of Running - Drive Phase Drill


The drive phase drill has to deal with your first-step quickness and being able to get into sprint speed as quickly as you can. This basketball quickness and speed drill will focus on technique and teaching yourself the right footwork before going at it full speed. Every basketball player needs to be as efficient as they can with their steps and body movement.




Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: The Techniques of Running – Drive Phase

Equipment Needed: None.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Teach the proper technique for a quick start


Coaching Points

  • Really focus on your technique:
    • Back straight.
    • Don’t overextend your front leg.
    • Pump your arms.
  • Be ready to turn over into your second and third steps as quickly as you can.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Start with your feet even about shoulder-width apart.
  • Roll up onto your toes, fall forward, extend your right or left foot forward, and catch yourself in a running stance.
  • After the extension, your body should be in a straight line from your back all the way down to your trail leg.
  • As you take your step, make sure that you pump your arms.
  • Unlike in our first step drill, where we stopped after the first step, as soon as the lead foot lands, turn over your back foot as quickly as you can for about 3-5 steps.


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