Home basketball drills have the capability to help develop and improve skills. Being a quality basketball player requires the development of an array of skills, including shooting, ball handling, passing and defense. Home basketball drills can be done with friends and families. Basketball is a game that takes a great deal of hard work and dedication. As with any sport, it is important that you spend a lot of time practicing if you want to be successful. Despite what you may think, you don’t need a basketball court to practice. You can even do it anywhere, outdoor and even indoor at the comfort of your home. Below are few Home Basketball Drills that you can do to help develop strong basketball skills with nothing but a basketball and a few props found around any household.
Home Basketball Drills
Objective: Develop good hand-eye coordination
- Line up three or four chairs in a row.
- Practice dribbling between them by starting at one end and zig-zagging through the chairs.
- Keep the basketball and your body low to the ground.
- Dribble through the chairs at various speeds.
Around the World
Objective: Simulates the behind-the-back dribble and teaches you a feel for the ball.
- Stand with your feet together and take the ball around your body right hand to left starting with your head.
- Then move to your waist, going around, then your legs and then your ankles.
- Work back up to your head and take the ball around going left to right.
- Repeat a couple of times each direction.
- Remember to keep your head up and not look at the ball during this drill.
Hoola Hoop Shoot Drill
Objective: Teaches quick, strong cuts as you have to navigate around the chairs as well as shoot.
- Practice this drill if you have a hoop at your house.
- Set up two chairs with basketballs on them roughly where the elbow of the free throw line would be.
- Start on the left side of the hoop and cut to the chair on the right side of the hoop.
- Cut around the chair so you are standing to the right of it, grab the ball and take a shot.
- Cut down to the right block and repeat the process for the other chair.
Objective: Reinforces the quick reactions required for proper rebounding.
- Practice rebounding against a backboard if you have one or against a wall.
- Toss the ball against the backboard or wall and as it comes down, jump up and tap it back against the backboard so it bounces off again.
- Continue jumping and tapping for about ten taps, then switch hands.
- Then tap the ball with both hands.
Objective: This will help you develop better control of the ball.
- Hold your arms in front of your chest as straight as you can.
- Your hands should be shoulder width apart and parallel to the ground.
- Pass the basketball between your hands as fast as you can, using only your fingertips.
- While you are passing the ball between fingertips, keep your arms straight and move them up and down.
Objective: This drill gives you a feel for the ball and simulates between-the-legs dribbles.
- Stand with your legs spread and slightly bent.
- You will make a figure-eight motions going through your legs.
- Start with the ball in your right hand and move it to your left by putting it through your legs from the front, then bring it back to the front in your left hand and move it to your right by putting it through your legs from the front.
- Repeat for about one minute.
- Then reverse it and transfer the ball from the back.
- Keep your head up and don’t let the ball hit the floor.
Shoot from the Floor
Objective: It enables you to strengthen your shooting muscles and enhance your range.
- Lie on your back and bring the ball up and take a shot with normal form.
- Catch the ball and repeat. Do this drill for about five minutes.
- This drill helps ensure you are getting proper backspin on your shot.
- Make sure your middle finger or index finger is the last thing to touch the ball on your shot.
- This is what creates backspin, and it’s easy to spot in this drill.