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Grab A Seat, Get Better Off The Dribble

Only allow one dribble to get to the hoop after grabbing the ball off the chair to develop an explosive, fast first step

Too often players look indecisive with the ball in a game – give them a lot of first-step repetitions in practice so they are better prepared to attack in game situations.

Place a chair near the 3-point line at the top of the key. Place a ball on the chair facing the player. The player is in a basketball position with knees bent and hands ready to grab the ball [1].

Snatch the ball off the chair and attack the basket. The player only is allowed one dribble. If the dribble isn’t explosive enough, then the player isn’t close enough to the basket to shoot the layup [2]. When the dribble is explosive, the player plants off the left foot and surges toward the hoop completing a power layup [3].

first-step drills

Players quickly learn they must explode with the only dribble they are allowed or be forced to shoot 10 feet from the basket. Institute a penalty for a missed shot, which makes getting to the basket and creating a higher percentage shot all more worthwhile.

Michael Austin

About Michael Austin

I’ve dedicated my professional career to advancing the education of basketball on a local, regional and national level, but my love of the game took off on the outdoor courts of my hometown in Massachusetts. From youth hoops to the highest level of collegiate basketball, I’ve witnessed and reported on it all, and I’m ready to take this knowledge to provide you with the best coaching publication available – Basketball Coach Weekly.
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