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Basketball Drills and Skills for Post Players:
Practice Drills for the Drop Step



Most basketball drills and skills don't cause bruising. But the drop step is a very physical move, a move that makes hard contact with the defense - in fact, the move works much better with good contact made. Once you have taught your post players the basic fundamentals of the drop step, start incorporating these drills into your practices. Be sure there is good, honest contact made in practice; otherwise, your players won't be ready for a real game.


Basketball Drills and Skills for Post Players:
The Drop Step Practice Drill with No Defense

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  • To teach this post move, start by having the post player set up on the block without defense

  • Have the other post players set up on the wing, one behind the next, with the ball at the wing

  • The wing passes in to the man on the post - use a bounce pass or an overhead pass, low toward the baseline

  • As the ball comes in to him, the man on the post needs to have his weight dropped so that he is low as he catches the ball

  • Immediately upon catching the ball, the post man performs the drop step

    • Focus needs to be on the step itself - smooth movement, with the step and dribble in sinc, and maintaining good balance

  • The post man must finish strong with a power layup - he must make the shot, rebounding until he does - and then outlet the ball back to the wing

  • Give each player two or three practice runs, then switch them up - the post player goes to the end of the line at the wing, and the passer on the wing becomes the post player

  • Be sure to practice on both sides of the court


Basketball Drills and Skills for Post Players:
The Drop Step Practice Drill with Defense

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  • Once the post players are able to execute the drop step fluidly, add in a defensive man

  • The defensive man must deny the ball on the top side of the post player - i.e., overplay the side of the post player farthest from the baseline

  • The passer on the wing must again pass in - bounce pass or overhead - on the baseline side. The post player must remember to give the passer a target

  • The defensive man needs to play hard defense

  • Again, as the ball comes in to the post player, he needs to be ready - weight dropped, good balance

  • Two things to focus on here:

    • The move needs to be performed as soon as the post man catches the ball - he can't wait for the defensive man to adjust, he needs to execute the move while the defensive man is still overplaying the top side

    • The post player needs to focus on making the contact - hitting the defensive player hard on the thigh as he spins around. It is this hit that will freeze the defensive player for the second the post player needs to score

  • Again, the post man must make the shot, rebounding aggressively until he does. The defensive player should try to get back into play, trying to rebound against the post player. If the post player gets the rebound, he powers it back up; if the defensive player gets the rebound, he turns and executes a strong outlet to the wing (the post player should try to stop the outlet by crowding the defensive player)

  • Each player gets two or three practice runs, then switch them up - the post player becomes defense, the defensive player goes to the end of the line at the wing, and the passer on the wing becomes the post player

  • Be sure to practice on both sides of the court

Basketball Drills and Skills for Post Players:
The Drop Step Practice Drill - Mix It Up

  • After the post players are comfortable with the drop step, and once they have also been taught and are comfortable with another basketball offensive move - the baby hook - run the drill again (with defense) and this time have the defensive player switch up the side he denies on - sometimes deny on the baseline side, sometimes on the top side

  • It is up to the post player to feel which side the defense is overplaying and use the appropriate move:

    • if the defense is overplaying the baseline side, the post player uses a baby hook

    • if the defense is overplaying the top side, the post player uses a drop step




The drop step is a powerful move that, if done well, establishes the post player as a force to be reckoned with. Use basketball drills and skills such as the drop step and baby hook to make your post players offensive threats, and when you use these practice drills, be sure to create a game-like atmosphere so your players learn to use the moves as they'll need to come game time.



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