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Basketball Skill Drills:
Practice Drills forThe Baby Hook



These are a couple of simple basketball skill drills to use with your post players, once you have taught them the basics of the baby hook.


Basketball Skill Drills: The Baby Hook
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, toward the top side

  • As the ball comes in to him, the man on the post needs to have good balance

  • Immediately upon catching the ball, the post man performs the pivot and baby hook shot

    • Focus needs to be on the shot itself - the pivot, ball being raised, and shot all in one smooth movement, while maintaining good balance

  • The post man must make the basket - if he misses, he immediately rebounds and puts up a strong power layup - and then outlets 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 Skill Drills: The Baby Hook
Practice Drill with Defense

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

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

  • The passer on the wing must again pass in - bounce pass or overhead - on the top side, away from the defensive man's denial. The post player must remember to give the passer a target

  • The defensive man needs to play hard defense

  • 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 baseline side

    • The post player needs to focus on his shoulders being perpendicular to the basket and the defensive man - there will be contact as the defensive man tries to block the shot or reach for the ball, but if his shoulders are perpendicular to the defensive man, he shouldn't be able to get to him. The post player needs to be able to make the shot while being bumped by the defensive man.

  • Again, the post man must make the shot, rebounding aggressively until he does. This is a good opportunity to add in more practice for the defensive man, as he should be boxing out the post player as soon as the shot is put up and rebounding the ball strongly. 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 Skill Drills: The Baby Hook
Practice Drill - Mix It Up


  • After the post players are comfortable with the baby hook, and once they have also been taught and are comfortable with another basketball post move - the drop step - run this basketball skill 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



These are great basketball skill drills for teaching the baby hook - a very effective move for any post player. Be sure your post players practice them in game situations - defense needs to make contact. And be sure to pair these basketball moves with the drop step - a player that can do both of these moves will be a very effective post player.



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