Basketball Tryout Evaluations
|From the foul line, players dribble the ball to the hoop on the right side, make the layup; get their own rebound and dribble out to the foul line; dribble to the hoop on the left, make the layup; get their own rebound and dribble out to the foul line; repeat, right then left||players get 1 point for each basket made|
|Place two pieces of tape about six feet apart, ten feet from a wall; players start with one foot on either side of one piece of tape, facing the wall, with a ball in thier hands; on the whistle, the player passes the ball off the wall while at the same time shuffling along to the other piece of tape; at the second piece of tape, the player changes direction and shuffles back again; repeat||players get 1 point each time a foot is outside the tape|
|On a wall, about four feet from the floor, use tape to create a square of about 18 inches on each side; about three feet to the side of this square, create another one, about a foot lower (i.e., about three feet from the floor); players set up ten feet from the wall, and use a chest pass to pass into the square on the left, and a bounce pass to pass into the square on the right||players get 1 point for each pass that hits inside a square|
|From about fifteen feet out, players shoot jump shots; have them move about the floor so they don't shoot from the same spot all the time; shooters get their own rebound and dribble out past the foul line for the next shot||players get 3 points for each basket made|
|Standing on the block, with his back to the basket, the player executes a strong drop step and makes the power layup; player gets his own rebound, hustles across the key, and performs a drop step and power layup on the other side; repeat, moving right then left||players get 1 point for each basket made|
|Lay six cones out in a straight line, about 6 feet from each other; players dribble around the cones as fast as they can, circling the final cone and repeating the process on the way back to the starting point; repeat, retaining control||players get 1 point for each time they pass a cone|
|Place two shallow boxes about ten feet apart; in each box place two whiffle balls; players start at one box, and at the whistle, pick a ball up from the box and slide across to the second box; the player palces the ball in the second box and picks up another ball, sliding back to the first box and placing that ball in the first box; repeat, staying in proper defensive stance||players get 1 point for each ball they place in a box|
|From outside the key, the player tosses the ball high against the backboard so that the rebound will land on the other side of the key; the player immediately sprints across the key and jumps for the rebound, landing with two feet outside the key on the other side of the court; repeat, right then left||players get 1 point for each time both feet land outside the key|
I use these stations during basketball tryouts because they get in all the major skills - shooting, ballhandling, passing, rebounding, defense. You can use stations at any point in the pre-season and change up the drills and focus according to what you want to work on.
Well organized, these stations will take probably about 40 minutes to complete, depending on your numbers - more players, longer times. But it does help you be more specific when you sit down at the end of the day and try to evaluate your basketball tryout session - and it gives you something concrete to consider when you are trying to decide who gets to wear the coveted basketball shirts.
Check out UMass Head Coach Derek Kellogg's video package of drills
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