Fun Basketball Drills
The Drive 'n Dish Drill


One of those fun basketball drills that teaches a good basic skill - how to drive hard to the basket, and be able to dish off when the defense steps out. It's a simple drill, but it teaches important basketball skills.

Players play better basketball when they can read the court, when they can adjust to what the defense offers them. This drill focuses on helping players read the defense and react to it so that we get a good shot at the basket.

And while this drill is good for preparing players to react to the defense on a drive, I find it is equally useful as a means to preparing players for double teams against pressing defense.

The drill is set up so that you can have either one or two defensive players close up on the player driving. If you want to focus the drill on the double team aspect, have both defensive players close up on the ball at the same time, and stress the need to pass before the trap is made - i.e., see the trap coming, and pass to an open player before the defense gets too close.


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What Players Need to Focus On

  • Hard drive - game situation
  • Defense needs to attack the ball - if the defense moves slow or fades back, the ball handler is to continue driving hard to the basket
  • Strong bounce pass to the inside player
  • Inside player takes the ball quick to the basket - strong power layup

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Running the Drive 'n Dish Drill

  • One player at the top of the key with the ball - no defender
  • The other two offensive players set up just outside the blocks, with the defensive players in position between them and the hoop
  • The ball carrier starts his move, driving hard through the middle of the key to the hoop
  • One or both of the defensive players steps in to stop the drive (as mentioned above, have the two defenders trap the ball if you want to simulate a press)
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  • The ball carrier needs to recognize the opening when the defensive player steps in, and immediately execute a clean, quick bounce pass to the open forward, who has stepped in to the basket - before the defensive player(s) closes up on him and makes it difficult to pass
  • The forward receives the pass and executes a strong power layup
  • After the basket is made, players switch up positions

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Running the Drive 'n Dish Drill from the Wing

Another version of this drill has the ball carrier starting at the wing and driving in, looking to pass off to either the weak side wing cutting low or the strong side forward.


  • Our ball carrier is at the wing, with the ball - no defender
  • One of the other two offensive players sets up on the ball side, just outside the blocks, with his defensive player in position fronting him
  • The remaining offensive player sets up on the far wing, with his defender sagging in to the key in an effort to help out
  • The ball carrier starts his move, driving hard into the key and to the hoop
    One or both of the defensive players steps in to stop the drive
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  • The ball carrier immediately executes a clean, quick bounce pass to either the open forward on his side, who has stepped in to the basket, or to the open wing on the weak side who is cutting to the basket
  • The offensive player receives the pass and executes a strong power layup
  • After the basket is made, players switch up positions

This is a quick drill, and players need to react immediately to the situation and opportunities offered. But it's also one of those fun basketball drills that does a good job of sharpening some important basketball skills.

A few final reminders for your players:

  • Run this as in game situation - push hard and don't stop unless you need to
  • Finishing the basket is as important as getting the pass through - there is little point in practicing our passing if we can't get the points off it
  • Always make strong movements - the drive, the pass, the power layup - all need to be quick and decisive





"You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference."

- Chris Evert






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