It's a youth basketball drill, sure, but Knock Away is a great dribbling drill for players of any age and level. Use it at the beginning of the pre-season, when skill levels are still relatively weak - it's good practice for handling the ball, it's fun, and it's challenging - players want to win.
An easy drill to introduce in the early days, Knock Away is a good drill to improve basketball skills like
A player is out of the drill when:
As the number of players on the court dwindles, the playing area can be reduced to the key only.
This is usually a quick drill, lasting only a few minutes. As you would expect, players get knocked out of the game pretty quickly at the beginning, as you have quite a few players crowded into a relatively small space; but as the drill continues and fewer players are left, there is more open space and the knock outs become more difficult.
Most kids probably learn this drill in P.E. class or at the very start of their formal basketball training - it is a youth basketball drill, after all. But it is still a fun drill to use with older players, and it is good to teach them to guard the ball well and keep their eyes up, so they can see the court. It's also a good ice breaker early in the season, when the new players to the team may not know the older players.
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- Thomas A. Edison
Great program to help players become sensational ballhandlers