The aim is to improve both offensive and defensive play. Player 1 starts underneath the basket, in possession of the ball. Player 2 stands between the basket and the baseline.Player 1 dribbles the ball around 4 meters away from the basket in any direction, and places the ball down on the court.


Basketball One on One Drills

Player 1 then becomes a defender, and takes up a strong defensive stance.

Player 2 follows player 1 and picks up the loose ball, and takes up the triple threat position. A one-on-one game then takes place, the game stops when either player 2 scores and player 1 stops player 2 scoring. Reverse roles and repeat drill but take the ball to a different spot each time.


  • Only allow the offensive player 3 dribbles.
  • Introduce ball fakes and shot fakes.
  • Move closer to or further from the basket

Coaching Points

  • In a strong defensive position a player would have a wide base and knees slightly bent with arms out in font and palms facing forward towards opposing player or the ball.
  • Triple threat position - This gives the offensive player the option of shooting, passing, or dribbling. In this position the player should be able to see the basket and the defender. They should be standing with their knees flexed, feet shoulder width apart, with one slightly in front of the other, and weight on the back (pivot) foot. The ball should be up at chest height, with one hand behind it and the other on the side of it.
  • Make sure the offensive player drives at the defenders front foot.

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