Explosive Basketball Agility Drills to Increase Quickness
Basketball agility drills are an effective way to improve quickness by helping athletes become lighter on their feet and gain better balance and coordination. Basketball is a game of continual starts and stops, sprints, and explosive changes of direction.
Regardless of a player's size or position, quick footwork is really important.
As players become more agile, they're able to:
Make sharper cuts for the ball
Make quicker basketball moves
Stick with their player on defense
Sneak through openings between players to grab rebounds
Avoid unwanted contact
Chase down loose balls
Make defensive stops from the helpside
I've used these drills with my players and have found them to be really effective when repeated regularly over several months.
Even the bigger, slower kids gain a lot of confidence as they see themselves improve from one week to the next.
Basketball agility is just one piece of basketball conditioning. Include other fitness drills in your workout routine to improve player endurance, strength, speed, and recovery time.
Jumping the Square
Jumping the W
Dotting the I
Running the 8
To get started:
Each drill starts with players standing with their feet comfortably spread and knees slightly bent.
Try to keep a well-balanced stance throughout each drill.
Perform each drill as quickly as possible.
Try to do the drills in succession with a 15-second rest in between. It will take time to build up this.
Basketball agility drills #1 Ladders
Ladders are an excellent way to develop quick feet. Watch the video below for an excellent routine. One thing I love about the drills in this video is that they incorporate ball handling into the footwork. This is difficult for young players, but anytime you can incorporate multiple skills into any practice drill, it's highly recommended.
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