3 Basketball Drills For Kids: How to move without the ball

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One of the hardest things for players to understand is what to do when they don’t have the basketball.  So I put this video together that talks about that.  I also included 3 basketball drills for kids to use to get used to moving without the basketball.  So go ahead and take 5 minutes, watch the video below, and start implementing these principles in your play.

Video Transcription:

What’s up, baller nation? Augie Johnston here with ballerbootcamp.com, and I got a great little video for you guys today that’s going to talk about moving without the ball. One of the biggest questions players have when they get onto the court is, “What do I do when I don’t have the basketball?” So we’re going to hopefully help answer that question a little bit in this video with a drill and just a whole bunch of different concepts that I’m going to be teaching you guys on how to move without the basketball, so if you like this video, make sure you guys click the “like” button. If you’re new here, make sure you subscribe, and let’s go ahead and get right into this breakdown. Okay, so we’re going to go for three different situations as far as moving without the basketball in this video, okay? So ,for this drill, and for this, I brought in a partner, so you need a partner to do this drill.

First, I just want to talk about how we’re supposed to be moving without the basketball. If the ball’s on the wing here, and I’m on the top, and my teammate was to drive baseline, I need to make sure that I come over here and fill this spot, okay? Now he has a release. If he jumps up, hits that, he can make this pass, and now I’m open to shoot, and for the sake of the drill, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. I’m going to shoot the ball, I’m going to get my rebound. He’s going to run to the top, and we’re going to simulate this game situation over and over again as we pass and shoot. Now, I’m going to toss the ball up, I’m going to get straight up, I’m going to drive baseline, I’m going to jump stop, pivot back. Just take a shot. If you don’t [inaudible 00:01:21], shoot it. Okay, I’m running back up to the top. Do it again, get a rebound. Get your rebound. Good. Pop it back up, forward pivot, and [inaudible 00:01:33]. Pop, catch and shoot.

So, this is just if my teammate was to drive baseline, and I’m on the top, okay? We want to move with the direction of the ball. Now, for example, if I was to drive middle, he would want to shift to the other way to move without the ball, okay? You get the idea? Whatever way I go past my defender is how my teammates are going to shift. I go to my left, everyone shifts this way. I go to my right, everyone shifts this way, okay? Let’s go ahead and take a look at just this one variation at full speed.

Okay, so just like we were talking about, if he was to drive middle past me, if I was defending, and he drives middle, we want everybody on the offense to shift in the direction that he’s driving, okay? If I’m on the top here … Reset it. If I’m his teammate, I pass to him, he drives at me, I want to come over here, get [inaudible 00:02:49] on this wing, move on spot over and be open to shoot, okay? Think about what happens in the game, right? Whoever’s [inaudible 00:02:55] might help, okay? If you someone else here on the penetration, you want to create space and get away from them so you can catch and shoot or catch and make a play. So, let’s go ahead and take a look at this variation full speed.

Now, when I’m on this wing, and the ball’s on the other wing, and he drives baseline, I need to fill this corner, okay? Let’s go through it in slow motion. It’s got my teammate drive to baseline, and I’ll fill the corner. It’s called baseline drift so I can catch and shoot. You want to create a passing lane right here, right? A lot of times, what my defender is going to do, if I’m guarding here and I’m in help’s side, key drive, I’m going to come help. We’re going to kick that bug to open lane right there and take a shot or create a play for your teammates. This drill operates just the same as the other two variations, but now we’re going to be working on this baseline drift. So, let’s go ahead and take a look at that full speed.

Okay, so I think you guys are starting to get the idea of how to move without the basketball. Now, this principle of driving right by somebody or driving left by somebody and having your teammate shift in a certain way is not a new principle, and it’s something that can really be done from all five spots. Even the top here, you can create a drill, put someone on the wing over there. If I drive this way, they fill the corner. I make that pass or vice versa. If I drive to the right, they fill my spot, and I kick it back to them.

Go ahead and play with this a little bit. Try the three variations that I showed you. Also, another important thing is that you don’t want to move until the person is actually penetrated, okay? Don’t move from this wing and don’t fill these spots until the person has actually made the move, okay? If I drive to the middle here, and there’s someone up top, and they need to shift over, it’s after I drive because timing is what’s important with this.

All right, guys. Thanks so much for watching. If you like this video, make sure click that “like” button. Also, if you’re new, make sure you subscribe, and leave me a comment below. Let me know what other kind of videos you want to see. Also, most importantly, head over to ballerbootcamp.com. Head over there. I got a free workout for you that you can download, print out and follow to improve your shooting, improve your ball handling. You can click the link. It’s on the screen right now, or if you’re on a mobile device, click that first link in the description, and I’ll see you guys inside that workout.

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