There are literally thousands of different basketball drills for kids. These drill primarily reinforce the fundamentals through repetition of running the drill. Keep in mind as a coach, although these drills are intended to improve skills, we also want them to be fun for the kids so they will continue their path of learning how to play basketball.

Basketball drills for kids

Here are a couple of drills that I like, a shooting drill, a dribbling drill, a passing drill, footwork drill, and a defensive drill.

This drill is called Perfects. Three lines of players are formed each being a couple of feet from the basket. One line is in the center of the paint, and the other two lines are formed down the sides of the out of bounds lines. The front player in each line takes a shot (one after the other) focusing on form and keeping their follow-through until the shot has gone in or has hit the rim. They then rebound their own shot and give the ball to the next player at the top of the line. That player then rotates into a different line and this cycle repeats. This drill allows coaches to watch their player’s form and make corrections if necessary.

This drill is called Dribble Knockout. This particular dribbling drill is one of my favorites and it emphasizes protecting the dribble while also attempting to knock other players’ balls outside the designated area. I think it’s an important and fun drill because it forces players to attempt to do two different actions at once. The first being, continuing the dribble and protecting their ball. The second being, knocking other players’ balls outside the area. As time goes on and less players remain in the game, the playing area is reduced to scale. As coaches, it is important to call out any fouls, double dribble or any other illegal moves. A strong emphasis should also be placed on keeping your head up when dribbling.


This drill is called Partner Passing. It is a very simple drill but it enforces the fundamentals of the different types of basketball passes. The coach should tell the players what type of pass they want (bounce pass, chest pass, lob, over the head) and the players do that pass to their partner until the type of pass changes. This is one of my favorite drills that I remember doing as a kid but also attribute it to learning how to properly pass the basketball. 


This drill is called red light, green light. It is a footwork drill. It is a very simple drill but also very effective on improving footwork and balance. The drill starts with every player lining up along the baseline with a basketball. The players start in the triple-threat position and the coach yells “GO”. The players begin dribbling at a manageable pace down the court in a parallel line from one another. When the coach yells “STOP”, the players must react and jump stop immediately while keeping control obasketball drills for kidsf the basketball and maintaining the triple-threat position. The drill continues focusing on the footwork of each individual player and if they can stop and start immediately.



This drill is a defensive drill and it is called Zig-Zag Slides. It is a great drill to teach players how to properly slide during defense and to develop the muscles to do this without tiring out. It also teaches players how to drop step during defense. I remember doing this drill as a kid on numerous occasions. It is important for kids to embrace all types of drills not just shooting drills or else they will never fully develop as a basketball player. The first player will defensive slide from the corner to the high post and perform a 90-degree drop step so that they are now sliding back to the opposite sideline. This procesbasketball drills for kidss of sliding from one side to the other and drop stepping continues until the player reaches the opposite baseline. They come back down the opposite side of the court using the same principles. 

These are just some basketball drills for kids that I know have been proven to be effective for myself and I know they will be for other players, especially kids learning the fundamentals.