advanced basketball training

Advanced Basketball Training Drills You Need To Try

The best way to improve your team is to improve your own basketball skills. If you think doing basketball drills is boring, you should try and sit on the bench because you’re not yet good enough to play on the court. You should practice like you have never won and when given a chance to play; you should perform like you have never lost. So as you go out and build your basketball training plans, take away all the guess work by practicing some of this advanced basketball training tips.



Here are some categories you should focus on with your basketball training drills:


Categorizing your Basketball Drills

1. Dribbling drills
2. Rebounding drills
3. Basketball Fundamentals
4. Competition Drills
5. Passing drills
6. Post move drills
7. Shooting drills
8. Team drills
9. Defensive drills


Practicing these drills while training will help you improve on your basketball skills and ultimately become a better basketball player.


Some tips on Advanced Basketball Training

Ricochet Drill

This amazing drill is best suited for all players but you should avoid using this drill with a very wide stance because the ball can bounce far away. This drill involves only you and the basketball. You can pretty much do this anywhere. Spread your legs enough so that the ball can easily pass through or shoulder width apart. With your knees locked, hold the ball in front of you. You then bounce the ball at a 450 angle between your legs as you catch it when it bounces back.


The Drilling Figure 8

While practicing this drill, spread your legs wide apart; bend your knees. Try to be as low as you can. Start the ball with your left hand; keep it as low to the ground while dribbling it steadily. Cross the ball at the center of your body and dribble it back between your legs as you reach it out with your right hand. Repeat this drill for a few minutes.


The Self Shooting Drill

This drill is best suited for all players but you should avoid practicing it if you have a knee injury or a nagging wrist or finger injury. Practicing this drill will help you shoot directly to the net once you are playing the actual game.


The Two Ball Dribble

This drill is best suited for point guards. Dribble your two basketballs with both hands while standing still, walking, and running. This is the best way to practice and become a better player.


The Fast Breaking Shooting Drill

This drill is best for small forwards and shooting guards. It will train you to sprint down the court and hit jump shots. Practicing this drill will make you a valuable asset for your team.


These drills may be very basic and boring but for others could already be in advanced level. Adding speed, weights, and duration to the drills will make these definitely an advanced method of improving your basketball skills.


Why Basketball is the Hardest Sport

Why Basketball is the Hardest Sport

There will be very different opinions on this and most likely it will all boil down to subjective opinions instead of objective observations.  Here’s what I think.

I think that basketball is the toughest sport or one of the hardest sport.



Unlike boxing, or any other contact sport, you compete in a weight class where you are most appropriate.  Although basketball is not a fighting sport, you will still deal with physicality.  A hard pick from a 300 pound player will surely make an impact if given to a 140 pound player.  It’s not a fighting sport but it’s still a contact sport.


Similar to other sports, you need improve your skills in different aspects.  Since you compete simultaneously with the opposing team, you need to both develop offensive and defensive skills.  By the way, we aren’t talking about mediocre skills here.


Team Sport
Unlike other sports like tennis which you can play on your own (this does not include your coaching staff, etc.), you’ll need to play well with your teammates within the court.  This is somewhat another skill that you need to develop; being a great team player.


Character and Leadership
Being leader goes both ways.  If you’re the player, you’ll need to listen to team management and the coaches and be a good follower.  If you’re a player, you need to lead by example to all your other teammates.  This goes to say that this should be done even if you’re not the team captain.  Character is how you accept winning as well as losing.  A team sport is more complicated specially if you lost a game vs if it’s an individual sport and you have no one else to blame but yourself.


Pretty much every other sport can give you an injury but what’s tough for basketball are times when you leap or jump.  At this point, you have no control as to where you really are going specially that this is a contact sport.


These are some of the things I think that basketball is one of the toughest sport, if not the toughest one out there.  What do you think?  Do you know of any other sports that is the toughest or hardest?