5 Ways To Improve Your Basketball Skills At Home

How to Improve Basketball Skills at Home

I understand that going to the gym may be difficult to fit in into your busy schedule. Practicing at home may have become your final recourse.

Fortunately, basketball doesn’t always require that you have a court to play in. Thus, this article will show you how to improve basketball skills at home.


How to Improve Basketball Skills at Home

Ball Handling

The simple skill of ball handling can be improved at home since it needs minimal space. The idea behind this skill is that the more familiar you are with the ball, the more easily you’ll be able to maneuver it.

Familiarity with the ball is increased through repetitive drills. The stationary ball handling drill allows you to adjust your foot placement, your body posture and timing. Since you’ll be stationed in one place, you don’t need a lot of room to move around and practicing at home is ideal.

Lying-On-The-Floor Shooting

Since you won’t have access to a hoop inside your home, shooting practice is difficult. However, with this simple and easy to do drill, you can at least make your body learn the correct hand and body placement while taking a shot.

Simply lay on the floor with your face towards the ceiling, hold the ball as if you were going to shoot it and push it upwards towards the sky. As soon as the ball reaches you, throw it up again. Repeat as many times as you like or until you’ve perfected the correct hand placement.

Fingertip Drill

Take a ball and place it between the fingers of both your hands. Then, move it from one hand to the other as fast as you can using only your fingertips and not the palms of your hands.

To increase the difficulty level, start with your hands raised above and slowly move them down to your ankles and then back up again. You can do this for as long as you like or until you’re tired.

Improving Your Defensive Stance

Practicing this skill does not require the use of a ball so you can practice it even in your own room. Adjust your body into a squat position and imagine that there is a player standing in front of you. Make sure your knees are positioned slightly wider than the width of your shoulders.

Raise your hips and move them outwards. Try moving with only one foot off the ground, moving sideways, backward and forwards adjusting your posture accordingly. It’s nice to have a friend or sibling stand in front of you as you practice this drill.

Figure Eight

Stand with your legs as far apart as you would need them in order for the ball to pass from in between them.

Starting with your right hand, move the ball as if you were going to throw it from under your legs but instead transfer it into your left hand and do the same thing again in the opposite direction. If you prefer, you can even bounce the ball in the middle.



These are only some of the tricks you master in your own home. The good thing about basketball is that you can be creative with the ball and make your own drills by tweaking the already established drills to your own preference.

Contributed By Elisewolf2018


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