Coaching Basketball: Drills and Fundamentals

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Coach Tom L'Italien guides you through the development of a basketball player starting with the warm up period and continuing to how to run your practice to get the most out of your athletes in the least amount of time.

Basketball Fundamentals

Coach Tom LItalien covers some of the fundamentals of the game.

Basketball Drills - Pre Practice Warm Up

Each player should use a ball before practice to get their hands familiar with the ball. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball Drills - Warm Up (Part II)

A few more basketball drills to get loosened up and thinking about the game! (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball: Passing And Receiving

1 to 1 passing where players learn how to step into a chest pass and get into triple threat position. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Bounce Pass

This video will explain the proper way to make a bounce pass and how their partner will step in to receive the ball in a good basketball position. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Overhead Pass

These passes are great for the big guys to use as outlet passes. The fundamentals of the overhead pass and the Baseball pass are covered. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball Shot Fakes

Body stays low, ball goes high and show the defender your elbow. Try to get defense up and out of their stance. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)


The key to basketball. Change levels, body protects the ball, be strong and tough against the defense. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball Drills - Dribbling

This series of basketball drills helps demonstrate the proper fundamentals of how to dribble the ball. They will learn how to keep their head up, use their whole arm and be strong with the ball (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball Drills - Dribbling (Part II)

Coach LItalien uses the full court for speed dribble, change of pace dribble and the all important control dribble. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Cross Over Dribble

The key to the crossover is the other hand. Also learn the inside out dribble, a great counter dribble move for the crossover dribble. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball Drill - Line Dribbling

Put all the different dribbles together into one simple dribbling drill. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball Drills - Form Shooting (Part I + II)

Coach LItalien demonstrates specific basketball drills to isolate the shooting hand, elbow and upper body in order to get the proper back spin on the ball. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball Drills - Form Shooting (Part III)

The next progression is to move the players in close to the hoop to incorporate proper foot positioning and using their legs while shooting. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball Drills- Form Shooting (Part IV)

Put all 3 parts together while adding the proper step into the shot and work around the perimeter about 10-12 feet from the basket. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Range Drill

This basketball drill starts players in close and targets their shooting range. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Elbow to Elbow

Partner up and learn how to catch a pass, turn on inside foot and shot an elbow jumper. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

3 Men and 2 Balls

Create confusion for the players and get heavy on the shots with this basketball shooting drill. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball Drill - Line Shooting

Great basketball drill for competition between teams. Also, this drill is very easy to evaluate players on the proper mechanics of shooting and passing. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball Drills - Wing Jumpers

More basketball drills and fundamentals from Coach L'Italien.

The Swing Through

Basketball drills and fundamentals

Baseline Jumpers

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Miken Drill

This is a great basketball drill to help the big guys get the ball high and learn to finish with the correct hand. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Superman Drill

Go up high and stay with it to finish strong in this basketball drill! (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Block To Block

Working with pivots, dribbles, shot fakes and baby hooks to score 2. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Opposite Hand Lay-ups

This is a basketball drill progression to develop proficiency in opposite hand lay-ups. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball - Cuts

Check out the different cuts that outstanding basketball players master in order to be...well, outstanding. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball - Cuts

Okay, may as well tell you....lots more to come on cuts. I'm not sharp enough (and you're not patient enough) to give a clever snip on each one - so just watch and learn. Please. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball - Cuts

Come on. Like I said, no clever snip, just keep watching. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball - Cuts

Geez, you're stubborn. This is the last basketball "Cuts" video, so lay off (er, up?) already! (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball Skills: One-On-One

Help your players determine their own best one-on-one moves. This video gives you three options to coaching the One-on-One move. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Boxing Out

Properly "boxing out" will help you get more offensive rebounds...and points. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Box Out Basketball Drills

Sound "boxing out" technique is demonstrated along with basketball drills that help build "boxing out" skills. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Team Defense Basketball Drill

This is a great basketball drill to start practice! It gets the kids warmed up, it's enthusiastic and, it brings the team together. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Zig Zag Fundamentals

The ability to "zig-zag" is critical if you're going to learn to dictate the offensive player's direction - then dominate him. Here you'll learn how it's done. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball Drills - The Zig Zag

These basketball drills help reinforce and refine fundamental "zig-zag" skills (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Closing Out

Being able to "close out" the shooter is key if you're playing a team that shoots the ball well - or for good "help side" defense. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Help And Recover

Everybody needs a little help now and then. Especially on the court. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Practice Thoughts

Have paper and pencil handy when you watch this video. It's full of stuff you're going to want to remember. What? You don't have to write things down to remember them? Just wait. (Basketball drills and fundamentals)

Basketball - Cuts

You didn't think there would be just that little bit did you? Here's more on Cuts. (basketball drills and fundamentals)