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Girls Basketball Drills

Girls basketball drills are meant to be used during practice to build skills, technique, and endurance. These drills exist for offense, defense, dribbling, and warm-ups. The girls basketball drills provided in this guide are perfect for any youth basketball team wanting to improve performance, develop technique, and build physical fitness.

Pass and Replace

This girls basketball drill is designed for the warm-up. It focuses on passing, running, and shooting a lay-up, and it combines necessary skills in order to wake up the muscles and get athletes ready for real work.

Player 1 starts under the basket. Player 6 is behind her. Player 2 is on the left wing; Player 5 is on the right wing. Player 3 is on the left baseline; Player 4 is on the right baseline. Player 1 passes to Player 2 and runs to take her spot. Player 2 passes to Player 3 and takes her spot. When the ball gets to Player 5, she drives down the court for a lay-up, and Player 6 now repeats the drill as if she were Player 1.

The drill should continue until every player has been in every spot, including shooting a lay-up. This drill is fast-paced and coaches must watch for accurate passing and technique on the lay-up.

Girls Defensive Basketball Drill: Deny, Deny, Deny

This defensive drill helps players keep their heads in the game during quick transitions and lots of distraction.

Players 1, 2, and 3 assume positions on the court, at the top of the key, the left wing, and the right wing. Players 4, 5, and 6 are under the basket facing away from the court and looking at the coach, who has the ball out of bounds. The three players under the basket work on quick footwork while the coach has the ball.

The coach will pass inbounds to Player 1, 2, or 3. Players 4, 5, and 6 go on the court to defend against a player. The defender whose player has the ball should yell “ball, ball, ball,” while the defenders whose players do not have the ball should yell “deny, deny, deny.” The result is that the practice area is very loud, forcing everyone to concentrate more on the activity.

The offensive players should pass the ball around, attempting to not lose the ball to the defense. The passes should be quick and accurate, keeping the flow of the drill up. It's a good idea to have your young players watch a WNBA game together so they gain an appreciation of solid basketball defense and effort.

Wing to Wing

One player starts on the left wing. The coach is under the basket with the ball. The player runs toward the basket and catches a pass from the coach in midair. The player does a lay-up and runs to the right wing. The drill repeats itself, with the athlete varying the shot. Examples of different shot possibilities include a fake shot and then a lay-up and a jump shot.

Coaching a Girls Basketball Team

Girls basketball drills need to prepare girls for competition, build endurance and physical fitness, and teach proper basketball technique. The drills provided here, one for warm-up, one defensive, and one offensive, will help coaches build an inventory of drills appropriate for use in girls basketball.

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