I’ve had the opportunity to work with and observe a bunch of great basketball coaches over the years, and it’s always fun to learn new drills and new ways to teach and run old drills as well. Today, I wanted to share 5 unusual drills that I’ve personally only seen a very small number of coaches use but that seem to be highly effective at helping players to improve.
In 1994, my family moved to San Antonio, and I had a chance to play for Charlie Boggess, a legendary coach and a great mentor and friend. He borrowed and tweaked and developed a lot of great drills, and 16 3-2-1 was probably my favorite.
In this drill, all players are spread out on the different baskets shooting a 1 and 1. If the player misses the first free throw, he must run 3 down and back sprints. If he misses the second free throw, then he must run 2 down and back sprints. And if he makes both free throws, he only has to run 1 down and back sprint. The goal is to make 16 free throws in less than 8 minutes, and players must do 10 pushups for each free throw they fall short of 16.