Drill: 5 Ball

This is a drill that is lots of fun to play, and is also very challenging for the players. 5 Ball is designed to help players develop shooting in transition and shooting off the catch, while challenging players to be coordinated and focused. This drill is fairly complex compared to other youth basketball drills, but once the players get a hang of it, 5 Ball can be competitive and is always lots of fun.

While running this drill, coaches should ensure players are communicating when passing the ball and using the proper footwork as they catch the ball prior to shooting. To set up, players should line up in each corner of the full court with balls at the front of the lines. In the middle of the court, there are three players and the middle player should have the ball. Extra players line up in the corners.

DESCRIPTION · When the drill begins, the middle player on the court outlets the ball to one of the wings

· The other wing runs to the basket and receives the ball for a lay-up

· The players try to score with a minimum number of passes and dribbles

· Everyone follows their passes; the two players who do not score receive passes from the corner for a shot from the elbow

· The player who made the lay-up takes the ball out of bounds for the in-bounds and remains in the drill

· The passers who were in the corners are now in the drill

· The in-bounder makes an outlet pass to one player and the other runs to the rim for a lay-up

· The two players who did not get a lay-up now receive passes from the corners for elbow shots and the rotation is the same as it was on the other end

SKILL FOCUS Shooting, Passing, Footwork
AGE (STAGE) 9-12 (Learn-to-Train)
PLAYERS 7+
EQUIPMENT Basketballs (at least 5)
VARIATION: Have players count how many baskets they make within 5 minutes (or less) and use that as a standard which they can compete against

To reduce distance between passes, have the lines in the corners move out of bounds at the foul-line extended

5 Ball

Note: This video shows the same concept of the drill with some minor variations such as the two players who do not get the lay-up are catching the ball on the block and laying it in rather than stopping at the elbow for a jump shot.

All credit goes to YouTube user RunninIndians

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