Get In Game Shape With These Great Basketball Conditioning Tips!
The toughest player on the court is the that can last the
If you are not properly conditioned, then no matter how skilled you are, you
won't be able to use your skills for too long in a game. Proper
conditioning can make you faster, stronger, and better as an overall player.
This page contains a variety
of basketball conditioning tips and drills that you can start practicing right
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every single area of your game.
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Below you can view the
different basketball conditioning tips in this section:
INTRODUCTORY BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIPS
1) Everyone knows that running is an essential part of
playing basketball and it helps you get in shape. Most people just jog or do sprints but why not dribble when
running? This will help you get in shape and with your dribbling at the same time.
2) The game of basketball requires running. If you can´t run,
you can´t play. The most horrible loss you can have as a team is when you just get outlasted by the opposing team.
You must get in shape for basketball, in which the game is full of sprints and stops; this is how you must train...
lots of sprints and lines, resting in between. Remember, "no pain, no gain"!
3) This common conditioner has many different names. The
player starts on the baseline and sprints to the free throw line, touches the line then sprints back to the
baseline. The player repeats this to half court, the opposite free throw line, then the opposite baseline.
The following tips will work on your quickness, agility, hand-eye coordination, and physical
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #1:
The ability to change direction quickly and move laterally or
backwards with minimal loss of speed is contingent upon two factors: (1) an athlete´s ability to send a message
from brain to the body about how and when to react; and (2) how well an athlete can coordinate upper and lower
extremities while maintaining balance and speed of movement. Incorporating agility drills that focus on
coordination and reaction time will help in enhancing movement efficiency.
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #2:
A 17 is a very common conditioning practice . You start behind one
of the sidelines. You run to the other sideline counting as 1 then you run back to count as 2. You do this until
you reach 17. (Always ending on the opposite side from which you started). To be in very good basketball shape you
should be able to do this in under 1 minute.
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #3: BALL
Hold the ball in front of you with your legs spread wide. Bounce the
ball hard between your legs so that it will come up behind you. Quickly move your hands behind your back to catch
the ball. The harder that you bounce the ball, the more quickly you will have to move your hands.
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #4: BALL
Stand next to a basketball with your feet together. Jump back and
forth (sideways) over the ball as quickly as possible. Go for thirty seconds, counting the number of times that you
return to the starting point. Try to better yourself every day.
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #5:
Either face a bench that is about one and a half feet high or stand
beside it. You can either jump over and back or sideways. Feet should be kept together. Go for thirty seconds and
count the number of times that you return to the starting point. Attempt to increase the number every
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #6: CLAP
Hold the ball behind your knees. Release it, clap your hands in
front of your knees, then return your hands behind your knees and catch the ball before it hits the
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #7:
When you are practicing with a partner, you can work on your hand
quickness with this drill. Both of you stand inside the jump circle in a defensive stance. Try to hit the inside of
each other´s knees while remaining inside the circle. Whoever touches the inside of the other´s knees an agreed to
number of times is the winner.
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #8: FOUR
Find a place on the floor where two line intersect. These create
four areas that are numbered one through four. Jump 1-2-3-4, then 4-3-2-1. Count the number of times you return to
square #1 in thirty seconds. Try to better yourself every day.
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #9:
Pass the ball from in front of your body to behind it between your
legs. Move your hands quickly to behind your body to catch the ball before it hits the ground. Once you have caught
it, pass it back to the front of your body through your legs and catch it again.
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #10:
Start holding a basketball. Toss it up, clap your hands twice, then
catch the ball. Repeat, clapping twice. Continue to increase the number of times that you clap your hands. See how
many times you can clap your hands and still catch the ball.
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #11:
One of the most important pieces of equipment a basketball player
can possess is a jump rope. Daily use of a jump rope will develop stamina, leg strength, agilty and coordination,
timing, quickness, and hand-eye coordination. All of these are extremely important to becoming a good ball
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #12:
The lane shuffle is a progressive drill that is outstanding for
developing body control and coordination. You shuffle across the foul lane from one line to the other, first
touching the line with your outside hand, the second time touching the line with the inside hand forcing a
crossover step, then, the third time, touching the line with both hands. The drill can be run for a set time period
with players counting the number of times they touch the lines.
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #13:
Stand beside any line on the floor. With your feet together, jump
forward and backwards over the line, then sideways back and forth (two separate exercises). Repeat for thirty
seconds, counting the number of times that you return to the starting point. Try to better yourself every
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #14:
A basketball player´s quickness and agility program would include
drills which emphasize lateral movement, change of direction, and sudden starts and stops (with or without ball)
because these movement patterns are specific to the sport of basketball. By implementing these drills, inevitably,
a basketball player´s skill acquisition is enhanced.
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #15:
REDUCE GROUND TIME
To develop quicker movements for various drills, a basketball player
should strive to reduce the amount of time spent on the ground when performing drills. Whether a player is fresh or
fatigued while performing a drill, the goal should be to move the feet quickly and forcefully while constantly
spending the least amount of time possible on the ground.
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #16:
Place the ball between your legs with one hand holding it in front
of your body and the other behind. Let the ball go and switch the position of your hands, front to back and back to
front, and catch the ball before it hits the ground.
BASKETBALL CONDITIONING TIP #17:
A good way to increase both hand quickness and hand-eye coordination
is with wall passes. Stand in front of a wall and pass the ball hard against the wall, catching it upon its return.
As you improve your hand coordination, decrease the distance you stand from the wall so that the ball will come
back more quickly and you have to react more quickly.
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