The aim is to improve offensive reading of the game and defensive positions. Pick a partner, player 1 is the on the offense, player 2 is the defender. Player 1 starts with the ball at the free throw line, player 2 stands in the lower half of the free throw circle and changes their defensive position, from both hands down, to one hand up, or the other hand up.


Basketball One on One Drills

If the defender keeps both hands down then player 1 should react to this and execute a jump shot, or one-hand set shot.

If the defender puts one hand up, player 1 should react correctly to this and dribble to the side of the raised hand.

Swap roles and repeat the drill.


  • Use weaker arm for the shot and dribble.
  • Bring in advance, and retreat steps for the defender after the initial move by the offensive player.


Coaching Points

  • When performing the one-hand set shot it is vital to keep your eyes on the target, with feet shoulder width apart, and knees slightly bent. The non-shooting hand should be under the ball and the shooting hand at the back of the ball, with the elbow tucked in. The ball should be held between the ear and shoulder. The next phase would be to extend the legs, back, shoulders, and elbow, then flex the wrist, and fingers forwards and release the ball at the highest point. After release fingers should be pointed at the target, with the palm facing down.
  • The jump shot is much the same as the one-hand set shot, except the player has to jump before releasing the ball, to get closer to the basket, or avoid an opposing players block.
  • Advance step - Push off the back foot while taking a step forward with the other foot, and slide the back foot forward. To maintain balance feet should stay shoulder width apart.
  • Retreat step - Push off the front foot, and take a step back with the other foot, and slide the front foot back.

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