Basketball Workout Drills for Guards

These four guard basketball workout drills are from a back issue of the Xavier Men’s basketball newsletter. If you would like to see the archives and/or sign up for their newsletter, you can here: Xavier Newsletter

The first drill is a toughness and finishing drill.

Drill #2 is a drill for guards to work on scoring in the post.

The third drill is a competitive shooting drill that works on the skill of penetrating and kicking for a shot.

The final drill works on speed dribble while being chased from behind.

At the end of the post, I have linked to some other skill development workout drills.

30 Second War Drill

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In addition to working on ball handling, this is a great short conditioning drill.

-Guard has the ball on the wing.
-The defender is guarding tightly. (Reaching and light fouling are allowed)
-Guard must keep his dribble and face the post for 30 seconds – no spins or back to the basket is allowed.
-It is a good idea to use a hop back to create space when needed.
-After 30 seconds, a coach blows the whistle and the guard can then drive, attempting to score

Guard Scoring in Post

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This drill stresses the ability to score quickly out of the post, in addition to being a good defensive drill.

-Player 1 spins the ball out of the post to himself. He must catch, turn and shoot before the defender can get there to block the shot.
-The defender cannot move or challenge the shot until the ball hits the floor on the toss.

-With the sound of the ball hitting the floor, the defender can then attempt to guard and block the shot.

-The guard must be very quick to turn around and shoot.

Guard Penetration

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Great drill to stress the drive and kick.

-3 players start on the perimeter.
-There must be two drive and kicks before a shot.
-Alternate shooters each time.
-First player to 5 makes wins.


Guard Court Sprint

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This is a great guard drill that stresses quickness.

-Guard begins on the baseline.
-Defender is 3 feet to his side and 3 feet behind.
-On the whistle, the guard attempts to sprint while dribbling the length of the floor, while the defender tries to catch up and cut him off.
-The guard must try to prevent this by riding off of the defender as he is dribbling at maximum speed.
-The guard must keep the ball tight to his body while going full speed.

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