Basketball Footwork Agility Drill

Basketball Footwork Agility Drill - Coaching Basketball Fundamentals

OzSwoosh Academy athlete Taylin demonstrates a basic basketball footwork agility drill used to improve defensive technique.


The footwork used in this drill involves basic footwork patterns and includes hip turns and defensive slides.

Athletes should work to stay low when sliding and to avoid cross their feet.

When back peddling athletes need to ensure their head and chest are forward to avoid the risk of falling backwards, the chest and head should be over bent knees.

Back peddling is not running backwards. We do not recommend athletes run backwards.

Basketball Footwork Agility Drill

Basketball Skill Acquisition

  • Close Out Footwork
  • Sprinting,
  • Defensive Slide Footwork,
  • Back Peddling Footwork Technique
  • Stopping
  • Explosive Body Movement

Basketball Drill Explanation

This drill is used to improve footwork speed and agility. The ability to turn and move and stop from a reasonable pace and to change direction.

Basketball Equipment Needed

1 half court, preferably lined, or a similar size area with makers placed as guides.

How To Do The Skill

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Disclaimer: Basketball, like many sports, may result in serious injury or even death. Drills and ideas contained in OzSwoosh videos are demonstrations only. Coaches and players re-enacting the drills, or following advice, do so at their own risk. Also, children should always play under the supervision of a responsible adult.

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