Basketball Warm Up Drill – ‘Shadow Running’

This basketball drill for kids is called “Shadow Running”. A simple basketball warm up drill for youth to develop change of direction footwork and improve reaction time.

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Shadow Running Basketball Warm Up Drill

Basketball Skill Acquisition

  • Running, Change of Pace
  • Explosiveness
  • Body Movement
  • Efficiency
  • Getting Open
  • Leading, Cutting
  • Change of Direction
  • Reaction Time
  • Reduced Mental Gaps
  • Spatial Awareness

Basketball Drill Purpose

This fun dribbling game can be used to develop both ball handling skills or be used as a fun warm up drill for middle school kids. Perfect for working on the different crossovers. Add a communication cue to tell the next person when to go. A fun competitive basketball drill that also helps players work on their crossovers and jump stop footwork.

Basketball Equipment Needed

Players need to pair up. A flat playing area is required, the size of the field needed should be determined by the number of players. Larger numbers require a larger playing area for safety.

How To Play

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Once athletes have mastered the warm up without a ball. you may have players dribble a ball. Add rules like left hand going left, right going right. Perhaps, introduce a rule that every switch requires a different crossover type. You can play tiggy at the end where player has to try to tag player and has 5 seconds to do so. You can use the word ‘TAG’ or ‘TIGGY’ to change the game into this mode to increase pace.

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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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