In this fast-paced turning drill, players will practice turning with the ball and dribbling at speed.
Turning Drill – Fast And Furious
Set Up The Drill
Set up a 5×20 yard area with two tall cones in the middle placed at a slight diagonal across from each other as shown in the drill diagram. Have 4-6 players and 2 balls per grid. Players line up in groups of 2-3 on the end lines facing the central cones. Repeat to accommodate all players.
Make sure the first player in each line has a ball at their feet. To warm-up, each of the players with a ball dribbles to the furthest cone, executes a turn, quickly executes another turn at the cone diagonally behind them, and then dribbles to the opposite end line passing the ball off to the first teammate in the opposite line who then repeats the sequence. Have the players work in 2-minute increments on each of the following turns; Drag Backs, Inside Hooks, Outside Hooks.
Once players are comfortable with all the turns they can now compete against each other in individual races! The player at the front of the line on one side will race against the player at the front of the line on the other. Have the players at the bottom of the grid decide which turn the players must do and then shout ‘go’.
The players then have to race to complete the circuit and the first person to make it to the opposite side with the ball gets 10 points. After a certain amount of time, the player with the most points overall is the winner!
- Correct execution of drag backs, inside and outside hooks.
- Slow down going into the turn and then accelerate out of it.
- Try to keep your head up whilst dribbling & be aware of your surroundings.
- Go as fast as you can without losing control of the ball.
Players can often lose control of the ball when trying to turn at speed. ‘Slow in, Fast out’ is a great phrase to use to help players remember to slow down and maintain control of the ball going into the turn before accelerating away after execution!