With basketball’s fast pace and constant change of direction, agility is the key to finding success on the court. Whether on offense or defense, players must be strong with their first step or movement and have the body control to decelerate and, ultimately, reaccelerate to where they need to go. Here are four agility drills we use at EXOS to improve multidirectional movement and ensure our athletes are ready on game day.
Coaching Tip: Make sure they keep their feet apart, weight on the balls of their feet, and hips low during each change of direction.
Coaching Tip: Watch to make sure they’re cutting with purpose.
Coaching Tip: Watch for a good crossover once the cone is identified.
Coaching Tip: Have the athlete use a ball in this drill and encourage them to make a quick reaction to your signal.
Cody Carter Cody has spent the last 10 years coaching athletes at the youth, high school, competitive, collegiate and professional levels. During that time he has learned from and developed close relationships with some of the best performance specialists in the world. Growing up, he played football, basketball and ran track. He didn't specialize in one sport until college, where he chose to run track as a sprinter and high hurdler for Iowa State University. He has spent his entire performance coaching career in Southern California where he is now a Manager for the EXOS Performance Innovation Team. Now based at SKLZ Headquarters, directly above the EXOS San Diego facility, Cody is able to jump in for the occasional hands-on athlete training session. View all posts by Cody Carter