1 on 1 Drills to improve your game
There are some that feel playing 1 on 1 can be detrimental to your game. You can pick up bad habits of dribbling too much, taking bad shots, and not playing any defense. On the other hand playing 1 on 1 can also produce some really good habits. If you put some restrictions on the 1 on 1 game you can really improve your handle, on ball defense, conditioning, finishing around the rim, ability to create space and other skills.
In this blog I have several 1 on 1 games that can take your skills to the next level. If you take these games serious and play them full speed you will see improvements in the skills I mentioned above. But you must be aware, you will not make the necessary strides needed if you just play 1 on 1. Make sure you are working on your game and improving your ball handling, passing, shooting, and footwork.
Rules: Here are a few rules to implement into your 1 on 1 games. You can add these rules to any of the mentioned 1 on 1 games to make them more challenging.
- One shot - You only get one shot. If you miss the defense now gets the ball and becomes the offense.
- 3 Dribble limit - No dribbling around in one place. You have a 3 dribble max. If you dribble more than 3 times it's an automatic turnover. More advance skilled players can go down to 2 dribbles or even 1 dribble.
- 5 Seconds to shoot - No holding the ball and going through a bunch of fakes. You have 5 seconds to create space and get a shot off.
- All scores must come in the paint - No jump shots. You must put the ball on the floor and attack the defense. You have to get in the lane and score for your point to count.
- You must pressure the ball - You can't sag off the offensive player. Whenever you are playing defense you must be at least arms length away.
- No fouls - You have to be careful when playing by this rule. You don't want any dirty plays, but you want to be able to be physical and play through contact.
- Defensive stop to win plus free throw - It's one thing to throw up a lucky shot on game winner, but with this rule you have to turn around and get a defensive stop. Once you get your defensive stop you have to make the free throw.
I am sure there are other rules that you can think of to apply to any game of 1 on 1 to make the game more challenging. You can also play from different areas of the court like the wing, top of the key, elbow, or block. Below I have 5 of my favorite 1 on 1 games. So grab a partner and get after it.