4 Drills to Prepare for Basketball Tryouts


With the NBA season underway, we here at CoachUp are especially excited because basketball is one of our favorite sports. Why, you ask? Besides our love of three-point-shots and slam dunks, our founder Jordan Fliegel actually played professional basketball and was a basketball coach here at CoachUp. If that's not enough, we are lucky enough to be backed by the uber-talented pro-baller Stephen Curry and are ready to cheer him and the Warriors on this season. 

Looking to be the next Steph Curry? Below are a few skills to focus on to help you prepare for a successful tryout: 

Ball Handling

Make sure you're comfortable and confident dribbling the ball as you move around the court. You can practice this by double ball dribbling—keeping your eyes forward, and dribbling two balls in your hands as you walk around the court. 

Court Vision

Peripheral vision is key to success on the court. You can train your eyes to be stronger by focusing them on a certain area while doing something else with your body. 


The chest pass is the fundamental pass in basketball. It can be perfected by passing a ball with a partner as you shuffle up and down the court. 


Always play disruptive on defense—when you are blocking an opposing player your object should be to steal the ball. You can practice this by working with a partner to learn how to properly block, roll and slide between opponents. 

While becoming great at basketball requires both time and effort (which can be aided with the help of a great coach) our basketball coaches wanted to highlight a few characteristics they believe are key to becoming a skilled and successful player no matter your age. 

  1. Good Court Awareness 
  2. Strong-Minded
  3. Desire to Improve 
  4. Determination 
  5. Passion
  6. Mental Toughness  
  7. Confidence 

Combining these seven key characteristics with your skills and work ethic is the best way to start becoming a slam-dunk player. 

Interested in more tips? Check out this video that highlights five drills that will help you improve your game.

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