The Lane Line Warmup is a great drill to get players moving to the ball and working on shots from the inside-out.

Set Up

Form two lines under the basket: one on each lane line. One ball is needed in each line. Have the first player in one line start without a ball, the second player in that line with a ball, and the first player in the other line with a ball.

How It Works

The first player (without a ball) runs a short, curved route toward the opposite line. The first player in the opposite line throws a pass, and the lead player finishes at the rim. The shooter gets his/her own rebound, hands the ball to the next player in the line from which the pass came, and takes a spot in the back of that line. The passer then repeats the action, receives a pass from the opposite line and again finishes at the rim. After one minute (or a few times through the line) the players will expand their routes and shoot from a few feet out. After another minute, they move a bit farther, and so on. The drill can expand as far from the rim as desired.

Key Coaching Points

-Encourage high energy in this drill. Keep the players talking and clapping. It’s a great pregame and practice starter.

-Give the players freedom to work on different finishes and shots.

-Coaches can run the drill for a specific time period or up to a set score. A good place to start is 10 makes for each progression, depending on the age and skill level.

Get 360Player For Your Team

Sign up to get the latest exercises and coaching content!

Don't miss out on professional quality drills and analysis delivered straight to your inbox.

You have Successfully Subscribed!