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Procedure for doing the Animal Drill:
The player starts with the ball at the free throw line, tosses the ball off the board and times his jump to be able to catch the ball in the air and hit it against the board before landing and scoring.
To make it more challenging for taller players or very good leapers, have those players hit the ball off the rim before landing rather than off the board.
There are several reasons that we like this drill. Among those reasons are:
- It improves timing going for rebounds
- It improves strength in hands when the ball is pounded off the board
- The players are making jumps similar to how they will jump in a game going for a rebound.
- It is a good conditioning drill.
To make the Animal Drill competitive, see how many baskets the player can score in 30 seconds.