How to Be Quicker in Basketball – Suicides

How to Be Quicker in Basketball – Suicides

Learning how to be quicker in basketball is all about the time and effort you are willing to put forth. For some, speed and quickness come naturally, but for most of the world, it is something that takes practice and dedication. Genetically, Dwight Howard has an advantage over most other players, but that doesn’t mean smaller players, like Derrick Rose, can’t put up the same number of buckets as Howard.

Players at all levels can benefit by improving speed and quickness. For years, it was thought that agility was mainly based on genetics, and while genetics may still play a large part, quickness drills can drastically improve the agility of a basketball player.

As a coach, I always recommend that my players participate in an organized basketball conditioning program, but for those that can’t afford one, here is a famous, but very helpful drill that we run at almost every practice.

Suicides: I can remember running suicides in almost every sport I’ve ever played, starting at a young age. These are applicable to every sport, and there are also variations that can specifically target the motions used in basketball.

  • For basic suicides, line up on the baseline and sprint to the closest free throw line, then turn and sprint back to the line. Immediately turn, and sprint to half court and back. Next, go to the far free throw line and back, then finish by sprinting to the far base line then back to the beginning baseline.
  • After completing that circuit, rest for about three minutes, then do it again! In one practice session, you will want to do this between three and five times.
  • Keep in Mind: This drill is designed to help you explode into a sprint, so as you approach each turn, quickly chop your feet, then turn and explode outwards. Those first few steps is what sets you apart from your opponent. Remember to stay low, and use your torso to propel your body as you turn.
  • Variations: To get a more customized workout for basketball, you can switch the motions to replicate what you would do on the court. For example, you may want to switch between shuffling, sprinting, and back peddling as you go. Shuffling is one of the main motions in basketball, so if you can target those muscles during this exercise, you will be that much better than your competition. This will also improve your footwork, which of course is very important.

As I previously stated, a legitimate basketball conditioning program will teach you how to be quicker in basketball, but this suicide drill and its variations will definitely help. Outside of practice, try going to the gym and doing this three times a week. After about two weeks, you, your coaches, and your opponents should all be able to see a difference in your athleticism and footwork.