Not every youth coach likes to force players to run sprints during practice for conditioning. An alternative to this is to incorporate conditioning into drills that seem more purposeful to players. Not only do they serve the same physical purpose as traditional conditioning drills, but they also increase player engagement while making better use of practice time while simultaneously honing in on other skills.
Here is an example of one of mine:
This works best with a small group of players, but it can be modified for larger groups.
On one side of the court, 3 rows of 3 cones are set up inside the three-point arc.
The rows are located in the middle, left and right inside the three-point line. In each of the three rows, one cone is at a short mid-range jumper, and the other two are located a bit in front of and a bit behind the free-throw line.
For each round, players must make one shot from each of the cones. They will complete one row at a time from the closest shot to the farthest one. If a player misses a shot, they have to sprint to the baseline while dribbling (the baseline on the side that they are shooting on). After they make a shot from all 9 cones, they will run 2 down-and-backs. That is one round.
Each player needs to complete a total of three rounds
After the three rounds, players must make 5 free throws to close out the drill.
Feel free to share any skill-based or team drills that incorporate conditioning here!