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3 Hoops Shooting Drills

  • Date:
    Jan 28, 2010

Shooting is a crucial part of the game of basketball, and good shooters can help teams become winners.

Here are some great shooting drills from the eteamz community coaches can use to help players maximize their shot and increase their offensive versatility.

Fatigue Free Throws

How to do the drill: As we all know, free throws are an important fundamental and must be practiced every day. This drill allows you to combine free throws with conditioning, thus maximizing your gym time. It also simulates game situation free throws as players are shooting them while winded. We do this drill every day.

Three players and one basketball per hoop. Players need to remember the rotation: Rebound-Run-Shoot. Player 1 goes to the line for 2 free throws. Player 2 rebounds for player 1. Player 3 sprints one lap around the outside of the court. Upon completion of the lap, player 3, now fatigued, steps to the line for two free throws. Player 1 rebounds, player 2 sprints a lap. The rotation continues for 10 minutes. If you insist that players sprint hard and stay outside the court (no cutting corners), you'll find that the timing works out almost perfectly.

Also, after 10 minutes of this drill, the players should be sufficiently winded and will have gotten in about 25 free throws each.

Both Hands

How to do the drill: Stand directly beneath the basket. Step across your body with your left foot, laying the ball in with your right hand. Do not dribble the ball.

After making the lay-up, step across your body with your right foot, and lay the ball in with your left hand. Do this in sets of 30. If done correctly, you should be in a rhythm where you do not need to take more than one step in each direction to lay the ball in.

As you get better, you will be able to do this at a very high speed without missing a shot. It is vital to be able to score with both hands near the basket, and this is one of the best drills for working on this skill.

One on Me

How to run the drill: This is a great drill to do when you are by yourself and want to get the most out of your practice time. The basic idea is this: Every shot you make counts as one point and every shot you miss counts as two points. If you get to ten points on makes before you get to ten points on misses, you win.

To get the most out of this drill, run it at game speed, do not just walk to retrieve your shot; move quickly from spot to spot. Ideally, your accuracy will get to the point where you can make every miss count as five points, and you will still be able to beat yourself. The great shooters can.

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