Basketball Shooting Drills

Basketball shooting drills are usually the most popular drills in practice – every player wants to shoot. Give a kid the ball and let him loose in the gym by himself, and that kid will shoot – he could practice dribbling, or passing, or defense, or all the other little things that make a ball player a good player. But kids always want to shoot that basketball, and that’s why basketball shooting drills are so essential when you are coaching basketball.

Shooting is a basketball skill every player needs to be taught and have reinforced through good shooting drills, because they’ll be out there shooting the ball every chance they get, and if they aren’t shooting with good fundamentals, they’ll just make their shot worse. And ingrained.

You need to teach good shooting fundamentals and reinforce them with good drills in every practice.

To be effective, good shooting drills will teach several things:

to shoot with decent basketball shooting form – ball on the fingertips, shooting arm cocked at about ninety degree angle, free hand as a guide, eyes on the rim, good follow through and snap of the wrist for backspin

to shoot quickly – i.e., to shoot the ball with a quick release – before the defense can attack

to shoot under pressure – i.e., always work to simulate a game situation, because that’s what we are preparing these kids for

Players need to be taught proper shooting form (see Tips and Drills for Teaching Shooting or check out the Prolific Shooting Program), and well-run basketball shooting drills will enforce good form and technique. But players also need to be able to shoot under pressure – the chances to take an uncontested, relaxed shot during a game are relatively few. So players need to practice shooting under pressure.

So good shooting drills will try to recreate the pressure of a game situation, so your players are prepared. The Toss-Back Shooting Drill is perhaps the least complicated of these drills, but is excellent practice for players to receive the pass, square to the hoop, and take the shot all in one motion. It is also a good drill for introducing and improving a quick release.

Drills like the Speed Shooting Drill and the 1-minute Shooting Drill will give players practice with pull-up jump shots and a quick release, so they can shoot the ball before the defense can attack them. More pressure is added in these drills simply by enforcing a time constraint.

The Pressure Shooting Drill is a little more complex than the previous drills, in that it adds in defense to create more game-like pressure. This is a great drill for developing all kinds of offensive skills, and a drill that you can use on a regular basis throughout the season to keep shooting skills sharp.

And let’s not forget the foul shot. The humble foul shot has won many games. Use these Free Throw Drills to help your players sharpen their free throw shooting skills and become consistent from the line.

Remember to keep your players focused on the basic skill throughout these drills – i.e., they must always use proper form and movement every time they run the drills. The better their form is in practice, the better it will transfer to the game.

But also remember to apply the pressure – make the defense play honest, tough defense according to the basketball shooting drill’s set up. If everyone involved in the drill focuses and works hard, then everyone improves.

Top Basketball Drills For Coaching High School Basketball

Top basketball drills are different from other basketball drills. Some drills develop an individual skill, such as shooting, or passing; others focus on improving a team element, for example, executing a pick and roll. But a top basketball drill will offer practice of so many elements that they are absolutely necessary for any basketball practice.

Every basketball practice should include these drills. You may switch up which drills you use on any given day, but you will likely be using at least one or two of them every practice if you are coaching high school basketball.

I use most of them as warm up drills, after my players have finished a light warm-up and some dynamic stretching. These drills make the players run – i.e., good conditioning drills – execute several skills in game-like conditions, and reinforce previously taught skills while at the same time preparing them for the new skills to be introduced that day.

A few of these drills I sometimes use at the end of practice, as an immediate reinforcement of skills introduced or focused on that day, and as a way to finish practice on a high energy note, giving players a chance to run and compete in game-like situations without the structure and restrictions of a full game of basketball.


The Top Basketball Drills You Need to Know

Exceptional Warm-Up Drills

  • 3 Man Weave (passing and receiving skills, finishing the fast break)
  • 3-on-2 to 2-on-1 (defending when outnumbered, scoring aggressively on the fast break)
  • Lakers Drill (speed dribble and fast break finish against pressure, defending against a fast break)
  • Zipper Drill (passing and receiving skills, finishing the fast break)
  • Piston Drill (fast break dribbling, catch-up defense against fast break)
  • 90 Shot Drill (shooting off the fast break pass, finishing the fast break)


Combination Drills To Work into Practice

  • Pass and Break (fast break dribbling and conditioning)
  • Give and Go to Break (give and go, fast break dribbling and finishing fast break lay-ups)
  • The Circuit (control dribbling moves, conditioning)


Excellent Drills to Finish Practice With

  • 11 Man Drill (my favorite drill – develops everything, but especially aggressive rebounding)
  • 2 on 1 Fill-In (passing, finishing fast break quickly, catch-up defense against the fast break)

Why They are Top Basketball Drills

These are excellent drills that are essential when you are coaching high school basketball, because they do so many things:

· All require players to run full out, so they are sport-specific conditioning

· Each requires the players to execute at least 2 skills – maybe passing and dribbling, or passing and scoring – while moving at full speed, or in game situations

· All require team work and strategies

· All are fun – like I said earlier, they offer the excitement and competition of a game without the restrictions placed on players during an actual game. They’re like 10 minutes of fast breaks. Players love them and they are all really effective basketball workouts.

Be sure to integrate these drills into your basketball training. Don’t change them up too often – we don’t want to confuse the players too much or have to spend half the practice explaining how to run the drills – but mix them up every now and again for variety and perhaps a slightly different skills emphasis. They make for a great beginning and an exciting finish to any basketball practice.

Basketball Shooting- How to Improve your Basketball Shooting?

Proper basketball shooting technique and good form are imperative, if you want to excel in your basketball shooting game. No one can shoot at 100% effectiveness all the time, so perfection in basketball shooting is not achievable, but developing appropriate mechanics is the first step to becoming an excellent shooter.

The key to becoming a great shooter is correcting potential unfavorable flaws by learning appropriate technique to develop shooting consistency.

This article will address fundamental basketball shooting tips, while maintaining a stationary position. Shooting while in motion and advanced footwork will not be covered here. Once motionless basketball shooting mechanics have been mastered, techniques for shooting in game situations can be practiced. Below, each important aspect of stationary shooting is covered in detail.

Basketball Shooting Tips & Techniques Below

1.) Focus On The Target:

a.) The basketball rim is your target. You must locate it as rapidly as possible, to enhance accuracy.
b.) Eyes must remain on the target and not shift to the ball after release.

2.) Balance And Proper Stance

a.) Feet should be shoulder-width apart and staggered, with the shooting foot placed slightly ahead of the following foot. Feet should be pointed in the general direction of the target (basket). It’s not necessary to point feet directly at the basket.

b.) Stance should be comfortable and consistent. Feet can be squared with the basket or, if more comfortable, a right-handed shooter may point his feet slightly to the left of the basket and vice versa, for a more natural stance. Stace should be consistent for all shots.

c.) Body should be flexed with knees bent.

3.) Finding And Using Your “Shot Pocket”

a.) Move the ball into your shot pocket as you catch it.
b.) Most important! Visually form a straight line from your eye to the ball, then to the basket.
c.) Maintain proper grip and shooting stance, with the ball held just above the waist.
d.) Consistency is always the key.

4.) Appropriate Ball Grip

a.) Spreading apart your fingers enough to grip the ball comfortably with one hand, line up the ends of your fingers along the ball seams. This is crucial for placing spin on the ball.
b.) An air space should be formed between the index and middle finger, and between the ball and the center of the palm.
c.) With the ball resting on your fingertips, a pencil should fit between the ball and the palm of your hand.

5.) Balancing the Ball In Your Hands

a.) Your “balance hand” or non-shooting hand should never add English to the ball. It should always be placed on the side of the basketball.
b.) To avoid adding spin or velocity to the shot from the balance hand, it should always leave the ball first and remain stationary upon shot delivery.

6.) Delivering The Shot

a.) Shooting motion should be straight upward, with elbow under the ball.
b.) The ball should never be extended behind the head as core strength is used to uncoil the body, starting at the legs.
c.) Elbow, then wrist should follow through straight towards the rim.
d.) If English is applied to the ball, it should be applied with the shooting hand, as the balance hand remains stationary.
e.) The ball should be released just before the peak of the jump.

7.) Shot Follow-Through

a.) Wrists should remain relaxed, with fingertips pointed towards the basket rim.
b.) Your hand should be visible to you, at a high point, in line with the square on the backboard.
c.) Follow through should be held until the ball connects with the rim.
d.) Feet should land where they started.

More Basketball Shooting Tips Coming Soon

I hope you enjoyed this basketball shooting tip. Check back in a couple of days for more great articles to help you take your basketball game to the next level. If there are any basketball shooting tips you want to know just leave me a comment below.