Basketball Team Shooting Drills for Coaches part 4

Basketball Team Shooting Drills for Coaches part 4

This drill will be focusing on Team Shooting Drills for coaches. This post will be the fourth one out of a series I started . As a coach you should be able to change some of these drills so that it can better suit your student, cater their skill level for example or age. As of right now just enjoy this post and make sure to soak in all the information that is presented in here.

Interleaving Shooting Drills


The “Rocker” Shooting Drills For Guards

Shooting Drill Progression #1 – 1 Dribble Pull Up

In this progression, you catch the ball and prepare to shoot.

Next, you step through and take one dribble for the pull up jump shot.


Training Tips:

  • Cover distance with dribble – This will help you create separation from the defender and create an open jump shot.
  • Pound the ball – By pounding the ball, it gets the ball quickly back into your hands which speeds up the shooting motion. This also minimizes time that the ball is away from your hands making it more difficult for the defender to steal the ball.

Shooting Drill Progression #2 – Step Back Jumper

With this progression, the player takes one dribble at the basket, then steps back for a jump shot.


Training Tips:

  • Push (explode) back – you really want to explode backwards to create separation from the defense.
  • Get balanced – By getting balanced, this will create consistency in your jump shot. Being balanced leads to higher shooting percentages.
  • Elbow above the eye – A tendency on step back jump shots is to fall short. This emphasizes that you finish the follow through and get enough power into the shot.

Shooting Drill Progression #3 – Rocker Step

With this progression, you execute the step back move. However, if the defender closes out hard on the step back move, you explode forward or execute a dribble move. This is the rocker step.


Training Tips:

  • Be compact with movements – You want to be compact and move in straight lines to remove wasted movement. This will make you quicker by moving in straight lines. It will also make your shot motion more efficient by limiting moving parts.

3 Motion Offense Drills


Set Up and Instructions:


Drill Setup:

The drill starts with a player on the top of the key, a player on the right wing, and a player on the left wing.

A fourth player is behind the player on the top of the key. This player is just a designated passer. It could also be a coach or manager.

Both people at the top of the key start with a basketball.


Variation 1: Blast Cut

1 passes to 3, then 1 immediately sets a screen for 2.

2 utilizes a blast cut to the fill the top of the key.

1 fills the left wing.

3 passes to 2. 2 passes to 1.
2 screens for 3.

3 blast cuts to the top of the key. 1 passes the ball to 3. 3 shoots.

2 shapes up. 4 passes the ball to 2. 2 shoots.


Variation 2: Curl Cut

1 passes to 3, then 1 immediately sets a screen for 2.

2 utilizes a curl cut. 2 cuts to the basket then fills the left wing.

1 shapes up to fill the top of the key.

3 passes to 1. 1 passes to 2.
1 screens for 3.

3 curl cuts to the basket. 2 passes the ball to 3. 3 shoots.

1 shapes up. 4 passes the ball to 1. 1 shoots.


Variation 3: Backdoor Cut

1 passes to 3, then 1 immediately sets a screen for 2.

2 utilizes a backdoor cut. 2 cuts to the basket then fills the left wing.

1 shapes up to fill the top of the key.

3 passes to 1. 1 passes to 2.
1 screens for 3.

3 backdoor cuts. 2 passes the ball to 3. 3 shoots.

1 shapes up. 4 passes the ball to 1. 1 shoots.


Drill Tips:

  • Rotate counter clockwise / To the right After drill is finished, the next group starts. The players who just completed the drill rotate counter clockwise or to the right.
  • Get the ball reversed quickly As Coach Schuring said, you want to get the ball reversed quickly. By passing the ball quickly, the defense will have more space to cover in less time. This will create a bunch of mini offensive advantages for you.


Screener Tips:

As Tim Schuring says, if you want open shots, set good screens. By setting good screens, the screener is often the one open for shots.

  • Fake cut to rim before screening away To get a better angle on the screen, you should fake a cut towards the rim and slightly towards the player with the ball. This will be one to two steps towards the basket.
  • Sprint to screen By sprinting to the screen, it gives the defense less time to react. This makes you harder to guard. It also makes it harder for the defensive player to get in position quick enough to defend the screen properly.Coach Schuring doesn’t encourage you to raise your hands to set screens. He wants you to just focus on setting a solid screen.
  • Roll or shape up after cutter clears After the cutter clears the screen, you (the screener) cuts to the ball or rolls to the basket. By waiting until the cutter clears, this also helps you (the screener) recognize which space is open.
  • Immediately square chest to ball on shape up If you (the screener) choose to shape up, immediately pivot and square your chest to the passer. This puts you in an ideal position to see both the defense and the ball.Before you even receive the pass, this helps you make decisions quicker by recognizing if you should shoot, drive, or pass. Quicker decisions often lead to better scoring opportunities.


Cutter Tips:

  • Get one foot below the screen By getting below the screen, this helps set up the defender. Now when you cut, the defender has to make a choice to run into the screen or run around the screen. Both situations create more space for you.
  • Change speeds and explode off screen As Coach Schuring says, it doesn’t matter if you jog or walk down. It’s just important to change speeds. It’s probably even smart, to mix up your approach speed to keep the defender off balance.Once you get below the screen, EXPLODE out of the cut. This change of pace makes it very difficult for the defender to react in time. And if they cheat or overplay one direction, you can cut the opposite way.
  • Rub your shoulder to hip of screener / Touch screener’s calf muscle By rubbing your shoulder against the screener’s hip, this creates little space for the defender to slide through. This forces them to go around or get caught on the screen.Also, by getting low and touching the screener’s calf, this makes it harder for the defender to push you off of your cutting path.
  • Time the cut so the screener is not waitingYou want to time the cut, so the screener is not waiting. You want to explode off the screen as soon as the screener tops. This gives the defender less time to react.

Backdoor Cut Tips:

  • Top shoulder above screener’s top shoulderYou want to get your top shoulder above the screener’s top shoulder. By forcing the defense higher, this does two things. It creates more time for the passer to recognize the cut. It gives the passer more space to make the pass. Thus, you will get more opportunities to score when you are open.
  • Backdoor cut – trigger to shape upAs mentioned, when the cutter goes backdoor, this is an automatic trigger for the screener to shape up. That way, you (the screener) can immediately cut to the ball. This forces the defense into a difficult decision. Does the help defender stay with the player who cut backdoor or do they rush out to guard you? It’s very difficult to stop both options.

5 Drills For Guards –
Wichita State Attack Series


On the first progression, you rip the ball across your body executing a sweep to the baseline side, take 1 dribble, and finish at the basket.

Progression 2: Rip – 1 Dribble – Jump Shot

Same as the previous progression, except you pull up for a jump shot after 1 dribble.

Progression 3: Rip – Counter Move – Jump Shot

The drill starts the same as the previous progression, except after the 1 dribble, you make a dribble move to change directions and shoot a jump shot.

Progression 4: Double Rip – 1 Dribble – Jump Shot

This time after the cut to the wing, you execute a double rip, take 1 dribble to the middle of the floor and pull up for a jump shot.

Progression 5: Double Rip – Counter Move – Lay Up

Same as progression 4, except you take 1 dribble and finish with a lay up.


Drill Tips:

Once your players have a basic understanding of the fundamentals, replicate this situation with defenders.

Also, make sure to practice on both sides of the floor.


Emphasis Points:

Crisp passes – You want to do this so you develop good habits in practice. Also, make sure to pass with your outside hand.

Cover distance – When you take your dribbles, you want to cover distance so you can separate from your defender. You also want to create indecision for the help defender… do they guard you or guard their man?

Outside hip finish – When finishing, keep the ball on your outside hip. That way, defenders can not easily swipe the ball.

Pound the ball – You want to pound the ball on the dribble to build rhythm and minimize the time the ball is out of your hands.

Drive body to body – When driving, you want to go body-to-body or get your shoulders by the defender’s hips. This helps you get to the basket more quickly by moving in straight lines. It also makes it difficult for the defender to recover as they are on your backside.

4 Spot Fastbreak Shooting Drill

This drill is great to work on shooting off the fast break. You can do it by yourself or with a partner. We also show you how to work ball handling into this drill, so you can manage your time better.


  1. Start at half court with a ball.
  2. Spin the ball towards the 3-point line area. Spin the ball high enough to get there in one bounce.
  3. Run under the ball and step-into a jump shot.
  4. Get your own rebound. If you miss, score a lay up.
  5. When dribbling the ball back to half-court, perform a dribble move at the 3-point line. That way, you can work on ball-handling at the same time.
  1. Once, you get back to half court, do the same thing again.
  2. If working with a partner, you can have the partner position himself a little above the 3-point line and make passes to you as you start running from half-court.
  3. Pick 4 spots on the floor and take a few shots from each spot.



Drop Step Shooting Drill

This is a great scoring move to use against aggressive defenders. It will get you more open shots and more open driving lanes.

There is also a shooting drill that you can use too.

Don Kelbick teaches the move and the shooting drill.



As Don Kelbick explains in the video, there are a few keys to set up this move.

  • Think ShotYou want to have an attacking mindset. You want to put pressure on the defense.
  • Outside HandYou want to lift your outside hand to give the passer a target. This also makes it harder for the defense to steal the ball.
  • Straight Line – Front of the RimWhen you pivot on your bottom foot, you want to step with your swing foot (top foot) in a straight line to the front of the rim.

    This puts the defender on your back and in a better position to be a scoring threat.

    When you move in straight lines, it also makes you quicker.

  • Don’t Pivot Out Of Scoring RangeAlso, as Don says, you want to use footwork and moves that put you in position to be a threat. If you pivot out of scoring range, you are not a threat.



In summary, I hope you have enjoyed this drill and make sure to stay tuned for more informative drills. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comment section below, I will happily answer them. Also, if you have any things that you think should be added to this post I will try my best to improve on it;) Lastly add up the socials and receive updates on when I am dropping a post or something in the shop and generally anything about basketball.

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