This drill will be focusing on Team Shooting Drills for coaches. This post will be the sixth 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.
Random Practice & Game-Based Shooting Drills with Defenders
A New Unique Way To Practice Free Throws And Add Pressure
This is a unique way to practice free throws.
We all know that it’s nearly impossible to simulate an actual free
throw that occurs during games. However, here is a great way to apply
additional pressure in a practice setting.
You play 3v3, 4v4, or 5v5. However, the rules are slightly different.
Rule #1 – A made basket gives you the right to shoot free throws
When you make a basket while playing, you do NOT earn a point.
However, you earn the right to shoot free throws which can earn you
A made two point baskets earns two free throw attempts.
A made three point baskets earns three free throw attempts.
Rule #2 – Stay on offense when you make one free throw
If you make one free throw, you get to stay on offense and keep the
ball. It’s a variation of make-it, take-it with free throws.
Rule #3 – To score points, you must make two or three free throws for each set that you shoot
After one made free throw for each set, each additional make adds one point to the team score.
1. If no free throws are made, then the team will lose possession of the ball. Offense and defense switches.
2. If only one free throw is made, then the team will maintain possession but earn zero points.
3. If a second free throw is made, then the team will maintain possession and add one point to the team score.
4. If a player shoots three free throws and makes all three, then the
team will maintain possession and add two points to the team score.
Depending on your preference, you can also add a rule that a player shoots free throws when fouled on a shot attempt.
Basketball Shooting Drills Under Pressure:
1 on 1 Away Screen Drill
If you want to improve your shooting during games, you must use
shooting drills where somebody is guarding you and you are under
pressure. This happens on almost every catch during the game!
Every action you take during a game is based on a defender’s positioning, so it only makes sense to practice this way too.
You should replicate cuts and situations that actually happen during the game.
And this drill does just this with simulating away screens.
A coach, passer, or manager is a passer on the wing.
A player with the ball on the top of the key. This player is the screener and becomes a defender.
A player on the wing receives the screen and becomes the offensive player.
The player initiates the action by passing to the wing. They
After the screen is set, the offensive player sprints to the top to catch the pass.
After the screen, the screener sprints to become the defensive player. They try to stop the offensive player from scoring.
Tips For Screener’s to Get More Scoring Opportunities:
If you want to get open and get easy scoring opportunities, set great
screens for good shooters. Defenders often flock to the ball and you
will be left alone to take easy shots.
Two Steps Down Towards the Basket. This creates better timing
as it gives the offensive player more time to set up the screen. It
creates a better angle and position for the screen. When you set the
screen at a poor angle, the offensive player is forced to poor positions
on the floor and it’s easier to guard for the defender. When the
screen is positioned properly, it gives the cutter opportunities to be a
threat to score. They can straight cut, curl cut, backdoor cut, or
Communicate It’s vital you communicate the screen verbally or
with a signal, so that the offensive player is aware and sets up the
defender before the screen gets there.
Sprint to Screen This gives both defenders less time to get
in position. Also, if the screener creates separation from the
screener’s defender, the defender will have a lot of difficulties
executing a trap or hedge to stop the ball and recover back the
Quick Stop This is a great way to visually show the referee
that you’re not moving. By doing a quick stop and landing both feet at
the same time, you get less offensive fouls called for moving screens.
Butt & Back Facing the Passer – Once again, this positioning allows for the offensive player to be more of a threat with more options to cut off the screen.
Tips to Be an Effective Cutter To Score More Points:
Take Defender to Level of Screen – By taking the defender down
to the level of the screen, this puts you in a better position to run
the defender directly into the screen. Also, if you can get the
defender to think you’re cutting to the basket and turn their head, they
won’t see the screen coming.
Get Low with Your Shoulder to Screener’s Hip – This helps you maintain leverage so the defender can’t knock you off your path and squeeze between the screen.
Show Hands / Running to Target – You want to show your hands
and give the passer a target. Better passes lead to better shots. You
also want to run through the pass to ensure the defender can’t slip
between and get a steal. Also, if the defender is trailing, this helps
maintain separation and creates a better scoring opportunity.
Call for Ball – You want to call for the ball. That way, if a
player has poor vision or doesn’t see you, they are able to locate you
and pass the ball to you.
Ball in Air / Feet in Air – So there is no hesitation after
the catch, you should have your feet and body facing the basket as you
catch the ball. You are ready to shoot.
Think Shot – As Jim mentioned, you want to think shot
immediately. If you’re open, shoot it. If the shot is taken away, you
Encourage Aggressiveness – You don’t want to be hesitant in
this drill. Mistakes will be made. Encourage them to keep attacking.
Through repetition, they naturally learn what works and what doesn’t.
Many times you don’t even have to say anything.
Lines For Multiple Players – If you have 5 or 6 players at a
basket, you can form three lines between the passer, screener/defender,
and shooter. You can then rotate between the three lines.
Pick A Cut – You can also practice a certain cut over and over
so you have to get accustomed to attacking the defensive player in that
situation. You can say “only flare cuts”, “only curl cuts”, or “only
straight cuts”. This is also a great thing to do to get you out of your
comfort zone. As humans, we tend to steer towards things that we are
comfortable with. This helps us practice all situations.
Limit Dribbles – You can also limit to three or four dribbles to force your players to be efficient with the dribble.
Make It Competitive – You can keep score and play short games
to 3 or 4. You can also force the defense to get a stop to go to
offense. Or if you have multiple players, the offense stays when they
3 Competitive Dribble Penetration Shooting Drills
You just make a great move to blow by your defender on the perimeter.
But as soon as you get near the lane, you have a swarm of defenders.
Obviously, you should pass the ball!
But what if no one is open because nobody moved to an open spot and
you’re in a terrible offensive position. A great move results in a poor
outcome due to lack of understanding. And it’s something that’s
relatively easy to fix.
The first thing we do is cover our dribble penetration rules. Ours are quite simple:
- Move to an open spot. Sometimes, this requires no movement at all.
- If you’re overplayed, go backdoor.
Next, we incorporate some shooting drills that practice these dribble
penetration situations and offer some options for the player’s off the
And once the offense has built confidence in the dribble penetration
situations, you can start to incorporate game-like situations with competitive skill-building drills.
Below is a series of dribble penetration shooting drills that you can
use to improve shooting, passing, spacing, and movement off the ball.
Dribble Penetration Shooting Drill #1 – Wing Movements
For simplicity reasons, we will just look at the situation where the
ball handler attacks the middle of the floor and another offensive
player is positioned on the wing. We will present you different options
to attack from the wing position.
In this situation, I would teach 4 options for attacking the defense:
- Curl Up
- Fade Down
The diagram to the right simulates a situation where 1’s defender steps
I teach differently because I believe you present the different options
and you let the player choose. I want you to do the movement where you
have the highest amount of confidence because I believe the overall
results will tend to be better and that doesn’t always result in
“PROPER” spacing. At the same time, if a player keeps making a choice
that ends in a poor result, we will suggest they do something different.
However, these philosophies would require more in-depth conversations.
Also, the “wrong” read of curl up in this situation allowed me to assist
a teammate in 6 straight 3-pointers during the 2nd half of a game.
Option 1: Stay
4 makes dribble move at first cone, comes to a quick stop at second cone.
As 4 reaches 2nd cone, 4 passes to 1 who Stayed on the wing.
Option 2: Curl Up
As 4 reaches 2nd cone, 4 passes to 1 who Curled UP to the top.
Option 3: Fade Down
As 4 reaches 2nd cone, 4 passes to 1 who Faded DOWN to the corner.
Option 4: Backdoor
As 4 reaches 2nd cone, 4 passes to 1 who cut BACKDOOR to the basket.
On this drill, you’ll want fake high, then pass low to simulate what
Points of Emphasis
Passer uses outside hand – In these diagrams, player would pass
with right hand. On left side of the floor, player would pass with left
Fake opposite before cutting – It is good to form a habit of
faking opposite before cutting as this will take your defender out of
position to open up the cut. However, it may not always be needed in
Cut at full speed – This helps you create separation from the defense.
Hands and feet ready – Stick your feet with hands up where you want the pass, so you can get the shot off as quickly as possible.
Dribble Penetration Shooting Drill #2 – 2 on 1
Now to get some reps with the game-like situations, you can add a
4 makes the dribble move and looks to score.
There is one pass limit.
Dribble Penetration Shooting Drill #3 – 2 on 1 with Chaser
This is the same as the situation before, except now you add a chaser.
There is a two pass limit.
You can also add dribble limits if you would like.
As I, was writing up this drill I thought of adding multiple chasers from
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