Basketball Shooting Drills
This section aims to provide simple basketball drills and coaching that will teach players of all ages and abilities how to play basketball, and develop game specific techniques. Simply click any of the links below for explanations, information and coaching videos.
The aim is to improve set shot, and jump shot technique. Player 1 starts under the basket in possession of the ball, and player 2 starts near the left corner of the key (left elbow). Player 2 runs to the opposite corner of the key (right elbow), and then receives a pass from player 1.
The aim is to improve set shot, and jump shot technique under pressure. Player 1 starts under the basket and player 2 starts near the corner of the court. Player 2 receives a pass from player 1, and must be in a position ready to shoot the ball.
The aim is to improve set shot, and jump shot technique at speed. To start this drill player 1 stands underneath the basket, player 2 starts at the foul line, and player 3 stands between the key and the sideline. Both players 1 and 2 start with a ball.
The aim is to improve hook shot technique. The player should use their right hand for the first shot. Start by facing the right sideline, standing underneath the basket. Hold the ball in the hook shot position, with the right hand, pivot around to the left, towards the basket, and shoot the hook shot.
The aim is to improve lay up technique, passing, and receiving. At least 3 players are required for this drill. Player 1 starts on one sideline and has the ball. Player 2 stands just outside of the key on the side nearest player 1, and player 3 stands just behind player 2, but inside the key.
The aim is to improve shooting technique, and recovering and converting loose balls. This drill starts with player 1 standing off the court in one corner, with the ball, and player 2 standing half way up the court a couple of meters in from the sideline.
The aim is to improve shooting technique. 10 cones can be placed randomly between the 3 point line and the basket. A player starts at one of the cones and shoots for the basket using the one-hand set shot. When the player makes a shot they quickly move to another cone, until shots have been made at all positions.
The aim is to improve shooting technique. A player starts by lying on their back on the floor, holding the ball above their shooting shoulder. Then the player shoots the ball into the air using the technique suggested below. Ideally the ball should return straight back to their hands.
The aim is to improve the lay up technique. Jumping as high as possible when executing this shot would be beneficial.
The aim is to improve the hook shot technique. Players start with their back to the basket, again in a sturdy stance, with feet shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent. To enable them to see the target they will need to look over their shoulder.
The aim is to improve the jump shot technique. This shot is very similar to the one-hand set shot in that it should start from a sturdy base with the players feet shoulder width apart, toes pointing straight ahead, and knees bent.
The aim is to improve the One-handed set shot technique. When players are performing the one-hand set shot it is vital they keep their eyes on the target, with feet shoulder width apart, and knees slightly bent.