The Best Shooting Basketball Drills for Kids | STACK Coaches and Trainers
X

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

The Best Shooting Basketball Drills for Kids

December 26, 2012 | Michael Coleman

Must See Basketball Videos

Youth programs are the feeder systems for high schools, and what they teach can hurt or help the present and future of high school basketball programs.

As a youth coach, you can only watch young kids take shots out of their range with bad form for so long. Coaches have a tendency to emphasize shooting drills, expecting form to naturally fall into place. The problem is that lacking shooting fundamentals at a young age only reinforces poor technique.

Shooting basketball drills for kids must be designed to encourage proper technique and footwork and to ensure that each shot is performed within range and at game speed. This method might not look flashy, but it will develop sound technique that can benefit young players as they develop their game.

Below are three sample basketball drills for kids, courtesy of the Wichita-Eclipse AAU Program and the Kansas Basketball Academy Foundation.

Shooting Basketball Drills for Kids

Basketball Drills for Kids

Air Ball

Equipment: whistle, stopwatch, basketballs

  1. Players are shown the proper triple threat position.
  2. Players are shown how to step into their shot with dropping their elbow.
  3. Players are shown how to work on jumping then shooting at the top of their jump.
  4. Coach encourages players to follow through with fingertips and don't let the ball sit in their palms.
  5. This is practiced without shooting at a basketball goal.
  6. Practice these techniques for 3 minutes
  7. Shoot at basketball goal for 3 minutes

Shooting Basketball Drills for KidsBox-to-Box

Equipment: stopwatch, whistle, basketballs, cone

  1. Form two lines at the elbows
  2. Players on right elbow dribble to box (low post) and take a jump shot off the backboard
  3. Players on left elbow sprint to retrieve the rebound, make a shot and rotate to the right elbow line
  4. Switch ball to opposite line after specified time
  5. Add cones and dribble moves (inside/out & crossover)
  6. Perform each segment for at least 3 minutes

Three Lines

Equipment: stopwatch, whistle, two basketballs

  1. Form three shooting lines 5 feet away from basket in paint, left low block and right low block
  2. Players have 3 minutes to shoot, rotating lines after each shot
  3. Players retrieve their rebound and pass it to next person in line

Coaching Points

Emphasize holding the follow-through before retrieving the rebound // Encourage players to count how many baskets they make in the allotted time

Michael Coleman
- Michael Coleman is the co-founder of the Kansas Basketball Academy Foundation (KBAF), a non-profit organization whose mission is "to provide high quality workouts and exposition...
Michael Coleman
- Michael Coleman is the co-founder of the Kansas Basketball Academy Foundation (KBAF), a non-profit organization whose mission is "to provide high quality workouts and exposition...
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

Improve Your Footwork for Basketball

Drills to Make You a Better Point Guard

Dominate the Boards: Box Out Drills

6 Basketball Layup Variations, Part 2: Underhand Layup

Coach Basketball With Video Training Drills

3 Great Drills for Coaching Youth Basketball

6 Basketball Layup Variations, Part 4: Backhand Layup

Basketball Team Shooting Drills for Your Next Practice

Agility Drills to Improve Basketball Performance

4 Youth Basketball Drills That Teach the Fundamentals

5 Shooting Drills That Will Make You Unstoppable

Point Guards: Learn How to Attack in Transition

Build Endurance With This Basketball Transition Drill

10 Essential Point Guard Drills From Skylar Diggins

Improve Your Touch Around the Rim

Basketball Passing Drills That Teach the Fundamentals

4 Simple Changes to Step Up Your Defensive Hoops Game

6 Basketball Layup Variations, Part 1: Overhand Layup

2 Youth Dribbling Drills That Work

Basketball Skill Development: The Pick and Roll

Offensive Basketball Drills to Build Your Go-To Moves

Moves After the V-Cut, Part 1

Develop Explosive Basketball Court Skills

Basketball Team Drills That Go the Extra Mile

Train Smarter With This Basketball Workout Routine

Challenge Yourself With 3 Shooting Drills

Coach For Fun and Results: 10 Youth Basketball Drills

3 P's of Rebounding: Women's Basketball Drills

How to Run and Attack the 1-3-1 Half-Court Trap

2 Drills to Speed Up Basketball Footwork

5 Drills to Perfect Your Jump Shot

6 Basketball Layup Variations, Part 3: Power Layup