Kobe Bryant began playing basketball at the age of three. As a child, her was notorious for studying NBA game film sent to him by his grandfather. No wonder he became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points.
Just like Kobe did, the next generation is already on the court learning how to play, and the next "Black Mamba" could be among them.
As coaches, we're responsible for training athletes to realize their full potential, from playing four minutes off the bench all the way to All-Star status. Basketball shooting drills for kids should be taught in a stepwise fashion and progress from stationary to moving to drills practiced off the dribble. (Read The Best Basketball Shooting Drills for Kids.) The earlier they learn the fundamentals of proper technique, like how to position themselves to get a shot off, the quicker they can begin developing the strength necessary to perfect a consistent and formidable jump shot.
The following are basic basketball shooting drills for kids who are just learning the game.
This is the classic position for a shooter, giving him or her the option to dribble, pass or shoot: head up, both hands on the ball and feet staggered, with leading foot on the shooting side.
This teaches the proper ball position and upper body balance for shooting.
This is a drill to teach the follow through on a shot. It can be performed while shooting a free throw or taking a shot after performing the Table Top drill without a goal. The off hand can stay on the ball as it would on a normal jump shot.
A common problem for young shooters is taking their eyes off the goal when shooting, especially if they have been dribbling.
Young shooters typically aren't great at geometry or physics. They may not understand the need to use angles to make shots, but teaching them how to use the backboard early can make them better shooters later in life. Go to The Bank is a drill to teach them the value of using bank shots.
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