Basketball Team Drills That Go the Extra Mile

Tired of the same old boring basketball drills practice after practice? Try these fresh ones from STACK Expert Gawon Hyman.

Basketball Shooting

Many coaches teach the same tired old basketball drills that their high-school coaches ran them through a million years ago. This is a recipe for boredom and mediocrity.

Here are some fresh drills to help you and your team become more productive and grow with the game.

Team Shooting Drills

Elbow Curl

This drill improves footwork for using the inside foot and getting a shot off the curl. The lines run inside-out off the elbow.

  • Set up a cone at each elbow.
  • Half the players form two lines on the baseline. These are the shooter lines.
  • The other players form two lines on the wings of the 3-point line. These are the passer lines, and each of them has two basketballs.
  • The first shooter runs inside-out , curls around a cone, takes a pass and goes up for a shot.
  • The passer goes to the back of the shooter line.
  • The shooter rebounds and heads to the back of the passer line.
  • Run the rotation on both sides of the court for a pre-set number of made baskets or a specific duration.

You can vary the moves, adding a head fake, one dribble pull-up, etc.

The lines should always be moving simultaneously.

4 Spots Get Shots

This half-court drill works on getting shots up and moving with a purpose. It can also be used as a drill to practice sharp passes.

  • Form four lines, one in each short corner and the other two at the 3-point line, high above the wing. The setup will look like a basic box at the start.
  • The ball begins in a short corner.
  • The pass goes to the opposite short corner for the shot.
  • The shooter rebounds and passes to the 3-point shooter on his side, who shoots, rebounds and passes to the other 3-point shooter.
  • This shooter rebounds and passes to the short corner line.
  • The players rotate clockwise with constant movement.

Try to make 40 shots in three minutes. With good passes, this should be easy.

Every shooter rebounds his own shot and passes to the next player at the next spot.

Full Court X

This is a great conditioner that puts different transition finishes into practice.

  • Players form two lines,  one in a corner of the court, the other in the diagonally opposite corner. Each line has three balls. Two coaches at halfcourt face the sideline.
  • The first player in line takes one dribble and passes to a coach, then runs the court as the coach passes him the ball for a layup.
  • The opposite line does the same center-court pass, receive-back and layup.

For variety, you can change the pass (bounce, etc.) or change the finish (reverse jump shot, etc.). You can also vary the number of dribbles and finishes.

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