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Basketball Shooting Drill:
Speed Shooting

This basketball shooting drill focuses on developing a quick release - receiving and then shooting the ball as quickly as possible, before the defense is able to pressure the shooter.

As well, since players generally shoot well below 50% from the field (NBA players average slightly below 45%), they need to be taught to follow their shots aggressively, looking for the rebound and put-back.

This shooting drill incorporates both these aims.

Instructions to Players

Here's what players need to focus on:

  • Players are shooting off the dribble, so they need to drop their weight as they square to the hoop, so that when they jump, they are jumping straight up and not fading off to the side

  • Be quick, but don't rush - it's the points that still matter, and as many points as they can make, so they want to get to the rebound as quickly as possible, and then dribble the ball out fast. But they don't want to rush the shot - don't sacrifice shooting form for the sake of getting off one or two more shots.

  • When taking the ball out, practice dribbling with both hands - as the player rounds the cones, the ball should be in the opposite hand, away from the cone (cone is the opponent)

  • Players should be quick enough when following their shot that they catch the ball before it hits the floor.

How this Basketball Shooting Drill Works

  • Immediately upon landing from the jump shot, the player sprints past the cone to get his rebound (hit or miss) - remember, the ball should not be hitting the ground.

  • The shooter begins behind the cone on one of the wings.

  • On the coach's whistle, the player takes his first shot

basketball shooting drill - speed 1

  • Once he has his rebound, the player dribbles quickly out around the cone at the foul line and to the other wing

basketball shooting drill - speed 2

  • He immediately takes his next shot from behind the cone at the wing, and follows his shot for his rebound

basketball shooting drill - speed 3

  • After getting the rebound, the player dribbles quickly out around the cone at the foul line and to the other wing

basketball shooting drill - speed 4

The player continues in this manner until the coach tells him to stop

I have players shoot for one minute straight, and keep track of shots made, running the drill regularly to gage progress. It gives players a goal to aim for (besting their last outing), can become a contest, and allows players to work on creating a rhythm and flow to their shot that becomes second nature and carries well into the game.

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"The only important shot you take is the next one. Because no matter how hard you try, that is the only one you can still have an effect on!"
- Jason Bumblis

Want something more visual?

Check out UMass Head Coach Derek Kellogg's video package of drills


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