A great drill to get players to make free throws in pressure situations is the “Win the Game” drill from Matthew Driscoll, head coach at the University of North Florida. Your entire squad will get into the action as they look to avoid giving up points to the “other team” by missing free throws.
Drill Summary: The entire team gets in a single file line at the free throw line. The drill starts with the score tied 65-65. One by one, players shoot free throws. If they make the free throw, they get their team one point. If they miss the free throw, the “other” team gets two points. After everyone’s shot a free throw, tally up the score. If the players win, the drill is over. If the “other” team wins, players have to run and do the drill all over again. If the drill ends with a tie score, then everyone who missed a shot gets to shoot again in “overtime.”
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Delta State University head coach, Jim Boone, presents the free throw shooting drill his teams complete after the end of every practice. The drill will reinforce focus at the line and give players a goal to achieve as they get better from the charity stripe.
Drill Summary: Players get in groups of two or three and get to a basket. Players take turns shooting three free throws each, with the goal being to make all three free throws in a row. If a player is successful in making three free throws in a row, they yell out to the coach to give them one point. The goal for Boone’s teams is to get 100 points in five minutes.
Keys to the Drill:
1) No routine – just shooting.
2) Don’t hurry, the shot should be the same as you use in a game.
3) Finish long and shoot the ball high.
4) Rebound for teammates to get shots off quicker.
Looking for a way to improve your players’ focus during free throw practice? St. Joseph University head coach Phil Martelli uses the “Net” drill to add more purpose when practicing foul shots. Teach your players this fun game and they will be looking forward to practicing their freebies every day.
Drill Summary: Players partner up with one basketball. Each player gets five consecutive foul shots while the other rebounds. If the ball hits the backboard or rim and goes in, the shooter gets one point. If the ball swishes, but doesn’t roll back to the shooter, it’s two points. If the ball swishes and rolls back to the shooter, they get three points. Any miss is negative one point. If the player makes all five free throws, they get five bonus points. The player with the highest amount of points at the end of the drill wins the game.
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By taking advantage of baseline inbound plays and missed free throws, basketball teams at every level can creatively attack the basket and pick up extra points. Follow along as Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo reveals some of his key strategies for free throw situations and under-the-basket inbounds plays, including three different looks using the same play.
Start by getting two offensive players lined up inside their typical lane blocks during a free throw situation. With this strategy, look to get one player cutting in hard to the middle of the paint area, while the opposite player is spinning behind his inside defensive counterpart.
Make sure that the players give a signal about what they plan to do. The key here is to do something aggressive in order to get to the ball. It doesn’t matter if both players come to the middle or to the outside, they just can’t stand there. The overall goal is to get one basket out of this strategy per game.
Backcourt Players: As for the guys behind the free throw line, align one player to the side wing area just beyond the three-point line. As the shot is taken, there will be a signal by the two inside guys. The backcourt players must recognize this.
If the backcourt player’s teammate on the same side is going in hard to the middle, then he/she will cut toward the basket fast on an angle to fill that vacated area. It’s key that all five players do something aggressive to get to the rim. Also, don’t forget that your players can’t move until the ball hits the rim.
Chips: Set 1 – Coach Izzo likes to run this baseline out of bounds play out of different sets.
The Set-up: Start by setting up two big guys on the low blocks and then two smaller players stacked just above the free throw line. Get your best shooter as the first guy in the stacked group. The two block guys start by popping out to their respective corners. Next, the first shooter cuts down and the guard behind him cuts back beyond the top of the key.
Player Movements: Now, let’s say the ball is passed to the ballside corner guy. From there, he quickly reverses it to the top of the key guard. When this happens, have the first shooter screen for the inbounder. Next, get the former ballside block player to screen down for the first shooter. This shooter can now pop out to the corner/side for a catch and shot.
Notes: This play involves a bit of inside and outside action. Pay particular attention to the options for the inbounder as he’s cutting through the lane. He can go low or high and the point guard up top should be looking for him as he cuts through the lane.
Also, when the pass goes from the point guard down to the corner shooter, the shooter has the option to dump it down to his former screener for a layup chance. It all depends on how the defense plays it. Of course, the shooter can also just rip that jumper if open.
Chips: Line Set
For this set, get in a stacked line on the lane line ballside. Here, the two bigs cut to opposite corners and the point guard pops back — just like before. It’s essentially the same play just from a different set. So why is this so effective? It’s not as confusing for players and you can get more plays in since the end result is very similar.
Chips: Box Set
This box set is great for those times when teams are overplaying. Once again, everything is the same except for the starting set.
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