In the Duke offense, players often start on one side of the field, cut across to receive a pass, then step down to take a shot. Ron Caputo, assistant coach for the Blue Devils, trains players to mimic this crossing motion in the “Step Down Shots” drill to help prepare them for games.
Drill Summary: Form a line of players about five yards from the side of the goal, and form another line about 10 yards in front of the goal on the opposite side. One at a time, players in front of the goal take a banana cut and receive a pass from the player at the front of the other line. After receiving the pass, fire a shot at the far side post. Be sure to switch lines after passing and shooting.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Take a banana cut. Don’t run straight across the field.
2) Catch and shoot the ball with your momentum going toward the goal.
3) Aim for the far side post.
4) It’s okay to miss wide – focus on instincts, not on accuracy.
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Herb Magee, otherwise known as the Shot Doctor, presents the shooting fundamentals that have helped him turn countless athletes into better shooters over the course of his 40-plus years in coaching. Use Magee’s tips, and players will be making more buckets in no time!
Drill Summary: Players pair up and each pairing grabs a basketball. Each pair stands about 15 feet apart and takes turns shooting the basketball back and forth to each other. Always provide a target for the other player to aim for (by putting your hands over your head) and work on using the correct shooting fundamentals during the drill.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Elbow under the ball.
2) Ball should be off the palm.
3) Shooting foot slightly ahead and feet shoulder width apart.
4) Ball should come off the index and middle fingers and go straight.
The 2014-15 Villanova Wildcats were one of the best shooting teams in the country before getting upset by NC State in the postseason. Jay Wright’s squad ranked in the top 20 in field goal percentage during the regular season. In this drill, you’ll learn one of Coach Wright’s fundamental shooting drills that helped the Wildcats be so accurate from the floor.
Drill Summary: Players start by performing 10 “set lifts.” A set lift is putting the ball in one hand, bending at the knees, getting the elbow under the ball and “lifting” the ball on the shot from about 3-5 feet away from the basket. After the set lifts, players immediately do 10 Mikans, followed by 10 reverse Mikans and 10 Bradleys. To finish, players do 10 “1-2 steps” from the top of the key. 1-2 steps are stepping with the inside foot before receiving a pass and shooting.
Keys to the Drill:
1) All parts of the body going in the same direction.
2) Consistent form.
4) Don’t rush.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Jay Wright: Perfecting Your Team’s Basketball Skills.” View other world class Basketball videos!
University of Virginia Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, presents a shooting drill that works on practical patterns that would be used in a game. This is an excellent drill that will provide your team with game-like situations and show how the defense will react to your movement.
The players begin about 20 yards above the cage and about 10-15 yards outside the cage pipe. The player begins with a ball, runs forward, and makes a split dodge, then runs towards the middle of the field and across the front of the goal. It is then that they take a shot across their body with a hard overhand shot.
This drill is an excellent opportunity for coaches to teach the players about running across the goal so that the entire cage is available to them. The players can then understand how a goalie is moving as they are running across the front of the goal and you can reinforce where the players could be aiming.
The 2013 NCAA Championship coaching staff at the University of Duke along with Head Coach, John Danowski, provide you with a more advanced drill that incorporates setting a pick, which then creates two players that can be options for the feeder. This will also teach the player that uses the pick to not take off until the picker is set and stationary.
Drill Setup: One player sets up about 5-7 yards above and outside the crease. The second player that will set the pick is also about 5-7 yards above the crease and about 10-15 yards outside the other pipe. The feeder is a couple of yards below GLE about 10 yards away from the pipe.
Athlete Movements: The player runs and sets the pick, the other player runs off the pick and has his stick up ready for the pass. But as soon as the player runs off the pick, the picker turns to face the feeder for a quick pass (Pop) and shot. The feeder has two options to pass to for a shot.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Lacrosse Shooting Drills.