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.
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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.
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Geno Auriemma is the current women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut. A big part of UConn’s offense is playing through the high post. Coach Auriemma works on breakdown drills everyday which simulate movements throughout his offense and you will see those movements in this segment.
Athlete Movements: In this drill, the post player starts low and sprints to just above the elbow area. The post player will catch an entry pass from a guard, get wide, and chin the ball. The passer will then set up his/her cut, get the ball back, and get a layup or short jump shot off of the handoff. This drill not only works on the guard cutting, but also the timing of the handoff and the entry pass. The players must also call out each other’s names on the pass and the handoff.
1) Timing the Post Entry Pass
2) The Post Player Being Strong with the Basketball
3) Cutting Hard to Ensure a Clean Handoff
4) Timing the Handoff
5) Simulating a Game Shot at Game Speed
Terry Layton has over 300 wins on the college, junior college, and high school levels. Coach Layton has also racked up 300 coaching wins at the international level. Here, Layton will show you the ‘Six Ball Shooting Drill’ which can act as a conditioning exercise for your perimeter players. The drill simulates sprinting the floor, catching in transition, and scoring.
Athlete Movements: This would mimic a scenario where the defense turns over the offense and they are shooting quickly in the conversion from defense to offense. There are three kinds of shots in the drill: 1) Catch and shoot mid-range 2) Catch midrange, shot fake, and pull up 3) Catch and shoot behind the 3-point line. There is also emphasis on the passers in this drill. The passers must deliver the ball right where the shooter wants it, inside the shooting pocket.
1) Run the floor hard
2) Catch & Be ready to shoot
3) Good passes
4) Work on shot fakes and scoring off the dribble
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