1986 Naismith Player of the Year and Duke University all-time leading scorer Johnny Dawkins presents the drill that he makes his perimeter players do as punishment for not achieving their goals. Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has done this drill many times under the supervision of the Team USA coaching staff, largely due to Bryant’s incredible work ethic and habit of setting lofty individual goals.
Drill Summary: The player starts in the paint with a ball and throws the ball off the backboard to simulate getting a rebound. The player rebounds the ball as high as they can, then turns and faces up the court. After facing, the player has to “beat a man” using a dribble move immediately, then dribbles to half court. At half court, execute another dribble move and then finally one more at the other three point line. Then, the player finished by shooting a fifteen foot jumper. Do this however many times the player missed their goal by in the previous drill (ex: Player said they’d make nine shots, but they only made eight… They do it once). Note: the rep only counts if the player makes the shot at the end!
Keys to the Drill:
1) Grab the rebound as high as possible.
2) Execute dribble moves at full speed.
3) Use a variety of dribble moves.
4) Make the shot.
The “Havoc” defense may be what VCU head coach Shaka Smart is known for, but the 2011 Clarence Gaines National Coach of the Year knows a thing or two about offense as well. In “30 Baskets,” teams compete against each other to see who can be the first to make 30 shots. This is a great shooting drill that gets the entire team involved and also improves the communication and competitiveness of your roster.
Drill Summary: The roster splits into two teams to shoot on two different baskets. On each team, five players space out evenly around the perimeter out to their individual shooting range. The rest of the team gathers underneath the basket as rebounders. Start with three balls for each team. On the whistle, players start shooting. After every five makes, players rotate one spot to the left around the perimeter, with one player becoming a rebounder and one rebounder becoming a shooter. Continue until one team gets 30 makes total.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Call for the ball if you’re receiving a pass.
2) Call out the player’s name if you’re passing them the ball.
3) Set your feet before shooting.
4) The entire team (at each basket) counts each made basket out loud.
In this shooting drill that Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg learned from former NBA star Chris Mullin, a player will work on their shooting while incorporating some conditioning into the drill. Hoiberg stresses good footwork and proper form on every shot, even when the player is tired.
Drill Summary: The player begins by running one line and shooting from the opposite elbow after receiving a pass from the coach. Then, the player runs two lines before shooting two shots (one at each elbow). Then three lines with three shots, four lines with four shots and five lines with five shots. At the conclusion of the drill, the player does a round of threes and then shoots five free throws to catch their breath. If the player is more conditioned, they can continue “back down the ladder” as well.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Footwork. Plant on the correct pivot foot.
2) Maintain good form when fatigued.
3) Shooting balance.
4) Work on conditioning.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Open Practice: Off Season Shooting and Conditioning Workout.” View other world class Basketball videos!
Work on a variety of individual skills in this drill from Iowa State University head women’s coach Bill Fennelly. In this drill, players work on ball handling, fakes and jump shots.
Drill Summary: In part one, a player starts at the wing with two balls and another player posts up on the block. The player with the basketballs dribbles both balls simultaneously, then feeds one to the post player while keeping the dribble going with the other ball. After receiving the pass, the post player lays the ball in while the player on the wing performs a dribble move and takes a jump shot. The second time through the drill, instead of shooting the ball, the post player waits for the other player to shoot, then hits them with a pass so they can take a second shot on the wing. The player at the top of the key dribbles both balls, then attacks the lane and dishes to the player on the wing. Then, the attacker takes one dribble away from the player on the wing and shoots a jumper, then comes back toward the second player, receives a pass and shoots one last shot.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Keep the eyes up.
2) Stay under control.
3) Vary dribble moves.
4) Pass with different hands.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Bill Fennelly: Offensive Breakdown Drills and Skill Development.” View other world class Basketball videos!
John Danowski, Duke University Head Lacrosse Coach, reinforces the need for players to learn to shoot on the run. The technique that he teaches is designed to create separation between the shooter and the defender, in order to get off a shot.
How it Works: The drill begins with players approximately 5-7 yards above GLE. A player will pick up a ball and take only a few steps before jumping off their inside foot and shooting. Some might call the movement a “hitch” that is used to create separation from the defender.
Drill Tips: In this drill, continue to reinforce good shooting techniques that include getting the hands back and kissing the shoulder. Note that the shooters are aiming for the back third of the goal (or inside the far pipe), because a goalie would be protecting the near pipe.
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