Drill of the Week

A new basketball season is here! As a coach, I’m always looking for new team shooting drills to use with our players. Because we devote at least 20 minutes of shooting per practice, we like to have plenty of options in our drill book to choose from. Here are 3 of our favorites.

1. Chaos Shooting

As the name implies, this one gets wild pretty quickly, but it’s great for getting up a lot of shots in a short amount of time. And, it forces guys to focus and really communicate in order for things to keep working.

  • Start with 3 lines (corner, slot, wing)
  • The players in the slot and wing lines all have basketballs
  • The slot players pass to the corner players who then shoot
  • The slot players relocate to the top of the key to receive a pass for a shot
  • Shooters rebound their own shots
  • All lines move to their right to the next line

We like to put 1:00 or 2:00 on the clock and keep track of how many shots we make. That number then serves as our goal to top the next time we use the drill.

2. 33 Shooting

This is a great drill to use with a Dr. Dish shooting machine. It’s also great to use with two groups to get teams competing against each other for makes.

  • Each made attempt is worth 3 points.
  • On consecutive missed shots after a make, 3 points are subtracted.
  • Teams are not penalized multiple -3 points for multiple consecutive missed shots.
  • The goal is to be the first team to score 33 points.

3. Razorback shooting

The name pays tribute to Mike Neighbors, head coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks’ women’s basketball team. It’s a combination shooting and rebounding drill.

  • Form 3 lines at the half court line
  • The basketball starts in the middle line
  • Pass to one side
  • Pass over to the opposite wing for a 3PT
  • Score 35 points before 2:00 is up.

*How fast can our team score 35 points?

How to Score:

  • 3 points for a made 3
  • 2 points for a tip in rebound
  • 1 point for a stick back rebound (i.e., no bounce)
  • 1 point for every bounce of the ball on a missed 3PA