Being a great shooter in basketball has a lot to do with a player’s footwork. Having a great base will allow a player to get squared up, be on balance, and so much more when coming into their shot. On the flip side, if a player has poor footwork, they will struggle in all of these areas. So it is essential when working with your players that you spend time really working to develop good footwork.
This combination basketball shooting drill is going to allow for working on both footwork and shooting. It is a great drill to do at the beginning of a workout to get warmed up and improve footwork. This basketball drill is also going to help with working on a player’s quick second jump.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: 2 Foot Hops Hurdle Basketball Shooting Drill
Equipment Needed: One basketball, a passer, and five hurdles or cones.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on footwork and having light feet.
- Work on a player’s ability to come into a catch and then either shoot the ball, shot fake, or rip through.
- Develop a player’s quick second jump and overall vertical.
- Players need to land softly and with a strong base as they jump over each hurdle.
- The shooter needs to come into their shot after the last hurdle with their hands showing and ready to get right into their shot, shot fake, or rip through.
- Make sure the player keeps their eyes up on the shot fake and goes somewhere with their dribble.
- On the rip through, make sure that the player is ripping through straight to the basket.
- They need to take a good angle to the basket so that the defender cannot cut back in front of them with a better angle.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Set up five hurdles evenly spaced out at the top key (12-18 inches apart).
- The player will start on one side of the hurdles facing the baseline, and the passer will be in the paint with the ball.
- When the drill starts, the player is going to hop laterally over each hurdle.
- As they land after the last hurdle, they will be down ready to receive the pass.
- You can either work on a catch and shoot, a shot fake one-dribble pull up or drive to the basket, or a rip through one-dribble pull up or drive to the basket.
- If there is only one player, they will reset on the opposite side and then repeat the same action going back through the hurdles the other way.
- If there are multiple players, the next player will go, and the first player will get back in line.
Recommended Time, Steps, Scoring, Repetitions
- You can do this basketball shooting drill for a set number of repetitions where players are cycling through until they meet the set number of repetitions for each type of move that you want to work on.
- Another way to set up the drill is by having it be timed. This will help to make sure that you stay on schedule.
- To add some competition to the drill, have the player(s) go for a set number of makes. If you have multiple players shooting, you could have it be a competition to see who can make a certain number of shots first for each move.
- Have players count out loud for each of their makes. This will make it easier to keep track of, prevent cheating, and work on communication.
- You could make this drill more advanced by determining the type of basketball finish, or instead of taking a one-dribble pull up for a shot, work on a one-dribble pull up into a step-back shot.
Two Foot Hops Hurdle Basketball Shooting Drill
If a basketball player can develop excellent footwork and a strong base, it is not only going to help improve their shooting, but it will help enhance pretty much every area of their game. That is why it is so essential to work on your team’s footwork regularly. The great thing about this basketball drill is that it will allow you to be able to this, but it will also enable you at the same time to work on game-specific moves. Players will be able to work on game speed shots, rip throughs, shot fakes, and more.
The other great thing about this drill is that it can smoothly incorporate a lot of players and add value for all player positions. So it makes a good team basketball drill, especially if you can set up hurdles or cones on each side of the floor.