Sometimes, basketball team drills can be a little bit stagnant, especially when it comes to basketball shooting drills. Typically there is one player shooting while a few others stand around and watch. Or, every player is shooting at the same time but not really getting up quality, game-specific shots.
This shooting drill will allow three players to all be engaged in the drill simultaneously, and it will enable all three of them to be working on shooting game speed shots. These types of shots are going to be able to translate over to actual gameplay. This drill is also going to work on several other skills as well.
There are several different skills that this drill is going to work on outside of shooting. It will work on passing with the off-hand, shooting over a closeout, and working on the proper technique of closing out the correct way. If done the right way, this basketball drill will be able to add a lot of value to your team and will allow you to work on several different skills at the same time.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: 3 Shooters 2 Passers Basketball Shooting Drill
Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs, 3 players, and a basket.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on being down ready and being able to shoot over a closeout.
- Develop confidence in passing with the off-hand.
- Work on executing proper closeouts.
- The shooter needs to focus on having the correct basketball shooting motion every time. Before the ball gets there, they need to have excellent shot preparation; show hands, drop your butt, etc.
- The closeout defender should be working on chopping their feet and practicing a proper closeout every time. Don’t allow your players to go through the motions.
- Players need to snap their off-hand passes and work on throwing an accurate pass every time.
- IMPORTANT: Whatever type of scoring, repetitions, or time you decide to use with this drill, make sure that your players are not rushing their shots. When a competition factor is added, players sometimes will rush to try and get more shots up. DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO PRACTICE BAD HABITS. Remind them that it is about quality, not just quantity.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- This drill can be done from mid-range or 3-point range anywhere around the arc.
- One player will start on the perimeter as the shooter, and the two players underneath the basket will each have a basketball.
- When the drill starts, the first player in line under the basket will snap the ball out to the shooter with their off-hand and then closeout the shooter.
- The shooter will catch and shoot the basketball, hold their follow-through, retrieve their shot, and then get in line under the basket.
- The first passer will now become the shooter, and the next player in line will execute the same action as before.
- Any player waiting in line to be the next passer should be handling the basketball with their off-hand.
- Continue this pattern for the desired amount of repetitions, makes, or time and then switch spots.
Recommended Time, Steps, Scoring, Repetitions
- You can do this drill for a set number of repetitions, but it typically will work best with counting makes. Here are a couple of options for tracking makes.
- You can do any number of makes, but to make it a little more challenging, you can set a number of makes, and if the player misses on a game-winner, they lose one of their makes. So if the goal is to make four total shots and they have three makes but miss, they go back to two makes.
- Instead of having makes be counted for each player, pool the makes and have the players work together to reach a set number (you can still do the negative a make if one of the players misses on the game-winner). If you have groups of players going at multiple baskets, you could also make it a challenge between baskets to see who can get to the set number of makes first.
- Another great way to do this drill is with time. Try putting up two minutes on the clock, and then challenge your players to reach X amount of makes before the time runs out. If you have multiple groups of players, you could also set it up so that each basket is competing against each other to make the most shots in the set amount of time.
3 Shooters 2 Passers Basketball Shooting Drill Conclusion
The more quality shots that your team can get up, the better you will be able to shoot it in a game. The problem, though, is that there is typically not enough practice time. As a basketball coach, you have so many things that you need to put in, and this means that shooting sometimes takes a back seat. Well, with this drill, you will be able to know that you are maximizing your time while also allowing your players to get up game-speed shots.
This will be critical in making sure that your basketball practices are intense, flowing, and working on as many vital areas as possible. This shooting drill also works well for small group training and skill development groups as well. So if you are a basketball trainer or coach looking to run small group skill sessions, this drill will also help maximize your training sessions.