Every week here on the Locker Room, we will present a new basketball drill that can be used to teach multiple skills and improve your game, all while adding some fresh spice to your repertoire.
This week’s basketball drill is called the “32 Competitive Shooting Drill”. The 32 Competitive Shooting Drill is a twist on a popular shooting drill that almost all coaches and players use. It emphasizes everything from spot shooting technique to rebounding coverage to passing, all while building teamwork and having players compete towards a goal.
The 32 Competitive Shooting Drill requires three players and two basketballs. Player 1 is spotting up on the wing (or baseline whichever your preference), Player 2 is a passer holding one of the basketballs, and Player 3 is a rebounder holding another basketball. The drill begins with one minute on the clock. For one minute, Player 1 will shoot stationary shots from the wing area. Player 2 will just pass to Player 1, trying to get them as many shots as possible in the minute. Player 3 is rebounding and passing to Player 2. After the minute is finished, rotate passer to shooter, rebounder to passer and shooter to rebounder. Repeat the drill from different spots on the court.
So that is the simple but effective drill execution. The real fun comes in the scoring system for the drill. The entire three person group is working as a cohesive unit to score 32 points in the one minute segment. Here is how the 32 points is accumulated:
- Every shot Player 1 makes is worth 2 points.
- Every time Player 1 misses, Player 3 (rebounder) can put the missed shot back in, and his layup is worth 1 point.
- If Player 3 (rebounder) attempts to put back the miss, and misses the shot, it is a penalty of -5 points.
- If Player 1 airballs any of their shots, it is a penalty of -10 points.
- Again, the goal is to somehow accumulate 32 points in one minute. And if the group does not reach this goal, their should be a punishment of some sort (pushups, sprints) before the next shooter goes.
The 32 Competitve Shooting Drill gives the three person group a cohesive goal and puts pressure on all components to get the job done, not just the shooter. Also by adding a score and time pressure, players are more apt to take this simple shooting drill more seriously, while simulating game pressure and speed. Lastly, this basketball drill is a great way to incorporate shooting during team practices. Coaches, here are some tips on implementing this drill into your practice:
- Divide your team up into three player groups at different baskets. Make sure each basket has two basketballs.
- Put 9 minutes on the clock and hold it. Don’t start the clock until the first player in each group starts shooting.
- The first shooter in each group starts in the right wing/corner.
- After the minute is completed, ask for the score at each basket. The group with the highest score as well as above 32 points will be exempt from doing the punishment (pushups and sprints). This makes things highly competitive.
- Hold the clock at 8 minutes until the next shooter is ready. All players in each group shoot for one minute from the wing area, the foul line area, then the opposite wing.
There you have it, the 32 Competitive Shooting Drill. A simple but effective drill to make unexciting stationary shooting highly competitive and fun. Below is a clip showing you the execution of the drill. Thanks for reading.
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