Getting players comfortable shooting under pressure

Drill Setup

  • Split team into groups of 4
  • Shooter spots up at free throw line 3 defenders line up on baseline, 1st player has a ball

How it Works

  1. 1st defender passes to shooter and closes out
  2. Shooter catches and shoots under pressure
  3. Defender gets rebound and heads to back of line
  4. Next defender passes to shooter and closes out
  5. Repeat, rotating in new shooter very 60 seconds

Coaching Tips

  • Closeout should be fast and under control, with defender chopping feet as they approach shooter
  • The defender should get his hands up and challenge the shot and make sure to avoid jumping or lunging
  • Make sure players are throwing hard chest passes and not ‘rainbow passes’