Players practice shooting in a competitive environment.
Players line up behind the free throw line in one straight line. First two players are given basketballs.
- The first player in line shoots, followed immediately by the second player in line
- The players get their own rebound and continue to shoot until the basket is made
- As soon as you take your shot, pass the ball to the next person in line
- If the person makes their shot before you, you are eliminated from the game
- Continue playing until only one player is left
- This shooting game is also known as “Bump” or “Lightning”
- This is a fun drill to do at the end of practice. Give a prize to the winning team, like a pack of basketball cards or a Gatorade
- If you want to avoid eliminating players, just call out “Gotcha” and allow the eliminated player to return to the game at the back of the line. Players can have an unlimited number of lives
- The players in line should be calling for the pass and making a good target, then going right into their shooting motion
Tips for Younger Athletes:
- Ensure younger players have the correct shooting stance. Their feet should be shoulder-width apart to give proper balance and support. This stable base will help with consistency in shooting.
- For younger players, form is more important than making the shot. Encourage them to use the “BEEF” technique – Balance, Eyes, Elbow, Follow-through. This will help instill the right shooting habits from a young age.
- When going for the rebound, younger players should be taught to grab the ball with both hands, securing it tightly. This helps prevent turnovers and ensures they have proper control over the ball.
- Younger players can sometimes be shy or quiet. Prompt them to verbally call for the ball when they’re open, fostering better on-court communication habits early on.
- While it’s a competitive drill, make sure to praise younger players for their effort and good technique, even if they don’t make the shot. This boosts their confidence and encourages them to keep trying.
Tips for Older Athletes:
- Emphasize the importance of a quick shooting release. The faster they can get their shot off, the less time the defender has to block or disrupt their shot.
- After taking a shot, older players should practice the habit of boxing out, anticipating that if they miss, they can get in a good position for the rebound.
- Encourage players to use their peripheral vision to be aware of where the next player in line is shooting from. This can give them a slight edge in knowing where the ball might rebound to.
- After releasing the shot, players should stay low in a slight crouch. This readiness position ensures they’re prepared to quickly react to the ball’s outcome, be it chasing a rebound or moving to defense.
- While the drill is competitive, emphasize the importance of good sportsmanship. Whether they make or miss a shot, older players should be encouraged to give a quick handshake, high-five, or words of encouragement to their competitors.