Jump Shot Pivot Drill for Shooting Accuracy

Once you have gone over shooting mechanics with your players, and had the opportunity to work with fundamental layups and they are becoming comfortable with being a offensive player, it’s time to give them the opportunity to get up to the rim.

In this drill the player gets to face the basket and the defender. Facing the rim or basket is the hardest thing for young players to do, because they want to play so aggressively when defending.

The Jump Shot Pivot Drill will give them an opportunity to get into the habit of doing just this – facing the basket.

If the player is right-handed, he/she is going to jump stop on two feet, male one sound, and then always pivot on their left foot.

Breaking Down The Jump Shot Pivot Drill

  • Begin facing the left side of the court
  • Take 3 steps and then Jump Stop, pivot on the left foot to face the basket, and take a shooting or triple threat position.
  • Hold that position until the coach says “Shoot”, and then follow through.
  • Coach blows the whistle, and players will repeat to the right side of the court, taking 3 steps, Jump Stop and pivot on the left foot again, taking a shooting or triple threat position.
  • Hold that position again, until the coach says “Shoot”, and follow through.
  • Continue to repeat this sequence for 10 to 15 repetitions on a daily basis.

This drill only takes a couple of minutes to do every day, and it is invaluable to build these important fundamental skills and build good habits. Incorporate this drill into your practice plan for a month, and you will see these skills reflect in your players game!


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