Basketball drills for shooting


Row under the basket, two in the center circle and two on the out.

  • Row plays to Out (and runs straight to the other basket)
  • Out passes to middle
  • Center passes to the catching player. 


  • Elbow shot
  • Outlet pass after scoring
  • overhead pass from low post to elbow


  • rebounding after shot and stepping directly over the back line and taking the ball
  • always follow the ball and take the next position
  • set a target; e.g. 30 shots

Teaching Points:

  • In the final step, bring the ball over the head and turn the face towards the field
  • tight overhead pass to the outlet
  • ask high for the ball
  • Pass the ball in the shooting hand


  • left and right
  • Fill waiting time at forward position with fake passes
  • Vice versa: After scoring, pass to the elbow and shoot from the corner

1. The players dribble to the pole and pass it with a cross over.

2. Then the player dribbles towards the bucket. 

3. The player finishes with a Euro step, passing the pilons. 

4. Possibly a defender can run in from the baseline, the attacker has to pass the defender.


1. The players dribble to the pole and pass it with a cross over.

2. Then the player dribbles towards the bucket and finishes with a floater. 

3. Pay attention to the balance and the footwork. 

4. The coach takes place in the middle of the bucket with the hands up. 


  • Centers + Guards + Forwards - starting from U12
  • 2 or more players
  • 1 ball per pair
  • two baskets


  • Performing a layup while running and receiving a pass


  • Speed dribble along the sideline because it is the shortest route to the other side
  • pass and catch at speed 


  • player shoots a free throw and takes the rebound
  • catch the ball as high as possible
  • 3 sprints to the outlet position and calls
  • passes with an overhead pass to the outlet
  • the man with the ball dribbles along the sideline as fast as possible 
  • the man with the ball passes to the one who shot
  • gets the pass at full speed
  • and makes the layup without a dribble

Teaching Points:

  • Sprinting
  • communication
  • correct dribble start
  • pushing the ball at speed dribble
  • dribbler should see where the flyer is
  • pass timing
  • shooter catches his own ball
  • Player that passes the ball sprints under the circle to the outlet on the other side
  • calls
  • gets the ball at the outlet position with an overhead pass
  • Both players walk the same 2 to 0 break as on the way there
  • but now on the other half of the field 


  • Put 1 defender at each basket
  • Defender catches the ball and gives outlet pass
  • and becomes a flyer
  • shooter becomes defender
  • rebounder (1) passes to outlet (2) 
  • and runs behind the outlet along the sideline to the other side to get the ball back for a layup.
  • Outlet (2) passes to a man in center circle (3), 
  • He then dribbles to approx. the 3-point line and plays a bounce pass to (1) for lay-up.
  • (3) takes the rebound and is becomes (1) at the opposite site of the field
    • With 10 persons or more, include one (4) in the far corner. 
    • In that case, (3) passes to (4), which then gives a bounce pass to (1) 
    • and then grabs the rebound and becomes (1).

This exercise helps players with their conditioning and their ability to shoot a ball while running as well as when they are tired.

1. break up your team into three groups of four players each. One group is located on each baseline and one group is in the middle of the court, as shown in the picture.

2. The four players on the center line must spread out along the center line.

3. the groups of four players standing on the baselines each get a basketball. 

4. When the whistle sounds, the players in the middle run to the baseline and ask for a ball that is passed to them by a player on the baseline.

5. The player then catches the ball, shoots at the nearest basket and retrieves his own rebound.

6. The person who has passed the ball runs to the other end of the court and gets a pass from the other baseline and the rotation continues.

Learning points

  • players should be reminded to work hard in this exercise for conditioning purposes. 
  • They should also give a target for passing the ball and use appropriate footwork and shooting techniques. 
  • Make sure that the passes are clean and good


  • The type of scoring can be varied in this exercise (3-point, mid-range, lay-ups, etc.)
  • Give the players a  certain time and a goal for the number of points to be made. 
  • This can be varied depending on the ability of the team or the time you have available.


Lay-up exercise across the width of the room:

After you've made the lay-up, catch the ball and play it through with a bounce pass to a player without the ball in the row you came from!


  • Place some baskets down.
  • Large, small, high and low baskets.
  • Always let two players get as many points as possible by throwing the basketball into the baskets.
  • The smallest basket that is furthest away awards the most points.
  • The biggest basket that is closest is worth less points.
  • Whoever scores 10 points first wins
  • This basketball game can also be played with hoops on the ground.
  • A good exercise to learn how to aim.
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