The aim is to improve set and jump shot technique. Player 1 starts under the basket in possession of the ball, and player 2 starts near the left corner of the key (left elbow). Player 2 runs to the opposite corner of the key (right elbow), and then receives a pass from player 1.


Basketball Shooting Drills

Player 2 must then get into a shooting position and release a shot. This drill is then repeated with player 2 going back across to the left, and releasing a shot from there.
Roles can then be switched.


  • Move further from the basket
  • Introduce a ball fake, dribble, and then release a shot from inside the key.

Coaching Points

  • When performing the one-hand set shot it is vital the player keeps their eyes on the target, with feet shoulder width apart, and knees slightly bent. The non-shooting hand should be under the ball and the shooting hand at the back of the ball, with the elbow tucked in. The ball should be held between the ear and shoulder. The next phase would be to extend the legs, back, shoulders, and elbow, then flex the wrist, and fingers forwards and release the ball at the highest point. After release fingers should be pointed at the target, with the palm facing down.
  • The jump shot is much the same as the one-hand set shot, except the player has to jump before releasing the ball, to get closer to the basket, or avoid an opposing players block.

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