The aim is to improve shooting technique, and recovering and converting loose balls. This drill starts with player 1 standing off the court in one corner, with the ball, and player 2 standing half way up the court a couple of meters in from the sideline.

Basketball Shooting Drills

From the starting positions player 1 passes the ball to player 2, player 2 then rolls the ball up into the other half of the court, but on the same wing (side) of the court. As the ball is rolling player 1 must run up the outside of the court, and retrieve the rolling ball before it leaves the court. When player 1 collects the ball they set up and shoot the ball.

Player 1 must then keep moving gather their own rebound, and both players move to the other side of the court.

This drill is then repeated on the opposite side of the court, except this time when player 1 collects the rolling ball they dribble towards the basket and attempt a lay up. Players can then swap roles.


  • Repeat the drill with weaker arm
  • Increase speed of the drill

Coaching Points

  • When performing the one-hand set shot it is vital that 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.
  • When attempting the lay up make sure the non-shooting hand is under the ball, and the shooting hand is on top, keep the elbow in, lift shooting knee, and jump straight up off the other leg, extend arms, and release the ball at the highest point.

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