One Minute Shoot-Out Drill

By Hal Wissel

One Minute Shoot-Out Drill
     This drill helps you to develop the ability to catch and shoot in one motion with a quick release. In addition, it helps you to develop the ability to shoot under pressure. The difference between good shooters and great shooters is the ability to shoot under pressure (in this drill, the pressure is the clock). Not only is this a good shooting drill, but it is also a good pass and catch drill (passing to the shooter’s target) as well as a good rebounding drill (rebounding the ball with two hands without allowing the ball to hit the floor). Select two players to work with you. One player keeps time. The timer blows a whistle to begin the drill, whistles again after 20 seconds at the first spot, whistles after 20 seconds at the second spot, and whistles at the 1-minute mark. The other player keeps score, rebounds the ball, and passes it back to you as you shoot. You will shoot from three spots—9 feet in front of the backboard, with each made shot worth 1 point; 15 feet in front of the backboard (behind the free-throw line), with each made shot worth 2 points; and behind the three-point line, with each made shot worth 3 points.
     On the first whistle, begin shooting and continue to shoot from the same spot until the second whistle. At the second whistle, move back to the second spot behind the free-throw line and continue to shoot from that spot until the third whistle. On the third whistle, move back to the third spot behind the three-point line. Continue to shoot from that spot until the final whistle. All shots count after the whistle except at the third spot, where the ball must be released before the final whistle. After shooting for one minute, rotate positions.
     When shooting, start with your shooting hand behind the ball facing the front of the rim and above your shooting side shoulder. Your non-shooting hand should be slightly under the ball for balance. Your knees should be slightly flexed. Shoot the ball with rhythm using a down-and-up motion of the legs. When the legs go up your arm goes up. They work together. Jump behind the ball on the catch blocking it with your shooting hand, On a bad pass to the side, eliminate reaching for the ball. Reaching slows your release and causes you to catch with your hands on the side of the ball leading to sidespin. Your knees should be slightly flexed and lower just before the catch and extend upward on the catch in a quick rhythmical down-and-up motion enabling you to shoot with a quick release and in rhythm. Land in balance. Hold your follow-through until the ball reaches the basket. “Good passes make good shots!” “Good catches make good shots.” 

One Minute Shoot-Out Drill

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