Often in practice we "breakdown" for 10 or 15 minutes and have post players doing their drills at one end and perimeter players doing drills on the opposite end with a coach or assistant at each end. Here are some perimeter shooting drills that we use. We will go through several of these with each player getting two or three repetitions at each drill on each side.
With each drill, we do both sides and we have our players start in triple-treat position, make a jab-step fake or shot fake, and then execute the dribble and shot as indicated in each diagram below. We teach that the left foot is always the pivot foot (for a right-handed player) and vice-versa for the left-handed player. So, when going to the left, right-handed players will make a crossover step, not a crossover dribble (which can be stolen by a defender). We watch players carefully to make sure they are using the cross-over step correctly and do not travel.
Guard Shooting Drill #1 - Dribble-Baseline:
In diagram A, the first drill is a simple dribble down to the baseline and shoot the mid-range jump shot. Each player gets his/her rebound and goes to the opposite line.
In diagram B, each player will dribble down to the baseline, then back-dribble out, cross-over dribble and dribble into the seam and shoot the jump-shot. This drill is important because sometimes, in a game, players will dribble down to the baseline, stop the dribble, get trapped and lose the ball. This dribble teaches them to back-dribble out of the baseline and then still find the open shot in the seam.
Guard Shooting Drill #3 - In the Seam:
In diagram C, it's a simple dribble move into the seam with the pull-up jump shot. For right-handed players in the right line, this will be a crossover step.
Guard Shooting Drill #4 - Corner, In the Seam:
In diagram D, we start with all players in the corner (use both sides). Again, it's triple-threat position, a shot fake or jab-step, and a dribble into the seam between the corner and wing for a mid-range jump shot (like in diagram B).
Guard Shooting Drill #5 - Wing, V-Cut, Lay-up:
In diagram E, we again use both sides, and pass from the point to the wing. The wing makes a V-cut, catches the pass in triple-threat position, makes a shot-fake and dribble-drives for a lay-up.
Guard Shooting Drill #6 - Wing, V-Cut, Jump Shot:
In diagram F, use both sides, and pass from the point to the wing. The wing makes a V-cut, catches the pass in triple-threat position, makes a shot-fake and then a one or two-dribble adjust into either the seam or toward the baseline for the mid-range jump-shot.
Guard Shooting Drill #7 - Drive, Kick out to Corner:
Diagram H. We like our point guards to dribble-penetrate, and pass out to the corner if defended inside. Here, the point dribble-penetrates, passes out to the corner, for the quick shot from the corner.
Guard Shooting Drill #8 - Weave Screen Shooting:
Diagram I. This drill helps us execute our weave-screen plays and gets shooters ready to shoot the "3" coming off the screen and hand-off. Use both sides. You can start with the ball at the top (point), as seen in diagram I. Or, you can have the ball-handler lines start at the half-court line, and then the ball-handler dribbles to the top and then over toward the wing for the hand-off. Shoot several 3-point shots, and then shoot several one-dribble pull-up jump-shots. Next, you can do several fake dribble hand-offs with the ball-handler keeping the ball and quickly "turning the corner" and dribble-driving to the hoop. Finally, finish the weave-screen series with the receiver back-cutting for the pass and lay-up (drill #9 below - diagram J).
Guard Shooting Drill #9 - Dribble at, Back-cut:
Diagram J. This drill enforces our rule, "if someone is dribbling at you, back-cut" (except in a called weave-screen play). The point dribbles toward the wing. The wing moves out higher, holds a fist up (a signal for a back-cut), and then back-cuts quickly, all the way to the hoop. The point guard should make the pass early. It's important that whenever a player back-cuts, the back-cut must go all the way to the hoop. In a game, if the cutter stops short and the point guard makes the pass, it's a turnover.
Guard Shooting Drill #10 - Feed Post and Slide to Corner:
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Guard Shooting Drill #11 - Feed Post and Slide back to Wing:
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Guard Shooting Drill #12 - Feed Post and Skip-Pass to Opposite Wing:
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Feeding the Low Post Drills
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Guard Shooting Drill #13 - Feed Post (Post Defender on High Side) and Slide to Corner:
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Guard Shooting Drill #14 - Feed Post (Post Defender on Low Side) and Slide to Corner:
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Guard Shooting Drill #15 - Feed Post (Defender on Either Side) Skip-Pass to Opposite Wing:
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Guard Shooting Drill #16 - Screen and Kick Shooting Drill
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