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Basketball Shooting Drills - Daily Dozen Drill

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This is a drill which teaches young players to use both hands when finishing shots around the basket. Every team that I have used this drill with has improved their overall game shooting percentages over the course of a season. Getting easy shots around the basket doesn't mean a player can finish with a high percentage shot.

This is a two line lay-up drill. We usually the shooting players line start with a pass to the rebound player who returns the pass to the shooter for a lay-up. We simply call this 'two-pass' daily dozen. Each player will go the shooting line, shooting each of 6 different lay-ups twice for a total of twelve shots, hence the name daily dozen. This drill when done properly only takes 5 minutes and is a good concentration drill as well. If you are short on practice time, we manage to practice one day the daily dozen from the right side, and the next day from the left side.

The six lay-ups (from the right side) are a:

normal right-hand, underhanded lay-up

right-hand, overhand lay-up with the hand behind the ball, not under it like on a normal lay-up. This requires putting the ball off the glass with a soft touch.

right-hand, under-the basket reverse lay-up. Your players should plant their left foot as close under the shot release point as possible. Most young player miss this shot because they long jump before attempting to rotate their body, which usually causes a missed shot. (We call this an Inside Pivot)

left-hand, reverse lay-up, after crossing over from the right hand dribble under the basket. (We call this an Outside Pivot)

two-foot jump stop just before the basket, with a right foot crossover step to a left handed short hook shot.

power dribble to a power right hand lay-up, (off hand up fending off a potential block attempt by the defender), or in the case of older players a slam dunk off the power dribble.

The six lay-ups (from the left side) are a:

normal left-hand, underhanded lay-up

left-hand, overhand lay-up with the hand behind the ball, not under it like on a normal lay-up. This requires putting the ball off the glass with a soft touch.

left-hand, under-the basket reverse lay-up. Your players should plant their right foot as close under the shot release point as possible. Most young player miss this shot because they long jump before attempting to rotate their body, which usually causes a missed shot. (We call this an Inside Pivot)

right-hand, reverse lay-up, after crossing over from the left hand dribble under the basket. (We call this an Outside Pivot)

two-foot jump stop just before the basket, with a left foot crossover step to a right handed short hook shot.

power dribble to a power left hand lay-up, (off hand up fending off a potential block attempt by the defender), or in the case of older players a slam dunk off the power dribble.

Instructions:

None

Number of Players:

6 or more

Tips:

These drills are fairly boring for most players, however I have been amazed at how many talented players cannot make a particularly simply shot around the basket because they are limited to the use of one hand, or one particular shot. To force their concentration we usually have them do 10 or 20 sit/ or push-ups for each missed shot.

This requires the players to bring their concentration early on in practice.

We can usually tell how prepared a team is to practice or play by how many of these relatively easy shots they miss. If most of my players are making 10 or 11 out of 12, it is a good sign. If they're only making 50 percent, it's a quick tip-off to a poor practice.

Variations:

Dribble Only Daily Dozen: Same drill, we use both ends of the court with players dribbling in a clock-wise or counter-clock-wise direction and rebouding their own shot attempts. We have our players practice speed and direction changes in this variation.

Figure 8 Daily Dozen: Figure 8 passing before the lay-up. Players must pay attention and rotate lines properly to ensure everyone shoots each of the six shots.

Rebound Outlet Daily Dozen: Only two players here are required. One player tosses the ball off the backboard and make an outlet pass to a player outside the free throw lane and these two players slide up the lane making three or more passes before return to the basket where the player in the outlet pass position returns the last pass to the rebounder before they execute the first of the six different lay-ups.

Skills:

Finish shooting skills around the basket

Copyright:

This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.

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