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Basketball Shooting Drills - 5 ball shooting

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5 balls are used as players work on 3-player weave resulting in a lay-up, and shots for other 2 players. This is a continuous drill that can be timed or played to a specific amount of made shots. Skills develop in passing, spreading court on fast break, good shot selection and lay-up at high speed.


Players form 3 lines along one baseline, ball in hands of middle player. The second players in each of the outside lines also have a ball. Two players, each with a ball, are on the opposite baseline.

First three players do a 3-player weave, no dribbling, with the middle player doing a lay-up. The other two players receive passes from the players at the baseline. They rebound their own shots and go to baseline to become passers to next group that comes their direction. The lay-up player rebounds own shoot and passes to one of the two baseline passers who have now become his weave partners. He again does a lay-up, while the other two players receive passes from two players, the outside players in the weave lines. They shoot and go to the end of one of the weave lines while the next two outside players rebound and get at the head of their lines. The original lay-up maker goes to the end of one of the weave lines, while the next player under the basket grabs the ball as it goes through the basket and starts the weave with one of the outside players. They go down the court with the middle player doing a lay-up and the whole process starts again

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Focus on crisp passes ahead of the receiver and concentration on lay-ups. Have players look to take good, high percentage shots and hustle. Have players stay wide (three to five feet from sideline) on the weave. Players should make all passes and catch passes with two hands.


Do drill for time or points or both. Try to improve score every time. You can also add a fourth player (a fly) who takes off as the second passer looks to pass it ahead to them for a lay-up. This is a great drill to use as a warm-up.


Dribbling, 3 player weave, lay-up, outlet, outside shot


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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