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Basketball Shooting Drills - Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

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This drill is a free throw shooting drill that is very demanding, and requires a high level of concentration. You need 6 goals; 2 main goals at both ends, and 4 side goals.


Line your players up at one of the end goal (this goal is called heaven). Each player attempts to make 5 free throws in a row. If he does, he's finished with practice. If he doesn't, he goes to purgatory (one of the side goals). He has to make 5 in a row in purgatory in order to get back to heaven and try for 5 in a row there. If he misses any in purgatory, he goes to hell (the goal at the opposite end of heaven). He then has to make 5 in a row to get back to purgatory, and 5 in a row there to get back to heaven. When a player ends up in hell, he has to make 15 free throws in a row to get out of practice.

Number of Players:

any number


There will be times when most of your team is in hell. When this happens, you can change what was being used as a purgatory goal into a hell goal. Then you won't have 10 players using one goal to shoot on. I usually set a time limit on the game, or you may be in the gym all night. I set a 20-minute limit. If anyone is still shooting after 20 minutes, I give them a heavy punishment (suicides, horses, etc...). Although no players like the punishment, they all love the challenge of the game itself.




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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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