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Basketball Shooting Drills - U drill

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Description:

Players run in a U pattern from baseline under basket on one side, to the foul line, then to the block on other side of basket and receive a short pass. They do a jump stop, square up, and shoot the ball off the glass.

Instructions:

Players form 2 lines at baseline out of bounds on either side of basket facing downcourt, even with the block on each side. 1st player in line A has a ball, 2nd player in line B has a ball. The 1st player in in line B starts. Run to foul line and around to opposite block in a U shape. Receive a short pass from player in line A. Square up, shoot ball off glass, and go to end of line A. Coach gets ball and passes to next player in line A. Player in line A who passed the ball in immediately runs to foul line and around to opposite block in a U shape, receives a short pass from player in line B and squares up, shoots, and goes to end of line B. Coach passes ball to next player in line B, and the drill continues. Player motion is continual.

Number of Players:

minimum 4, no maximum

Tips:

Have players run hard.

Stress squaring up and using the glass on the shots from the block.

Coach retrieves ball for younger players, but older players retrieve their own shots.

Don't let players cheat by taking short cuts on the U. Great warm-up drill. Good for catching, shooting, layups, squaring up, using the glass, passing, etc.

Variations:

Extend the drill by having the players run a U but stop part way back on the side of the lane, receive a pass(chest or bounce), and shoot a short jumper.

Reverse the drill by having the 2 lines form on each side at the the top of the circle. Players then run to the baseline and around in a U shape to the opposite block, receive a pass from the player in the opposite line, turn, square up, and shoot it off the glass.

Reverse extend by having the players run to the baseline and around in a U shape to part way up the lane. Receive a pass, turn, square up and shoot a short jumper. Can also run to opposite corner for side shot.

Skills:

squaring up, shooting, passing, conditioning

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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