Half Moon Shooting Drill

Drill Purpose (All Ages)

This is a fun drill that does it all -- it teaches players how to catch and shoot, follow their shot, slide out to a shooter, and make good passes.


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  1. Divide your squad into two teams. Scatter your players around the three point line on each end of the court. (Youth - 10 to 15 feet away from hoop)

  2. Give the ball to one player in the corner (on each end of the court).

  3. On the whistle, the player on each side of the court that has the ball will take a shot. They will follow their shot and pass it to the next player.

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  1. The first shooter will then slide out and put token pressure on the new shooter.

  2. This process will continue until one team reaches a set number of baskets and is declared the winner.

Points of Emphasis

Continually tell your players...

  • Get the shot off quickly by getting prepared before you catch the ball (make sure your knees are bent and feet are square to the basket before catching the ball).
  • Refrain from sacrificing good shooting form for taking a quick shot.
  • Go straight up with the jump shot - don't start going after the rebound before the ball leaves their hand!
  • Focus on jumping straight up and down.

Motivation / Teaching Tips
    Tip #1 - It is very important to make sure your players are always using good shooting form and technique. Continually watch them and immediately fix any problems! Feet should be square to the basket, knees bent on the catch, follow through, and so on.

    Tip #2 - Make sure you players jump straight up and land exactly from the point they jumped. It makes the player's shot difficult to block. If you find the players lunging forward or not landing where they first jumped, tell them they can not cross the 3-point line until the ball hits the rim.

    Tip #3 - After the first game, have the players switch sides of the court.

    Tip #4 - Make it a best of 3 or 5 series to add extra intensity to the drill. Make it more competitive by rewarding the winner.

Do you have any questions or suggestions for this drill? Let us know by leaving your comments...


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Mike says:
11/20/2014 at 12:04:44 PM

How do the players rotate after everyone has shot at a spot?

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jeff says:
11/20/2014 at 2:21:41 PM

You could have players stay in the same spot until the drill is over.

Or after each shot, players could fill the spot where they provided token pressure (so they end up rotating one spot over after each shot).

Either way works.


coach Dirk says:
4/11/2013 at 10:14:33 AM

why not using three balls at the same time. And for example to prevent players not to go hard to the shooter the rule could be when a player scores x times he wins.


Coach Chengs says:
1/14/2012 at 1:47:06 AM

You could also include boxing out in this drill.
The defensive player can also be asked to think about boxing out to make rebounding easier.


Professional Sports Fan says:
1/5/2011 at 1:01:51 AM

Whenever I talk to a new basketball coach, I it does not take long to figure out that what they want more than anything else when they come online is new basketball drills that they can use with their team.


Coach M says:
12/12/2010 at 3:11:11 AM

Have one person from each team go over to contest all 6 shots from the other team to make it more competitive. (Game Like) Then have a different person go as they rotate to a new spot. They need to make sure not to foul but yell "Shot!", contest with a hand up, block out & chase the rebound down every time. Work several things within one drill.

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coach ste says:
4/14/2011 at 3:59:43 AM

I agrre with Coach M:
my players don't put enough pressure on the new shooter because if he misses the shot the team will lose...


Carlmay says:
11/30/2009 at 10:28:22 PM

Ayos kaayo mga post diri.


Alan Dryburgh says:
5/20/2008 at 11:15:33 PM

Another alternative is for the drill to start with one player under the basket with the ball. He passes out to player 1 and follows for the token defence then after 1's shot he takes 1's place. 1 then repeats for 2 etc. When you get to the last man in the half-moon he passes to the new 1 on the other side and on it goes. That way each player is shooting from a new spot in the half-moon each time.


Hashim says:
10/30/2007 at 3:34:13 PM

after 4 what will player number one do

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Joe says:
10/30/2007 at 5:19:40 PM

Hi Hashim,

Player 1 can go back to his original spot.

If you want them to take shots from different spots on the court, Player 1 could replace Player 2's spot after Player 2 shoots. Player 2 then would replace Player 3 and so forth. Everybody would rotate over one spot. Player 5 would pass the ball and rotate over to the opposite baseline spot.



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