Half Moon Shooting Drill
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.
- 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)
- Give the ball to one player in the corner (on each end of the court).
- 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.
- The first shooter will then slide out and put token pressure on the new shooter.
- This process will continue until one team reaches a set number of baskets and is declared the winner.
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.