Pivot Shooting

Drill Purpose

The purpose of this drill is to improve your stationary basketball moves when you have the ball - including shots, jabs, footwork, and beating the defense.

Drill Instructions and Diagrams

  1. Set up a chair just outside your shooting range at the foul line extended. The seat of the chair should be facing the basket.

  2. Put a ball on the chair

  3. Player starts under the basket.
  1. Player cuts to the chair, jump stops, picks up the ball and puts it in shooting position.
  1. Player pivots, squares to the basket and takes a shot.
  1. Player rebounds his own shot. If he misses he must score the rebound.
  1. After rebounding, player dribbles hard, working on this handle by using a variety of dribble moves, back to the chair.
  1. Player touches the ball to the seat of the chair, pivots and shoots again. Repeat the series for 5 shots.
  1. Continue the drill but now when player picks ball off the chair and pivots, add a jab, then shot. Continue for 5 shots
  1. Continue the drill but now when player picks ball off the chair and pivots, add a jab and go, 1 dribble to the basket of pull up jumper.
  1. Continue the drill but now when player picks ball off the chair and pivots, add a jab and crossover, 1 dribble to a lay-up or pull up.

Teaching Points.

  • Be sure to practice all your pivots (front pivot, inside pivot, etc) with both feet and on both sides.
  • Really emphasize picking the ball up and putting it in shooting position
  • Jab should be a short step, not taking you out of shooting position
  • No "Negative" steps. Players have a tendency to step backwards when recovering from a jab. There is no need to do that.
  • Dribbles should be looooong, thinking "Lay-up."

Solutions and Resources

For Coaches - How To Teach The Attack and Counter System

For Training - 300+ Drills | 80+ Workouts - Attack and Counter Workout App

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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Joe Haefner says:
12/5/2013 at 9:43:19 AM


I actually don't spend much time teaching jabs. I'm not saying that jabs aren't helpful or you shouldn't teach them.

Based on the way that I teach, I choose not to focus on them. I put my time on things that I think will give the players the biggest bang for the time put in BASED ON MY PHILOSOPHIES (not yelling - don't know how to underline or bold in this).

First instinct says to teach both feet. However, if you're right-handed, a left jab will take you out of shooting position but I guess it depends on your intention of the jab.

If you teach a jab to create space or to get the defender out of position, it would probably be necessary to teach the jab with both feet.

I actually teach my players to use the "Drop Step" to create space on the perimeter. However, they don't pick up their pivot foot.


Mike says:
12/4/2013 at 5:49:33 PM


What do you teach your kids about a jab step. We try to teach right hand shot, right foot jab so we can jab to a shooting position. Is there a time when a right handed player would jab using the left foot? Just looking for best practice.

Also, I like shoot, shoot, shoot. We substitute the word "SCORE" as we have had similar reaction to "triple threat". Thanks for posting. Always good to pick up new twists.


Coach Mac says:
11/18/2013 at 9:24:31 PM

great information. i am starting with 7th graders and i am planning on using the "shoot,shoot,shoot" idea.


coach joseph says:
11/7/2013 at 8:08:57 AM

great drills


coach joseph says:
11/7/2013 at 8:07:48 AM

thank u it's great info andvery simple


Sena James Mckeown says:
3/30/2013 at 7:39:45 AM

I like this drills


macharalier says:
11/29/2012 at 8:01:02 AM

these drill can make someone a better player


Ken says:
9/25/2012 at 8:18:16 AM

Coach -

Take a look at this... and who better to explain than MJ :-)



Coach carter says:
9/25/2012 at 1:16:30 AM

Great drill!! But what is a jab? Can anyone help me out


R TARUN says:
6/16/2012 at 12:19:36 AM



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