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

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Scott Ault says:
10/30/2007 at 6:37:46 AM

Great information - thanks


10/30/2007 at 8:28:19 AM

cool drills


COACH T says:
10/30/2007 at 8:36:50 AM

Very good information.


Coach V-PR says:
10/30/2007 at 10:18:56 AM

Very instructional information. Continue with your lessons.


Coach Graham says:
10/30/2007 at 10:19:44 AM

Excellent drill


BOB says:
10/30/2007 at 12:14:22 PM

Very Cool


amanj says:
10/31/2007 at 2:10:32 AM

good drill


kenkaid says:
10/31/2007 at 9:13:27 PM

these are some very good drills


coach tawfik says:
11/1/2007 at 4:27:20 PM

very good


belhadj mohamed says:
11/2/2007 at 6:07:51 AM

Good and easy to do with efficacity.


Ali says:
11/4/2007 at 2:42:42 AM

Nice drill


brian says:
11/5/2007 at 9:35:00 AM

excellent simple drill!


jayson says:
11/7/2007 at 5:55:59 PM

great drill and simple


bill says:
11/9/2007 at 6:05:35 PM

I really like the pivot shooting drill.


gene says:
11/12/2007 at 11:20:04 AM

i like it!


kerwin says:
11/24/2007 at 1:52:02 AM

simple but effective


Jalal Jahromi says:
12/10/2007 at 5:01:43 AM

Really it's great drill and simple


Bob Greiwe says:
12/30/2007 at 6:47:46 AM

This is an awesome tool for coaches at any level. Thanks for the resourse!


charles says:
5/8/2008 at 10:33:24 AM

Incredible drill. I liked it.


Mudboyzbuc says:
6/16/2008 at 6:39:51 PM



vhenz says:
7/17/2008 at 5:36:49 AM

hey what is pivot?


Joe Haefner says:
7/17/2008 at 8:58:28 AM


It is your stationary foot that you can not lift off of the ground. You can rotate clockwise and counter-clockwise on the foot.

Once, you have a pivot foot. You can not switch the pivot foot. For example, if your pivoting (stationary) foot is your right foot, you can not switch to your left as the pivot.


baby mj says:
11/4/2008 at 6:13:50 PM

quality drill very simple and seriously effective if excecuted correctly.


Tonya Sutton says:
8/30/2009 at 12:11:48 PM

great re-enforcement informaton


Sassygirl10 says:
10/12/2009 at 3:27:01 PM

these drills are really useful. i recommended them to my coach


EVANS says:
11/2/2009 at 9:33:37 AM

this is a very good drill


Player says:
11/8/2009 at 11:32:03 PM

Thanks these leasons are really helping my skills keep up good work,I have improved from 38% from the three to 45%thanks!


akeebu says:
5/27/2010 at 8:19:19 AM

i love u all there and thinks so much


Arthur Fonseca says:
7/22/2010 at 8:09:23 AM

Your Web site is awesome...however when teaching foot work the position of the head and shoulders with relation to the applied foot work is very important for total stability of the athlete.

Keep up the great work!!



Henry Ray says:
9/19/2010 at 1:56:51 PM

very good information on how to teach this drill. I can''t wait to teach my guards the mind set of shoot, shoot shoot!


Thonie Piodena says:
5/20/2011 at 4:47:23 AM

great drill! thank you for sharing your knowledge.


waleed says:
8/30/2011 at 5:55:48 AM

thanks for this great neccessary information about the shot drill ... thanks again and we will wait another good thing from you


Tom says:
1/18/2012 at 10:30:58 AM

Great site and thanks for the ebooks. Was wondering, is a jab a fake step?


Emmanuel Dickson says:
3/12/2012 at 12:07:17 PM

nice drill but plz wha is jab???


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



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

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


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

Coach -

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



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

these drill can make someone a better player


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

I like this drills


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

thank u it's great info andvery simple


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

great drills


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.


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.


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.


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