22 Basketball Team Shooting Drills for Coaches

Below you'll find 22 very effective shooting drills for basketball coaches to use during team practices.

4 Types of Recommended Shooting Drills

We recommend you use a mix of block, interleaving, random, and game-based shooting drills in your basketball practices.

Here’s an explanation of each and why you should mix them...

With block shooting drills, you practice the same skill over and over (shoot from the same spot). Example: Shoot 10 jump shots from the right elbow. In a game, you rarely shoot 2 elbow jumpers in a row... shots are random. So block drills do not transfer skills as well as other drills. However, block drills are excellent for developing shooting technique and building confidence.

Random shooting drills vary the type and location of shots you take. Example: Take a midrange shot, then a 3pt shot, then shoot off the dribble, then a free throw, and repeat. By randomizing your shots you are better simulating what actually happens in a game, which helps transfer your shooting skills and accuracy into games.

With interleaving drills, you work on multiple skills at the same time. So you might work on dribble moves, finishing, passing, and shooting all in the same drill. Or you might work on passing, shooting, and a piece of your offense (ex: screen away). By mixing the skills, you're better simulating what happens in a game and you're improving practice efficiency.

Game based shooting drills are the closest you get to simulating an actual game. They utilize defenders to force decisions, randomize shots, and contest shots. Game-based drills help connect the dots in your brain and do what really matters… make shots during a game situation! However, with game based drills, it takes much longer to get high reps, and if your technique is bad, you're just practicing bad shooting technique over and over.

When to Use Each Type of Drill?

With these 4 different types of drills in your coaching toolbox, you can pick the tool that works best for the job or problem you need to solve...

If your players primarily need to improve technique or build confidence, you might spend most of your practice time on "block drills". On the other hand, if your players make shots in practice but struggle in games, you might spend more time on both random and "game-based" shooting drills.

Typically, with an intermediate or advanced team, we use all 4 drill types in one practice:

  • Start with block drills to engrain good shooting technique and build confidence.
  • Then move to random and interleaving drills to further develop skills, improve confidence, and get lots of reps.
  • Finish with game-based shooting drills to put their skills to the test and simulate real game situations.

Youth Shooting Drills

Youth coaches are often searching for drills for their youth team. With minor adjustments, you can use the same shooting drills for youth and advanced players. The only difference is you should spend more time on technique with youth players, stay closer to the basket, use the appropriate size/weight ball, and adjust the hoop height as needed.

This is an important adjustment to ensure your players learn proper shooting form... since youth players do not have the strength to shoot properly from long distance or with a full size ball.

Form Shooting Drills

6 Step Form Shooting Progression

Form Shooting with a Team

5 Unique Form Shooting Drills

Block Shooting Drills

Elbow Shooting Drill

555 Shooting Drill

2 Ball Shooting

4 Spot Fastbreak Shooting Drill

"Rocker" Shooting Drills

Three Competitive Shooting Drills

Random & Interleaving Shooting Drills

Pressure Free Throws Game

2 Player Decision Shooting

Ray Allen Shooting Drill

Short-Long Shooting Drill

Shooting Off The Dribble - 30 Point Drill

4-Line Full Court Shooting & Conditioning

Wichita State Attack Series

Basketball Shooting Drill Video - Reverse Shots

Basketball Shooting Drill Video - Wing to Wing

Drop Step Shooting Drill

Game Based Shooting Drills with Defenders

1 on 1 Away Screen Drill

3 Competitive Dribble Penetration Shooting Drills

Competitive 1 on 1 Shooting Drill To Teach Curls & Fades

Half Court 3 v 2 + 1

Basketball Pick and Roll Drills

Shooting Drill - Improve Decision-Making Off The Catch

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