The Multi-Purpose Offense and Shooting Drill

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Purpose of the Drill:

This is a great shooting warm up drill that you can use for practice or games. It works on lay ups, up and unders, floaters, front cuts, rear cuts, backdoor cuts, perimeter shooting, and attacking the basket.

This is also a great drill if you are limited on baskets and need to keep a lot of players involved.


  • Alignment
  • Two lines.
  • 4 Balls.
  • First player does not have a ball.
  • Option 1 - Lay Ups
  • 1 cuts towards the elbow, then cuts straight to the block.
  • 5 passes 1 the ball.
  • 1 shoots a lay up and gets the rebound.
  • After 5 passes, 5 cuts toward elbow, then straight to block.
  • NOTE: The passer (5 in this case) cuts immediately after the pass. This quickens the pace of the drill for more shot repetitions.
  • 2 passes to 5.
  • 5 shoots the lay up and rebounds the ball.
  • While 5 is cutting, 1 secured the ball, then passed and filled the ball to the opposite line.
  • Variations / Progressions
  • Some variations or progressions could be the up and under, jump hook, and dribble-spin.
  • After 2 passes, 2 cuts toward elbow, then straight to block.
  • 6 passes to 2.
  • 2 shoots the lay up and rebounds the ball.
  • While 2 is cutting, 5 secured the ball, then passed and filled the ball to the opposite line.
  • This motion continues over and over for the drill and the different options.
  • Option 2 - Floater
  • Now, the player will catch the ball 5 to 10 feet away from the basket and shoot a floater.
  • Option 3 - Mid to Long Range Shot
  • Now the player, will take two steps down, then cut to the opposite elbow.
  • This can simulate running off of a screen or faking in the opposite direction in order to get open. The shot is usually 10 to 22 feet from the basket.
  • You can adjust the shooting distance based on the level of your players.
  • You can also have them move a couple of feet further from the basket after each round.
  • Option 4 - Dribble Attack
  • Now the player will catch and face, then step through and attack the basket.
  • This simulates when the defender closes out hard to take away the shot and the ball handler drives by.
  • Emphasize 1-dribble lay ups.
  • Option 5 - Backdoor Cuts
  • The player cuts high, then cuts backdoor for a lay up.
  • Since we do lots of backdoor cuts in our offense, we include this in the warm up drill.
  • You could also practice give and go cuts (front and rear cuts). However, this does slow down the pace of the drill, because the passer throws two passes. One on the initial cut to the top. The second pass on the give and go cut.

Points of Emphasis:

  • On passes, have players use fakes to simulate game situations. For Lay Ups - Fake high, step through, bounce pass. Fake low, pass high.


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A Team Coach says:
11/8/2016 at 10:17:04 PM

Great drill/workout. It does keep many players involved and teaches many things. Passing, movement after making a pass and teamwork to name a few. I feel like this is a great confidence boosting drill because it is very confusing at the start but rather simple once you walk through it a time or two. At the same time, to the naked eye it will look after a day or two as thought your team has been working on this drill for months.


Coach Maurice Crowder says:
1/22/2012 at 11:40:35 PM

Great Drills I Love it!!!!


Ken Sartini says:
11/9/2011 at 1:11:33 PM

Great drill Joe,

I learned this one the first year I went to the high school level.... it was for jump shots.... I added a lot of the stuff you had also....

Keeps people moving and when you are limited for space and baskets... it works well.



dua sowah daniel says:
5/1/2011 at 3:35:09 PM

this drills are very thrilling and as much as you are having fun its good. So everyone must try it


Griffin says:
4/29/2011 at 5:30:14 AM

A good drill that improves the finishing touch........


salah abdulkarim says:
4/28/2011 at 1:09:17 PM

useful comment and i like to share with coaches ,every itime i use this drill with different options and make sure done properly specialy with the youth team


Cliff C. Owuor says:
4/28/2011 at 6:39:52 AM

Great drill with many variations and easy to learn. It gives much reps and good for coaches with minimal time in practice. Thanks for the tip.


Joe Haefner says:
4/27/2011 at 6:53:47 PM

Thanks for the tip, Steve.

That would actually work for anybody that runs "Cutters". I first saw this run in 1997/1998 by a Cedar Rapids Prairie team that won the state championship. Then our coach used it on us.

Here is the offense in more detail:

St. Johns also used a version of Cutters to beat Duke this year. They pulled out the guard and the wings 5 to 7 feet above the 3-point line, though.


steve dement says:
4/27/2011 at 6:38:57 PM

for those of you that run the Read & React offense, you can add a defender to the drill and have the cutter become a "filler" (as if someone had just passed the ball and was making a basket cut). as they approach the 3 point line, have the defender step over the line into the passing lane and the "filler" reads that and makes a basket cut for the pass and layup.


Mike says:
4/27/2011 at 4:10:44 PM

Don't forget to use the option where you come across the court to the near-side elbow for the pass. Upon getting the pass, you need to pivot on the inside foot, square shoulders and feet and then shoot. Teaches pivoting / squaring. Good for anyone past 4th grade. Second option is to fake the shot, then attack the rim.


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