Fatigue Free Throws
As we all know, free throws are an important fundamental and must be practiced every day. This drill allows you to combine free throws with conditioning, thus maximizing your gym time. It also simulates game situation free throws as players are shooting them while winded. We do this drill every day.
3 players and 1 basketball per hoop. Players need to remember the rotation: Rebound-Run-Shoot. Player 1 goes to the line for 2 free throws. Player 2 rebounds for player 1. Player 3 SPRINTS 1 lap around the OUTSIDE of the court. Upon completion of the lap, player 3, now fatigued, steps to the line for two free throws.
Player 1 rebounds, player 2 sprints a lap. The rotation continues for 10 minutes. If you insist that players sprint hard and stay outside the court (no cutting corners), you'll find that the timing works out almost perfectly.
Also, after 10 minutes of this drill, the players should be sufficiently winded and will have gotten in about 25 free throws each.
How to do the drill: Stand directly beneath the basket. Step across your body with your left foot, laying the ball in with your right hand. DO NOT DRIBBLE THE BALL. After making the lay-up, step across your body with your right foot, and lay the ball in with your left hand. Do this in sets of thirty. If done correctly, you should be in a rhythm where you do not need to take more than one step in each direction to lay the ball in.
As you get better, you will be able to do this at a very high speed without missing a shot. It is vital to be able to score with both hands near the basket, and this is one of the best drills for working on this skill.
One On Me
How to run the drill: This is a great drill to do when you are by yourself and want to get the most out of your practice time. The basic idea is this: Every shot you make counts as one point and every shot you miss counts as two points. If you get to ten points on makes before you get to ten points on misses, you win.
To get the most out of this drill, run it at game speed, do not just walk to retrieve your shot; move quickly from spot to spot. Ideally, your accuracy will get to the point where you can make every miss count as five points, and you will still be able to beat yourself. The great shooters can.
The shooting team: There are 5 players on each team. One team is on the court. Each of the players on the court occupies one of five designated shoot spots: one at the free-throw line, two at each elbow of the key, and two on side of the key about 15 feet from at basket and at a 45-degree angle to it. Each of the players has a ball.
The non-shooting team: Each of the players is behind the baseline with a ball.
On a signal, the players on the court begin shooting. Each player retrieves his/her own ball, returns to his/her shooting spot, and shoots again. The players off the court dribble figure eights and in unison count out loud the baskets scored. When seven baskets are scored, the teams switch roles.
Declaring A Winner
Declaring a winner involves timing each team to determine the time it takes make seven baskets. The timing starts on the signal to begin the shooting and ends on the count of seven. The team making seven baskets in the shortest time is the winner.
How to run the drill: Each player must have a ball. The first player picks a spot to shoot from. After he shoots, the second player shoots the ball immediately afterward. If the first player makes the shot, and the second player misses it, the first player gets one point (The first player to 7 points wins).
If the first player misses the shot and the second player makes it, then the second player gets one point, and it is his turn to shoot first, with the other player now following him. If both players make the shot, then neither player gets a point, and they continue on. Essentially, the player who makes the shot gets to shoot first the next time. Ideally, the players run the drill at a pace where they are moving quickly from one shot to the next.
Improving Your Shooting Percentage
Having a technically-sound movement pattern is an important component of shooting (see my tip the Basic Jump Shot). Just as important, however, are certain mental abilities. These are concentration, confidence and relaxation.
Shooting requires single-mindedness, that is, the ability to shut everything out of your mind, except the immediate task at hand. That task is putting the ball into the basket.
To help you develop this ability, you must develop a narrow external focus. Once you decide to shoot, you must concentrate on only a specific target. If you are shooting a lay-up, focus on a spot on the backboard so that, when the ball hits that spot, it will fall down into the basket. If you are shooting directly at the basket, focus on a pinpoint spot on the back rim which is directly opposite to you.
In either situation, focus on that spot until after the ball has left your shooting hand and is well on its way. Once you decide to shoot, do not let anyone or anything disrupt that focus. To develop this ability practise focusing each time you shoot.
You must believe that each time you shoot you will score. Knowing that you are doing the 'right things' will help you sustain and nurture this attitude. Doing the 'right things' is knowing that the execution of every shot is consistent with its technically-sound movement pattern and taking the good shot. An example of taking a good shot is shooting one similar to ones that you consistently make in practice.
Accurate shooting requires a high degree of flow, that is, your shooting motion should be smooth, continuous and quick. Consequently, when shooting, your muscles should be relaxed and all the joints should be loose.
It is very difficult to relax when you are unsure or hesitant. Being unsure or concerned about whether or not you will make the shot also makes it very difficult to concentrate.
This ability to relax is closely related to being able to concentrate on your shot and to having a feeling of confidence.
BONUS - Special Shots Tips!
The Granny Shot
In a highly-contested game of Super Horse, this shot may be the difference between being the loser and being the winner.
Begin by slightly bending your knees while holding the ball in front of you. Bend at the hips and knees while lowering the ball in between your knees. In a fluid motion swing your arms forward while flexing your knees and hips and release the ball.
A guaranteed game winner!
The Buzzer Beater
Another great shot for Super Horse or for that last ditch effort to win the game.
When time is tight and there are critical points to be made, there is only one thing left to do ... throw the ball one-handed style and pray it goes in. This technique is usually practiced from the center court line or farther.
To perform this shot, simply "huck" the ball with one arm in the general direction of the basket. Some body english while the ball is in the air may help "steer" the ball to the basket!
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