2-player hustle shooting drill

From Taylor Jannsen, player development coach Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This competitive drill forces shooters to sprint and move after every shot, grab the ball, gain composure and take a good shot for 2 straight minutes.

Why use it

Once again, you want intensity in players’ offseason workouts. It’s great to have players head to the gym or playground and shoot, but having specific games to play increases the value of those workouts.

Set up

Place a chair between the elbow and 3-point line on each side of the floor (if chairs are not available, either use cones or be sure the players know where the shooting spots are). Place a ball on each chair. The shooter chooses on which side to start.

2-player hustle shooting drill

How to play

The shooter grabs the first ball, which means the rebounder starts the clock [1]. The shooter shoots, then races to the other chair to grab the next ball. The rebounder fetches the first shot and runs it back to the first chair as fast as possible. The ball must be placed on the chair (or the ground if no chair) so it doesn’t roll away [2]. The drill continues with the shooter shooting from the second chair, then racing back to the first, and so on [3].

Technique

The rebounder must track down the rebound and sprint to the open chair. This person owes it to the shooter to move quickly, so the shooter gets as many shots in the two minutes as possible. The winner of the drill is the player who makes the most shots in two minutes. Players also can compete against themselves and try to get a better personal score each time.

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