Bring ‘Baseball’ To The Hoops Court

Incorporating a 9-inning concept, the ‘Baseball Shooting Drill’ ramps up the competitiveness and rewards consistency.


Arm your players with several shooting games/drills they can do with just a partner or two during the offseason. This drill gets a lot of shots for a pair of players.


Designate nine shooting spots (one for each inning) around the perimeter. If you are giving this drill to younger players, you may want to encourage them to shoot 15-footers.


The shooter starts from the first spot. He/she shoots from the same spot until three shots are missed (missed shots are “outs” so three per inning just like in baseball). Each made basket is counted as a “run” [1]. The goal is to score as many “runs” as possible, so the shooter works on setting and taking good shots. Hurried shots are going to miss more often [2]. Continue the progression through all nine “innings” (locations on the floor), which ensures many shots are taken [3].



For a shorter game, players complete five innings rather than nine. Regardless of length, the player with the most “runs” wins. It’s great to have a winner and a loser in these partner drills so players keep their competitive edge in the offseason.

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