Basketball Shooting Drills In 2024 (12 NEW TACTICS)

Let’s talk about Basketball shooting drills. If you’re a basketball coach and you use the same old basketball shooting drills over and over again at practice, there are two main things that might likely happen:

  • Your team will get bored.
  • Your team will stop giving 100 %.

As far as basketball game is concerned, no coach wants either of these things to happen.

Having a variety of new basketball shooting drills to use will make you a better basketball coach and will keep your players excited and interested during your practices.

All these new basketball shooting drills below are very easy to practice. Read on to discover the twelve new basketball shooting drills for your team this year.

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12 New Basketball Shooting Drills in 2024

Here are 12 new  basketball shooting drills that you can use to keep practices fresh and help your team shoot at a higher percentage

Drill #1 – Hand-Off Shooting Drill

This is one of the new basketball shooting drills you should practice this year. Players at the top of the key dribble down and perform a handoff with a wing player cutting to the top of the key who then takes the shot or drives for the layup.


  • To work on shooting off hand-offs and performing them as they can be tricky for players to master unless drilled often.


  • Two lines at the top of the key. Both have two basketballs in each line.
  • One line of players on the lower end of each wing.


  • The first players from the top of the key dribble down to the wing on their respective sides. At the same time, the wing player should be making cut towards the baseline.
  • Making sure to change speeds, the wing player explodes up towards the wing and receives the hand-off and performs a certain shot.
  • The person that hands off the basketball joins the end of the wing line.
  • The shooter rebounds their basketball and then joins the line at the top of the key on the opposite side from the one they shot from.
  • The drill is run for about 5 minutes.


Shooter – Step back and shoot without dribbling, one-dribble pull up from the elbow, two dribble attack the rim for a layup, drive baseline as if the defender cheated under the screen.

Competitive – If you want to add a bit of competition to the drill, set a target amount of makes for the team to reach within a certain time limit.

Distance of Hand-Off – You can run this drill with the players performing the hand-off at the three point line, mid-range, or even closer for younger players.

Drill #2 – 23 Cones Shooting Drill

This is the second nee basketball shooting drills you should learn this year. Place 23 cones at the baseline of one end of the floor and split the players up into two teams at the other end of the floor. Players shoot and are ‘rewarded’ by being allowed to go to the other end of the court and have a chance at collecting a cone if they make another shot. If they miss, they get nothing and return to the end of their line. The team with the most cones at the end of the game wins.


  • It’s a fun variation to a normal shooting drill that keeps players interested and excited. Players are shooting under a lot of pressure on the second shot.


  • Place 23 cones at the opposite end of the court.
  • Split your group up into two teams.
  • One basketball per team.
  • Preferably, there should be a coach/parent to pass and rebound for each team on the second shot end of the floor.


  • Players start shooting on the coach’s whistle.
  • On every make by a team, the person who shoots must rebound the ball and pass it to the next person in line, then they are ‘rewarded’ by sprinting to the other end of the floor and get the opportunity to shoot a three-pointer to win a cone for their team.
  • The player only gets one attempt. If they miss, they get nothing and return to their group. If they make it, they get to collect a cone for their group.
  • The player then places the cone in their teams ‘safehouse’ near their line and joins the end of the line.

Scoring System:

The team that finishes with the most cones at the end of the game wins!


Increase or Decrease Cones – I’ve used this drill with both 13 or 33 cones as well. Use any number of cones as long as it’s an odd number so there’s a winner.

Shooting Position – Usually adults will shoot three-pointers but youth teams can shoot from the elbow or anywhere else on the floor.

No Second Shot – If I’m coaching young youth players, often I don’t ask them to make a second shot at the other end of the floor. They simply have to sprint down to the other end and get one.

More Groups – Instead of playing with only two groups, you can create up to 4 groups and place the cones in the middle of the court instead.

Drill #3 – Pressure Jump Shots – Basketball Shooting Drills

This is another new basketball shooting drill you should learn this year. Players must complete eight shots (two from each high post) while under the pressure that if they miss the shot they have to join the same line and try again.


  • Allows players to practice shooting open jump shots while under mental pressure.


  • 4 lines of players on each elbow. Can be as many players as you like.
  • 4 basketballs. One with the first person in each of the lines.


  • When the coach says to start, the first person in each line takes a shot and returns the ball back to the same line.
  • If they make the shot they move to the next line, if they miss they join the same line to try again.
  • This process continues until a player has made a total of eight shots.

Scoring System:

Each player counts their own amount of makes until they reach eight made shots (make two shots from each elbow).

You can decide whether to stop after there is a winner or keep playing until everyone is finished depending on the amount of time you have.


Shot Distance and Location – Change the shot distance depending on age and put cones where you want the four shots taken from. I have used this drill with very young youth players and shot from the block and with older players shooting from the three-point line.

Swishes Only – A tough variation of this drill that I’ve used before is that only swishes count. This should be left to the more advanced teams, but it does make this drill interesting!

Drill #4 – Speed Shooting Drill

Three groups line up along the baseline. The first player in the group sprints the floor with the ball, pulls up for a shot, rebounds, then sprints back down the other end and shoots, rebounds, and passes to the next player in line.


  • This drill makes sure the players are fatigued when shooting the basketball and works on players learning to decelerate and be on balance when shooting the ball.


  • Split the team up into no more than 4 groups (3 works best).
  • Best run with 3 or 4 players in each group.
  • Each group has one basketball.
  • Spread the groups out evenly along the baseline.


  • Players will either shoot a three-point shot or a mid-range shot.
  • On the coaches call, the first player with the ball sprints to the other end of the court with the basketball before pulling up from either behind the three-point line or from mid-range.
  • Upon shooting, the player rebounds their own shot and sprints to the other end before pulling up and shooting again.
  • They then rebound their own shot and pass it to the next person in line. The next person cannot move from the start until they receive the basketball.
  • The next player repeats.

Scoring System:

Group Scoring – Each group keep their own score for a certain amount of time.


Total Scoring – First team to reach a certain amount of makes wins.


Shooting Distance – If you have a weaker shooting team you can have them pull-up from midrange instead of the three-point line.

Number of Groups – Groups should contain no more than 4 players and there should be no more than 4 groups at one time.

Drill #5 – Off the Dribble Form Shooting

Players practice the 1-2 step or the hop two times with a pump fake and then use the 1-2 step or the hop to shoot a jump shot on the third use of the footwork.


  • To teach players to shoot off the dribble using either the 1-2 step or the hop with the correct footwork and while balanced. A great drill for players that are usually off balance when they shoot after dribbling.


  • Every player must have a basketball.
  • Three lines a couple of metres out from the three-point line.
  • Similar number of players in each line.

Form Instructions:

  • 1-2 Step Shooting Form
  • Players start each rep in the triple threat stance.
  • Players bounce the ball at the same time that they step with the dominant shooting foot (right foot for right handers and left foot for left handers).
  • Gather the basketball by planting the non-dominant shooting foot (which is now their pivot foot) and then shoot as they step through with their dominant shooting foot.

Example – Right Handed Player

  • Start in triple threat stance.
  • Bounce the ball at the same time as they step with their right foot.
  • Gather the ball by planting the left and then stepping up with the right foot before shooting.

The Hop Shooting Form

  • Players start each rep in the triple threat stance.
  • Players bounce the ball at the same time that they step with either foot (personal preference).
  • They then push off the foot they stepped with into a small hop and land with both feet at the same time before raising up for the shot.

Example – Right Handed Player

  • Start in triple threat stance.
  • Bounce the ball at the same time as they step with either foot.
  • Perform a small hop and gather the basketball in the air.
  • Land with both feet at the same time and raise up for the shot.


  • The first thing you must do is show the players the correct footwork to use using the form instructions above.
  • The first player in each line practices the form 3 times. The first two times end in a pump fake and the third time ends in a jump shot.
  • After receiving your own rebound join another line.


Add More Lines – If you’ve got a large amount of people you can add more lines so that players can have more repetitions. Try not to have too many though because it makes it hard for the coaches to watch and make corrections to form.

Use the Hop or the 1-2 Step – Teach the players how to shoot using both and then I believe that you should let each individual player decide which one feels more comfortable to them.

Distance – Adjust the distance away from the ring so that on the third use of the footwork when players shoot, they’re shooting from a comfortable distance.

No Line Rotation – If they players get confused or the lines keep having an uneven amount of players, consider telling players to return to the same line after each shot instead of changing.

Drill #6 – Weave Layups – Basketball Shooting Drills

Players weave from half court ending in a layup by a wing player. The middle player rebounds the ball, outlet passes, and then the ball is back to the start.


  • A fast paced drill that works on passing and layups while at full speed and under time pressure. A great drill to get the intensity up at training.


  • Three even lines at half court with at least two players in each. Can be as many more as you have.
  • One basketball in the middle line.


  • Instructions for doing this drill for a right hand layup. Reverse everything for left hand.
  • The middle line player passes the ball to the player running down the left wing who immediately passes it to the player running down the right wing for a layup.
  • Immediately after the left wing player passes the ball they must sprint across the court and get ready to receive the outlet pass.
  • The middle player who started the drill runs down the middle and rebounds the ball after the right wing has performed a layup and continued through.
  • The middle player then turns and passes the ball to the outlet player who catches and immediately passes to the next person in line in the middle line at half court.
  • As soon as the middle player catches the ball the next group repeat the same process.

Scoring System:

The team competes against the clock to make as many layups as they can in a certain amount of time.

The drill is run for 2 – 3 minutes.


Left Hand – Reverse the whole drill and have your team perform the drill with a left hand layup instead of right hand.

Shoot from the Block – Instead of a layup players take a jump shot from the block. I wouldn’t recommend shooting from much further out or the rebounds will be too long and it will ruin the drill.

Drill #7 – Cincinnati Layups – Basketball Shooting Drills

A line of players at half court and on the wing, and a single player on the free-throw line. The player at half court passes to the player at the free throw line who then passes to the cutting wing player for a layup.


  • This is a great warm-up drill for young players that works on layups and passing skills. Also great for concentration as we emphasize that the ball should never hit the floor.


  • A line of players in the middle of half court, a line of players on the wing, and a single player on the free throw line.
  • You will need one or two basketballs all starting with the half court group.


  • The first person with a basketball in the half court line passes it to the player on the free throw line and then immediately runs to the free throw line to replace them.
  • The player that receives the first pass at the free throw line passes to the wing player who should be cutting hard to the ring. The wing player should receive the ball and do a layup without dribbling the ball.
  • After the wing player performs a layup, they keep running through to be used as an outlet pass.
  • The person that passes from the free throw line to the wing player rebounds the ball, outlets to the same player that did the layup, and then runs to the layup line.
  • The player that receives the outlet pass passes it to the half court line and then joins the end of it.


Competitive – Players must make a certain amount of layups in a row. This puts a lot of pressure on each layup.

Other Side of the Floor – If you started the drill on the right hand side (players finishing with their right hand), then switch the wing line to the other side of the floor so the players must finish with their left hand.

Jump Shots – Instead of layups players can pull up for a jump shot. Shots from the block are fine, but problems start if you shoot much further out because the drill relies on the shooter being the outlet pass on the other side of the floor.

Drill #8 – Give and Go Shooting – Basketball Shooting Drills

Players weave in and out of the cones, pass to the coach, receive the ball back, and then shoot a variety of shots off the catch switching sides each time they shoot.


  • To work on dribbling skills, footwork off the catch and a variety of shots.


  • Every player has a basketball.
  • Two coaches.
  • Two lines on the half-way line on either side of the court.
  • Optional: 3 cones near half way for dribbling practice.


  • Drill shooting options:
  • – Catch and shoot
  • – Catch, pump fake, shoot.
  • – Catch, pump fake, drive.
  • – Catch and drive.
  • – Catch, one-dribble pull up.
  • – and any others you can think of.
  • The coach must first tell the players which shot type they’re going to work on first.
  • On the coaches call to start, the first player starts weaving in and out of the cones.
  • At the end of the dribbling the player either makes a two-handed chest pass to the coach or a 1-handed push pass depending on age and skill level.
  • The coach catches and passes back to the first player who then performs the chosen shot.
  • As soon as the coach has passed to the player the next person in line starts dribbling.
  • After the shot the player rebounds their own shot and dribbles up the opposite sideline to join the opposite line.


No Dribbling Cones – If you simply want to focus on the footwork part of the drill then you can take out the cones.

Use the Full Court – If you have 4 coaches (or parents) you can increase the number of shots each player will get by running 4 stations instead of two. Have the players rotate clockwise each time they shoot.

Competitive – The first players to make a certain amount of shots from each spot is the winner.

Drill #9 – Screen Shooting – Basketball Shooting Drills

Players will start at the top of the key and start the drill by cutting down the lane until they’re under the basket. From here they will cut off one of the screens and receive a pass from the next player in line before taking a shot. They then rebound their shot and return to the line at the top of the key.


  • This drill will teach your players how to use different cuts off an off-ball screen and to practice scoring off those cuts.


  • Two chairs or cones to act as the screen on both sides of the floor.
  • All players lined up at the top of the key.
  • Everyone has a basketball except the person at the front of the line.


  • The 4 main cuts off the screen are:

– Flare cut

– Straight cut

– Curl cut

– Backdoor cut

  • Instruct the players which cut they should be using off the screen. You can run 1-2 minutes of each cut or let them choose themselves.
  • To start the drill the first player cuts directly underneath the basket before changing pace and exploding out to use one of the screens. The next person in line passes to the shooter coming off the screen.
  • After the shot the player that passed the ball then becomes the cutter and uses the screen on the other side of the floor before receiving a pass from the next player in line.
  • This process continues for about 5 minutes making sure to regularly change the type of shot the players are taking.


Two Lines – If you have a lot of players, instead of running one line in the middle of the floor you can create two lines at the top of the key. This means each group sticks to their own side of the floor and runs off the same screen every time.

Different Cuts – Make sure you’re varying the shots between the four different cuts listed at the start of the instructions section.

Competitive – If you want to make it competitive you can make it a game by setting a target number of makes and the first player to reach that number wins.

Drill #10 – Partner Form Shooting – Basketball Shooting Drills

Players each have a partner and line up about 10 feet apart facing each other. They then shoot the ball to each other using correct technique so that their partner can catch it without moving.


  • This drill should be used almost every training at a young age until each player has mastered basic shooting technique. It’s a great drill to get in many quick repetitions and gives the coaches a chance to correct the shooting form of all players.


  • Players all find a partner.
  • Players line up about 7 – 10 feet from each other or on two parallel lines picked by the coach.
  • One basketball between two players.


  • The coach must first demonstrate how they want the players to shoot the ball. Make sure to emphasize the key shooting points.
  • Players then shoot the ball to each other for the given amount of time.
  • Coaches walk around all groups and evaluate and make corrections to each shooter individually.


Odd Number of Players – When you have an odd number of players you can find a parent or spare coach to fill in and be their partner, or one of the players can perform the ‘line shooting’ drill, which is the same except they have to retrieve their ball after every shot.

Shoot with One Hand – Can run this drill using one hand only to shoot the ball. This ensures that players aren’t pushing the ball with their off-hand as well.

Drill #11 – 30 and 1 Shooting Drill

Players will split up into groups and compete against each other. The coach picks three different spots on the floor that each group must make 10 shots from and then to finish the game the group must make one long-range shot as the game-winner. Equalling 31 made shots.


  • A fun, competitive shooting drill that works on shots from different spots on the court including a long-range game-winner.


  • Split players up into groups of preferably between 3 and 5 players. Though any number will work.
  • Each group has one basketball.
  • Tell the players the three spots they will shoot from before the half court shot. The traditional spots are 10 made shots from the block, the elbow, and the three-point line before the one made half-court shot.


  • On the coaches call, players start shooting from the first spot.
  • The players rotate through taking their shot, rebounding, and passing the ball back to their line.
  • Once the team has made 10 shots they move on to the next spot. The other team must keep shooting until they make 10 from each spot. All groups do not change when one team makes 10.
  • The first team to make 10 from three spots and then make the long distance shot wins!

Scoring System:

All shots are worth 1 point.

The first team to 31 points is the winner.


Shooting Spots – You can pick any three spots on the floor for players to shoot from, including: Layups, Baseline, Wing area  and Anywhere around 3-point arc etc.

Long Distance Shot – The long distance shot is a great part of this drill because the players love it and it gives all groups a chance to catch up and win. If you have younger players you can make the three spots closer to the basket and then finish with a three-point game-winning shot or a half court shot for older age groups.

Drill #12 – Chase Down Layups – Basketball Shooting Drills

Two lines of players on the baseline at each end of the court. The offensive player starts with an advantage and sprints the court and must lay the ball up while under pressure from the defensive player.


  • To allow players to practice layups at full speed while under pressure from a defender. This drill also works on chase-down defense.


  • Two lines of players on the baseline at each end of the court.
  • Players in the offensive line all have a basketball.
  • A coach at each end of the court to start the drill.


  • Coach starts by bringing the offensive player out a few steps depending on how fast they are compared to the defense to give them the fast break advantage.
  • On the coach’s call, the offensive and defensive players sprint the floor.
  • The offensive player’s goal is to make the layup and the defensive player’s goal is to challenge the layup without fouling.
  • After the make or miss, both players join the end of the lines at their current end of the floor.


Opposite Side of the Floor – Perform the drill from the other side of the floor so that the players have to dribble and make a layup with their left hand.

Competitive – Play until a player makes a certain amount of layups.

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