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Head-to-head shooting drill

Players decide in advance how long to make the competition and what moves to use, then shoot head-to-head to determine a winner

Why use this shooting drill

  1. Game shots are more than simply standing and shooting. Work on pull-ups, floaters and catch-andshoots in this competitive, two-player drill.

Setting up this drill

  • Two players each have a ball. They decide how many minutes to play (no longer than six to eight, keep it at three to start).

How to play

  • In this example, the players have decided to play for three minutes. The first minute is dedicated to shooting onedribble pull-ups.
  • Both players shoot at the same time and rebound their own shots before returning to their side of the floor [1].
  • The second minute of shooting focuses on floaters from inside the freethrow line [2].
  • The final minute is dedicated to catch-andshoot 3-pointers.
  • The player tosses the ball to the side, gathers it, sets the feet and shoots the 3-pointer.
  • Rebound the shot and race back to the perimeter [3].

Here’s a simple diagram for setting up this head-to-head drill

Head-to-head shooting drill

How to perfect the technique for this shooting drill

  • Players keep track of their made shots. Most makes wins.
  • Don’t have players spend a long time on this game as any longer than six to eight minutes and the intensity decreases.
  • You want players competing and not simply wanting to survive the drill.
Michael Austin
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