Beat the Pro

For today’s installment, I thought I would share a way to add some pressure and competition to your shooting practice this summer.

LeBron_head

Have you ever imagined that you are playing for your favorite NBA or college basketball team? When I was younger I would go out on a low rim and dunk all day with my tongue out pretending I was Michael Jordan. The following drill is about playing a game against your favorite (or least favorite player).

Beat the Pro:

These are the rules of the game. Every time you take and make a shot, you get +1 point. Whenever you take and miss a shot, you imaginary opponent gets +1 point. Whoever gets a lead of +5 first wins!

Variations:

You can try from different spots and different distances in order to challenge yourself. You can also change the scoring rules to where you get +1 point if your shot is a swish, no points if you make the shot but it touches the rim, and +1 for your imaginary opponent when you miss.

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Marlins Varsity Boys 2014-2015

Becoming a Defensive Stopper

Offense wins games, defense wins championships. This has been said countless times by countless coaches. Do you know why? Because it is true and has proven to be true over and over. You might have an off game as a team or individually on offense, but if you bring it on the defensive end you still have a chance to win as a team and make an impact as an individual. Take pride in your defense! Become a lock down defender! Below is a video from Point Guard College detailing some keys to becoming a good team defender. I have written down some of the main points so you have a reference with which to follow along.

 

Five Habits of Good Defenders:

1.Close Outs on the Ball–Hands up, under control, Stop the Drive

2. Jump to the Ball–Stop Basket Cut, Get into Help Side

3. See the Ball and Your Man–Stop the Drive, Head on a Swivel

4. Talk to the Ball

5. Threaten Penetration–Jab, Fake, at the drive to discourage the drive

 

Game Shooting: Tips on becoming a better in game shooter

While practicing your shooting over and over is very important, there is a lot that goes into becoming a great shooter. Personally, I remember putting in a lot of time making sure I mastered the basics of BEEF shooting. I made sure I was balanced, my elbow was in, eyes on target, and that my follow through was high and towards the center of the rim. I became a good set shooter, and I was pretty hard to beat in a game of HORSE. But when it came to shooting and scoring in games, there was a big drop off. My biggest problem was the speed of my release. Once I mastered good form, I still took way to much time setting up and thinking about all of the aspects of my shot. What I had to practice was speed! If you can’t get your shot off in a game situation, it doesn’t matter how good of a shooter you are out by yourself in the driveway.

Below is a great clip by sports science on the best shooter in the NBA today, Steph Curry. Pay attention to three things that allow Curry to be so good! I really like using him as an example because of how good he is and because of his height. His shot should be the blue print for every “average” person.

1. Watch his foot work. He almost always takes a 1-2 approach into his shoot. NOT A TWO FOOTED HOP. The 1-2 is faster, allows for great deception, and a larger variety of shots.

2. His shot is one fluid motion. There is no hitch or stop in the flow of his form. This allows for greater speed and a consistent release under pressure.

3. The height of his follow through and the arch on his shot. You will see that his shot goes up first and then drops into the goal. He does not push the ball toward the rim, but lets gravity do the work. This allows for a softer shot with better odds of going in.

 

Put the time in and make this a part of your game!

Workouts for December 9th-14th

As we gear up for another weekend tournament, we can learn a lot from yesterday. As individuals we need to continue to improve our shooting, ball handling, and conditioning. As a team we are getting better on defense and in making plays for each other on offense.

Below I have posted multiple shooting workouts for you to choose from based on where and what you need to work on. 

There are workouts for guards, post players, and ones you can do with a partner! There is also a ball handling workout and some games you can play to add some pressure. Each shooting drill has a time limit for each shot with a goal of shots made for that time. (All workouts take about 25 minutes)  If you cannot keep track of time, a good rule of thumb is to make ten of whatever shot you are working on.

Do one of these shooting workouts everyday and post which workout you completed.

For Strength Work, do 100 push ups everyday. For Jumping/Cardio get a jump rope! This is the single best piece of equipment you can have to help you with quickness, conditioning, coordination, and explosiveness on the basketball court!! And it is cheap.  Start with a 5-10 minutes of rope work a day and then work your way up to 15-20 minutes. Below is a you tube video that shows you some of the exercises you can do with a jump rope. If you master all of these and can go for 15-20 minutes, I guarantee you will be a very good athlete.

STEVE NASH MULTIPLE SHOT WORKOUT #1

5 Minutes Warm-Up
1. Lay-Ups 1 Minute
2. Block-to-Block 1 Minute
3. Short Corner 1 Minute
4. 12’ Bank Shots 1 Minute
5. Mikan / 3 Pt. Shots 30 / 30 Seconds Each

Drill                                        Goal    Time
1. Elbow Jump Shots        20       2 Minutes Each
2. Wing Jump Shots 17’   18
3. Runners                             15
4. Back to Basket Shot 10’-12’  16
5. Running Hook Shot     16
6. 1 Dribble Pull-Up          14
7. Spin Dribble into Jump Shot  15
8. 3s                                          15
9. Step Back Jumpers
Alternate Right to Left     12
10. Shot Fake 1 Dribble Jumpers 12

Cool Down
5 Minutes of Free Throws

Workout Goals
150 Attempts / 98 Makes
65% Make Rate

MICHAEL JORDAN SHOOTING OFF THE DRIBBLE
WORKOUT #2

5 Minutes Warm-Up
1. Lay-Up 1 Minute
2. Block-to Block 1 Minute
3. Short Corner 1 Minute
4. 12’ Bank Shots 1 Minute
5. Mikan / 3 Pt. Shots 30 Seconds Each

Drill                                                                                     Goal                    Time
1. Multiple Ballhandling into a Shot                       10                       2 Min.
2. Up and Back                                                                 10
RH into crossover                                                                                      1 Min.
LH into crossover                                                                                       1 Min.
3. Scissors                                                                           10                      2 Min.
4. Behind Back                                                                  10                      2 Min.
5. Back Pedal into 1 Dribble Pull-Up                       10                      2 Min.
6. Combination Moves                                                   10
Behind Back – Behind Back                                                                    1 Min.
Thru Legs – Thru Legs                                                                              1 Min.
7. Combination Moves                                                    10
Thru Legs – Spin Dribble                                                                          1 Min.
Spin Dribble – Spin Dribble                                                                     1 Min.
8. Combination Moves                                                     10
Inside Out – Crossover (Use R & L Hands)                                        1 Min.
Change of Pace                                                                                               1 Min.

9. Combination Moves                                                      10
Pull Back – Thru Legs (Use R & L Hands)                                          1 Min.

Behind Back – Thru Legs (Use R & L Hands)                                   1 Min.

10. Shot Fake at End of Dribble
Use R & L Hands                                                                   10                   2 Min.

Cool Down
5 Minutes of Free Throws

Workout Goals
100 Attempts / 70 Makes (1 Shot Attempt Every 12 Seconds)
70% Make Rate

LARRY BIRD SHOOTING WORKOUT #3

5 Minutes Warm-Up
1. Lay-Up 1 Minute
2. Block-to-Block 1 Minute
3. Short Corner 1 Minute
4. 12’ Bank Shots 1 Minute
5. Mikan / 3 Pt. Shot 30 Seconds Each

Drill Goal Time
1. Step in Jump Shots 18 2 Minutes
(15’-17’ Key Area)
2. Elbow Jumpers 16 2 Minutes
3. 3 Pt. Scramble 18 2 Minutes
(Start in Lane)
4. Sideline to Elbow Jumpers 18 2 Minutes
(Both Sides)
5. Wing to Wing 16 2 Minutes
(Both Sides)
6. 3 Pt. Shot 16 2 Minutes
(Top of Key)
7. Back to Basket Shots 20 2 Minutes
(10’-12’)
8. Pivot and Shoot 18 2 Minutes
(17’ or 3s)
9. Wing to Wing 3s 14 2 Minutes
10 Back Pedal and Shoot 18 2 Minutes

Cool Down
5 Minutes of Free Throws

Workout Goals
170 Attempts / 111 Makes
65% Make Rate

10/10 DRILL WORKOUT #5

5 Minute Warm-Up
1. Lay-Ups 30 Seconds Each
2. Step-In Jumpers 30 Seconds Each
3. Elbow to Elbow 30 Seconds Each
4. Mikan Drill 30 Seconds Each
5. 3s 30 Seconds Each

Directions
• 2 Players
• Start in corner, move around perimeter shooting from 10
different spots
• Player must make 10 shots from each spot
• Alternate shooter after each set
• Each player will perform 10 sets

Goal
Player must make 10 shots while attempting 14 or less.

POST WORKOUT #4

5 Minute Warm-Up
1. Lay-ups 1 Minute
2. Block-to-Block 1 Minute
3. Short Corner 1 Minute
4. 12’ Bank Shots 1 Minute
5. Mikan / 3 Pt. Shots 30 / 30 Seconds Each

Drill Goal Time
1. X out Lay-up / Mikan 14 / 36 1 Minute Each
2. Sikma 12’ – Both Sides 20 2 Minutes
3. Jump Hook – 20 2 Minutes
Right & Left Block
4. Turn Around Jump Shot 18 2 Minutes
10’ – 12’
5. Running Hook Shot 16 2 Minutes
6. Inside Pivot & Drive 20 2 Minutes
7. 3 Shot Combination – 18 2 Minutes
17’ Jump Shot, 1 Dribble Jump Shot, Shot Fake & Drive
8. Triangle – 21 2 Minutes
Short Corner, Free Throw Line, Short Corner
9. Back Pedal & Shoot 18 2 Minutes
10. Drop Step Power Move 30/15 Dunks 2 Minutes
Or Dunk

Cool Down
5 Minutes of Free Throws

Workout Goals
231 Attempts / 197 Makes
85% Make Rate 2 M AN SHOOTING WORKOUT #6

5 Minute Warm-Up
1. Lay-ups 1 Minute
2. Block-to-Block 1 Minute
3. Short Corner 1 Minute
4. 12’ Bank Shots 1 Minute
5. Mikan / 3 Pt. Shots 30 / 30 Seconds Each

Drill Goal Time 1. Shoot With Partner 14 Each 2 Minutes
2. Elbow to Elbow 18 1 Minute
3. Step-in Jump Shot – Top of Key 16 1 Minute
4. Wing to Wing 3s 12 1 Minute
5. Sideline to Elbow 12 1 Minute
6. Baseline Curl or Fade 10 1 Minute
7. Step-in Jump Shot – Wing 3s 16 1 Minute
8. Shot Fake 1 Dribble 14 1 Minute
9. Around the Perimeter Off Screens 14 1 Minute
Going Left & Right
10. Corner 3s 16 1 Minute

Cool Down
5 Minutes of Free Throws

Workout Goals
142 Attempts / 100 Makes
70% Make Rate

2 MAN SHOOTING WORKOUT #7

5 Minute Warm-Up
1. Lay-ups 1 Minute
2. Block-to-Block 1 Minute
3. Short Corner 1 Minute
4. 12’ Bank Shots 1 Minute
5. Mikan / 3 Pt. Shots 30 / 30 Seconds Each

Drill Goal Time

1. Back Pedal to Elbow Jump Shot 16 1 Minute Each
2. 3 Shot Drill – 12 1 Minute Each
Sideline to Elbow
Half Court to Top of Key
Sideline to Elbow
3. Shoot the W 12 1 Minute Each
4. 3 Shots and Repeat 15 1 Minute Each
(Move Around Perimeter)
Lay-up
1 Dribble Jump Shot
3
5. Sideline to Sideline 12 1 Minute Each
6. Half Court to Top of Key 12 1 Minute Each
7. 2 Dribble Jumpers 12 1 Minute Each
8. 5 Spot 3s 14 1 Minute Each
9. Shot Fake 1 Dribble 14 1 Minute Each
10. Curl/Cut Jump Shots 14 1 Minute Each

Workout Goals
123 Attempts / 80 Makes
65% Make Rate

BALLHANDLING / DRIBBLING WORKOUT #8

5 Minute Warm-Up
1. Lay-ups 1 Minute
2. Block-to-Block 1 Minute
3. Short Corner 1 Minute
4. 12’ Bank Shots 1 Minute
5. Mikan / 3 Pt. Shots 30 / 30 Seconds Each

Cross Court Drills Repetitions
1. Crossover LH x 2, RH x 2
2. Pull-Back to Crossover LH x 2, RH x 2
3. Reverse LH x 2, RH x 2
4. In-Out LH x 2, RH x 2
5. Hesitation & Go LH x 2, RH x 2
6. Double Crossover LH x 2, RH x 2
7. Pivot LH x 2, RH x 2
8. Behind Back LH x 2, RH x 2
9. Through Legs LH x 2, RH x 2
10. Speed LH x 2, RH x 2

Zig Zag Drills Repetitions
1. Behind Back x 2
2. Through Legs x 2
3. Reverse x 2
4. Crossover x 2
5. In-Out x 2

1 Ball Stationary Repetitions
1. Scissors 30 Seconds 2. Figure 8 30 Seconds
3. Spider 30 Seconds
4. Around Both Legs 30 Seconds
5. Crossover 30 Seconds
6. Behind Back 30 Seconds
7. Over the Line 15 Seconds Each
8. Push & Pull 15 Seconds Each
9. Machine Gun Low Dribble 15 Seconds Each
10. Pound Ball High Dribble 15 Seconds Each

2 Ball Stationary Repetitions
1. 1 High 1 Low 30 Seconds
2. Right Over Left 30 Seconds
3. Left Over Right 30 Seconds
4. Bounce Together 30 Seconds
5. Alternate Bounces 30 Seconds
6. Front to Back 30 Seconds

2 Ball On The Move Repetitions
1. Together x 2
2. Alternate x 2
3. Zig Zag x 2
4. Backwards x 2
5. Crossover x 2
6. Step Slide x 2

Cool Down
5 Minutes of Free Throws

COMPETITIVE SHOOTING DRILLS
WORKOUT #9

5 Minute Warm-Up
1. Lay-ups 1 Minute
2. Block-to-Block 1 Minute
3. Short Corner 1 Minute
4. 12’ Bank Shots 1 Minute
5. Mikan / 3 Pt. Shots 30 / 30 Seconds Each

Drill Time
1. Rapid Fire Drill 1 Minute Each
2 Balls – Most makes in a minute
2. Consecutive String Drill Best 2 of 3
Shoot from one spot, and see how many shots you can take
without missing 2 in a row.
3. In A Row Best 2 of 3
Start on a make.
4. Beat Michael Jordan 1 Round
Move around perimeter, A basket equals 1 point, A miss
equals 2 points, Game to 21.
5. 2 Makes In A Row 5 Spots 1 Round
Fewest Total Attempts to Win
6. 10 Baskets Best 2 of 3
Fewest Total Attempts

7. 36er Drill 1 Round
1 point = Lay-up 2 points = Off Dribble
3 points = 3s
3 shots from 6 different spots, A total of 18 shots with
a point value of 36 points.
8. 1 on 1 Game to 11 points 1 Round
Count by 2s and 3s
9. Beat LeBron to 25 1 Round
Alternate 3s and 2s, Miss = 4 points for LeBron
10. Free Throw 1 on 1 to 11 1 Round
If you make the first free throw, you get the bonus free
throw. First player to 11 points wins.