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.


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!


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.


Marlins Varsity Boys 2014-2015


Workouts for November 18-23

After a very busy week of games, we have a slow next couple of weeks. This is the time to really work on your individual game! As a team, we need to be able to thrive when opposing teams try to pressure us. The two main ways that can be accomplished individually is by becoming comfortable handling the ball and getting stronger physically.

Workout for Monday-Thursday:

Strength Work

Interval run: Find a place where you have about 40 yards ( roughly 40 big steps) where you can run down and back. This might be in your yard, a track, or even on the road by your house. Take a nice easy jog down and back and then sprint for one length. Without stopping, jog down down and back again, and sprint all out for one time down. So you are going to jog to length and the sprint one. Do a total of 10 sprints with the jogging in between.

100 Push ups

Skill Work:

Start with the same dibbling series as last week.

Form Shooting: Stand with your nose right under the front of the rim. Hit 10 swishes. Standing right under the rim will force you to have a high release and will develop good touch with your follow through.

Hit 10 Free Throws

Pump Fake Two Dribble Pull Up: Make 10 going to your right and 10 going to your left.

Hit 10 Free Throws

Crossover Finish: Starting near the three point line, drive hard to the right until you are about 15 feet from the rim. This is just about the same distance as the free throw line  is from the rim. Crossover hard and low to your left hand, get to the rim and finish with your left hand. Go 10 times and then start with your left hand and crossover to your right.

Hit 10 Free Throws

Crossover, Spin, Finish: Starting just like you did above, after you crossover, take one dribble and then make a spin move back to your right and finish at the rim with your right hand. Go 10 times and then start with you left hand and end up spinning back to your left and finish with your left hand.

Shoot 50 Threes: Post how many you make out the fifty you attempt.

Hit 10 Free Throws

Workout for Friday and Saturday:

There is no JV game Friday so JV guys do the same workout that you have done the previous four days but skip the interval.

Varsity only guys, skip Friday, but then do the workout on Saturday.

If you play both JV and Varsoty, Skip the strength and shooting portion of the workout, but do the dribbling drills and get some free throws in.