Teaching Kids How to Make the Perfect Shot
If you’re a coach that’s looking to teach a group of young players how to shoot, there are dozens of basketball shooting drills that are designed specifically for beginners and children. They teach kids about the many variables when it comes to scoring, including how to approach the net, passing the ball before a shot, and practicing good footwork. Get ready for the new school year or make the most of this year’s summer basketball camp with these shooting drills for kids.
This drill is great for kids because it forces them to focus purely on getting the ball through the net. Start by having everyone form three different lines in front of the hoop, one straight on, one to the left, and one to the right. Every player will approach the net with the goal of getting a perfect swoosh. The kids should only be a few feet from the net, so this is a good opportunity for them to work on their shooting form without having to worry about passing or dribbling. Make sure that the players hold their shooting position for the duration of the shot. This gives you, the coach, some time to evaluate each player individually.
A classic game for all ages, “pressure” is used to help kids learn how to shoot a free throw. Form one line in front of the free throw line and give the first person in line a basketball. Every player should take turns making a shot. Once a player makes a shot, the next person in line is under pressure to do the same. If they miss, they’re out of the game. This pattern continues until there’s only one player left standing. Don’t be afraid to jump in to keep the kids on their toes. If you have a large group, you can create two lines, one at each end of the court.
If your players are starting to get the hang of it, you can start using the “pivot shooting” drill. Have the players form a line at the baseline. Position yourself or another coach at the free throw line. The player will start out by passing you the ball as they make a dash for the free throw line. As soon as they reach the line, pass them the ball. They should catch the ball, pivot towards the net, and make a shot all in one motion.
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