Improve Basketball Shooting Accuracy By Simulating Game Conditions

Improve Basketball Shooting Accuracy By Simulating Game Conditions

The Importance of CHAOS In Practice

To be able to score against high intensity pressure defense should be a goal of every player and coach. All too often we hear reports that last years scorers now find it very difficult to knock down shots because defensive pressure has increased.

Coaches have long used the overload principleto learn to break half and full court presses – 7 or 8 defenders against 5 on offense. Yet shooting drills are often void of such strategy. An example of this concept is with firefighters. They practice in real fire conditions to avoid panic and execute effectively when called upon when all is on the line. It’s the same with shooting. Athletes must have more game-like chaotic conditions during practice to enable them to score under pressure.

Ideas for Creating CHAOS

Example #1: Put one chair at the 3pt line at each wing. Start behind a chair, sprint to the baseline and touch it with two hands, sprint back, curl around the same chair, catch and shoot. Do the same at the opposite wing. You must make five shots in a row.

Example #2: With the chairs in the same spot, start behind one chair – sprint under the basket and touch the floor and sprint back behind the same chair, catch and shoot. Do the same on the opposite side. Make five shots in a row.

Example #3: With the chairs in the same spot, start behind one chair – sprint under the basket and touch the floor and sprint back the same chair and go right around it like you are curling toward the point. Then sprint right back under the basket and come out the other side, curl around the chair, catch and shoot. Make 5 shots in a row.

Basically, you are creating an obstacle course to simulate trying to get open and shoot. Be imaginative and come up with your own ideas. The keys are 1) move at GAME SPEED, 2) make five shots in a ROW.