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How to use drills to teach the basketball jump shot

The advent of the jump shot changed the game of basketball more than any other innovation. Watch any game, whether high school, college, recreation, or professional and you will see the majority of points come from this shot.

The jump shot increases the value of a player with strong legs and the ability to jump. Although some good jump shooters do not get up very high, but rely on the quickness of their jump, most coaches prefer the higher the jump, the better. Obviously, higher the jump, the less likely the shot will be blocked.

The jump shot is actually a set shot from a loftier position on the floor. The jump shot must not be a arduous or jerky motion. The jump shot should be a smooth and easy elevated set shot with a good follow through. To accomplish this, do not bend backwards, but hunch the shoulders forward. Position the ball in front of the face and above the head with arms slightly flexed. The shooting hand is behind the ball and does the work, while helping hand balances the ball.

Do not try to guide the ball. Stay relaxed and follow through, as often said, “Like dipping your hand into a cookie jar.”

Here are the points a coach must look for:

·         Ball position should be in front and above the head.

·         Player eyes the target from under the ball.

·         Keep the body balanced and do not lean backwards.

·         Handle the ball gently as if it would break. (This allows the shooter to shoot a dead ball, instead of one that rebounds so strong.)

·         Release the ball as nearing the top of the jump. (Do not shoot coming down.)

·         Don’t try to guide the ball, but hold the follow-through.

Drive and Jump Shot Drill

A quick stop and jump shot is probably the most important offensive maneuver used by today’s players. It is very important that time is spent each day on this drill.

Drive and Jump Basketball Drill


1.       Place all players in their normal offensive positions.

2.       Have them drive for one or two dribbles to the left and stop quickly for a jump shot.

3.       After a few minutes, have them drive to the right for a quick stop and jump shot.

4.       Let your pivot player work for a short time in each line.

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The Jumper from Standing Position

Most players can drive and jump because their momentum helps; however, only a few are able to jump well from a standing position. If a player expects to be a complete basketball player, he or she should practice a lot from the flatfooted position. Here is good drill:

Standing jump shot drill


      1. All players get in their normal offensive positions.

      2. Then take two strides forward. (If this does not place them close enough to the basket, set the distance in accordance with their striding ability.)

      3. Give each line a ball.

      4. Have them take turns retrieving and passing to their own line, where the receiver immediately takes a jump shot without dribbling.

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No Charging Jump Shot Drill

Jump Shot Drill to Prevent Players from Traveling Too Far Forward Before Landing.

Players often get into the habit of jumping forward too much and come down on their defensive man if he is in good position. The following drill will help correct this problem.

No charge jump shot drill


      1. Place chairs in front of all lines. The lines should be arranged according to offensive positions. (Have pivot players to alternate rows.)

      2. Each player in turn drives , jump stops, and shoots just in front of the chair.

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Quick Stop Jump Shooting Drill

This drill will teach the basketball player the art of jump stopping while moving at a high speed and get his shot off while maintaining balance.

Quick stop Jump Basketball Shooting drill


      1. Form 3 lines. One group is under the basket to retrieve, another group at the side to pass to the cutter, and the cutting group.

      2. Let the passing line start the drill by hitting the cutter at about the head of the free throw line as that player breaks quickly to the basket.

      3. All three lines rotate so that each player, at one time or another, becomes a feeder, retriever, and shooter.

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