Two Simple Ways to Add Conditioning to Your Shooting Drills


Jump Shooting When Fatigued

Last night I was fortunate enough to work with a rising sixth grade basketball player that could really shoot the ball well.  This player’s technique is textbook, incorporating all aspects of the Pro Shot System. As we began the workout, he was shooting the ball very well, and making a large percentage of his shots.  His form was perfect. However, as the hour and workout went on, he began to fatigue and subtle nuances began to creep into his shot, making him miss. Now I am probably nitpicking here because overall, throughout the course of an hour, this player shot the ball really well. However, it is important to be able to continue to shoot the ball when you are fatigued, particularly at the end of a basketball game or in the case of an AAU tournament in the games that matter most toward the end of the tournament. Shooting the ball when fatigued is a skill that can be developed. It just takes practice, like anything else, and some simple adjustments to the way you train. Those adjustments include incorporating both running and even defense into your shooting drills.

Having a Touch Spot and A Shooting Spot

One simple way to add conditioning to your shooting drills is to include a touch spot in the drill. Simply state, this is a spot that the player must run to and touch after every shot is taken. For example, if the player is shooting from the wing, have them touch the corner of half court after every shot and return to the wing or shooting spot. The purpose of a having both a touch spot and shooting spot is to keep the player moving throughout drill. This will make the shooting drill much more game like and force the player to shoot through periods of fatigue.

Incorporate Defense Into Your Shooting Drills

Another great way to condition your players while shooting and also work on defensive technique is to incorporate defensive close outs and/or defensive slides into the shooting drill. For example, you can have the player start on the baseline with the basketball, pass you the ball at the top of the key, close out on you with proper defensive technique, defensive slide to the sideline, and approach the wing for a jump shot. Adding close outs and slides makes the drill multi-functional. You will, not only, be working on jump shooting and conditioning, but also defensive skills like closing out properly and sliding as well as the proper footwork for pivoting and changing directions.

The Wilson X Basketball

Although not related to conditioning, the Wilson X Connected Basketball is a great device that is relatively new to the market and will help you track your makes and misses throughout your workout. The Wilson X Connected Basketball works in accordance with the Wilson X App that is available in the App Store or on Google Play. Once the ball is connected to the app, you can play fun games that simulate real game like experiences such as a countdown timer and crowd noise. The most important part here though is that you can track your makes and misses and the valuable information learned from that data will help you determine where you are missing from and at which point in your workout. There is no doubt that the Wilson X Connected Basketball is a game changer when it comes to your basketball skill development workouts.

Tips For Adding Conditioning to Your Shooting Drills

  1. Have a touch spot and a shooting spot in as many jump shooting drills as possible.
  2. Incorporate defensive slides and defensive close outs into your shooting drills to make them multi-functional.
  3. Track your shots to know where and when you are missing. (Invest in the Wilson X Connected Basketball to help with this)

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