Basketball shooting games are a terrific way to teach young players how to shoot the ball under pressure. It's one thing to demonstrate textbook shooting technique when it's just you and the hoop. It's another thing altogether to add an element of competition in a dynamic situation.
No doubt, one of the best avenues to better basketball shooting is to play basketball games that force players to shoot under pressure. It really doesn't matter how consistent a shooter is during warm-up. It's how they perform in the heat of battle that really counts.
The challenging basketball shooting drills below provide an opponent - either real or imaginary - that players try to defeat.
These games are perfect for 1-2 people, but if you have a team of players, check out more youth basketball coaching drills that include fun competitive drills for all fundamental skill areas.
Player shoots from 5 spots around the key: right baseline, right wing, top of key, left wing, left baseline.
The maximum number of points possible for 100% shooting is 30 points.
End the game with a 1&1 free throw. Shoot the first free throw. If the basket is made, take the second (for a total of 2 points).
The best score a player can get if they sink every basketball shot and free throw is 32 points.
Pick a spot on the court and see how many basketball shots you can make in a row without missing. Always keep track of your best record and try to beat it next time.
Move to a new spot and repeat.
Shoot 2 shots from 9 ft away (the bottom of the circle), then 2 shots from 12 ft, then 2 shots from the free throw line (15 ft). The goal is to make all 6 in a row.
Shooting percentage is an important statistic to track to see how accurately your players shoot. This basketball shooting drill helps players figure their shooting percentage based on different numbers of shots.
Start out by taking 5 shots and see how many you can make. Figure out your shooting percentage by dividing the number of made shots divided by the total number of shots taken.
Then try 10, 20, 50, or 100 shots and keep track of the number you make and your shooting percentage.
Pick any of the basketball shooting games and add vocal and/or visual distractions to develop players' concentration skills.
This game takes two players. Player 1 stays outside and shoots perimeter shots while the Player 2 stays near the basket to get the rebounds and tip-ins (or put backs).
Player 1 picks a spot anywhere on the court and shoots 7 shots. Each made shot is worth 1 point.
If Player 1 misses the shot, the rebounder (Player 2) attempts to tip-in the miss. For younger players, the rebounder can rebound the ball, come down with it, and have one chance to put the ball in.
If Player 2 makes the shot, it's worth 2 points. After 7 shots, the players switch positions. The first player to 21 is the winner.
When you're ready for a break and want to chill out with some friends try your skills with an arcade shooting hoops game!