Basketball Systems, Skills & Drills

Group workout

Individual shooting workouts in a group (or solo) setting, e.g. with 4 players at each basket. Each player has a ball and rebounds their own shot, the progression is

- shoot off the dribble (left-shoulder turns then right-shoulder turns)
- spin self passes, catch and shoot (left shoulder, right shoulder)
- spin passes into one-dribble pull-ups, right hand then left hand.

At each step, shoot for time (e.g. 1-2 minutes), makes (e.g. first player to 10), or takes (e.g. 25).

- mid-range then 3-point shots
- use 5-6-7 cones around the perimeter.

See Shooting - 5-spot series, 5star circus, Triano 7-spot workout, Eastman four chairs, Varidel workout, Guard workout.

1) Off the dribble

Dribble with the right hand behind the 3-point line into a left-shoulder pull-up jump shot (shown), rebound, dribble out to a different spot, continue.

Repeat with left-hand dribbling into right-shoulder pull-ups.
Footwork - 1-2 stop (inside-foot front pivot), hop stop.

2) Catch and shoot spin-outs

Spin a pass (e.g. out to the 3-point line), follow, catch, shoot with a left-shoulder turn, rebound, spin a pass to a different spot, continue.

Repeat with right-shoulder turns.
Footwork - 1-2 stop (cheat step option), hop stop facing the basket, hop stop and front pivot.

3) One-dribble spin-outs

Spin a pass, follow, catch, take a one-dribble pull-up to the right, rebound, continue.

Repeat with one-dribble pull-ups to the left.
Option - in a solo workout, alternate right and left pull-ups.


- two dribbles
- stepbacks
- triple threat counters (jab, shot fake).
Footwork options
- inside-foot front pivot (jab series), cheat-step option
- outside-foot reverse pivot (sweep series)
- inside-foot reverse pivot (Paul Pierce),  drop-step jab option
- outside-foot front pivot (spin baseline)
- crossover step
- permanent pivot foot
- jump stop - can catch facing away from the basket.
See Shooting - Mike Procopio wing, 5star foul-line flash, Pop-out, Layups - Blast cuts. For crossover footwork, hop pivot to catch facing the basket, or catch and go without stopping, see Footwork - Pasquali pivoting, Dribble starts, Layups - Cross the lane, Shooting - Borg, Blasone, Flare-wing.up

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