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The Highly Productive 12 Minute Shooting Workout

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padding:10px; I've been a basketball coach for nearly 30 years and as far as I'm concerned it's the greatest, most rewarding job on the planet! However, I'll also be the first to admit that it can be extremely frustrating at times. One of those times is when a player tells me that he or she just doesn't have enough time to get into the gym and shoot. It might even be true every once in a while but every time I hear that I'm literally ready to pull my hair out!

What do you do when you have a player who needs to get in a high quality, game like shooting workout but is limited by how much time he can spend in the gym? Well the next time you find yourself in that situation try the following workout. It is comprised of four separate shooting drills that can each stand alone and still be effective but when combined together will provide a myriad of game like shots at game like speed. The best part is that it doesn't take very long!

Remember, this is a shooting workout for players in a hurry. Even though most skill development experts will agree that the majority of individual workouts should include shooting, ball handling, and conditioning, we are going to focus primarily on shooting since we are short of time. However, because of the pace and intensity of these drills, there is an indirect conditioning component built into them.

In order to maximize the available time it works best if the player working out has a rebounder. If two players are working out together they can alternate going through the drills and rebounding for each other. If all four drills are completed and there is still some time remaining, return to the beginning and start all over again until the available time is up.

25 in 4:00

1. Put 4:00 minutes on the clock

2. Start in one of the corners and shoot until you make a mid-range jump shot and then rotate around the lane until you make one shot at all five standard shooting spots. (Corner, wing, top, wing, corner) 5 makes.

3. After making the shot in the second corner step out to the 3 point line. From here give a good shot fake, take one separation dribble and shoot and make a mid range jump shot. Repeat while working your way all the way back around through the five spots. 5 makes.

4. Now you should be back where you started. Again, shot fake from the 3 point line, take one dribble and shoot and make a mid range jump shot. This time take the dribble with the opposite hand that you used the first time around. 5 makes.

5. Catch and make one standstill 3 pointer from each of the five spots. 5 makes

6. Make five free throws. 5 makes

This will result in five made standstill mid range jump shots, 10 made mid range jumps shots off one dribble, five made catch and shoot 3 pointers, and five made free throws. Move on to the next drill as soon as this one is completed or after four minutes, whichever comes first.

7's

1. Put 4:00 minutes on the clock

2. Start at the right sideline and sprint to the 3 point line. Catch the ball and shoot a 3 and then sprint to the original sideline and back. Keep repeating this sequence until seven shots are made.

3. Move to the top of the key. Backpedal to mid court, sprint back to the 3 point line and shoot a 3. Repeat this sequence until seven shots are made.

4. Move to the left sideline and sprint to the 3 point line. Catch the ball and shoot a 3 and then sprint to the original sideline and back. Keep repeating this sequence until seven shots are made.

Move on to the next drill as soon as this one is completed or after four minutes, whichever comes first.

Levels

1. Put 2:00 minutes on the clock

2. Make a short jump shot from the low block. Keep shooting until a shot is made.

3. Rebound the above make and spin the ball out to the area between the free throw line and the top of the key. Chase the ball down, pivot and shoot a mid range jump shot. Keep repeating this sequence until a shot is made.

4. Rebound the above make and spin the ball out to the 3 point line. Keep doing this until a 3 pointer is made.

5. Once a shot is made from each of the above three spots, the clock is stopped and the shooter steps to the free throw line for two free throws. If both free throws are made the shooter has completed one level.

If either of the free throws are missed the level doesn't count. After the free throws are made or missed the clock starts again and the shooter returns to the low block. The goal is to rack up as many levels as possible in two minutes.

Ray Allen's

1. Put 2:00 minutes on the clock

2. The shooter starts in one corner behind the 3 point line and begins shooting 3's until he makes two in a row.

3. Once he makes two in a row the shooter moves up to the wing and shoots until he makes two in a row from there. He then moves through each of the five shooting spots, shooting until he makes two in a row from every spot.

4. After reaching the opposite corner, the shooter starts over and comes back the other way.

5. The goal is to make two in a row from all 10 spots in two minutes.

It only takes twelve minutes for one player to go through these four drills and only 24 minutes to run through them twice. One of the great things about this workout is that with just a couple minor tweaks it can be made longer and even more challenging. For the example, the "25 in 4:00" drill can easily become the "50 in 8:00" by completing the circuit twice. Instead of doing the "7's" drill for time, simply continue the drill until seven shots are made from each spot, regardless of how much time it takes. Also I've found that most players will usually want to repeat the "Levels" and "Ray Allen's" drills in hopes of beating their previous score.

The next time one of your players tries to use the "I don't have enough time to shoot" excuse hand him a copy of this article and point him in the direction of the gym!

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