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Add Some Competition to Your 3-Pointer Drill

Seth Eiberg believes in building competition into even the most routine parts of practice. That includes when it comes time to practice shooting 3-pointers from various spots around the arc.

During the Basketball Coaching Clinic at Scranton Prep in October, Eiberg, the boys' basketball coach at the Hill School in Pottstown, Penn., described ways in which coaches can bring that competitive spirit to shooting drills, whether it's turning on the clock, keeping score or using other methods to track made and missed shots.

Eiberg begins with a typical 3-point shooting drill, which involves hitting shots from the left corner, the left wing, the top of the key, the right wing, two from the right corner, and then moving in reverse back around the key. Dividing the team into groups allows them to work together to speed up the drill. While one player shoots, others from the group are retrieving the rebounds and feeding the shooter for a quick catch and shoot. If a shooter misses, he or she must continue shooting from that spot until making a basket.

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At the Hill School, players are aware of the program record for the fastest trip around the arc. So Eiberg might put two minutes on the clock and have players try to complete the circuit before time runs out. At the same time, players can be taking aim at the fastest time of the day, the season or even the program’s history.

Eiberg also likes to use the five spots on the floor in different ways.

For example, players shoot from one spot and don’t move until they miss two in a row. Each basket is worth a point. The goal is to see how many total baskets a player can make before having missed twice in a row at each spot.

“It builds that toughness you have to have to keep shooting,” Eiberg said.

After one miss, the next shot becomes more important because it could force the player to move closer to the completion of the drill without being able to add points.

“It builds that next-play mentality,” Eiberg said.

Just as in the other shooting drill, players can be competing at all time. By keeping score, each group knows who had the highest total.

Totals can easily be compared to what’s going on at other baskets in the gym. Again, the best totals can also be compared to the highest that have been put up all season, adding to the competitive spirit both for the shooter and the teammates, who can get caught up in encouraging him as they feed him the ball.

From GameChanger and Tom Robinson. 

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