The 2 Player Circle Shooting Drill is a great activity for being able to provide players with the opportunity to shoot in high number of repetitions while gaining some conditioning benefit. The 2 Player Circle Shooting Drill is especially good for teams looking to add some shots to their training session, but are short on time in which to do this.
One issue with the 2 Player Circle Shooting Drill is that it is not a contested shot activity. This means that there is no pressure on the shooter to perform the activity while a defender is closing out.
One option to overcome this problem is to add another player into the repetition. This however will reduce the benefit from the conditioning element of the 2 Player Circle Shooting Drill.
The drill starts with players pairing up. The first player (Two) starts as a rebounder under the basket. Two (2) makes the pass to their partner in the starting position as diagrammed above.
One (1) catches the pass and performs a jump shot. One (1) then follows their shot to the basket to rebound the ball.
Two (2) after passing first takes a couple of steps away from the passing lane and then commences to move back to the desire catching position. At the last moment Two (2) will start to curl so this enables them to perform a stride stop into their jump shot. This teaching point is especially useful for coaches looking to speed up their players shooting technique.
This fundamental technique is one of the understated benefits of the 2 Player Circle Shooting Drill. If the drill is changed to allow the passer to contest the shot this element is lost.
An option here is if the shot misses that the shooter has to then perform a lay-up to complete their possession. This helps players blend a couple of different skills together in the same drill.
Once One (1) rebounds the ball the drill repetition starts again.
There are a number of options a coach can set as to how long a players must shoot from the same spot. An example might be that the two players combined must “make” a certain number of shots before they can rotate to the next position on the floor.
Another option is to have both players competing against one another.
The 2 Player Circle Shooting Drill can be used from a variety of positions on the floor. In the diagram above some of the different spots have been marked out.
Instead of shooting mid-range and then working around the keyway or three-point line. Alternate positions so players have to shooting mid-range range and then from the three-point line.
As a point of note anything closer then mid-range will not provide enough time for the players to rotate into position.
One of the more challenging aspects of the drill will be the timing of the players so they catch and shoot in a rhythm and at game pace.
The 2 Player Circle Shooting Drill is a solid activity for providing players with a high repetition of shots and an inclusion of a conditioning component. The 2 Player Circle Shooting Drill is useful for teams that are short on time and need to provide an opportunity for players to put up shots.