What is the Olympic Shooting Drill?

The Olympic Shooting Drill is a great drill that helps you work on your basketball skills and conditioning.

The Golden State Warriors are elite with their offensive movement.

There was this one play in 2022 where Draymond Green caught a pass from Klay Thompson, and without even having to really look, bounced the ball behind him, leading a cutting Steph Curry to open space, to catch, shoot, and sink a three.

Oh, and Green acted as a screen, too.

The San Antonio Spurs are another team that’s elite with ball movement and off-ball movement.

After a game in 2014, the Cleveland Cavaliers Dion Waiters had nothing to do but praise (and express frustration) for the Spurs’ constant passing and movement on the offensive end.

“They were moving the ball and they made shots. It’s tough guarding a team like that who gets into their offense no matter how much time is left on the clock. If it’s four seconds, they still find a way to make that extra pass. You just can’t ever fall asleep on that team and a couple of plays we fell asleep and they hit us with a couple of threes. It busted the game wide open.”

How to do the Olympic Shooting Drill

So, what does any of this have to do with the Olympic Shooting Drill?

Well, this drill can help you and your team improve your chemistry (as well as other things).

The drill requires you and your teammates to constantly move as you pass the ball to open shooters to catch and shoot for a certain amount of time.

By doing this regularly and diligently, you and your teammates will start to develop better team chemistry, cardio, and passing. Additionally (and needless to say), you’ll improve your catch-and-shoot skills.

Here’s how to do it:

Key Notes:

  • You will need 3 players to perform this drill
  • You will have to time it and be competitive with your time. Always try to beat the previous time and score
  • Be attentive of who you are passing the ball to
  • It’s best to start the drill in the mid-range (around the key). Get comfortable and confident before stepping out to the perimeter
  • For the first few times doing this drill, use a reasonable time (~30 seconds)

Final Thoughts

The Olympic Shooting Drill is a multifaceted drill that trains a bunch of stuff.

You get to work on your basketball skills, conditioning, and teamwork.

So, give it a go and get better at the game.


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