Developing Team Chemistry When Shooting on the Court

When it’s time to hit the court, chemistry is everything. Help develop teamwork skills with this basketball drill.

The most successful basketball teams are ones that play unselfishly, communicate and always look for the highest percentage shot, regardless of who is taking it. The key is learning how to work together to get the ball in the basket.

You’ve probably heard your coach utter the old cliché “There’s no ‘I’ in team” at one point or another. Well, it’s true. To win, you have to work as a cohesive unit and learn to work together. In order to help make that happen, basketball camp director and college coach Donnie Arey has a drill that’s perfect for the whole team.

BEGINNER

To start, place one cone at the top of the key, one in the corner and one in the slot. Have three players line up directly on top of these cones and have two other players lined up beneath the basket on the baseline.

The first player in line underneath the basket begins by throwing the ball to the slot. The player who catches it will cycle it down to the corner and then that player will finish the passing play by directing it to the player at the top of the key. Players should follow their passes, rotating fluidly to the next spot. The last player to receive the ball will perform a one-dribble pull-up jump shot at the elbow of the paint. Keep going through that rotation until your coach tells you to stop.

INTERMEDIATE

To add a level of difficulty, introduce a second ball a second ball to pick up the pace. Each player will have to quickly snag their own rebounds and push themselves even faster.

ADVANCED

For the final progression, the players will hand the ball off to each other, rather than passing it. They still use two balls; however, it will be more game-like as the pressure builds up. Focus on making clean, fluid handoffs as well as good shots.

The great thing about this drill is that you can do it a number of different ways. Coach Arey suggests making it a competition. To do so, have one team perform the scenario on one side of the court and have the other perform in it on the opposite side. Try to see if your team can beat the others to 10 shots.

By focusing on cohesion, court vision and communication, this drill can help build team chemistry in a fun, high-energy way. Most importantly, it will show your team how to create open shots for each other like clockwork!