On day 3 of NIKE Boys Basketball Camp at Brown County High School, coaches emphasized the importance of practicing with pressure! Players typically don't practice or train at the same speed and under the same pressure situations as they are expected to play games under. Consequently many players, do not do as well during games as they do when practicing. To help players with this aspect of their game, coaches introduced a couple of pressure layup and shooting drills.
The first drill was introduced in the fastbreak station. Trailblazer 1 on 1, has 2 competing players, one on offense and one on defense, starting on the baseline underneath the basket. The offensive player, with the basketball, dribbles up and around a cone which is positioned around the three point line and heads to the basket to shoot a layup. Simultaneously, the defensive players sprints around a cone placed midway between halfcourt and the three point line. Trailing the offensive player, the defender is trying to get a blocked shot. The offensive player must score or get fouled! This drill creates a pressure shooting situation that most players find themselves in during games. Below is a video of some of our High School Division players as they work hard in the Trailblazer 1 on 1 drill!
Trailblazer 1 on 1
The second and third drills were introduced during our Living by Numbers. Cone layups and cone jumpers, follow the same premise of shooting under pressure, but instead of having to worry about a trailing defender, players are up against the clock as they try to make as many layups or jumpers in the 45 seconds! Below is a video of camper, Ryan Coble, competing in cone layups. Cone layups and cone jumpers are both great drills for improving shooting under pressure.