How to Teach Basketball Shooting to Kids

How to Teach Basketball Shooting to Kids

You can learn how to Teach Basketball Shooting to kids by watching and listening to one of the greats Dave Hopla.

Below he answers questions and give 10 tips to better shooting and consistency.

It starts with “Practice Form Shooting”.

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3 Steps to Shooting a Basketball

There are 3 critical areas to shooting the basketball successfully.

  • Before the Shot: Shot Preparation
  • The Shot
  • After the Shot: Shot Follow Through

You have to work on all of the areas to maximize your kids potential.


Shooting the basketball into the hoop is how you score points and ultimately win games. When first learning how to shoot there are several things that you want to make sure that you are doing. These are called the fundamentals of shooting. Not everyone’s shot is going to look the same but without the fundamentals of shooting you are not going to be able to become a very good shooter. There are 3 different shooting phases that you need to work on to become a good shooter. They are shot preparation, the shot, and follow through.

How to increase Shot Quickness and Accuracy

If you want to increase shot quickness and accuracy, you have to work on it.

This article has 2 drills that will help you get your shot off more often and with a better percentage.

  1. Form to Fast – A catch and shoot drill.
  2. Drive and Shoot – A dribble and shoot drill.


The most important part of shooting is being ready to shoot before you catch the ball. This requires a focus on footwork and form. You might be able to slowly aim and hit shots during practice, but you don’t have that luxury during games. (Watch J.J. Reddick hone his shooting skills.)

What is the Ray Allen Shooting Drill?

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The Ray Allen Drill gives you many repetitions in a row.  You need a partner for this one, but it will get your heart moving.

It’s almost like around-the-world, except you shoot 5 shots from each spot.


The Ray Allen shooting drills is a great drill that you can use for a shooting warm up or end the workout in a fun, competitive manner. It can easily be adapted for beginners and pros.

There are 5 lines. From each line, there are 5 spots. This is approximately the distance on each shot:
Spot 1 – 4 Feet
Spot 2 – 8 Feet
Spot 3 – 12 Feet
Spot 4 – 16 Feet
Spot 5 – 20 Feet

3 Basketball Shooting Drills for Shooting Footwork

After you shoot, where should your feet be?

They should be in the same spot as before you jumped to shoot the ball.

These 3 basketball shooting drills teach a player to shoot a jump shot well.  Your basketball player will learn that to stick his landing is a key coaching point along with the proper extension.