Just because we aren’t together, doesn’t mean we can’t put in the work to get better.
Welcome to the Jr. HEAT GYM presented by Gatorade!
The Jr. HEAT GYM presented by Gatorade is your go-to resource for at-home drills, workouts and instructional tips that’ll keep your game growing. Each week, our Jr. HEAT skills coaches will take you through a 20- minute training session that focuses on a specific part of your game.
This week’s focus: Finishing around the rim
Let’s get it!
Sure, blowing straight by a defender and taking it right to the rack is nice. But if you can integrate more patient attacks into your finishing game, your game will be even more effective.
Learn to love the glass
The backboard is your best friend in the paint. Learn the angles, the more you know how the ball travels off the backboard the better finisher you’ll be.
Work on Protecting the ball
After the last dribble, keep the ball away from the hands of your defender by placing the ball on your outside hip. We tell campers to “Lock it in your pocket” .
Footwork is Key
Instead of practicing the same close-range move over and over like lay-ups, work on jab steps, euro steps & fadeaways.
Practice finishing against a bigger, stronger opponent which will forces you to develop a wide array of footwork.
Patience is a virtue
When you get close to the hoop, it's natural for young players to rush and feel like they need to quickly get a shot up. Practicing techniques like jump-stops and pump fakes can make you an even deadlier finisher and help you live on the free-throw line.
Your shot always has room for improvement. It’s all about proper techniques and repetition. Pay attention to these tips on shooting from Coach Fiorentino.
Keep Your Eyes On the Rim
Players will focus on the arc of the ball. Don’t. Find the rim as early as you can, and keep your eyes focused on the target
Pay Attention To Your Balance and Your Stance
Your feet need to be shoulder-width apart. Your knees should be slightly bent.
Gripping the Basketball
Your fingers need to be spread apart enough to balance the basketball in just one hand, and the ball should sit right on your fingers. Your off-hand is on the side of the ball to balance your shooting hand and releases at the instant the ball leaves your shooting hand.
Your Release is Important
Make sure the ball is released before you reach the top of your jump. Your legs generate power and distance in your shot, use them! Bending your knees = LIFT.
Always Correct Your Shot
It’s easy to slip into bad habits. And the more you do a bad habit, the more it becomes part of your game. Make sure to identify bad habits and reset your shot to work on the fundamentals of shooting.
You are ready to extend your range is when you make 11 out of 20 shots in a normal shooting motion (45%) from any given spot on the court.
Always listen to your coach. So before you put in the work, hear what Jr. HEAT Head Coach Tony Fiorentino has to say about Ball Handling.
- Keep your head up and look at the other rim when dribbling the ball up the court
- Dribble at a speed that will allow you to get up the court without losing the ball
- Bend your knees and keep the dribble low (no higher than you waist)
- Dribble with the hand that is away from the defense
- Protect the ball with your body when setting up an offense
- Dribble with your fingertips, not the palm of your hand
- A good ballhandler can dribble effectively with either hand
- To create a shot for a teammate or yourself (including creating a better passing angle)
- To penetrate to the basket
- To advance the ball up the court
- To get out of trouble
Jr. HEAT Hoop School
Every week, Coach Andrew Moran of the Miami Hoop School will walk you through 3 different drills to help you refine the finer points of your game.
Week 3: Finishing around the Rim
Drill Name: EuroStep Series
- Right to Left EuroStep (10 Reps x 3 Sets)
- Left to Right EuroStep (10 Reps x 3 Sets)
Drill Name: Floaters Series
- One Footed Floater (10 Reps x 3 Sets)
- Two Footed Floater (10 Reps x 3 sets)
Drill Name: Same Foot Finish Series
- Right Foot Right Hand Finger Roll (10 Reps x 3 sets)
- Left Foot Left Hand Finger Roll (10 Reps x 3 sets)
Week 2: Shooting
Ball Shooting 1
Drill Name: Shooting Warm Ups Series
- One Handed Follow Through Warm Up (15 Makes from 5 feet away)
- Floor Taps (15 Makes from 5 feet away)
- Left Footed Floor Taps (10 Makes from 5 feet away)
- Right Footed Floor Taps (10 Makes from 5 feet away)
Ball Shooting 2
Drill Name: Pull Up Jumpers Series
- Right Handed One Dribble Pull Ups (3 consecutive makes x 5 sets)
- Left Handed One Dribble Pull Ups (3 consecutive makes x 5 sets)
- Right Handed Behind The Back Speed Stop Pull Up (3 consecutive makes x 5 sets)
- Left Handed Behind The Back Speed Stop Pull Up (3 consecutive makes x 5 sets)
Ball Shooting 3
Drill Name: Corner Drifts and Wing Lifts Shooting Series
- Right Corner Drift Catch and Shoot (3 consecutive makes x 5 sets)
- Left Corner Drift Catch and Shoot (3 consecutive makes x 5 sets)
- Right Wing Lifts Catch and Shoot (3 consecutive makes x 5 sets)
- Left Wing Lifts Catch and Shoot (3 consecutive makes x 5 sets)
Week 1: BALL HANDLING
Ball Handling 1
Drill Name: Ball Control Push Cross Series
- Right Hand Push Cross (3 sets x 30 secs)
- Left Hand Push Cross (3 sets x 30 secs)
- Push Cross Behind the Back Alternating Hands (2 sets x 1 Min)
- Push Cross Under the Legs Alternating Hands (2 sets x 1 Min)
- 1 Dribble Push Cross- Behind the Back Alternating Hands (3 sets x 30 secs)
Ball Handling 2
Drill Name: Ball Control Stationary Feet Series
- Crossover Right to Left (3 sets x 30 secs)
- Crossover Left to Right (3 sets x 30 secs)
- Right Hand Between the Legs Behind the Back (2 sets x 1 Min)
- Left Hand Between the Legs Behind the Back (2 sets x 1 Min)
- Right Hand Double Behind the Back (3 sets x 30 secs)
- Left Hand Double Behind the Back (3 sets x 30 secs)
Ball Handling 3
Drill Name: Ball Control with "Drop" Footwork Series
- Between the Legs "Drop" Split Alternating Hands (3 sets x 30 secs)
- Behind the Back "Drop" Split Alternating Hands (3 sets x 30 secs)
Copy This Signature Series
Check out Coach Nate, from Perseverance Basketball, as he breaks down your favorite HEAT players’ on-court moves and shows you how to work it into your game.
Kendrick Nunn Euro Step
The Euro Step should be part of any players go to moves when finishing around the rim. Watch how Kendrick Nunn uses this move to get to the basket and finish with style. Try it out yourself around the rim.
Tyler Herro Speed Stop to Stepback
Being a shooter is great, but having a great shot and being fast is unstoppable. Watch how Tyler Herro use his speed stop step-back to create his shot from anywhere on the court at top speed.
Jae Crowder Step Back
Ball handling allows you to find the right spot on the court for that perfect shot. Watch this breakdown on how Jae Crowder uses the step back to find his shot!
Jr. HEAT News
After consulting extensively with our staff and coaches regarding the health and safety of everyone who participates in our Jr. HEAT programs, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Jr. HEAT Summer Camps currently scheduled for June, July, and August of 2020.
We believe this is the best way to proceed given the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are very disappointed that we will be unable to host these camps for our youngest fans, but believe it’s in the best interest of everyone involved.
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In the meantime, we will be sending out a weekly digital Jr. HEAT workout plan containing basketball drills and skills work that your children can use to sharpen their skills at home. If you are not part of the Jr. HEAT e-mailing list already, please scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the "LEARN MORE" section to receive our Jr. HEAT Digital Gym email series.
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