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Basketball Basics: Teaching Shooting
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There are many opportunities to teach shooting throughout the season because players like to shoot. They are often practicing shots before practice, after practice, and in the parks and gyms. This article offers suggestions on how players can be helped with their shots. The good things is that they see immediate results in made baskets, when our help is useful to them.

The basketball basics of shooting are as follows. Have a balanced body with the feet about shoulder-length apart. Put the strong hand behind the ball and in the middle of the ball. The other hand is lightly on the side of the ball to help maintain control of the ball as it is elevated. Raise the ball to a level at which the shooter is comfortable and can get the ball to the basket. Release the ball mostly off the fingers so that the ball spins on a straight arc to the basket. Follow through by a downward motion of the shooting hand so that the fingers end up up pointing toward the floor. When jumping on the shot, the feet should end up in the same place where they started.

So we are watching our players shoot, and we want to give them feedback. When they are shooting accurately and have effective form, we want to say to them to keep doing what they are doing. Once you are shooting 50% or more from an area, take a step away from the basket to increase your range. Also, add in shooting fakes and then shooting, so that you can use this in a game. Then, practice your shots against a defender. Have a player be two-arms-length distance from the shooter, toss the ball to the shooter, and then the shooter practices getting the shot off, with concentration, before the defender blocks the shot. All of this cultivates the three C's of an effective shooter: Confidence, Concentration, and Control.

For players who are struggling with their shot, we want to reassure them that they will get better and remind them of a few basketball basics of shooting at a time. An effective teaching approach is to demonstrate the correct way of shooting first, then show the player what he/she is not doing correct, then demonstrate again the correct way of shooting. John Wooden, one of the most successful basketball coaches of all time, stated that he used this teaching method often.

Teaching shooting is enjoyable for the teacher and the shooter when there is mutual goal and patience toward that goal. Those who know shooting are aware that most players can improve on it with the right practice. This gives hope to the many players out there who want to be good shooters and just need to connect with the right basketball basics of shooting.


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