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January 17th 2018

Improve Your Basketball Shot

Form To Fast
  • Start form shooting in the middle of the paint until you make five baskets
  • Move to the right block (low post) and form shoot off the backboard until you make five baskets
  • Move to the left block (low post) and form shoot off the backboard until you make five baskets
  • Move to the right elbow (corner of free throw line), catch a pass and shoot at game speed until you make five baskets
  • Move to the left elbow (corner of free throw line), catch a pass and shoot at game speed until you make five baskets
  • Move to left wing, three to five feet inside the three point line, catch a pass and shoot at game speed until you make five baskets
  • Move to right wing, three to five feet inside the three point line, catch a pass and shoot at game speed until you make five baskets
  • Cool down by shooting 10 free throws with a goal of making eight out of 10


Drive and Shoot
Set up cones three to five feet inside the three-point line at the corners, wings and top of the key. Make three shots at each station.
  • Start behind the three-point line (right corner), take three hard dribbles to the right of the cone and shoot. Repeat to the left.
  • Start behind the three-point line (right wing), take three hard dribbles to the right of the cone and shoot. Repeat to the left.
  • Start behind the three-point line (top of the key), take three hard dribbles to the right of the cone and shoot. Repeat to the left.
  • Start behind the three-point line (left wing), take three hard dribbles to the right of the cone and shoot. Repeat to the left.
  • Start behind the three-point line (left corner), take three hard dribbles to the right of the cone and shoot. Repeat to the left.
  • Cool down by shooting 10 free throws with a goal of making eight out of 10

January 9th 2017

3-On-3 Play: The Backscreen

Formation 1
Formation 1
  • 1 passes the ball to 2
  • 3 comes high for the backscreen
  • At the same time 1 sets up the screen by faking the give & go
  • If the defender of 1 doesn't do a step towards the ball 1 takes the give & go


Formation 2
Formation 2
  • 1 uses the screen of 3 to get free under the basket for the pass from 2 and the lay-up (dunk)
  • If the defender of 1 goes to the middle of the bucket, making the pass difficult, 1 should go to the corner of the court for a skip pass of 2 and a (3 point) shot from the side line
  • 3 rolls, after the screen, first towards 2 (the ball) and then the basket.

January 10th 2016

Rebounding

Rebounding is all about positioning. The defensive player's job is to immediately turn around and "box out" the opposing player as soon as the shot goes up. The defensive player turns his or her entire body around facing the basket. At the same time, the player should "feel" where the offensive player is in order to keep that player away from the ball after the shot has been made. After all, if the defensive player is positioned between the basket and the opponent, logic suggests that player will have a better chance of getting the rebound.

April 16th 2015

Get the Ball Where You Can Score

Putting yourself in position to score means starting and finishing your move to get the ball in your range. Whether you V cut, L cut, come off a screen, etc., you have to receive the ball in a scoring area. Players must mentally condition themselves that they are working to get the ball in their scoring area, not just get the ball. By getting the ball in your scoring area you immediately put your defense at risk. The defensive player must now react to what you do. If you are aggressive, the defender will always be a count behind your move.

On your catch think "Shot!" If the defender's hands are down, or if they have backed off and you are in your range, let it go. The next time you get the ball, think "Shot!" If the defender steps up and plays a little more upright to stop your shot, put the ball on the floor think, "Lay-up!" and beat him straight line to the basket.

January 6th 2015

The Secret To Shot Fakes

A shot fake is a shot not taken. Everything is the same as a shot, the ball is in your shooting pocket, your body is in a shooting crouch, and you are square and facing the basket. You just don't let it go. Shot fakes are very effective in the realm of individual offense. One of the aspects of effective offense is controlling the defense, putting the defense at risk and forcing it to react to your offense. Shot fakes do a great job of forcing the defense to play in an uncertain manner and as a reactor, thereby putting the defender a step behind the offense. This is another reason why whenever you catch the ball, it immediately goes into shooting position. When you are a threat to score, and do it immediately on the catch, your defender must play the shot right away leaving him vulnerable to anything else that you throw at him.

April 23rd 2014

Footwork for Post Players

One common thing that all great post players have is great footwork. There are only a certain number of things you can do with your feet. There are a limited number of pivots, but any number of things you can do with those pivots.

The pivots are:

  • Front Pivot
  • Inside Pivot
  • Drop Step
  • Step Through
  • Sweep

Players should be equally adept at performing pivots on either foot.

January 13th 2014

5 Keys for Becoming a Good Perimeter Player

Perimeter players have to be the most versatile players on the court. They should have the ability to get to the basket and hit the open shot. They are secondary ball handlers and primary rebounders. They play outside, they play inside, and must have the ability to defense in both areas as well.

  1. Make the open shot
  2. Be able to drive to the basket
  3. Must be able to defend
  4. Rebounding
  5. Understanding the Game

March 5th 2013

Defensive Stance

  • Feet shoulder width apart - athletic posture
  • Knees slightly bent
  • Hands in the air ready to swipe at or steal the ball
  • Person-to-person defense demands maximum effort
  • Key for the defender is to stay between the offensive player and the basket

January 10th 2013

The Four Fundamentals

  • Ballhandling - Dribbling a basketball may seem easy, but to dribble smartly and give your defender a hard time, you've got to learn some special tricks and practice diligently.
  • Passing - The key to perfect passing is, in fact, simplicity. A good pass is smoothly handled and not forced.
  • Shooting - Shooting is probably the most fun thing about basketball for the fans and the most difficult thing for the players. A successful shot is all in the techniques.
  • Rebounding - Rebounding is not about size, agility or leaping ability (although those qualities help). It is about desire and ambition.

May 28th 2012

Triple-Threat Position

  • Athletic posture - knees bent, feet shoulder width apart and staggered. (For right hand dribble, left foot should be forward. Opposite for left hand dribble.)

  • Dribble hand should have fingers as wide as possible on top of the ball. Push ball to the floor with fingertips. Do not slap the ball with the palm of the hand.

  • Waist high dribble.

  • Free hand acts a guard to protect the ball

March 24th 2012

When shooting a free throw or a jump shot, think of B-E-E-E-F

B alance. Knees bent, feet shoulder width apart. Body 'square' (facing) to the basket.
E lbow bent at about 90 degrees and over right knee (for right handed shooters)
E yes focused on the basket, never leaving during the shot.
E xtension. Feet push off the floor, knees straighten, hips raise and elbow lifts to shoulder height.
F ollow-through. Push ball upwards, fully extend elbows upwards, snap wrist, push ball off fingertips, point fingers at ground. Ball shoudl travel with a high arc and back spin.


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