Basketball Coaches: Encourage Young Players to Shoot!

A parent/coach who just ordered my Swish videos told me of his son's coach and how he restricts his boys from shooting:

"His 5th grade coach has restrictions and only certain areas of the court that they are allowed to shoot from (inside 15 feet all around). They get benched or even threats of game suspensions if they violate the rule. Not FUN!"

Please, coaches, encourage your young players to shoot, don't shut them down! 

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Learning Basketball Shooting : The Awareness "Monster"

After a recent set of clinics, my top Coach-in-Training, Ernest Johnson, from D.C. and I were talking about the value of Feedback. I've been taught by my mentors that physical learning occurs from in-the-moment "awareness of experience" much more than from being told what to do or reading about it or even seeing it. When you can FEEL something, like the difference between a tight wrist and hand and a relaxed wrist and hand, that feeling (experience) will teach you about wrist-hand tension and how effective or ineffective it is. The "idea or concept" of something is superseded by the "experience" of it, and a much deeper learning can occur.

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Basketball Shooting : How to Get Accuracy, Consistency and Repeatability

I just did some clinics in northern California and noticed again the critical nature of these three qualities in a player's shooting. To shoot well, you have to have ACCURACY under control. Direction is critical, especially for the longer shots and the three's when the basket gets smaller and smaller and there's less room for error. CONSISTENCY in shooting performance is also needed, else your results will be streaky and spotty. And REPEATABILITY is the name we give to a motion that is so learned and mastered it can go on automatic.

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