A Section for Coaches
(Addressed to coaches, but parents and players will find great value here, too.
Focus of this section
"This part of my website is a place where coaches can come to learn more about how to coach shooting with the Swish Method. I see a huge need in the game, that of a definitive way to coach this critical skill. I offer my Method as an answer to that need."
Although a more effective and universal method of coaching shooting is needed at all levels of the game, it's most needed at the youth level. That is where the coaches are usually unpaid volunteers working hard to do their best to train and inspire young girls and boys in the fine art of basketball. They have little time and some have little experience in coaching. It's a very challenging task to take a group of hopeful, expectant, trusting and hard-working kids and teach them the basics and mold them into an effective, enjoyable "team." Yet this is where it starts. This is where the seeds for a lifelong love for the game can be planted.
Other skills are important, but shooting is critical. Without shooting and scoring, all you can hope for is to stop the other team from scoring. When you can do both, play defense and offense, they you have the makings of a winner.
I will write articles, suggestions, lesson plans, etc. with these youth coaches in mind. More experienced and higher level coaches will find the instruction equally helpful, I am sure.
You'll find the Swish Method is both simple and powerful! Once you understand the principles involved, you will discover it's the way the few great shooters in the game shoot.
A Swish Coach's "eBook" is available that will teach you exactly what I do in my shooting clinics. You'll start making a difference with anyone you coach in basketball shooting, your teams will stand out, games will be won. You could even start charging a little when you get really good at it. The eBook manual may later be bundled with an On-Line eCourse, which would introduce the manual and make it come more alive. This idea is being examined to determine if it's needed. At this time we'll designate anyone who purchases the eBook as being at level "1." This means you're at a starter level and are working to become a Swish coach. You can start to do lessons and clinics and call yourself a "Swish Coach-in-training. When we have a way to measure your level of knowledge of the Swish Way and your facility to teach it, then we'll consider bumping up your level # to "2," "3,", etc.
In the meantime, you can get this program at the special $75 price and that will include your name and contact information in my worldwide Swish Coaches Directory. This Directory is organized in order by country, state, and city, and will include your name, location and email address. If they want to connect to you via telephone, they have to email you for the #.
The eBook is a 58-page PDF and, when viewed as you are On-Line, you can access 33 video clips that help clarify the text. I will also be sending you a spreadsheet PDF of the steps I go through. As updates to the eBook and spreadsheet are available, we'll send them to you.
TESTIMONIALS: Read these Testimonials from coaches on the value of this program: Swish eBook Quotes
SAMPLE OF THIS PDF: To see a 12-page "Sample" of the 58-page eBook: Sampler of Swish eBook
Click here to read the whole story and get directions as to how to order this remarkable program: Swish Coaching eBook
Tom is now offering a video coaching service for $97 he calls "Pure Shooting in Weeks!" In this course he will analyze videos of a player shooting and give two cycles of remote coaching. A requirement is that the player has viewed Swish 2 and worked with the teachings for a few days or weeks. That will improve the odds that this remote coaching will work its magic.
DELIVERY OF VIDEO
(2) By Money Order (made out to "Swish International, Inc.," send to: 325 Crows Nest Drive, Boulder Creek, CA 95006)
HERE ARE THE DETAILS OF THE COURSE FURTHER EXPLAINED:
The Flight of the Ball is what matters!
I got a call from a parent and part-time coach recently who said he was impressed by this point in my writings and my website, that I would be explaining how to control the flight of the ball! Yes, it's critical to be able to control this aspect of shooting.
That's what shooting is all about ... putting the ball into the basket with great precision and consistency, under all kinds of pressure.
All the coaching of how things are supposed to be -- where to look (front of the rim, back of the rim, center of basket, a fastener), foot position and triple threat and this grip and that grip, how the off hand should be this way or that way, focus on how the arm action should start (wrist cocked a certain way, elbow in a certain position) and end (goose neck, hand in the cookie jar, etc.) -- isn't making a difference! Coaches have been doing that for the last 20-25 years and still shooting has declined.
What matters in the physical act of shooting is accuracy and distance control: how to get the shot ON LINE and the APPROPRIATE DISTANCE. What matters is an understanding of height (arch) and how it affects the landing of the ball, the softness, how it affects the size of the target to the ball, how a "shooter's bounce" is attained. Also what matters is your mental state, your level of confidence and self trust. A calm mind will allow you to perform closer and closer to your potential. Doubt and fear can interfere with you performing your best.
The Swish Method is mostly about the simple, physical things you can do that will give you flawless technique. Once you have that down, then the mental stuff will follow. You will start to trust yourself, even under great pressure. Then extraordinary performance become possible ... all the time, not just in streaks.
The first step in learning something new is to examine and "discover" how you perform the skill now. Please click here to view and print out my suggested How Shoot Now documents, one for an individual and one for a team environment. These are some initial ideas to get you started.
Here is a PDF to help you or your kids when you feel the Swish Method isn't working. It will guide you to re-learn the Method, and you will "get" it. It also serves as a great "review" of the Swish approach to shooting: Trouble Shooting PDF
Revised Swish "Shooting Guide" available!
The 2-page Shooting Guide that comes with the first Swish video has been updated with Tom's latest discoveries and thoughts and is now available as a PDF for all Swish shooters. Print it out and photocopy it on card stock (a half page size) and you've got a great take-to-the-court summary of the Swish way of shooting.
Swish 2 Outline now available as a PDF!
A four-page spreadsheet is available showing the starting points (time codes) for every Chapter/sub-chapter/text heading in Swish 2. It shows the extent of the video, each different subject. To download, click here: Detail Swish 2 Outline PDF
As a coach of the method, you can purchase Swish videos in quantity and get up to 65% discount. It is powerful for each player have access to her/his own videos for watching over and over. Click here for our "Terms & Conditions" document: Quantity Prices PDF
This is an 11-minute video of an interview with Fred Shoemaker by a highly-respected golf coach from the U.K., Peter Hudson. Go to the Extraordinary Golf Facebook page and scroll down to near the bottom and you'll see "Peter Hudson talks to Fred Shoemaker." Click on it and see this very interesting interview with Fred. (Note that on Fred's page you'll see a link to an interview by Hudson of another of Tom's key mentors, Tim Gallwey, author of "The Inner Game of Tennis.")
The subject is awareness and learning, how learning only takes place in the present moment. Many of Tom's major insights and his way of teaching were learned via his association with Tim and his Inner Game tennis and golf workshops, and via Fred and being on the staff of "The School for Extraordinary Golf:"
I will gradually filling out this section of my website with suggestions on how to coach different aspects of shooting, both physical and mental. Please stay tuned as I flesh out these pages.
Coaching 101 -- Suggestions as to "how" to coach kids. This is based on my many years coaching both golf and basketball and other sports. I have been blessed with awesome coaches and mentors who helped me to see a way that coaching can very effectively be approached. I will share those lessons, insights and discoveries with you. (A Work-in-Progress)
Coaching Thoughts & Suggestions - Part I
Other articles on coaching (to be developed)...
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