Dear Basketball shooting coach,
Really love the PDF,
It teaches me a lot about shooting, and even more.
J. from Hong Kong
Hey coach just finished reading up your shooting book for the second time your principles have really made my shooting improve.
My name is C....,
I just finished reading your book, and found it exactly what i needed to read. I have begun the first part of the system, just practicing off the top corner of the glass and can already feel my confidence as a shooter growing.
First off let me say that I was amazed at how much I learned when I read your manual on shooting earlier this spring and saw a significant improvement in my shot.
Your eBook is great. Thank you very much.
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When I'm playing basketball I feel like I'm rushing everything and I'm going 100 mph driving to the basket or anytime I get the ball, I also dribble every time I get the ball, but in a full court situation it's the same, but when you're on a fast break you aren't suppose to take your time on a fastbreak. So how do I know when teammates pass me the ball if I should slow it down and take my time or do something explosive with the basketball?
A common problem experienced by many athletes for different reasons.
Humans are born self-motivated and environment dictates the expansion or compression of that self-motivation. We are coaches, trainers or educators because we believe our experience can help others become...
A governor on the engine of a car limits the performance of that car. By definition, a governor is a limitation. Human limitations come in several forms, e.g. mental, emotional, physical, psychological, internal, external.
The crew chief of a stock car is given an assembly line model car and it's his job to 'make' that run-of-the-mill sedan into a race car.
For 'perfect basketball shooting mechanics' on a set shot or a jump shot as long as the the elbow is directly under the shooting hand and the index finger of the shooting hand is in the middle of the ball (and it's best when the fingers are splayed) and pointing 180 degrees away from the target on the way up and pointing directly at the target on the release, the body can be in any position; having shoulders, toes, hips, or nose squared to the basket have nothing at all to do with 'perfect solid shooting mechanics.
There's really only 3 offenses: give-and go, pick-and-roll and one-on-one.
All offenses are derived from these three basics. All three can be fully utilized against any defense and there are infinite plays any coach can design branching off these three denominators.
I suggest you drill these three into all your players then design your own simple plays based on your team's abilities (e.g., if all your shooters are poor you'll want to take as many layups as possible, if you have one or two good shooters you'll want to get them open at their favorite shooting spots, you'll also want to concentrate on rebounding).
Shooting Myth; some players just can’t shoot.
While it’s true some players are better shooters than others, ALL players can shoot 50% or better from the field. Shot selection and shot timing (when to take a shot) are integral to every shooters scoring percentage.
When the 3 point was implemented one of the major arguments was it would destroy the mid range game. Basketball would become a game of 3 pointers and dunks. It appears that was a prophetic argument. I believe it's gonna take another generation of players, or so, to learn you can spread the court with mid range jumpers too.
You know, I'm getting tired of reading about pampered lazy athletes. It's all over posts through out basketball forums.
If you coach players that can play on the school yard, or black top, with out any coaching staff present and they take the other players to school, you will have more dedicated athletes knocking on your door wanting to learn from you than you can find time for. If you're coaching little league type teams where anyone can join, the same holds true.
Coach youngsters to be good citizens and you will have players playing their best for you; maybe their best isn't good enough to start, this year, but you don't know what you've started when you create a good citizen.
You want to teach your players to be GREAT shooters?
First train the body.
Then train the brain to use the body
Shooting Myth; during a game concentrate on your shot.
Wrong, during a game concentrate only on your target.
Game distractions are the number one culprit to poor shooting.
Game distractions can be eliminated, but not by shooting mechanics.
Novice basketball players know there's a basketball and a hole to throw it through, but there's 100's of ways to accomplish that.
THE COACHING CHAIN
Can any coach learn to become a winning coach?
Most coaches played the game at some level and usually progress through the coaching ranks; assistant coach > head coach AAU > college assistant > college head coach > pro assistant > pro head coach. Basketball IQ grows with experience and coaching IQ is different than playing IQ.
If your team's free throw shooting percentage was over 90% would it change the way you coach? Would you not want to draw fouls.
Email: Hello there,
My main problem when I play basketball is my mental game. When I play against my friends and people I know I can beat, my game excels. But when it comes to certain people that I don't care for or people I've never met but want to look good, I get nervous and my game changes from aggressive to feeble and careful. I don't take chances or drive because I'm afraid to look stupid or get hurt. Do you have any tips to get rid of these mentality problems? I want to stay aggressive and confident regardless of who I am playing.
I was boxing out a guy who put himself directly under the hoop, but I was facing him instead of having my back to him. I had an arm on his back trying to 'box out' by keeping him under the basket. He jumped backwards into me to try to get out from under the basket, and I held my position by pushing back with my arm in order to keep him from displacing me. The ref called me for pushing. Am I guilty of a foul, or am I entitled to push back with the necessary force to stay where I am?
Reply: Hi - Thanks for the question.
Email: Dear coach,
I'm 14 years old, and I play shooting guard. I want to improve my speed and quickness during the summer. I want to become overall faster, but above all to be more explosive and improve my first step. Can you give me some advice and some drills to achieve my goal.
Thanks in advance
Reply: Hi -
You have the right attitude and you're picking the proper time to improve your speed and agility.
Email: Hi Coach,
At middle school, I played the center position. I'm 5'10, or somewhere near that. I used to be able to block most of the shots that players bring into the paint area, and even players who are taller than me. I also used to be able to gobble up rebounds at will. Not saying I am as good as Dwight Howard, but I played exactly like him. Helping out on the weak-side, swatting shots, and rebounding at will.
But now that I am in high school, all that's seemed to change.
Email: Dear Coach,
What are some of the most difficult aspects of being a point guard?
Reply: Hi -Being a point guard is really no more difficult than any other position in basketball - all positions have their challenges and rewards. I'll say this though, normally 6'11" players have a more difficult time handling the ball than 5' players do, so let's go on knowing that.
I'll tell you what I want a point guard to do and be thinking and then we'll talk about how to prepare for what a coach wants from a point guard.
Email: Dear Coach,
I've been working on raising my vertical jump bar, I was successful in quite a short time, from 27 inches to 35 in about 3-4 weeks. After the obvious gain, I might have gotten too motivated, I switched to working out nearly EVERY day while playing basketball on Wednesdays and Saturdays (full court, and I'm known for never slowing down). Lately I've been feeling alot of pain on my shins, supposedly lactic acid, I get really fatigued playing, and I can barely jump up 30 inches.
Email: Hi Coach:
Do your athletes have trouble visualizing their performance? I just received a question from a sports parent about her daughter's challenges with mental imagery.
Here's the question... "I have a 13-year-old competitive cheerleader who competes at a very high level requiring advanced tumbling and stunting abilities. I have recently tried to teach her about visualization and mental imagery, but she cannot seem to visualize anything.
Email: Good Evening:
I am a brand new coach to basketball, a sport that I played briefly 30 years ago and have not followed since. I was thrown into coaching 4 years ago when my son was in grade 4 and our school junior team needed a coach. No teachers were willing to step forward. Since then I have spent 100”s of hours researching and learning the game of basketball. Although I have learned tons... I know there is tons left to learn. The boys that I started with are now in their last year of grade school and have asked me to continue doing shooting practices a couple of mornings a week to prepare for high school ball.
Email: I would like to know what Shooting Positions #1, #2, #3 really are. I can't get the meaning of it.
Reply: On pages 12 and 13 'shooting position #1' is described in print and there's a yellow 'X' on the floor marking the spot. Let's assume you're right handed. There's a box on the backboard. Draw an imaginary line from the outside of the left side of that box all the way down to the court. Now, place the outside of your right shoe on that mark as you're standing on the left side of the basket (see my foot position on page 14, you'll notice the 'X' is towards the front of the rim as opposed to towards the backboard).
Email: I just finished reading your book and found it exactly what I needed to read. I have begun the first part of the system, just practicing off the top corner of the glass and can already feel my confidence as a shooter growing. I wanted to know if you coach privately, and if so how that process would work, would you come to me, or would I come to you? What would the instruction cost? I want you to know I have the drive to become the greatest basketball player I can be, but I need help getting there.
Email: Hey coach, just finished reading your shooting book for the second time. Your principles have really made my shooting improve. My shot has a pretty fluid form. I was wondering if I could shoot you a video and you give me some feedback, and I have questions. I would like to develop my range, it extends to about 22-23 feet at the moment. Do you have any tips/tricks? Also maybe a sample (shooting, ball handling, defense etc.) workout so I can become a complete basketball player.
Answer: I question why would anyone want to do that? Or why would anyone want to completely eliminate all their feelings? Or why would anyone want to completely eliminate all their senses? All these are parts of being human. How we respond to stimulation helps define our individuality, and athletes can use the same situations that create 'performance anxiety' to create continual personal bests.
When we are introduced to unknowns we are introduced to change.
Answer: It depends on whether you're practicing, playing in a game, your age, and various other varibles. Answering this question the way you want me to is like me telling you "Don't think of a pink elephant." What's the first thing you do? That's right, you think of a pink elephant. I don't want you thinking of what you should not be doing.
When a shooter understands the 'Mental Side' of shooting that shooter is not thinking at all.
Just checked out your website and like what I read, particularly about the hook on the back side of the rim. Right on! My record FTs in a row is 260.
Let's stay in touch, B.K.