Shooting a basketball correctly is a combination of proper form, technique, and practice. Here are the steps to correctly shoot a basketball:
Start in a balanced stance: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, your knees slightly bent, and your weight evenly distributed between both feet.
Grip the ball correctly: Place your fingers spread out and evenly across the ball. You want to grip the ball with the pads of your fingers and not the tips.
Begin the shooting motion: Bring the ball up to your shooting pocket, which is the area directly above your waist and below your chest.
Aim: Look at the rim, and align your body to the basket. Your shooting elbow should be pointing at the rim, and your non-shooting hand should be guiding the ball.
Release the ball: Push the ball out of your shooting hand with a fluid motion, using your wrist and fingers to snap the ball towards the rim. The ball should have a slight rotation as it leaves your hand.
Follow through: Once you release the ball, your shooting arm should be extended and your hand should be pointing towards the rim. Hold this position for a moment to ensure that your shot is on target.
Practice: Shooting a basketball correctly takes time and practice. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will become with your shooting technique.
It's also important to note that different players have different shooting styles, so it's good to experiment and find what works best for you. There's no one-size-fits-all approach, but having a good form and following the steps above will help you to shoot the ball correctly.
Maple basketball focuses strongly on shooting a basketball. We have identified 25 points to shooting a basketball properly. We have found that if even one of these points is not followed or learned, players will not be able to shoot a basketball with consistent accuracy. Once players learn all the correct fundamentals, it's hard for them to miss.
Maple basketball big advantage during games is the ability to shoot the ball accurately. We focus on this strength by holding shooting clinics at the first 30 minutes of every practice session.
Some of the areas we have identified are: hand placement and elbow placement, Arc and rotation of the shot, Rhythm and follow through, feet and shoulder position.
Another factor of shooting a basketball is psychological. Players can learn all the technique, however if they don't shoot with confidence then they will not be successful. We teach players to be mindful during basketball games. Despite whatever thoughts may enter their mind we encourage them to be confident and shoot, even if they missed previous shots.
Maple Basketball also simulates game situations with pressure, and have players shoot under these conditions during practices. When they get to games they are prepared because we practice shooting under pressure.
We believe that shooting is one of the most important things to be mastered in the game of basketball. We can't control how tall players are or how fast they can run. However, we have 100% control over how well a player could shoot a basketball. Shooting a ball properly is a matter of learning proper technique and practice. Through hard work and dedication by coaches and players, maple basketball players become great basketball shooters.