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SHOOTING

The Jump Shot:

Though the jump shot did not become popular until the early 1950s, it is now considered the most effective shot in basketball.

Technique: Prior to jumping into the air for the shot, hold the ball in both hands with your shoulders square to the goal and with your knees slightly bent. The jump into the air is made with an upward thrust by both legs. Height of the jump will vary with the individual but, as a general rule, you will not leap as high as possible but will take a smooth, effortless jump into the air for the shot. As the jump is made the ball is brought to a position slightly above and in front of your head. Your left hand should be under the ball for control and the back of your right hand should be facing you. It is very important that your right elbow be under the ball and on a line between you and the basket. Sight at the goal just under the ball. The shot is released by an upward movement of your right elbow and a simultaneous forward push of your forearm and wrist. Your wrist should snap completely forward to provide a good follow-through.

Balance is very important to the success of the shot. Many shooters fall forward, sideways, or backwards when taking the jump shot; this decreases accuracy and often leads to offensive fouls. You should initiate the shot from a balanced position annd jump straight upwards.

Be sure to practice the jump shot from three situations: (1) from a stationary, or standing, position, (2) after a dribble, and (3) after cutting to receive a pass. Balance and the upward jump are more difficult in the latter two situations but are of no less importance.

J UMP SHOOTING HINTS:

1. Always practice shots you will shoot in a game. If you play center or forward, it is foolish
to spend a great deal of time practicing shots from the guard position, for example.
2. Practice shooting under game conditions if possible.If you can find an opponent to challenge, the competition will be very helpful. If you are shooting alone, use your imagination to dream up games that will challenge you to do your best and that will involve earning a score.
3. Never "force" the shot. If you are closely guarded, pass to someone else or make a maneuver to get open for the shot.
4. Learn to relax when shooting. The more practice you get under competitive situations, the easier it will be for you to relax when shooting.
5. Never attempt wild or "crazy" shots.
6. Always follow through. Flipping the wrist forward as the ball leaves your hand and
virtually pointing at the basket with straight fingers is the correct follow through position.
7. DO NOT SHOOT WHEN A TEAMMATE IS IN A BETTER POSITION TO SHOOT. Though the jump shot did not become popular until the early 1950s, it is now considered the most effective shot in basketball.

Technique: Prior to jumping into the air for the shot, hold the ball in both hands with your shoulders square to the goal and with your knees slightly bent. The jump into the air is made with an upward thrust by both legs. Height of the jump will vary with the individual but, as a general rule, you will not leap as high as possible but will take a smooth, effortless jump into the air for the shot. As the jump is made the ball is brought to a position slightly above and in front of your head. Your left hand should be under the ball for control and the back of your right hand should be facing you. It is very important that your right elbow be under the ball and on a line between you and the basket. Sight at the goal just under the ball. The shot is released by an upward movement of your right elbow and a simultaneous forward push of your forearm and wrist. Your wrist should snap completely forward to provide a good follow-through.

Balance is very important to the success of the shot. Many shooters fall forward, sideways, or backwards when taking the jump shot; this decreases accuracy and often leads to offensive fouls. You should initiate the shot from a balanced position annd jump straight upwards.

Be sure to practice the jump shot from three situations: (1) from a stationary, or standing, position, (2) after a dribble, and (3) after cutting to receive a pass. Balance and the upward jump are more difficult in the latter two situations but are of no less importance.

JUMP SHOOTING HINTS:

1. Always practice shots you will shoot in a game. If you play center or forward, it is foolish
to spend a great deal of time practicing shots from the guard position, for example.
2. Practice shooting under game conditions if possible.If you can find an opponent to challenge, the competition will be very helpful. If you are shooting alone, use your imagination to dream up games that will challenge you to do your best and that will involve earning a score.
3. Never "force" the shot. If you are closely guarded, pass to someone else or make a maneuver to get open for the shot.
4. Learn to relax when shooting. The more practice you get under competitive situations, the easier it will be for you to relax when shooting.
5. Never attempt wild or "crazy" shots.
6. Always follow through. Flipping the wrist forward as the ball leaves your hand and
virtually pointing at the basket with straight fingers is the correct follow through position.
7. DO NOT SHOOT WHEN A TEAMMATE IS IN A BETTER POSITION TO SHOOT.