Basketball Shooting Drills For One Person – 3 Great Solo Basketball Drills

Basketball shooting drills are a great way to improve your shooting accuracy and reliability but a problem with many of them is that they are designed to be done in a team or in pairs or threes. In this article, I will share with you some great solo basketball drills that you can do on your own, almost anywhere.

Bump And Move

Pick 5 spots that are foul line distance from the hoop. Of course, the central spot will be right on the foul line but the others will be slightly in front of it because diagonal shots are automatically longer.

Agree to get a swish before you can move on to the next spot. It can get annoying when you keep failing to get a swish but this is all part of the learning process.

One Handed Flick

Lie back in a reclining chair or on the end of the bed. Somewhere where you can still extend your hand to a small distance behind your head.

Now, toss the ball vertically upwards and catch it again in your hand. This will get you better suited to the weight of the ball. This is extremely important because a good shot is not just about hand-eye coordination. It is also about knowing exactly how much force to apply because you know the characteristics of the ball so well.

Layup To Free Throw Drill

This drill is really fun because there is a lot of variation involved.

Start at the foul line and do 5 layups with your favored hand. Then do 5 layups with your other hand. Finally, shoot 10 regular free throws. You must score at least 7 of them or else you will have to start all over again.

This drill is great for simulating realistic conditions and also getting you to become more natural with your non-dominant hand. Too many players are only one-handed. If you develop your ability to shoot almost as well with your other hand then you will be a great asset to any team.…

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Spirit’s Seasons, A Series – Basketball, Episode II

SPIRIT USUALLY LET the boys shoot around and play one-on-one for a few minutes at the start of practices. Then he directed them to assemble into three abbreviated columns, two deep. He instructed the boys in their stretching exercises, then defensive waves, and passing drills, “Okay you yokels, two lines, ten feet apart, ball in the left lane, run the length of the court getting as many passes as possible, faster, faster. Now, three lines, 3-man weave, quickly, quickly, this isn’t golf.”

Practices were going well in Sinkiuse. All six players were adapting to the change from the gridiron to the court. Spirit worked the boys hard and primarily emphasized running, passing, lateral and diagonal slides, rebounding position and technique, defensive closing, defensive stance and positioning, and help-side defense. He did not think shooting was that important in practice, especially since these boys spent much of their extra time shooting throughout most of the year. And with three seniors, one sophomore, and two eighth graders on the team, these boys would have to be in great shape… they would have to be smart enough to refrain from fouling too.

Whenever Spirit wanted to scrimmage his team he brought in his two nieces, and Ella Kamiakin and Scout Ford. Those four girls lived for basketball so they considered the extra gym time as a bonus. Also, those girls could hold their own against most of the boys. The girls’ coach, Karen Kanaskat, was pleased that those ad hoc practices improved her team as well.

The Bobcat boys’ team included Larry Lillooet at the post position, Sylix and Swift, the Skosum brothers, at guard positions, Tyee Tulameen as the wing or shooting guard, and, one of Spirit’s nephews, either Junior or Five at the other wing. Larry had excellent post moves. Swift and Sylix were competent shooters with great dribbling ability and cagy defensive skills, but Tyee Tulameen was the team’s best shooter. He could shoot the lights out and he got most of his scoring from well beyond three-point range.

The first game of the season was at home against Smohalla High School. Since the Sasquatch played soccer during the autumn season the Smohalla boys were always speedy, in great shape, and free of injuries. Spirit greeted Coyote Chilcotin, the Sasquatch coach, and gave him the locker room key. The coaches had a long-lasting friendship since they had either played or coached roundball against each other since junior high. They respected each other’s athletic abilities, knowledge of the game, and coaching expertise.

Spirit regrettably related that the team and school had low numbers. Coach Chilcotin responded, “We have the same situation at Smohalla but ours is perhaps worse. We couldn’t field a volleyball team or a full soccer squad either. But we forged through with soccer season… five boys and five girls, although we had to forfeit all our matches in order to play 10 on 10.”

“Wow, I thought we had it bad, but next year we might have to …

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What is the Difference Between Lifetime Basketball Double Shot and Spalding Basketball Pop-a-Shot?

What are the Lifetime Basketball Double Shot and Spalding Basketball Pop-A-Shot Arcade Games?

These games are meant to bring the carnival-style arcade games into your own home. Both of these games allow 2 players to go head-to-head in a timed basketball shoot-out. These systems both feature smaller-than-standard basketball rims and several mini basketballs. The game begins when a player scores a basket on either side of the game; a timer then begins a count down and the players try to score as many points as possible before the timer runs out. While a single player can play the game, it is much more enjoyable to try to beat out an opponent.

If players score a sufficiently high amount of points by the end of the initial timer, a bonus round commences where a shorter time clock begins and the victorious player or players continue shooting. These bonus rounds will continue if players continually score a sufficient amount of points during the bonus rounds. Another fun facet of the game is that during the final seconds of the game, made baskets change from 2-pointers to 3-pointers, which makes point tallies increase at a far quicker rate.

What are the main differences between these 2 systems?

As mentioned above, the game play is pretty much the same. Where you really see the differences is in the construction of the units.

Arcade Basketball Rim Comparison:

In these games, a score is made when the ball goes through the hoop; the difference comes in how the score is tracked. On the Spalding Pop-A-Shot game, the score is tracked by a plastic component that moves down when the ball lands on it, making a “clicking” noise. This type of tracking mechanism would be considered a traditional design. Where problems come with this type of mechanism is the likelihood of breakage of the plastic clicker due to repeated use.

Lifetime Products tried to improve on this design by removing the clicker all together and using a sensor to detect the ball going through the hoop. This design not only removes the worries of breaking the plastic tracking piece, but also tracks scores more accurately. As the Spalding Pop-A-Shot grows older, the system tends to have more shakiness; thus, when a ball hits the rim without going in, the movement of the system will sometimes track a score inadvertently. The sensor on the Lifetime arcade basketball system effectively eliminates this problem.

Construction Comparison:

Both of these systems can be pretty hard to fit into most homes. This problem is typically caused by lower ceilings. At standard height, the tops of both of these systems reach as tall as 90″. If your ceiling is the typical 8 ft. (96″), that does not leave you with a lot of room to shoot the ball. Lifetime Products tried to improve on this design by creating a height adjustment mechanism that can lower the overall height of the system down to 82″. This ads a lot more space to shoot the …

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Chase Betting Systems (Also Known As Dog Chase Betting)

If you are an experienced sports gambler you know the old adage, that if you chase your loses you will lose your shirt and be certain to bust your account. It is time to throw all that non-sense out of the window and learn for the first time, that chasing your loses is the best possible scenario. In order to make money using a chase betting system you need three items at your disposal:

1. A decent bankroll (or account balance)

2. A Plan

3. A strong stomach to carry out the plan

The old adage states that: he who chases his losses will burn through his bankroll. This is true, only if you do not have a true plan, a strong stomach and a decent bankroll. Let me explain. The old adage comes from the gambler who bets $100 on Team 1 to win today. Team 1 loses, thus tomorrow the gambler bets $200 on Team 2 to win (he thinks he can not lose twice in a row and plus Team 2 is a sure thing). Team 2 loses, then on day 3 he bets his remaining bankroll on Team 3, he loses and within three days his bankroll busts. The old adage is true, for this gambler…not for you.

You see a chase system uses simple mathematics to ensure that you do not ever lose money. However, you must make sure you bet the correct amount and you must have the guts to follow through with this program. The system is easy to follow regardless of which sport you bet on and regardless of if you are chasing a specific team or a general sport. In 2007, AFSB completed a study of the chase system in the NHL focusing on the Montreal Canadians. The system worked like this: On day 1, $25.00 was bet on Montreal, if Montreal lost, then the next time that Montreal played $50.00 was bet on Montreal, if Montreal lost again, then in the next game $100.00 was bet on Montreal, if Montreal lost that game then $200.00 was bet on Montreal and so on until Montreal wins or you run out of money. Once Montreal wins then the system resets and the next time Montreal won $25 was bet on Montreal in their next game, if they lost then in the next game $50 was bet on Montreal, however, if they won, then in the next game $25 was bet on Montreal.

This simple system made us $1,210.00 in the NBA Playoffs in 2007 (see our Article on Absolutely Free Sports Bets regarding the NBA Dog-Chase System). We again used this system in the 2008 MLB playoffs and picked up a nice $1,373.00.

In the 2010 NCAA Basketball season we are utilizing this system in a more generic manner. We are playing one Dog-Chase and one Favorite-Chase that is not team specific. Click on our Free Picks link to see the details of the 2010 NCAA Basketball Chase System hard at work.…

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How Did Michael Jordan Become the Best Basketball Player of All Time?

Michael Jordan was not only the best basketball player, he was also considered as an American icon in different ways. Jordan was one of the leading basketball figures during mid-80s until the late ’90s, and remained as one of the most prominent sports figures until now. But the road His “Airness” took, was never an easy one.

All of us have experienced disappointments and rejection, Michael Jordan was no different. Jordan tried out for the high school basketball team but was rejected because he was considered short to play for the varsity level. But Jordan did not back down from his dreams. He joined the junior varsity squad where he showed his basketball skills. Eventually, he moved to another level during his junior and senior year in high school.

Early in his life, Jordan showed his tenacity in being the best basketball player he could possibly be. This was the first lesson that Jordan taught us, how to recover from failure and rejection. There are other college and professional games which tested his resolve, but he continued pushing through until he was able to etch his name on athletic history journals.

Jordan’s recipe to become the best basketball player was actually simple and essential lessons in both inside and outside of the sports world.

• Responsibility. Jordan took responsibility for his actions, both inside and outside the basketball court. This is obvious from one of his popular quotes, “some people just want to make things happen, others hopes it happens; while the rest make it happens.”

• Taking risks. Jordan is not just known as the best basketball player, but he was also a known figure in different fields. He is also known as an Olympic athlete, actor, and a business man. Jordan would have never excelled in this field if he did not take the risk just played in his comfort zone.

• Commitment and dedication. Jordan was an epitome of hard work and practice.

• Enjoy the game. The reason why there are people successful in their chosen craft is because they love what they doing.

• Humility. Star players or athletes would often forget their humble beginnings and would sometimes display an air of arrogance.

• Goal setting. Goals motivate both adults and children which is why it is essential to set achievable or workable goals.

• Seizing the moment. Jordan believed in doing things that he can do now. Opportunities should never postponed, rather it grabbed with both hands.

Amazingly, what we thought were just spectacles in Jordan’s life were important life skills/ lessons which we tend to forget or underestimate. Michael Jordan’s recipe for success was not really a secret, rather it was a concoction of determination, hard work and passion.

Of course, Jordan has skills that we may never possess. We may never be able to make that same vertical leap or same speed, but when we do something we are good at or something we love or passionate about, then we can certainly …

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5 Basketball Workout Drills That Will Elevate Your Game in a Week

There are different Basketball Workouts you can use when pursing a pro basketball career. Training everyday with various Basketball Workouts will put you ahead of 95 percent of the competition. There are tons of drills to do everyday and you can experiment with different drills to see which one give’s you faster results. That’s what I did and I’m going to share with you today what 5 Basketball drills that will prepare you for a pro basketball career.

One Arm Shooting Warm-Up

When you are training you are usually shooting shots without any goal on how much to make, or where to shoot from. This is not good because you will develop bad habits in your Basketball Workouts that will translate into the game. When I was at a lecture at a basketball camp at the University of Connecticut, the speaker was the shooting doctor who worked with tons of pros like Michael Jordan and Gilbert Arenas. He said before you start your Basketball Workout you should stand three feet from the basket and shoot one-arm jumpers. When you are doing this you should only count the “all-net” shots you make. If it touches the rim it doesn’t count. The shot doctor was very good at this and he had trained all his players to warm-up this way. I decided if the players in the NBA warm-up using the one-arm warm-up shot, then I should add it to my Basketball Workout. The rest of the day I practiced one arm shots and the next time I played, I sure enough couldn’t miss. I put on an unbelievable performance and everyone at the camp said I should try to play for the team. This drill had helped me so much I decided to use it the rest of my career. Everyday I warm-up with 25 makes from three spots one from the middle of the paint and one from the left block and the right block. This is a great Basketball Workout and anyone trying to become a professional basketball player should do it.

“250 to 500” makes a day

After the one arm shooting warm-ups you want to start you’re shooting workouts. I usually begin putting up shots from different spots on the court. My goal is to make 250 to 500 shots using different moves off the dribble. I start from one side of the wing and shoot from each spot until I get to the other wing. After I shoot mid-range shots I will move to the three-point line and repeat the process. Now you can switch your Basketball Workout up and do shots off the dribble, or go to the basket for floaters. Either way you are working on repetition, which is the most important thing when it comes to developing a skill in a Basketball Workout.

Core Exercises

Now when I’m in the weight room I train only on things that will help me become stronger in the game. One of the things I would do …

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Types of Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts have been popular with youth, adults, and children throughout the ages. With the recent popularity of “The Amazing Race” and reality TV shows, scavenger hunts are just as popular today as they have ever been. They can take a variety of forms, be modified with different rules, and be tailored to a variety of themes, locations, and age groups. They are great for building community, fostering team work, and generating lots of fun and excitement.

Here are some of the more common types of Scavenger Hunts.

Classic Scavenger Hunt

This is the traditional scavenger hunt where participants are given a list of items to retrieve and bring back within a designated time limit. Examples include both common and hard to find items like: a basketball, an 8 track tape, a spork, a coin with a specific date, or a postage stamp. The scavenger hunt consists of a list of the selected objects and some rules. Variations may allow photos of an object to replace the actual object or creative substitutions. The rules may forbid the purchase of items or restrict the participants from going to their own homes or malls to collect items. Various points are assigned to the objects based upon the difficulty necessary to obtain them. Themes can focus the items and add fun to the hunt. For example, a superhero scavenger hunt may require them to bring costumes, comics and other collectibles related to specific superheroes.

Destination Unknown

In this scavenger hunt, clues lead participants to a specific destination where they find a clue to the next location. Successive clues will ultimately lead them to a specific location where there is a party. Clues may be in the form of riddles or directions to follow and serve to guide participants to famous landmarks and other locations. Sometimes helpers are positioned at the various locations to hand out the next clue. In other places the clues may be hidden under a park bench or other inconspicuous locations where the public is not likely to remove them.

Find the Pieces Scavenger Hunt

Hide pieces of a jigsaw puzzle around the designated game area. This could be a school, a church, or even a local park. Instead of a puzzle you can use any machine or object that has multiple pieces. As an Example, for a Halloween party you could purchase plastic skeletons and disassemble them, hiding the bones before the party starts. Let the participants search for them and then reassemble the skeleton. Hide batteries, a tape recorder, and a cassette tape with a pre-recorded message describing the next clue. Hide chess pieces, ingredients for a meal, or even clothes and accessories. One of the activities may be to dress up as superman, but to do so they must collect several pieces of the costume which have been strategically hidden around the game area.

Information Scavenger Hunt

Instead of retrieving objects, or taking pictures, participants in this scavenger hunt must find information. It could be the date …

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Should College Athletes Be Paid?

College sports bring in big dollars every year on the major college level. These programs bring $30 and sometimes $40 million dollars per year to the universities and colleges and the players get nothing. These are the same players who are breaking their backs for the university day in and day out and can’t get a share of that money and, to me, that does not seem fair. I know what you may be thinking: that these student athletes are getting a free education or have gotten a scholarship to play ball at that university. To me, that’s the least they could be doing.

When I look at college football on Saturdays and see packed stadiums with cheering fans paying big money for a ticket I say, what business out there could run a company and not pay its workers? You would think I was talking about some Third World country! Pay the players now, please!

Think about this one: most of the college coaches get six figure salaries– big college programs and small ones. Some of these college coaches get shoe contracts, some get T.V. and radio contracts and many other perks along the way. Also, if they are a good coach and win games they will be offered another coaching job somewhere else with bigger money and larger perks! The student athletes get nothing and, to me, something should be done about that. Please pay the players now!

They will keep telling you that the athletes are getting the free education, free books, free room and board and the chance at a good college education that will last a lifetime. So what! Pay the players! I see this whole college thing as slave-labor! Coaches make big money on the backs of these players. You hear stories about college athletes taking money or getting paid under the table. You hear these stories of players getting cars and lots of cash, you hear stories of players getting all of this and more on the side. You hear about the player’s families getting cars and houses to attend that college program. This goes on all the time in secret!

Why do the players take this money and cars and houses for their families and much more? Well one reason is recruiting; some college programs feel that in order to get a major college recruit they have to offer these things. Some college programs (not all) have to give something to get these kids. Some of these players come from poor backgrounds, so for these kids to get some money is a big deal especially if the players and their families don’t have money anyway.

Being a college athlete is very hard. In the first placed the amount of hours that these players put in is a lot–every day of every week. They are in class all day then there’s practice after practice, they go eat dinner if they can and then go study. Now all of this may sound simple to …

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The Benefits of an Outdoor Basketball Court

Most children in this modern age enjoy playing with their advance technology gadgets inside the house or anywhere they want to play. They used to carry these gadgets as long as they can bring it with them or put it in their pocket and just grab it any minute that they feel like playing or using them.

We can say that those children who play, or hold some of these advance things are advanced intellectual kids which are a good sign. But we must remember that there are also disadvantages with these gadgets. Your children might play all the time and be lazy when you asked them to pack up or fix their bed.

Some children just sit on the couch the whole day and they also forget to take their meals. They may take their meals but eat less and play more, which is a bad thing because their health is affected. Also they might use eyeglasses in an early period time of their lives. If your child is one of them, you might want to do another trick which they will enjoy and may be of help with their health.

What will you do? Try to set up a backyard court. This trick will work with your child especially when you play basketball with them as a first step. There are varieties of basketball courts but make sure that you are going to get the highest quality court for your child.

In starting to build an outdoor court, consider your own yard. Backyard sport court is a great place for your kids to hang out. Beautify backyard with a gorgeous basketball court so your family will enjoy every minute of bonding in your backyard. You may also take advantage of your wasted driveway space by turning it into a great home practice basketball court.

Get your children off the couch and play with them for an hour or more or during your rest day. Your kids will definitely enjoy this game with you and sooner with their friends. This set up is great for your child’s health. If your child is lousy before, they may be able to have their reflexes back in time.

Having an outdoor or sport court will be of help to your child’s health without them knowing it. Basketball is one source of exercising all your child’s body parts and inner organs which will definitely make them more eager to do things in the future. With basketball as an exercise, your child will be more energetic.

By building an outdoor sport court, you have made the right choice. Because you did not just beautify your home; but you have built a perfect family spot for playing, bonding and one perfect place where you can share your precious moments with your child and your family.…

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The Fundamental Skills of Basketball

To get better skills in basketball players need to first understand and master the basics of the game.

In basketball, there are 6 different fundamental skill areas that players should concentrate on in training.

Dribbling

Dribbling the basketball is done to move the ball around only when a passing isn’t a better option and a lane isn’t available. Both new and experienced players make the mistake of dribbling the ball when it isn’t needed. Ask any collage or professional basketball coach – they will all tell you the same thing. Dribbling should be done when the player (you) have some purpose to forfill. Dribbling while looking for an offensive option is a good way to lose the ball. When you are looking for that option, take the ball in a firm grip and put your body between you and the defender. Regardless of how good you are at dribbling, the defense will always have a greater chance for a steal if you are dribbling the ball instead of gripping it in both hands.

Passing

Passing is the number 1 option for moving the ball around the court on offense. Passing is quicker than dribbling and so it is a deadly offensive tool for reaching that open man so they can have the shot. Good passes are the hallmark of good teams because most offensive plays are set up by good passes.

Shooting

Shooting is probably the most practiced skill for new and experienced players. Yet so many people still practice it wrong. In practice all drills should be done at game speed and done as you would under pressure. Players are usually too lazy to do this and instead of practicing the sweet jump shot that they are constantly doing in the game they lazy-it-down to a hop-shot. Instead of jumping to give power they use their arms for the power and the legs give the rest. Practicing the wrong way to shoot is something that players do all the time yet they do not understand why they miss all their jump shots during the game…

Rebounding

Rebounding can come in two forms – offensive and defensive. Lots of newer player look at rebounding and immediately think that it is a big mans area. Yet this is not so. Rebounding is more than just being big. It even surpasses just jumping ability. To be good at rebounding you need skill and dedication. Skill is mainly the ability to position yourself and read the shots – something that comes quickly with practice. Dedication is probably the most important factor in rebounding. The person who gets the ball is the one with the most hunger for the ball and who is willing to do whatever it takes to get it.

Offense

Offense is a fundamental which encompasses all aspects of the offensive court. Shooting has already been covered (and is covered more in the basketball website listed below). Yet moving off the ball to give offensive options to the player with the …

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