Sports are America’s greatest pastime. From the players to the coaches, parents and spectators, it seems a majority of people are involved in sport somehow. Basketball is one of those sports that garners a lot of attention. But in order to help your team gain the wins and get the attention they deserve, you have to bring skills to the court and score points. So here are some ways to get those skills and bring your team to a winning season.
Try learning how to hit free throw shots. This is something that seems simple, but in reality it can be hard. Make sure that you’re applying the following technique when practicing. Begin by bringing the ball up to eye level. Eye the basket and imagine the ball swishing down into it. Then try shooting the ball along the trajectory that was in your mind.
When shooting the basketball, it is important to maintain good balance. Jumping and leaning to the right or the left can result in a missed goal. Learn to jump straight up while maintaining your balance for best results. You can practice this by running and shooting the ball during your practice time.
Balance is essential to shooting. Of course, pros may make baskets from a great distance while falling off the court, but this isn’t standard. These shots are improvisational and usually desperate attempts. If you are able to improve your sense of balance, then you will find that your percentage of successful shots improves.
Every shot should have an arc. The ball should arc at the highest point, then began descending toward the goal. This arc helps keep the ball on course. Learn how to consistently shoot using the same arc for best results. As you practice, you will learn what works best for you.
Improve your offensive game by mastering the shot fake. With this move, players think you are going to shoot the ball, so they will jump up. Don’t really shoot the ball yet; instead, use this opportunity to maneuver around them and take your shot. They will be caught off guard and won’t have a chance to defend you.
Frequently practice passing and catching the passes of others. You need to be able to retrieve perfect passes and not so perfect passes. This will help you catch those bad passes during a game. So do your teammates a favor by learning how to consistently haul in their less than perfect passes.
As you can see, learning a skill can be easy bit practicing and perfecting it may take time. But that is fine because as long as you are enjoying what you do, you will only get better at it. Practicing as often as you can may mean that you spend time alone doing it with no one to cheer you. But keep in mind that every bit of practice will lead you to the moment when your skills will be called into play and you can make that move on the court that every player dreams of.