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Help With Layups and Catching the Basketball 
Hello, I coach 8th grade girls traveling basketball. My team is an average to above average team. We are having a problem as of late making simple …

First Time Basketball Coach  
I know absolutely nothing about basketball, other than shooting around in the school yard. I signed my son up in a local youth basketball league, only …

6th Grade Boys Basketball (B Team) 
It seems that my basketball question is a mystery to most people I've asked...and I haven't had an opportunity to ask the coach yet. My son is on the …

Shooting The Jump Shot 
I have a question regarding shooting the basketball . My son can shoot jump shots with either hand. However, his basketball coaches are telling …

What Size Basketball Hoop For A 6 Year Old? 
My son is just turning six and just learning to play basketball. I wanted to get him a basketball hoop for our driveway. What size should I be looking …

Age Appropriate Benchmarks For Basketball 
I am a Recreational Director and I am looking for age appropriate benchmarks to pass on to my basketball coaches. This will help them understand what …

Basketball Positions Explained 
Dear Coach, Hi. My name is Sara. I'm 12 years old and I need help ASAP. I have only been playing basketball for 2 years. I'm not very good but …

Scoring a 3-Point Basket 
Here's a basketball question I have... When a high school player passes the basketball from behind the 3 point arc and it hits a defensive player inside …

Slam Dunk 
I have a basketball player in my science class. He wants to know if a slam dunk is allowed in a junior high basketball game? Thanks for the help. …

A Team & B Team Basketball Players 
Our junior high 7th grade basketball team has an A Team and a B Team. The A Team plays first and then the B Team. Are the A Team girls who play in …

Basketball Question on shooting with no net 
I have a basketball question on shooting. Does the absence of a net effect your shooting percentage? Thanks for the help.

Guides for parents dropping and collecting children from basketball training/games 
I am the secretary of a girls basketball club and I would appreciate your help regarding parents collecting and dropping kids to basketball training and …

Basketball girl in Need! Gonna be on a team of all boys! Help!? 
I'm trying out for basketball, and I'm a beginner. I'm going to be on a basketball team of all boys, so I want to look good. Can you help explain …

Nervous Basketball Player 
I feel that I am an excellent basketball player. I am a great shooter and passer, but when I get in a basketball game I get nervous and worried about …

Finding a Basketball Team 
How do you find a basketball team for a 13 year old boy with love of the game and little club experience?

Basketball Court Questions 
For sixth grade girls basketball how high should the net be? How far away is the 3 point line? How far away is the foul line? Please answer …

Foul Line Distance 
Here's my basketball questions... How far is the foul line from the back of the rim in eighth grade basketball?

Baketball Shoe Questions 
I have some questions about basketball sneakers. What materials are basketball shoe made up of? Does the way a basketball shoe is tied affect how …

Basketball Dribbling and Shooting Drills 
Hi my name is Coach Lee. I have three daughters ages 15,13,12 and I need some guidance in helping them to grow into their potential on the basketball …

Little lads format and fairness for the best five in youth basketball 
LITTLE LADS FORMAT IN PUERTO RICO FOR YOUTH BASKETBALL IS FIVE PLAYERS IN THE FIRST QUARTER, TWO NEW PLAYERS IN THE SECOND, AND FIVE NEW IN THE THIRD. …

What is the position 4?  
What is the position "four" post guard supposed to do in a basketball game? Also is the "four" post allowed to dribble the basketball?

Distance of our shot 
Here are three basketball questions: What is the distance from the hoop to the foul line? What is the distance from the hoop to the three-point line? …

Basketball Hoop Height For Kids 
What is the distance from the rim to the floor in feet in girls basketball?

Pick and Roll 
After setting the screen the screener rolls backwards (facing the cutter) blocking the path of the cutter's defender. Some say this is an offensive …

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Vetical Jump Programs 
I have been doing some research in increasing my vertical leap in the past few days. I have a few questions about your top 2 rated programs - the …

Basketball Free Throw Line Distance 
How far is it from the bottom of the backboard to the free throw line?

Mental Block 
I'm a great basketball player, I know that. I was MVP 2 years in a row in middle school and was on an AAU championship basketball team. But I never …

How can I improve my game even more?! 
I'm in 8th grade and will be in high school by August. I plan on trying out for the basketball team but only freshman. I'm thinking of Varsity, but …

How to be a threat 
How can you become an offensive threat in basketball?

How Far 
How far is it from the 3 point line to the basketball hoop for 11 year olds?

Scoring 
Can you bounce the basketball off the ground and in to the hoop and have it count?

Free Throws 
What is the length of the free throw line of 4th grade girls basketball?

Picking The Basketball Coach 
My school basketball coach was fired and they're coming to the athletes with options for the coach we want. What should I look for in a basketball coach? …

Reverse dribble and Pullback dribble 
What is a reverse dribble? What's a pullback dribble? I found the two terms on this site while I was planning my off-season training plan and I …

Pivot Foot 
What do you teach young players when they receive the basketball and turn to face the ring: -pivot foot = inside foot? -pivot foot = outside foot? …

Too many players on the floor... 
If a basketball official calls a foul on a player and then notices that the team that committed the foul had 6 players on the court - What type of call(s) …

Jump Ball 
How long does the basketball have to be held by two players for a jump ball to be called?

Wallace Brothers 
Are Ben and Rasheed Wallace brothers?

After a rebound 
Here is the situation Player A shoots the basketball at player A's basketball - we will call this team red. Player B from the other team (team blue) …

Women Basketball Referees 
Well after the recent deal in Kansas I wanna know how everyone feels about women refs?

Lane Vioalation 
I've had the same free throw routine since i have been in elementary school. Catch the basketball take 2 steps to the line, dribble 3 times, deep breath …

BASKETBALL FREE THROW RULE 
I WANT TO KNOW IS THE RULE ABOUT WHEN THE PLAYERS CAN ENTER THE RESTRICTED AREAS OR LEAVE THE PLACES FOR A REBOUND IN A FREE THROW DIFFERS FROM NBA,INTERNATIONAL …

Offensive Charging-Why is it never called? 
In watching many basketball games at all levels from youth to pro, it continuously astounds me that clear offensive charging is hardly ever called. …

Our Sons Basketball Team 
Our son, John, is an 11th grade high school basketball player who started out the season averaging 15 pts. per game with several assists and steals and …

High school basketball playing time and substitutions 
What are the general rules of substitution on a sophomore basketball team? Usually they play the top 8 players right? Our basketball coach plays …

Basketball Coaches  
I have a basketball coach that is teaching both the 7th and 8th grade teams. She took 3 of your 7th grade girls to play with her 8th grade girls in …

Basketball through the bottom of hoop 
If a player bounces a basketball such that it goes through the hoop from the ground up and then comes down through the hoop, is it a legal basket?

Should the Tallest Player Always Play In The Middle 
IN THE OFFENSIVE SIDE SHOULD AN EIGHT YEAR OLD CENTER OR FIVE POSITION BE ALWAYS BACK TO THE BASKET AND IN THE MIDDLE? OR SHOULD HE ALSO PLAY IN FRONT …

Who should inbound the basketball? 
Who should in bound the ball in youth basketball? The shooting guard, forward or the center? Is it right to put the five, or biggest player, inbound …

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When to press 
In youth basketball, eight years old, when should a team use a half court press or full court press? If the team is winning by ten points do you recommend …

Having 5 Players 
We recently played a team in which they had 5 players but the coach wanted 6 so that she could rotate in and out so she picked a high scoring kid from …

Basketball Nerves 
How do I get my nerves in check at the free throw line. I get so nervous I can't shoot the basketball. When I'm alone I can hit them. What do …

Scoreboard Keeper For Basketball 
Are there rules for keeping score in basketball? I am a parent of a new youth girl basketball player, and I was asked to run the scoreboard. I did …

basketball practice & sprints 
What percent of basketball practice should be running?

How to get the basketball when I'm face guarded 
My basketball question has to do with being face guarded. I am a point/shooting guard and many times, I am face guarded or double-teamed. Are there …

3 Second Violation 
This is gonna sound dumb coming from a high school basketball player but....if you only have one foot in the lane on offense does the referee still count …

Too much play time. 
On our Junior High basketball team, the coach has twelve girls in ages of 8th through 9th grade. He insists that he needs to bring up three 7th grade girls …

5th Grade Girls Basketball Rules 
How have the rules of basketball changed from the 80's to now? Where can I find the rule book?

"Team Ball" for 10 year olds 
I coach 10 year old boys basketball. We focus equally on fundamentals and "The Game". The trouble I'm having is this; My assistant and I have avoided …

why is the free throw line that far back? 
Why is the free throw line 15 feet from the hoop? Does anyone know the history there?

basketball question on a running offense 
My basketball question has to do with the fast break offense. Does a run and gun offense work in basketball?

Unfair Basketball Tryouts 
My daughter tried out for the 8th grade basketball team. Since last year she has played on a club basketball team and even played up a level. I like …

Basketball Question on Shooting 
My basketball question is about shooting. How long will it take me to be able to start making my shots? I practice 6+ hours a week with my team …

Offensive Fouls- Youth Basketball 
I have a 4th grade daughter who loves basketball and is the primary person bringing down the ball. She has been called for an offensive foul 3-4 times …

Basketball Warm-ups 
I'm a good basketball player but it usually takes me a while to get warmed up. How do I help myself speed up the warm up process so that I'm ready to …

Playing Catch Up 
My basketball question... I play high school basketball, and I was starting at the beginning of the season. I won’t lie; it's been a rough year for …

Ball Handling Question 
My basketball question has to do with ball handling. I just started coaching intra-murals with 4th & 5th grade boys. After the first game I noticed …

Teaching Lay Up to Beginners 
After several years of coaching youth and senior players, I am still looking for an answer on this (important) basketball question: How do you start …

Basketball Question on MakingThe Initial Pass 
I teach a town league basketball team of 10 and 11 year old boys. I have one player that is skilled. Most others are developing their skills. I …

How Do You Line Up When Shooting a Foul Shot? 
Obviously, the shooter stands behind the foul line but what is the correct positioning around the key for everyone else? How many people are allowed …

Problems With Shooting Form  
I'm currently coaching in three youth basketball leagues for girls (grades 5TH thru 8TH). The biggest problem I'm facing is when the girls prepare …

From Guard To Post 
I'm a high school basketball SHOOTING GUARD and I'm pretty daang good at it too!!! I wish someone would tell my coach that because he's got me playing …

Fun Basketball Drills 
What would be some fun basketball drills for kids ages 4 to 6?

First Time Basketball Coach 
I am coaching my first grade daughter and some other girls (K thru 3rd grade). I played high school basketball quite a few years ago, but have never coached. …

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The Coaches Of My Kids Basketball Team 
I don’t know if this is the type of basketball question you were expecting, however, myself and other parents of the team are becoming upset with the coaches. …

Lack of Strength on Free Throws 
Hi, I was wondering how I could get strong enough to shoot from the free throw line without jumping. Click Here To Learn About The Most Revolutionary …

5 Basic Basketball Questions 
I have a few basketball questions for you: 1. When did you start playing basketball? 2. Where did you start playing? 3. What things do you …

Long Range Shots 
Should you throw your hand like you’re throwing a football when taking a long range shot from beyond half court? Or should you shoot it normal as if …

Scoring 
What was the highest professional basketball score ever? One team's score and combined total score.

Now that we can press any time, should we? 
I coach 10 and under girls. This is the first year that we are able to press at any time (unless the mercy rule is in effect). Should we start out …

Girls Youth Basketball Question 
I have some basketball questions about coaching girls. How can you make a team out of girls who have never played together in such little time? What …

Basketball Question: Distance of Free Throw Line?  
I have a basketball question about the free throw line. What is the exact length from the free throw line to the basket?

Basketball Question: How Do I Increase Vertical Jump 
My basketball question has to do with increasing my vertical jump. Can you please give me some simple exercises that I can do to help increase my …

Basketball Shooting 
I have a basketball question on shooting. How long does it takes to find your perfect shooting form?

Traveling Rule Pertaining To Up and Under Move 
I have a basketball question about the up and under move. When conducting the up and under move from the post, is it mandatory to dribble the basketball …

Teaching Defense 
I have a basketball question about playing defense. I need some help on how to teach man on man defense to 4 and 5 year olds.

Height regulations for 6 year old boys 
Hello, I think I know the basketball size, (women's regulation standard), but I'm not sure about the height of the rim standard for 6yr old boys. …

Student-Athlete Question 
Well it's not really a true basketball question, but does anyone have ideas on how to play my best basketball while making my best grades? I play on …

How To Improve My Shots  
My basketball question has to do with shooting. How can I improve my free throws and 3-point shots? Can you give me some tips or advice on what I …

How To Shoot Like a Professional 
My basketball question is how do I shoot the ball like a professional basketball player? Are there any tips or advice you can give me? What do I …

3-point line 
For grade school basketball, how far away is the 3-point line from the basketball hoop?

6 Year Old Not Able to Make An 8' Basket Not rated yet
My 6 year old wants to play basketball but is extremely discouraged because he's the only one on his team who can't seem to get the ball over the 8' rim. …

Need Help With Basketball Rule Not rated yet
I need to know what the official basketball rule is in the NCAA, and possibly High School as well, when a 5th player commits his last foul and has fouled …

Basketball Shooting Fundamentals Not rated yet
I'm 14 years old and I weigh 130 pounds and I am 5" 9' tall. When I shoot the basketball, most of the times my support hand makes the ball curve and I …

What Type of Tempo Should My Basketball Team Play? Not rated yet
I coach an 8th grade girls basketball team. This is my second year with these girls as I coached them in 7th grade. We lost only one game last year in …

Basketball Shooting Help Needed  Not rated yet
I am a post player on my school basketball team - my two best friends are the guards. We have a basketball play where the post player comes up to the …

Help On Basketball Position Not rated yet
Hi, I'm 16 years old and 6 feet tall. The problem is that I play the center position for my basketball team, but all the other teams in the league have …

Residential Basketball Hoops Not rated yet
I am looking for an in-ground basketball hoop (preferably anchor system so it can be moved if necessary) for my driveway for my 15 and 17 year old boys...and …

Basketball Shooting Tips Needed Not rated yet
I'm a 14 year old basketball player. I would say that on average I spend about 1-2 hours a day practicing my shooting. My question is how important …

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Basketball Shooting Percentages Not rated yet
I coach an 8th grade boys basketball team and we've been tracking our shooting percentages from the floor, the line, and the 3-point line. We think the …

How Do You Get Young Girl Basketball Players To Listen? Not rated yet
I have two daughters, one is 8 and the other is 10. I give them suggestions on how to improve their shooting (BEEF). I feel like a broken record. …

Inbound plays Not rated yet
If a player is out of bounds and instead of passing the basketball inbounds they decide to pass it to a player who is also out of bounds. Is this …

Taking The Basketball Down The Court Not rated yet
My 10 year old son just started playing basketball. Is it ok for any player to take the basketball to the hoop if that player has a clear shot to the …

Basketball Free Throw Line Not rated yet
Here's my basketball question... How far is the free throw line for 10 year old basketball? Thanks for the help! Click Here To Learn About A …

Basketball Free Throw Line & 3 Point Line Not rated yet
My basketball question is about shooting distances. What is the high school regulation free throw line and the 3 point line? Click Here To Learn …

Outdoor Basketball Court On Uneven Ground Not rated yet
I have a question on an outdoor basketball court... I'd like to install a backboard and hoop in my yard. I live in the mountains of Colorado and my …

Basketball Court Shot Lines Not rated yet
Here's my basketball question... For middle school basketball, how far are the three-point and free throw lines from the base line? Thanks for the …

Broken Finger. Not rated yet
I want to tryout for my schools basketball team but I just recently broke my middle right finger, the hand I shoot with. I have mallet finger and I …

Inbounding the Basketball. Not rated yet
Player A is in-bounding the basketball on the side-line. Player B reaches in and breaks the plane and touches the basketball as it is being passed. …

How tall you have to be? Not rated yet
How tall do you have to be to be a small forward in middle school for a boys basketball team (7-8 grade)?

Pick and Roll Not rated yet
Some very experienced basketball coaches pretend that "the roll" in a pick and roll play is an offensive foul and that it is punished for this reason in …

Getting the rebound Not rated yet
I always seem to tip the basketball when I rebound. I've got major hops so how do I get a strong rebound w/o tipping the basketball towards me? …

How far is half court? Not rated yet
How far away is the half court line from the basketball hoop in the NBA?

Length from rim to 3 point line in middle school Not rated yet
What is the length from the rim to 3 point line in middle school basketball?

Coaching Underdogs Not rated yet
Hi, my name is Martin Chmel, basketball coach from Prague, Czech republic. Could you let me know some advice about coaching , when the team is really …

Basketball DVDs Not rated yet
I was reading your reviews in the basketball DVD section and I noticed you didn't mention better basketball with Rick Torbett. I have seen most of …

What basketball drills to do in the summer? Not rated yet
I want some good basketball drills that I can do in the summer. I'm improving but I need to know what makes me become a better basketball …

Basketballs Used in the Beginning of the Sport Not rated yet
We have a dark leather basketball with leather lacing and an internal bladder (we had a sporting goods place put in the bladder). The lacings have to …

What`s the difference? Not rated yet
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SCORER AND A SHOOTER IN BASKETBALL?

Fixing Shooting Footwork Not rated yet
Been working with my sister, who's in middle school and plays AAU basketball. Her form is very good overall, but she has some footwork issues that …

Foul line Not rated yet
How many feet is the foul line from the basket?

Points Not rated yet
How many points do you get for shooting into the basket? Click Here To Learn About A Revolutionary Shooting Program!

Going to the basket Not rated yet
My daughter if a very good at her defensive basketball skills but hesitates to go to the basket. What can you suggest to her to overcome this. Thanks …

Alright, I'm a guard... Not rated yet
My strong points are shooting, handling the basketball, etc., but I'm out growing everyone on my team...How do I become versatile and develop a post game. …

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Overlooked Girl's Basketball Team Not rated yet
I come from a small school where the girl's basketball program is overlooked. We haven't had a very good record and are always looked down upon. They …

Consistency Not rated yet
How is it that some basketball players are so good all the time. Me, I'll have 3 great games and then 5 bad ones. How do I get it to where I'm always …

HOW FAR IS A 3 Not rated yet
How far is a 3 point shot in high school basketball?

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