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November 01, 2007

Youth Hoops - November 1, 2007

Your Weekly Dose Of Basketball Tips, Advice & Resources!

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Quote Of The Week

Champions do not become champions when they win an event, but in the hours, weeks, and months, and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely a demonstration of their championship character.

Michael Jordan

Check out this incredible collection of inspirational basketball quotes.

Tip Of The Week


Developing an outstanding jump shot takes a lot of hard work, dedication and focus. There are certain shooting techniques and mechanics that players must use in order to develop an effective jump shot.

By utilizing the following tips, players will be able to shoot their jump shot with confidence and consistency.

>Basketball Shooting Tips - Jump Shots

  • Players should have their hands and feet ready to shoot.

  • Players should have their minds focused on shooting the basketball.

  • Players should start their shots with proper footwork. Their shots start on the floor.

  • Players should catch the ball, get into a triple threat position and be ready to shoot.

  • Players should make a jab step to create space for their shot. This will put the defender back on their heels and give the shooter space to shoot.

  • Players should jump straight up off of both feet.

  • Players should have their shoulders and head square to the basket. This aligns them properly for an accurate shot.

  • Players should have their shooting elbow pointing at the basket.

  • Players should extend the elbow and snap the wrist as they shoot. This will give them proper shooting form and arc.

  • Players should follow through after their shot.

  • Players should follow their shots for a possible rebound.

  • Players should pass to an open teammate if they have a better shot.

  • Players should practice a variety of jump shots within their shooting range. As their accuracy improves, they can increase their range.

Tired of missing your shot? Wanna learn to shoot like the pros...or better? Then you need to check out this basketball shooting program.


I received a great email last week requesting more information on proper safety guidelines for coaches. After sending the coach some tips on basketball safety, I realized that this is possibly one of the most overlooked aspects of coaching...especially for new coaches.

So, here are my fifteen safety tips that all coaches should follow in order to insure that their players will be playing in a safe environment and have a positive basketball experience. Enjoy.

Basketball Safety Tips & Guidelines

  • Coaches should require all players to have a preseason physical examination. This will help determine if the athlete is in the proper physical health needed for basketball.

  • Coaches should have all parents sign an informed consent form. This states that the parents are giving their child permission to participate in basketball and also be treated in case of an injury. This form helps protect the coach, player, and parents.

  • Coaches should stress to the players and their parents the importance of proper nutrition. They should provide guidelines for a healthy eating plan as well as proper water consumption.

  • Coaches should properly condition their players to help prepare their bodies for the game of basketball. This would include proper stretching, running, and other aerobic activities. Weight training can also be included for higher levels of competition.

  • Coaches should check the condition of the equipment, training aids, and basketball court before practices and games begin. This should be done before any of the players step on the court. Any damages to the equipment or court should be addressed immediately.

  • Coaches should always have their players match up against teammates that are similar in size and physical maturity. One of the most common ways that smaller players get hurt is by being matched with teammates that are too big and strong for them.

  • Coaches should always be in a position to properly supervise their players during practices and games. Obviously, coaches should never leave their players unattended on the basketball court.

  • Coaches should keep accurate record of all their practice plans and game schedule. They should document any injuries that may have occurred during those times. This will help protect them from any liability issues.

  • Coaches should provide their players with proper warm-up activities at the beginning of practices and games. These activities usually include running or jogging followed by stretching. This will help loosen the players' muscles and prepare their bodies for action.

  • Coaches should provide their players with the proper cool-down activities at the end of practices and games. These activities usually include a 5-10 minute jog or walk around the court. This will settle the players' heart rate and help prevent any stiff or sore muscles.

  • Coaches should provide their players with an adequate amount of water before, during and after practices and games. Proper hydration is an important key to keeping the players' muscles loose and allowing them to perform at their level. Coaches should schedule 1-2 water breaks into their practice plan.

  • Coaches should properly plan their practices to ensure that the players are participating in activities that are appropriate for their age and level of competition.

  • Coaches should constantly monitor and evaluate their players during practices and games. They should watch for physical signs that might indicate an injury.

  • Coaches should have the proper training and certifications in first aid and CPR. This will prepare them to deal with minor injuries and give them the proper procedures for dealing with major injuries.

  • Coaches should make sure they have proper liability insurance to protect themselves in any player injury situation.

    For more valuable coaching tips, visit my basketball coaching page.

    Product Reviews Of The Week


    Championship Productions

    Championship Productions has been producing the finest basketball instructional videos and books for thirty years. They're selection is simply amazing! You'll find basketball DVDs, videos and books from the top coaches from around the country. Learn more about about their incredible selection of basketball resources here...


    The Jump Experts Vertical Jump Program

    The Jump Experts Increasing Vertical Jump Program is the most comprehensive vertical jump enhancement resource ever created-- Period! Read more here...

    The Lighter Side Of Basketball

    Charles Barkley, the shortest player ever to lead the NBA in rebounding (14.6 per game), often mocked Oliver Miller for his feeble leaping ability. "You can't even jump high enough to touch the rim," he declared one day, "unless they put a Big Mac on it!"

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