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February 04, 2008

Youth Hoops - February 4, 2008

Your Monthly Dose Of Basketball Tips, Advice & Resources!

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Tip Of The Month


Here are some basic guidelines for shooting a perfect layup. I know what you're already know how to shoot a layup. That may be true.

Unfortunately, many players use an improper form when shooting layups. So, although you know how to shoot a layup...that doesn't guarantee that you're shooting it properly.

Here are a few simple guidelines to follow for shooting layups...

1. Shoot the layup softly by jumping when you're about one foot from the basket. When the basketball is shot too hard off the backboard, chances are it won't go in.

2. Shoot the layup with an open hand. This means the palm should be facing the backboard.

3. Use the painted square on the backboard as a target. You should aim just inside the top corner of the side you're shooting from.

4. You should extend up, not out, when shooting a layup. A common mistake is to run too fast, jump out and then get too far under the basket for the shot. This results in the ball just being flung up at the hoop.

Although the layup is a simple shot, one that anyone can take - following the proper fundamentals is crucial for your success.

By following these tips for shooting layups, you will become a more dominant offensive basketball player. If you need more tips and advice, visit our Basketball Tips Page.


Developing a strategy for substitutions is a critical part of your success as a basketball coach and team. It will often take a few games to develop your strategy for substituting, and this will often be based on the talent of your players. However, there are certain rules you should follow when making substitutions.

You should substitute to...

1. Take out tired players.

2. Take out players who are not hustling.

3. Take out players who are making constant and repeated mistakes.

4. Put in players who do not play much.

5. Put in less-skilled players with better players.

6. Put in specialists when needed.

7. Put in the bench players when it's a blowout.

By following these guidelines, you will be able to develop a consistent and fair substitution pattern.

For more coaching tips and advice, visit our Basketball Coaching Page.


Product Reviews Of The Month


Morgan Wooten DVD Series

This DVD series is extremely effective at teaching the skills and fundamentals needed to compete at the junior high and high school level. Read more here...


The Swish Shooting Method

The Swish Basketball Shooting Program is the finest shooting program available today. How do I know? Because I use it! Read more here...


The Lighter Side Of Basketball

"These people haven't seen the last of my face," Indiana Pacers forward Chuck Person once declared. "If I go down, I'm going down standing up!"


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