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September 04, 2007

Youth Hoops - September 4, 2007

Your Weekly Dose Of Basketball Tips, Advice & Resources!

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Youth Hoops Will Now Be Delivered To Your Inbox On A Weekly Basis. In my continued efforts to provide you with the best information on the game of basketball, I will now send out Youth Hoops once a week.

Joe Waters

Quote Of The Week

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.

Pat Riley

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Tip Of The Week


Shooting is the most important skill in the game of basketball. After all, if you can't shoot the ball accurately and consistently - you can't score.

Whether you're just shooting for fun and friendly competition or competing on a team, there are four critical keys to your success.

I strongly support and promote the Swish Method of shooting. Here are the four keys of the Swish Method:

  • Your shot should come from a strong power source - we call it the Upforce.

  • You should develop a release that has the fewest variables possible. Keep it simple and consistent.

  • Aim your shot high and be prepared to vary the height as needed. A higher arc will lead to more accuracy, consistency and success.

  • Vary the timing of your shot as needed. Shooting earlier or later than usual will help compensate for the various demands of the game.

To learn more about the Revolutionary Swish Method of Shooting, click here.


As you begin to prepare for the upcoming season, it is critically important to develop your coaching objectives for the season. So how do you do that?

Well, I believe it's an ongoing and never-ending process of educating yourself on the game of basketball. There are numerous ways to do this. You need to pick the methods that you're most comfortable with.

Here are a few ways that you can continue to add to your knowledge and understanding of the game:

  • Exchange information freely with fellow coaches and clinicians.

  • Read a wide variety of basketball coaching books to learn new methods and techniques.

  • Watch as many basketball coaching videos on the game as possible. Today, it's easy to learn from the most successful coaches of all-time.

  • Ask intelligent questions of the right people who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with you.

  • Attend as many coaching clinics as possible.

Product Reviews Of The Week


Coach Morgan Wooten DVD Series - Foundations for Successful Basketball

This DVD series is extremely effective at teaching the skills and fundamentals needed to compete at the junior high and high school level. Coach Wootten has sent more than 160 high school players on to play college basketball, and a dozen have played in the NBA. Read more here...


Ganon Baker: Skill Development 3-Pack

Ganon Baker, owner of Shake N' Bake Basketball Services, works out more than 3,000 kids a year. He also teams with Nike as a Skill Development Trainer to work with the nations best high school boys and girls basketball players. Read more here...

The Lighter Side Of Basketball

Hanging in the hallway at the High School are the basketball team pictures from the past 40 years. A player in the center of the front row in each picture holds a basketball identifying the year -- "62-63," "63-64," "64-65," etc.

One day I spotted a freshman looking curiously at the photos. Turning to me, he said, "Isn't it strange how the teams always lost by one point?"

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