- It's almost always counter productive to fix shooting mechanics during season. It must be done during the off season.
- It's impossible to turn a kid into a great shooter during your short season (especially when there are WAY too many other things to do). It must happen in the off season.
- It's difficult to develop new skills and improve during the season. It must be done during the off season.
Here's a great technique to evaluate your players and help them improve after the season is over.
Very few coaches know about this technique...
When your season is over, you need to chart your players "shot tendencies". This is important!
We learned this awesome trick from coach Herb Magee. Herb suggests that you are wasting your time if you don't analyze your shot tendencies. And we think he's right!
Here's how it works:
You have each player shoot a bare minimum of 50 shots and chart their shots. The key is to chart detailed results of each shot. You will track how many shots fell short, too long, to the left, and to the right. This information will help you determine what this player needs to work on.
You will discover that each player tends to consistently miss a certain direction. In many cases, players consistently miss short and hit the front of the rim. It's extremely useful for players and coaches to know this information.
However, almost NO coaches or players chart this information. They practice with little purpose or direction.
In some cases the player need to work on everything because their mechanics are terrible. In other cases, you'll often find that players consistently miss either short, long, or to a certain direction. If a player consistently comes up short, now you know this player needs to work on distance control and getting more power in their shot.
If you think about it, it's silly to go out and practice hours and hours without knowing your shot tendencies. You can get a lot further in life by practicing smart.
After watching and assessing your players, make a list of all your players, with special notes beside each player. As an example, you can do something like this:
|Name||Mechanics||Areas to Improve||Goal / Notes|
|Joe Smith||Great mechanics but tends to miss short.||Needs to improve distance control, mid-range shot, and free throws||Improve overall shooting percentage and develop a great mid-range shot. Just needs to step things up to the next level by practicing more.|
|Jeff Johnson||Good mechanics, except release point is low (flat shot).||Raise release point and locate target earlier.||Get in lots of reps to raise release point, locate target earlier, and learn to shoot off the dribble better. Improve percentage in all those area with more practice.|
|Alex Bell||Terrible shooting grip. Continually misses target to right and left.||Needs to change mechanics, grip on the ball, and arm alignment.||Get LOTS of reps AWAY from the basket. Fix grip mechanics and arm alignment. Be ready for game shots late summer.|
Essentially you are setting logical and attainable things you want to improve with each player. This will allow you to develop a logical shooting program for your players, easily keep tabs on things, and help your players improve.
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