Friday, October 27, 2006

Backboard Basics or Bank Shot Basics

Backboard Basics or Bank Shot Basics

Here are some keys to be thinking of when teaching or practicing the backboard shot or also some call it a bank shot.

1. Remember to shoot the ball making contac jus inside the white box above the rim.

2. This is very key and basic, and a lot of players get this wrong. The shot needs to be hitting the white box on the downward flight of the ball. More and more younger players are trying shoot the ball just aim for the box, but it's imporant to arc the shot so that it's on the downward flight. A good rule for this is if a lot of your shots are coming hard off the backboard and hitting the far side of the rim, or missing completely and going to the weak side. Then you really need to practicing the downward arc hitting the inside part of the white box.

3. Make your follow-through point (which we suggest would be your index finger) is aiming not on the rim, but on the target that your shooting at which is the just inside the white box. This helps your shot with a high follow through procducing a high arc shott of the backboard.

4. Remember that every lay to 10 feet out should ALWAYS be a bank shot! This will help you not getting yelled at by your coach. This also, should be instilled into a player so they will not be in the air shooting and deciding which shot this is going to be a bank shot or regular straight shot. While the backboard does absorb some energy transferred to the ball off a hard drive to the basket, the shot still should be "kissed softly off the glass" as much as possible.

5. Remember it's still all about shooters touch, so don't be trying to shoot it very hard off the backboard, but a simple, soft kiss of the glass will due wonders!

6. Post players should use a bank shot when they know they will be recieving a hard foul or just about any foul down low. The bank shot has better percentage of going in even when you get pushed, fouled, or the ball gets tipped.

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