Our game today is managed and evaluated in so many different ways it will make your head spin. One thing that has been a staple forever and it continues to be the most important and definable skill in our game is making shots.
Player Development coaches have so many different ways that they help get players better. Everyone has an interest level in different parts of the game that they specialize in. I think that one thing that every player development coach should have a philosophy in is teaching a player how to shoot.
There are so many players in need of help on their shot can you really afford not to be able to teach a player how to shoot. So much of our game that is taught is usually some for of Isolation basketball. Everywhere you read online on YouTube or Twitter is someone talking about this move or that move. Don't get me wrong teaching a player how to get a shot off is important and it definitely has its place, but you are doing players a disservice if you can't take their shot and make it better.
With all of the resources online to learn from there is no excuse on how you can't work with players on their shot. For the past 33 years I've been so lucky to be around Dave Hopla. If you don't know Dave Hopla do yourself a favor and Google him. He's the best Shooting Instructor/Coach IN the World by Far. I've had the opportunity to see him speak, demonstrate, and teach over 250 times in my life. He simplifies the shot and can teach it in a way where players retain it and put it to use.
Dave taught me how to build a teaching routine to give to players. I think every coach needs to have a philosophy that they believe in and be consistent to stick with it. To be a good teacher of anything consistency is your message is the key. For the past few years I really have worked on my philosophy on how to teach shooting.
Here are the 4 Very Important Aspects in Shooting.
SHOT IS STRAIGHT
POWER TO GET THE BALL TO THE RIM
I think that those 4 things are paramount in shooting. Without good balance and concentrating on making sure the ball comes off straight as well as power the shot has very little chance of being consistent. Lack of movement has to be something you put a lot of time into perfecting or the ball will come off right/left - short/long making it impossible to have a consistent shot.
I can go on and on what's important to me in shooting, but my message on this post is develop a teaching platform of your own. Our game needs to continue to develop shooting and make it a priority. It is so important to have multiple shooters on the floor to space defenders out and open things up. Even big men need to be able to make free throws at the very least and change from post up power forwards to stretch 4's.
Ive thought about why there aren't more coaches that teach shooting out there and the only answer that Ic an come up with is its too hard. It is too hard to go through the daily beatdown of making changes to a player's shot and dealing with the ups and downs with that player. Perfecting good shooting technique can take months when you factor in the setbacks and the frustration that the player and the coach will go through.
Do yourself a favor go online and read up on Dave Hopla and what he likes to teach. If you don't like Dave's approach go on YouTube and Rabbit Hole yourself and watch other shooting coaches teach and see what you like. From your research come up with a Shooting Booklet of your own that is YOUR approach to teaching a player how to shoot.
There are only so many ISO moves that you can teach a player. In the end on the offensive end coaches need players that can make shots and think. Start making our game better and get better at teaching players how to shoot.
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