A great shooter never became one overnight. Proper mechanics, confidence, an understanding of where they shoot the best on the court, and most importantly, repetition make a shooter great. Shooting a basketball is more like a batting stance than shooting a soccer ball: no two players do it the same way. The unique, unorthodox shooting style of one player can yield more success than a player that seems to have all the proper mechanics down.
I used to think [and had coaches say] that when I struggled I needed to re-adjust my shot completely from the classic middle school two-handed shot. Instead, I made a simple re-adjustment by shifting my left hand over to the side of the ball and use it as an assist hand only. This allowed me to have more consistent success with my shot and develop a jump shot as well. Now as a coach myself, far too often I see kids shooting around just to shoot, without any intention to improve their shot. The reality is few players actually want to be great shooters. The good new is, ‘working on your shot’ can still be fun. I used to shoot free throws until I made 10 straight, I would play ‘around the world’ against myself from around the key then the 3 point arc. If you have a hoop and a basketball, you can be a great shooter. One of the first things I knew about myself was I could shoot a basketball. It was a way to prove myself—while others hoped to make every shot, I made every shot. This wasn’t the reality, but it was and still is my thinking. I would spend hours in the driveway working on my shot, never satisfied with getting enough shots in a day. And that is the secret to shooting. While its important to have your elbow in, square up the feet, follow all the way through, have proper backspin on the ball, even more important is the willingness to be okay with a miss yet always anticipating a make. The success is in the repetition and the seriousness to which the shooter takes to the skill.
Hoopaholics Anonymous is a monthly newsletter written by various Hoopaholics staff. The views and opinions written in this newsletter are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the Hoopaholics organization.
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Left to Right: Kira Wood, Ellie Schemmel, Kate Allen, Chloe Rubin, Rania Uppal. Ellie Walker, Jessica Coacher, Dara Schoolcraft, Asst. Coach Lynnea Schneider, Head Coach Sandy Schneider
Congrats to Coach Sandy and the girls on their fantasic finish to take home the Title!
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"Hoopaholics Schneider handed ESA their first loss of the season in the championship game. The score was very tight through the first three quarters and ESA was up 21-20 to start the final period. But Hoopaholics went on a 10-2 run to finish on top 30-23. Jessica led Hoopaholics scorers with 12 and Kira added 10."
Great work ladies!
Front Row: Kate Oest-Larsen, Grace Sauvage, Hannah Brown, Mackenzie Greig, Margaret Sauvage
Back Row: Asst Coach Katie Henricksen, Allie Henricksen, Eliyah Givens, Kea Maider, Brenna Hart, Morgan Cliff, Abby Nelson, Asst Coach Joe Sauvage (not pictured: Head Coach Riley Prince)
Congrats to Coach Riley's 4th Grade Girls! 2014 Spring Fling Tournament Champions!
Season: June 16 - August 9 [Approx end date]
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Cost for season for return player is $395 or $495
For new player, cost is $525 or $625
(includes game jersey/shorts and practice jersey)
Left to Right: Anna Summers, Maddy Grandbois, Elizabeth "Bea Rabbit" Franklin, Stefanie Hale, Kristen "Sneaky" Reijonen, Olivia "Lew" Leff, Helen "Squeaks" Sauvage, "Air Hadley" Schaub, Brooke Kearney, Selina Rojas, Sam Smith, Coaches Hightower and Riley
Congrats to Coach Riley and the girls on their tournament championship this weekend!
Bad Girl Swag gets it done!
Front Row: Owen Wilkowski (#32), Max Shriver, Oscar Olson, Christian Krueger, and Matthew Shields.
Back Row: Connor Mirick (#12), Sam Soltani, Bryce Wressell, Coach Shaun Prince, Henry Pehl, Simon Aquirre, and Yale Bonnet.
Congrats to the 6th Grade Boys, coached by Shaun Prince, on their 2nd place in the U11 Parks and Rec division!