August 15, 2003, Newsletter Issue #123: CATCH AND SHOOT !

Tip of the Week

Being "Shot Ready" requires a few things. First, a player must always expect the next pass and PREPARE to be an effective reciever. To do so, the player must be in the proper STANCE, with the HANDS and FEET ready.

Proper STANCE requires knees and waist to be bent with FEET facing the basketball and your "shooting foot"(foot on the side of the hand that you shoot with) a little behind your pivot foot.

As the reciever is about to catch the pass, the HANDS should be above the waist with the fingertips facing upward. This will allow the player to get the ball into the "shooting pocket" as quickly as possible.

Upon catching the pass he should plant the "pivot foot" and step into the shot with the "shooting foot". This way the shot starts with the feet, extends through the knees and waist, then involves the shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingertips. This should be one fluid motion, concentrating on an effective "upforce". This is a term often used by Tom Norland who has a great website on shooting at

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