Consistent form, soft touch


Most young players can not shoot well.  Even into high school, we see the majority of players unable to make even open shots  Why is this?


  1. Form precedes function.  Proper shooting form is not taught enough.
  2. Even when shooting form is taught, the players are often thrust into competition WAY TOO QUICKLY.  With their form in development, their ability to improve is actually STUNTED via competition.  PARENTS-Basics position is your kids may actually GET WORSE if they compete before they have sharp skills. We highly encourage parents to have the courage to say NO to the status quo of competition for competition’s sake and INSTEAD relentlessly focus on your kid’s skill development.   Practices should be VERY COMPETITIVE every time we are in the gym.
  3. Plain and simple–kids do not get enough shooting repetitions.  Execution with NO THOUGHT is a habit.  Kids must be able to pull the trigger quickly with proper form.  This is accomplished in 1 way only–via thousands and thousands of practice repetitions.  There are no tricks.  There are no short cuts.
  4. Great shooters shoot with their FEET.  This means the quick and proper execution of shooting can only occur if the players feet are ready (IE on the catch, on a jump stop or using their inside pivot)


  • Beginning players:  proper ball position, coordinated and rythmic leg drive at release, off hand falls off just prior to release, begin teaching wrist snap to create rotation
  • Intermediate players:  reinforce all of the above, introduce primary shooting footwork–JUMP STOPS and PIVOTS.
  • Advanced players: reinforce all of the above, sharpen ball fakes (up fakes, hesitation moves, pass fakes), teach primary shots like the jump shot, the runner, the step back, the 3 point shot, the jump hook, the turnaround and others.  Advanced players should be able to CREATE THEIR OWN SHOT and be able to describe what a GOOD SHOT is.  See Basics shooting videos.


Basics does NOT SUBSCRIBE to the current model of travel, competition and CONSTANT play as youngsters develop in any sport.  We know that emphasizing skills and school and appropriate adult modeling for these kids MUST COME FIRST.  If you are interested in learning the Basics methodology for your program, your school district or your child, you are encouraged to explore the web site, the Pyramid of Skill, or to CALL or EMAIL with any questions.  616 402-1600   Thank you


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