Some people say it’s an epidemic. There is still no known cause for why it strikes one child but not another, and there is no cure. To make things even more frightening, current statistics show that 2 to 6 children of every 1,000 will be diagnosed with it. And males are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with it than females. We’re talking about autism. Children born with this serious, life-altering neurological disorder will often exhibit symptoms of autism by age 3. Often they do not respond normally to verbal cues, they avoid eye contact, their verbal skills may… Read more »
If you want to be a scorer, concentrate on your form. When the fundamentals come automatically, your performance will improve. Not only does the Basketball Goal Store offer premier Goalrilla Basketball Goal systems, they’re also interested in helping players learn and practice fundamental skills. Check back often (or subscribe to our blog!) where you’ll find resources to help you learn correct form with step-by-step instructions, tips and drills – and videos that show you what we’re talking about. Our series will also provide drills to practice at home on your own Goalrilla Basketball Goal home court, (available at great prices… Read more »
It seems every day that you’re having to tell your kids to take the bucket off the dresser and bouncing the basketball off the walls. (One kid I know actually put a trashcan in the top drawer of a chest of drawers and used duct tape (!) to tape the drawer tight so the can would stay put …) It’s time to get the fledgling basketball star out of the house and onto a home court. But you have to be careful – there’s nothing that will squash the enthusiasm of a youngster faster than trying to make a basket… Read more »
Slam dunks and the sound of swisssshhhh is great, but bank shots are money in the bank! John Wooden was a big fan of bank shots – he made it the focus of many practice sessions. UCLA’s undefeated 1972 – 73 team, including the legendary Bill Walton, racked up points using the bank shot. Richard “Digger” Phelps (before ESPN fame, he was the winningest Notre Dame basketball coach ever) suggests playing an entire game using nothing but bank shots. (Whew!) Bank shots aren’t glamorous, but do teach good form – and that’s what’s needed to excel at the game. See,… Read more »
A little confidence goes a long way. Yeah, right – but on the basketball court? Yes, especially on the basketball court. Coaches can help most players improve shooting form to improve their shooting percentage, but that doesn’t mean those shots will score. Some players just don’t have the touch – or the confidence. There’s a difference between a shooter and a scorer. Take Elgin Baylor – if you don’t know, he is considered the progenitor of Michael Jordan – he could shoot and he could score. Known as a player whose bottom half might be off balance, the top half… Read more »
There’s nothing sweeter than the “swish” of nothing but net – Those shots are special for a reason – they’re tough to make. Players are more likely to make the basket when they concentrate on the sweet spot on the goal – the shooting square. The shooting square is, according to the official NBA Rules under Section II – Equipment: A transparent backboard shall be marked with a 2” white rectangle centered behind the ring. This rectangle shall have outside dimensions of 24” horizontally and 18” vertically. With good form and aiming for the shooting square, scoring becomes an expected… Read more »
Sure wish I had known John Wooden.
We all tell our kids that practice pays off and if you want to be really good at something – sports, academics, painting – whatever – you
When watching youngsters play basketball, have you ever noticed players who do only one of two things? They are either running – or standing. It’s like stop and go, stop and go and then, for something new, go and stop.