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We all know that coaching is a wonderful way to interact and leave a positive impact on children of any age. But a bad coach tramples on the self-esteem of impressionable kids while also stealing away the joy of playing the game. That isn’t what anyone wants, least of all the coach. It isn’t uncommon for us to be asked questions about coaching when parents contact the Basketball Goal Store. So here are 4 more tips to consider when taking on that role for the first time. Your kids – and everyone else – will be watching! Carefully schedule the… Read more »

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Once upon a time, smack-dab in the middle of the Victorian Era, a female physical education teacher named Senda Berenson introduced the game of basketball to a group of students at Smith College for girls in Northampton. This new game was invented a year earlier (1891) by James Naismith, a Canadian-American physical education teacher and coach. Teaching the 13 official rules of basketball didn’t seem necessary. Although the newly created game of basketball was gaining fast popularity among men, it was only of interest on the women’s campus as a winter exercise option. An unladylike game involving a basketball and… Read more »

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More than 20 years ago, a slightly more wrinkled but still interested basketball player stepped up to the proverbial free throw line to advocate for all the other wrinkled athletes. This basketball lover’s name was John H. Morgan Jr. And he made history in 1987 by founding The Huntsman World Series Games for athletes over age 50. That first year, 500 athletes from around the United States happily packed a suitcase and made their way to St. George, Utah to participate. This much interest- especially during the very first gathering- convinced Morgan that he was on the right track. There… Read more »

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We hear a lot in the media about childhood obesity and we all understand the importance of watching our kids’ diets and controlling their junk food intake. (Sometimes that is easier said than done, isn’t it?) But we don’t frequently hear about the fact that physical activity isn’t valuable just to avoid excessive weight gain. Physical activity is directly related to the overall development of your child. Beginning around age two, when your child has mastered crawling and climbing and folding her hand around a favorite doll or grasping a spoon for meal time, she is beginning to develop muscles.… Read more »

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Athletes are not only devoted to their sports. They realize that a conditioning regiment is crucial. Sports is part of our weekly routine, we work it around our individual responsibilities and we understand that carving out a schedule for practice time is part of life. So it goes without saying that a healthy diet is also a must. But when we consider what an athlete should grab to drink when he needs hydration, we find some reason for confusion as well as alarm. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, when most athletes exercise longer than 45 minutes, they… Read more »

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Blustery fall has arrived with the winds whipping down the streets and along with the errant papers, basketball goals being blown about; at least those portable ones that are really meant to be taken down and sent back to the garage every day! In fact, my neighbors have one that they purchased for their three boys and, just like most all others, it stays outside all the time. They found that it moved around a great deal in play and as the boys got bigger – and rougher – they got stakes and bungee cords to secure it to the ground.… Read more »

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Well, the lockout continues and there is talk of a major contraction in the number of teams that will survive until the end. Sad. It makes me think that the fans have the opportunity to take back the game. To their driveways, in their living rooms and in gyms across the nation. Let those who have made it a business remain mired in thigh-high stagnancy – the rest of us – let’s make it a game again! Here at the Basketball Goal Store we know how much fun families can have playing basketball. The Goalrilla Goal is perfect for families… Read more »

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“One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn’t do you any good.” – Abe Lemons You might ask, “Who was Abe Lemons to make such a claim?” Well, Abe Lemons is an Oklahoman who put Oklahoma City University on the map – basketball wise. He was also the president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1977 and was named the National Basketball Coach of the year in 1978. The man ranked 5th among the winningest active collegiate coaches. He had a little experience, I think! The WWII veteran had a perspective on life… Read more »

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Ah, patience. Beginning basketball players usually don’t have any, do they? That’s one of the reasons why drills are so good for beginners and drills with shooting elements – well that just makes their hearts race. Because in the beginning, basketball is all about shooting baskets and little else. Parents tell us all the time how excited kids are to make baskets and how the Goalrilla Goal is great for everyone in the family because you can adjust the height of the hoop. That’s one of the first things we hear about when we answer the phone at the Basketball… Read more »

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Healthier habits – isn’t that what we want for all our kids? You just don’t know what it meant to me to hear that Oklahoma City Thunder basketball player, Kevin Durant, said: “I could eat a lot better… This past year, I was really big on eating a lot of foods with vegetables. That’s all I really ate this past year was foods with vegetables. I’m trying to stay away from red meats and the fast food as much as I can, even though it’s tempting.” Finally!! A message for all our kids (and us, too, truth be told). Durant… Read more »

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“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On twenty-six occasions I have been entrusted to take the game’s winning shot … and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan To put success and the ultimate career achievements of Michael Jordan into perspective – he’s human. He has, indeed, made a remarkable imprint on the game of basketball and inspired countless up-and-coming stars and young ballers starting out. But, in his own words, he has also had… Read more »

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All most kids want to do is get out and take some shots at the basketball goal – make some hoops, run and beat their friends in a friendly game. But here come the adults with their ideas about “warming up” and stretching before engaging in any sports activity. Adults sigh, kids groan. They just want to play – and – in the end is that ok? Here at the Basketball Goal Store, we make available the best in in-ground basketball goals – the Goalrilla Basketball Goals – we don’t advise on the physiology of the game. But I can’t resist… Read more »

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By now everyone has heard all the recent reports and statistics about health and obesity levels for all ages and genders in the United States. Getting more exercise is one of the reasons some families reach out to us here at the Basketball Goal Store. Parents want a home basketball court where they, and their children, have a place to play their way to better health. And with the great volume-buying prices and overstock deals, the Basketball Goal Store is the place to find a premium in-ground Goalrilla Goal. Gym memberships are great – but it’s more than just the… Read more »

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So you have a son or daughter who got a taste of basketball at summer camp or saw a really exciting clip on YouTube and now they want to play. That’s great! Call us at the Basketball Goal Store and since we are the No. 1 online retailer, we can set you up with the best premium, in-ground Goalrilla Goal Basketball System for your own home basketball installation. (If you didn’t already know, a Goalrilla Goal purchase will get you a lifetime of fun and health benefits and we have great prices and quick delivery!) Anyway, we also like to help parents teach these… Read more »

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Well the 2011 NBA championship has been decided – and I would think that Mike Bibby is one really disappointed guy. As you might recall, Bibby gave up a $6.2 million dollar paycheck to play for free agent wages with the Miami Heat. General consensus was that this player was on the backside of his career and wanted to “win the big one.” Well, sometimes you take a chance and it works out just how you hope it would. Other times, well, not so much – like for Bibby and the Heat this year. It really isn’t worth the chance… Read more »

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“How should I know? You didn’t tell me!” If you have children, a spouse, or any people around you, you know how effective communication gets things done or greases the wheel to get along!! Without communication, people assume that someone else will do something and then no one does it. Like when parents don’t communicate and no one goes to pick up Johnny from practice. It happens when the garden doesn’t get watered or the car isn’t gassed up. The same is true on the basketball court. It’s just another way the game of basketball can be a place to… Read more »

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It’s getting close to THAT time of year – you know – summer – when the kids are out of school. Are you ready for it?? Are you looking forward to: –          I’m boooorrrrrreeeeed. There’s nothing to do….  (week 2) –          Continual biinggg bonng Clunk!! of games and game systems on the TV  (weeks 3 – 4) –          I wanna —- (go to) — (rent) — (watch) — (get) — (buy) — you fill in the blank (weeks 5 – 7) The answer from most parents out there is, “No. I’m not ready. I thought this year might be different.”… Read more »

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Having spent several decades on this earth (OK, a couple more than just several), I have discovered that there is more than one “clumsy age” in life. Didn’t like it the first time in those pubescent years (remember tripping over your own feet in class??) and I certainly don’t like it now when it’s mis-judging the stairs or doorframes because of bifocals or expanded hips. Use basketball to improve balance and coordination I’ve heard that as humans age, their balance and coordination suffers. I’ve also heard that exercise helps – and basketball is one sport that can really benefit the… Read more »

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It’s really hard to comprehend the number 11.109 million. Imagine that many marbles – or hot dogs! No matter how you look at it – that’s a big number! It’s a number that set a record – it’s the number of people who watched the Eastern conference finals game between the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat on May 15. (It beat out the record 10.829 million viewers who watched Michael Jordan’s last NBA All-Star Game in 2003.) The point is, basketball is popular – there’s no denying that and if you want a sport that will keep you in… Read more »

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In my last post, I talked about the fundamentals of the Cocked and Flexed Shooting Position in perimeter shooting. All the steps were there – and the demonstration video, too. The last thing I talked about was that one smooth rhythmic motion and that’s what we need to talk more about. You really need to prefect one more thing: it’s called Swing and Sit. It’s the rhythm that is essential to develop and when you combine that with the fundamentals, it’s like magic … Swing and Sit It’s one fluid motion. Once you feel the rhythm, you’ll be able to… Read more »

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