Coach's Clipboard Newsletter #110
May 14, 2017
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Dear Coaches, Players, Friends,

Today's Quotes:

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there!

"If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base." - Dave Barry

Mother to kids: "If you are going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."



Today's Theme - Free Throw Shooting

First, understand how important free-throw shooting is.  At least 3 or 4 games per year in a 20 game schedule will be determined by free-throw shooting.  All close games, the ones that really count.. the close tournament games and conference championship games can be won or lost on the free throw line.

Team Goals in free throw shooting.  Middle school teams should strive for 60% from the line, and high school teams - 70%.  You won't shoot as well in a game as in practice, so strive for 75% (high school) in practice.  This is a team skill... become a good free throw shooting team.  See these articles for more info...

Free-Throw Shooting

This article discusses how to become good free throw shooters... fundamentals, attitude and practice ideas.

Shooting Free-Throws, by Dr. Hal Wissel

From former NBA coach Hal Wissel... successful free throw shooting requires confidence, sound mechanics, a routine, relaxation, rhythm and concentration.  Routine, relaxation, and rhythm contribute to concentration and confidence.

Free-Throw Shooting Drills

This page presents a number of free-throw shooting drills.  It's good to have several to avoid boredom.

Foul Shooting - by Ari Fisher

Coach Fisher discusses free-throw shooting tips, routine, and the mental approach.  He also includes a good free throw progression drill.


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Till next time...
Best wishes,
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