How to Teach Basketball Shooting to Kids

How to Teach Basketball Shooting to Kids

You can learn how to Teach Basketball Shooting to kids by watching and listening to one of the greats Dave Hopla.

Below he answers questions and give 10 tips to better shooting and consistency.

It starts with “Practice Form Shooting”.

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3 Steps to Shooting a Basketball

There are 3 critical areas to shooting the basketball successfully.

  • Before the Shot: Shot Preparation
  • The Shot
  • After the Shot: Shot Follow Through

You have to work on all of the areas to maximize your kids potential.


Shooting the basketball into the hoop is how you score points and ultimately win games. When first learning how to shoot there are several things that you want to make sure that you are doing. These are called the fundamentals of shooting. Not everyone’s shot is going to look the same but without the fundamentals of shooting you are not going to be able to become a very good shooter. There are 3 different shooting phases that you need to work on to become a good shooter. They are shot preparation, the shot, and follow through.

5 Keys to Coaching Success According to Butler

What are the keys to coaching basketball successfully?

What should you focus on to have a successful team on and off the court?

At Butler, they have 5 keys they call “The Butler Way”

  • Humility
  • Passion
  • Unity
  • Servanthood
  • Thankfulness

But, you can’t just speak them, you have to lead by example!


Hinkle passed down his teachings to his coaching proteges and players throughout the years, the programs culture propagating into all aspects of the Butler community.

Offense and Defense Rebounding: What’s the difference?

Offensive and Defensive rebounding are different in their approaches.

The defensive rebounding position is the traditional box out taught at all levels.

As soon as the shot goes up you want to turn and find your man. You are going to put your forearm on him/her about chest level and then you are going to turn and put your butt/hip on them to box out. If you don’t first put your forearm on them they will be able to side step your box out. When you box out you want to keep your hands up.  This will make you wider and harder to get around on the box out. Also it will keep you from wrapping your arms around the offensive player, which is a foul.

But, the offensive rebounding position can be more difficult.

Most of the time as the offensive rebounder you aren’t going to have the best position because the defender is naturally going to be between you and the basket already. That means that you need to use some different moves to get by them when they go to box you out. Here are 3 different moves that you can use to try and get the offensive rebound.

There are 3 moves to help you get around a defender and get an offensive rebound.

  1. Swim Move to get over the arms of the defender.
  2. Spin Move to roll around the defender.
  3. Drive Under to move the defender under the goal.

4 Basic Types of Screens

How do you get open in basketball?  One way is to set a screen.

Did you know there are 4 kinds of screens you can set?

  1. On Ball Screen
  2. Down Screen
  3. Back Screen
  4. Flare Screen

You should know how these screens work so that you can teach your kids the basics.


To set a screen in basketball you need to make sure that your feet are set and that you aren’t leaning to the side. You want to get low and wide on the screen and choose the proper angle to set the screen at. A screen is used to help get a teammate open but can also result in the person that setting the screen getting open as well if the defense over helps on the player using the screen.

How to increase Shot Quickness and Accuracy

If you want to increase shot quickness and accuracy, you have to work on it.

This article has 2 drills that will help you get your shot off more often and with a better percentage.

  1. Form to Fast – A catch and shoot drill.
  2. Drive and Shoot – A dribble and shoot drill.


The most important part of shooting is being ready to shoot before you catch the ball. This requires a focus on footwork and form. You might be able to slowly aim and hit shots during practice, but you don’t have that luxury during games. (Watch J.J. Reddick hone his shooting skills.)

What is the Ray Allen Shooting Drill?

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The Ray Allen Drill gives you many repetitions in a row.  You need a partner for this one, but it will get your heart moving.

It’s almost like around-the-world, except you shoot 5 shots from each spot.


The Ray Allen shooting drills is a great drill that you can use for a shooting warm up or end the workout in a fun, competitive manner. It can easily be adapted for beginners and pros.

There are 5 lines. From each line, there are 5 spots. This is approximately the distance on each shot:
Spot 1 – 4 Feet
Spot 2 – 8 Feet
Spot 3 – 12 Feet
Spot 4 – 16 Feet
Spot 5 – 20 Feet

Why are you Coaching Basketball? Set your Priorities and Philosophy

Youth Basketball Coaching Philosophy

Coaching can be difficult.  Especially when you are coaching younger kids.

They don’t always pay attention.  They don’t get what you are saying the first time.

Sometimes they hear you and go off and do something else right away.

It can be frustrating.

But, it doesn’t have to be.  If you set a few priorities and determine why you are coaching, it can help guide you through those difficult situations.

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To be an effective basketball coach, the first thing you need to do is establish your philosophy and priorities.

This might sound silly. Nevertheless, this very important step allows you to apply very effective coaching techniques.

Here’s how it works…

You see, the most effective way to get the results you want is to emphasize the “right” things.

It’s all about what you emphasize!

Players really notice this.

If you consistently emphasize and talk about rebounding, passing the ball, and playing the right way, then you’re players will pick up on those things.



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3 Basketball Shooting Drills for Shooting Footwork

After you shoot, where should your feet be?

They should be in the same spot as before you jumped to shoot the ball.

These 3 basketball shooting drills teach a player to shoot a jump shot well.  Your basketball player will learn that to stick his landing is a key coaching point along with the proper extension.