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7 Ways to Determine a Good Shot

  • Author:
    By Alan Stein, CCS, CSCS
  • Date:
    Aug 23, 2010

While you can't really add too much structure to pickup games, the offseason is the best time to start reiterating and reinforcing what a "good" shot is versus a "bad" shot. No sense in having players consistently shooting bad shots between now and when practice starts. If you aren't allowed to be there because of preseason coaching restrictions, I suggest you review this with your captains and have them enforce!

Here is a list of what constitutes a good shot. Montrose Christian Academy gives this list to its players in their team handbook as well as discuss it as often as necessary. The most important concept for players to understand is the definition of a good shot varies from player to player. A good shot for your point guard might not be a good shot for your power forward.

  1. A good shot is one that is expected by your teammates.
  2. A good shot is one that you are ready to shoot (on balance, square to the basket, etc.).
  3. A good shot is one that you shoot a high percentage on in drills and practice (in your range).
  4. A good shot is one that can be rebounded by at least two of your teammates.
  5. A good shot is one that you can recover and play defense from if it is missed.
  6. A good shot is one that is appropriate given the time and the score.
  7. A good shot is one that is taken when you are not closely guarded (except for shots around the basket).

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