The game of basketball comes down to which team has more points on the scoreboard when the time clock expires. To be the team that has the more points on the scoreboard, the winning team has to have the ability to stop the other team from scoring as well as the ability to score on the offensive end.
Througout the last 20 years, the almost obsessive focus on the dunk has eclipsed the art of shooting. Too often, the youth spread out throughout the courts of America have spent countless hours trying to play above the rim with the exciting slam dunk.
Unfortunately, not enough hours have been spent on mastering the art of shooting. Making baskets has been relegated to fast-break layups and rebound put-backs. Rarely does one find that player that can score in multiple ways besides the lay-up and inside-the-paint put-back.
Why is the pure shooter almost extinct? Because it takes extreme discipline to put in the hard work of hundreds of shots a day resulting in thousands of shots a week. When was the last time you met a basketball player who takes over 100,000 shots a year.....year in and year out?
These types of committed to shooting training players are out there, but they are few and far between. There is no glory being in a gym shooting shot after shot for hours on end. The mind begins to play games with you and distractions are forever a present reality. Oftentimes, young players understand the value of shooting, however, they don't have access to a gym or even transportation to the facilities that are available.
Parents work and oftentimes are simply not available to help with the transportation even though there is nothing more that the parent would love to do than to help their child. So what to do? You must figure out a way to get to a gym on a daily basis to get the shots up. Begin your warm-ups with lay-ups and under-the-basket backboard shots. Work your way out away from the basket to take mid-range pull-ups. Eventually get out to the 3-point line and beyond and work on your set-shot and off-the-driblbe shooting.
If you can find someone to work-out with you the better so that each of you can alternate between shooting and getting the ball back to the shooter. Establish this type of daily work-out and then double the number of shots taken during the week on the weekend when you have more time to work-out.
During the spring, fall, winter and summer school breaks enroll into a shooting camp. A well-run shooting camp where you get the opportunity to take thousands of shots a day while under expert supervision is the best option. Too often, most camps offer lots of speeches and combine too many beginners and participants of all ages. This is not the type of camp to attend. Find a camp that seeks to train serious basketball players with already well-established shooting fundamentals.
Finding more advance camps will give you more time to take shots as opposed to being taught basics that you should already know. The last thing you want to do is to pay for a camp that has you standing around to hear multiple speakers talk while you should be putting up shots. An advanced shooting camp will avoid most of these pit-falls.
To help with the above we have created the Top Gun Shooting Camp Challenge offered throughout the winter, spring, summer and fall school breaks. Our camp will offer you the opportunity to take thousands of shots in a short period of time and under expert supervision. Utilize our camp as a part of your overall shooting development strategy.
For more information visit our website at www.TopGun3Challenge.com or call us at 480-232-8572. In the meantime, get your daily shots up and join us for the Top Gun Shooting Camp - Winter Session scheduled for January 2 - 5.
One thing is for sure, the ones who get the training are the ones who will be shooting the lights out during both the high school and club basketball seasons with plenty of playing time made available to them simply because they can put the ball in the basket. Ofcourse, one must play defense as well...but that is another story.
DAILY SHOOTING: Visit www.ArizonaAllstarsBasketball.com for their All-Stars Academy training sessions where you can get almost daily shooting training. The Academdy offers the opportunity to train shooting lay-ups, floaters, pull-ups, free-throws and 3-pointers.