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You Will Need
- A basketball
- A basketball court
- A helper
Warm up with some deep knee bends and arm stretches. Don’t want to pull something!
Back up and bounce
Take five or six steps back from the shooting line and start bouncing the ball. Focus on the backboard and tune out background noise.
Steady the ball
Place one hand under the ball to steady it, and one hand behind the ball so you can push it toward the basket.
Take a slow running start toward the line. You’ll need to shoot before crossing it, or your shot won’t be valid.
Bend your knees
Just before shooting, bend your knees slightly—it will give you more power. Bring the ball to chest level. Inhale.
Push forward with your legs as you exhale. Shove the ball toward the basket with your fingers, not your palm. Aim for the backboard behind the rim so the ball banks in.
Keep your arms thrust forward and your eyes on the basket as you release the ball.
Whether you sink the basket or not, be proud of yourself for trying. Keep practicing—you just never know!