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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Effective Basketball Training Aids


Oversized basketball – is usually 3 inches larger in diameter than your regular basketball. This is designed to improve your accuracy in shooting.

Board-less hoop – is designed to improve your shooting accuracy by making shoots without depending on the board.

Rebounding device – helps you to practice your shooting without rebounding the ball after every shot.

Shooting straps – is attached to your shooting hand to assist you in maintaining the right form while taking a shot, make the right follow through, and improve your one-handed release.


Dribbling aid – is designed to help you use your fingertips in dribbling (and not your palm). It also helps improving your passing and shooting skills.

Basketball goggles – are designed to keep your head up while dribbling your ball. The goggles block your lower vision so that you practice on not looking at the ball.


Speed parachute – uses the principle of a parachute that provides resistance during sprint. This is used when you are running which helps you improve your speed as you are being held back by the parachute. Speed parachutes are also used by sprinters and football players.

Agility ladders – helps you develop eye-foot coordination, foot quickness, and versatility. You can use your regular ladder to achieve the same result.

Vertical jump

Jump boxes – help you improve your jumping ability and overall strength. These boxes vary in height which you can use to strengthen your leg muscles.

Weight belt – increases your strength, at the same time, improves your vertical jump – helpful during rebounding and taking perimeter shots. Also available are weights worn on the ankles.

Jump soles – are training aids that are attached to your own shoes during practice and training which helps you improve your leg strength and jumping ability.


Jump ropes – are the most basic and probably the cheapest basketball training aids you can have. And they are effective too. Jump ropes improve your heart. Jump ropes also improve your calf and leg muscles. For better workout results, try weighted jump ropes.


Improve Your Game with This Basketball Tips and Tricks

1. Don’t be a slacker both in practice and the actual game.

Some people never get to score or perform well during the activity e.g. practice or the game, because they slack off. Whether you’re just practicing, having fun with friends, or participating in a real match, you have to see to it that you don’t slack off. If you wish to contribute greatly to good team performance and if you want to up your own stats, do your best and take the play seriously. This is what differentiates good basket ball players from the bad or weak ones.

2. Muscle stretching routines are important.

Before you play hoops, you have to S-T-R-E-T-C-H, in other words, you have to warm up. If you’ve been a gym goer, for sure, you know for a fact that before going on those machines, you have to engage in stretching. This is the same with basketball or any other sport or physical activity – you have to stretch those muscles first in preparation for ‘what they’ll experience’. A good stretch can improve your game, believe it or not. Stretching is also included in basketball tips and tricks because it will helps in preventing muscle sprain, injury, and the like.

3. The right nutrients are also needed by basket ball players.

Whether or not you play hoops, of course, good nutrition is important. As a b-ball player, it is a must that you have enough protein in your body, as protein promotes optimal muscle performance. As we all know, we use muscles in any sport, most especially basket-ball. You can eat one or two protein bars prior to the game, or make sure to include lean meat in your regular diet. Remember to also eat vegetables and fruits to balance out the nutrients your body receives. A balanced diet can actually improve your game as it can give you more strength, power, and energy both physically and mentally.

Other basketball tips and tricks that basket ball players have to follow, specifically those that focuses on actual skills of the sport include: dribbling with your fingertips, and not the palm of your hand; not dribbling too long (you have to make a pass as soon as you notice that a colleague is unguarded); shooting with knees that are slightly bent; properly balancing your body while shooting; among others.

Basketball History

Basketball was originally invented by Canadian coach named Dr James Naismith. He was asked to create an activity to entertain trainees the YMCA Training College during winter.

Inspiration for the game came from a childhood game called ‘duck on a rock’ which was played by throwing a rock at another rock on top of which was an object.

The first basketball game was played in 1892 played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets suspended from walls of YMCA gym. After ten years, the open ended basket was designed. YMCA in Springfield Massachusetts is the home if basketball and was through it that basketball spread across the US.

In 1929, the ball was redesigned to give it more ounce than a soccer ball. It was also made lighter and bigger. National Basketball Association was formed in 1949 when the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League were merged.

The most famous team in the history of basketball is the one that does not compete, the team called Harlem Globetrotters is a showcase team which entertain spectators with their skills.

College basketball really attracted the most interest in the middle of 20th century and made it possible for pro-basketball to develop into franchise it is today.

Basketball had become very popular after World War II and the FIBA World Championship was created in 1950. It was originally created with 10 national teams grew to 26 in 2009 and is expected to grow further. Argentina won the World Championship and USA finally won the coveted trophy in 2002.

Korfball and Netball are derived from Basketball although the rules are changed in case of male and female or mixed teams.