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WBA Shot Club

Summer 2021 is HERE!

The 10,000 Shot Club Challenge is a program designed to improve your shooting skills during the off-season.  10,000 quality shots during the summer is all it takes to become a member of the 10,000 Shot Club.

The preparation for the 2021-2022 basketball season starts TODAY! GREAT TEAMS are made from November to March, but GREAT PLAYERS are made from March to November. Each of you is challenged to shoot 10,000 shots this summer. Use the spreadsheet to record all of your workouts. The goal of the 10,000 Shot Club is to develop the confidence you need to succeed in game situations because you put the time in to improve your game. You must be true to yourself and be honest about what you want to get out of this. It’s a good idea to establish a practice routine. Record information with your shot attempts and shots made, and you will be able to track your improvement throughout the summer. 

Eligibility:

This year’s program is open to all players going into 3rd-8th grade for the 2021-2022 season. 

Dates:

The 10,000 Shot Club Challenge will begin June 1, 2021 and end August 31, 2021. 

Reward:

By successfully attempting 10,000 shots, you will get your name on the WBA website and a 10,000 Shot Club t-shirt.  But the BIGGEST reward will be when the season starts, and you see more of your shots hitting the bottom of the net! 

Sign-up:

If you would like to sign up and attempt to earn a membership into the 10,000 Shot Club for 2021, sign-up by June 10, 2021.  Please click on this link to register!

Rules:

  • You can attempt your shots in your driveway, in the park, WHEREVER you can find a basket!
  • Your parents / guardian do not have to watch, only to verify that to the best of their knowledge you had the time/opportunity to shoot your shots. If they want to help that is great but not required.
  • Email your results monthly (June is due July 5, July is due August 5 and August is due September 5) to Dave at dave@waconiabasketball.com

10,000 Shot Club Recommendations:

  • Shoot GAME SHOTS!
    • Game shots are different for every player.  Post players may want to work on their post moves while players that attack the basket may want to work on dribble moves to the basket and free throws, and jump shooters will want to work on shots in their range.
  • Shoot at GAME SPEED!
    • You should try to shoot all your shots at GAME SPEED because that is what will help make you a better shooter during games. Standing around and playing “horse” with a friend may be fun, but really isn’t helping you come game time.
  • Shoot free throws!
    • Free throws are part of the game.  When you shoot shots at game speed for a long period of time, you will need to rest. Free throws are a great way to rest during a game speed workout and are good practice for what it is like to shoot a free throw when you are fatigued during a game.
  • When specifically working on shooting, use the following tips to help improve your shooting.
    • Work to develop proper form.
    • Start shooting in close to the basket and then progressively move out.
    • Practice shots that you will take in a game.
    • Shoot off movement (shoot off the dribble and catch and shoot after a cut).
    • Develop a routine that combines a variety of shots.
    • Use fakes and drives when shooting.
    • Have the right mindset when practicing. SHOOT WITH CONFIDENCE.
    • Don’t worry about the number of shots you make. Just worry about your form and practice game shots at game speed.

Tips to having a GREAT Summer:

  1. Establish a specific practice time.
  2. Write down long range and daily goals.
  3. Work to develop the basic shooting fundamentals (B.E.E.F. – Balance, Elbow, Eyes, Follow through!).
  4. Use shots that you will take in a game.
  5. Shoot off of movement.
  6. Develop a routine that combines a variety of shots.
  7. Use fakes and drives while shooting.
  8. FOLLOW ALL SHOTS.  Never let the ball bounce twice.
  9. GO FULL SPEED – no casual shooting. (example, “HORSE” or “Lightning”).
  10. Shoot from a variety of spots.
  11. Practice shots after you are tired, don’t just quit.
  12. Incorporate free throws into your shooting.
  13. Shoot with confidence, concentration, and relaxation.
  14. You have to believe that every shot you take is going in.  Develop a shooter’s mentality.