The Jump Shot
The jump shot is the classic shot. When people think of shooting, they typically think of the jump shot. Most shots in a game are jump shots. Unless you’re shooting a layup or a free throw, you’re probably shooting a jump shot.
The technique that we went over above, for the free throw, can be used here as well. The main difference from the free throw is that the player needs to jump! (As I’m sure you guessed!)
When teaching your players how to do the jump shot, it might help for them to remember a little rhyme: stop, hop, and pop. The first part of that can be hard for some players, but it’s essential if they’re going to maintain good form!
Good jump shot form is when the player is jumping straight into the air. If their body isn’t straight, it affects the accuracy of the shot. So, the player needs to stop before the shoot so they can jump straight up.
Next, they need to hop. Instead of just rising up slightly like in the free throw, the player pushes off the ground and jumps into the air. The player should jump with his or her legs shoulder length apart, to create a solid base for their shot. They should not jump as high as they can, because they still need to be in control of their body and the shot. The benefit of the jump shot is that your player can use it to jump over the defense, but they can’t sacrifice that for control.
Next, they need to pop, which is to shoot the shot itself. The shot should be taken on the way up from the floor, not at the top of the jump. Just as with the free throw, your player should shoot primarily with his or her right and use his or her left hand as a guide. Remember, they need to follow through on their shot! It’s one of the most important parts of good shooting form.
Again, younger players may not have the strength to shoot with perfect form, and that’s OK. The closer they get, the better. Below is a diagram of Steph Curry, one of the best shooters in NBA history. Check out his form: he stops, his right foot is in front of his left, he jumps straight into the air, releases on the way up, and he follows through. That’s perfect form!