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Joshua Cohen #25 on NJ top 70 Juniors List

posted Sep 8, 2017, 4:08 AM by Pete Cohen

In zip code 07738,6 different Views of the Eclipse

posted Aug 21, 2017, 4:57 AM by Pete Cohen

Good Day on Eclipse Monday 8/21/17

I hope you all enjoyed the explaination above and I hope you enjoy safely seeing the eclipse. 

Regards, Coach Peter

Not everyday you get to Juggle with your son

posted Aug 18, 2017, 5:46 AM by Pete Cohen

Here is a video of Coach Pete & Joshua Juggling

Joshua Cohen makes NJHoops.com list of Top rising Juniors @Hoop Group Team Camp

posted Aug 16, 2017, 7:12 AM by Pete Cohen

1d ago

Top NJ Juniors at HG Team Camp

Jay Gomes | Publisher

Saturday morning July 15 we drove out to Albright College in Reading PA for the first day of Hoop Group Elite Team Camp. There were separate High School and AAU Divisions and about a dozen NJ teams included in the field of over 50 teams. We saw 7 games and 7 NJ teams.

As we always do on NJHoops.com we write about the seniors first and later go back to focus on the younger players.

The top NJ Rising Juniors we saw:

Jonah Charles

Jonah Charles

6 foot 2

ShoreShots Kessler

Rutgers Prep

20 points, 3 treys, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Eddie Davis

Eddie Davis

5 foot 10

ShoreShots Kessler


20 points, 1 trey, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal

Jake Betlow

Jake Betlow

6 foot 1


St. Benedict's

12 points, 2 treys, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen

6 foot 8


14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

Daniel Sofield

Daniel Sofield

6 foot 5

ShoreShots Kessler

Jackson Liberty

9 points, 2 treys, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

NJ Hoops provides blanket coverage of NJ basketball all year long for the past 22 years and is proud to continue to be the NJ nominating source for the McDonald's All American game.

We've extended our Summer League!

posted Jul 26, 2017, 12:58 PM by Pete Cohen

We've extended our Summer League!
We've extended our Summer League!

Two more weeks of  Hoop To Hoop Basketball fun. We had many requests to continue this program, so I will take registrations online for the two Boys groups listed below. I will do the little guys on Monday nights and the older boys on Tuesday nights for the next two weeks.
Go To our Website:  http://www.hooptohoop.com and register now. Click on " League Registration" and then League payment, to complete the transaction.
Please contact me with any questions. This is a separate program from the summer and we will have our Fall Clinics posted on the web next week.Games will be played
 @   LINCROFT SCHOOL located @ 729 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738

Group #1 Monday July 31st & Monday August 7th 6pm-7:45pm
for K- 2nd grade

Group #2 Tuesday August 1st & Tuesday August 8th 6pm-7:45pm
for 3rd grade & up.

**Fee is  $40 per child for 2 sessions**
Paypal via web or cash / check on first night

********NOTE GAMES AT LINCROFT SCHOOL,   not St Leo`s*****

'Walk the Walk' with Kevin Kret: A Powerful Journey of Hope

posted Jul 20, 2017, 5:10 PM by Pete Cohen

'Walk the Walk' with Kevin Kret: A Powerful Journey of Hope


July 18, 2017 at 7:28 PM

Kevin's 2016 Walk at CBA. The crowd is praying with Kevin. 
Kevin Kret pictured before his July 09 accident that caused a traumatic brain injury. 
Previous Walk for Kevin Kret, CBA Barn Arena
Kevin's father Michael Kret pushing Kevin and Kevin's mom Joan to the left. This was a previous walk for Kevin at CBA track.
Kevin's 2016 Walk at CBA. The crowd is praying with Kevin. 
Kevin Kret pictured before his July 09 accident that caused a traumatic brain injury. 


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MIDDLETOWN, NJ: JULY 17, 2017 -- The entire community is welcome to join the 'Walk the Walk With Kevin Kret,' (Kevin's Walk) - an annual event to gather in prayer, and show support for Kevin and his family.  This year's walk will once again be held at the barn/horse arena at Christian Brothers Academy (CBA), rain or shine, 850 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ, August 8, at 6:00pm. The walk is casual and donations to help with Kevin's medical expenses are optional. Shortly after 6pm, the group will begin to make a few laps, everyone walking at their own pace around the arena (for those that cannot walk the laps, you are welcome to bring a folding chair and show support from the sidelines).


The walk itself is fairly quick, a few laps and then the crowd will gather to hear a brief update about Kevin's medical progress, and the event will culminate with everyone joining in prayer together with Kevin. One of the founders of 'Kevin's Walk'  Lisa Ardito of Monmouth Beach (formerly of Holmdel), says, "Every year at 'Kevin's Walk,' we are all uplifted and emotionally moved.  It doesn't matter what your faith is, when you witness and are a part of a crowd of all ages; adults, the elderly, children, teens, babies in strollers... all praying together and gathered around Kevin, it is a beautiful and moving experience."  Although 'Kevin's Walk' is a fundraiser to offset his unpaid medical expenses, donations are always  optional and Kevin's family's priority is 'prayer for Kevin.' Kevin's mom Joan Kret says, "We really just want people to come to join us for the walk and pray for and with Kevin. We are so thankful to all who attend and show support for our Kev."


Donations from this year's walk and previous 'Walk With Kevin' events are to help support Kevin's ongoing therapy needs not covered by his existing health insurance. These therapies keep Kevin mentally and physically stimulated every day and according to medical experts working with Kevin, the therapies are vital ingredients to optimize his chances for conscious recovery. In May of 2017, Kevin was at Weill Cornell Medical Center for extensive testing and imaging of his brain. "We were hoping that things remained stable since the last time we were there. We were ecstatic to learn in May, that Kevin's brain is not just stable but is continuing to repair and reorganize. Our plan is to continue to work with Weill Cornell to help develop and test new Brain Computer Interfaces that are still in the research phase,'' says Michael Kret, Kevin's father. Kevin is also still working with Dr. Wise Young, recognized as one of the worlds most outstanding neuroscientists. Kevin may soon enter a clinical trial with Dr. Young with non-controversial umbilical stem therapy. For more information on Dr. Young's groundbreaking spinal cord therapies you can visit keck.rutgers.edu


 If you would like more information on Kevin's Journey of Hope please visit kevinsjoh.com On that site is an on-line book called "Journey of Hope - Going Home."  If you are unable to attend the event but would like to send a donation you may write the check out to 'Kevin's Journey of Hope,' and mail care of 21 Newland Place, Aberdeen, NJ 07747. You may also donate at gofundme.com/kevinkret .  If you have any questions about this event please email roseconn@optonline.net


On July 31, of 2009, Kevin a former graduate of both Saint Leo the Great School and CBA (both in Lincroft), had just finished his first year of college at Villanova University, when he suffered a traumatic brain injury in his Middletown, neighborhood while falling off of a skateboard after hitting debris in the road. Since that time, Kevin has been in a minimally conscious state. Kevin's injury was to his brain stem, often referred to as 'the mother board to the brain.' Since his injury, Kevin although conscious, is unable to communicate and remains trapped in a coma like state. Kevin is cared for in his home by his loving family. Every day Kevin receives 24 hour care and medical therapies from home healthcare professionals. Kevin is the oldest of Joan and Michael Kret's four children. Kevin's siblings are Dylan, Meghan and Jenny. 

Growth spurt has CBA’s Cohen learning how to be BIG

posted Jul 13, 2017, 6:37 PM by Pete Cohen


City of Basketball Love

Elevate Hoops Summer Icebreaker I: Day 1 Notebook (15U/16U)

07/13/2017, 1:00am EDT
By CoBL Staff

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin),
Tyler Sandora (@tyler_sandora) & 
Austin Petolillo (@AustinPSports)


MANALAPAN, N.J. -- The Elevate Hoops Summer Icebreaker I is one of two tournaments being held at Sportika Sports Complex this week, the first of three five-day periods this month where Division I coaches can be out on the road watching and evaluating high school prospects.

Here’s a notebook from the evening’s action, featuring some 15U and 16U talent:



Joshua Cohen (right) grew from 6-0 as a freshman to 6-9 going into his junior year. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

Growth spurt has CBA’s Cohen learning how to be big

Imagine being a freshman guard, standing 6-foot-tall, only knowing how to play the guard position. And then, as a junior, you’re standing 6-9 and having to learn how to play a completely different position.

For Christian Brothers Academy junior Joshua Cohen, that was the situation that his body threw at him over the past year-and-change.

“It makes me feel good,” Cohen said. “I’m not complaining, even when I have to switch clothes sizes. Growing nine inches, it really helped my game.”

In basketball, height is the one variable that can really put you at an advantage or a disadvantage when it comes to college recruitment, depending on the situation. Thankfully for Cohen, his height is now putting him at an advantage for colleges to reach out to him.

While Cohen has not received a scholarship offer just yet, he has received interest from schools such as New Hampshire and Holy Cross. 

“When I was 6-4,  I was not getting any college interest but with the growth spurt I was getting a lot of calls and texts and emails from different schools,” he said.

Even Cohen’s AAU team, the Jersey Shore Warriors, did not have Cohen on their radar until he hit his growth spurt this past season.

Though he had a rough intro to the guard-oriented team during the April live periods, several months playing with the Warriors during tournaments in May and June has him feeling much more comfortable back out in front of coaches this time around.

“In my first two tournaments, I was not really fitting in with the team really well and I didn’t know the guys all that well,” Cohen said. “But as I’ve gotten into the program, it expanded my game; the practices were really tough, I really got to work and my teammates are the greatest, we just put up 92 points in a game in July, we’re really well put together.”

The Jersey Shore Warriors looked absolutely fantastic in their rout of Achieve More on Wednesday night, with a final score of 92-47. Cohen had his part in the offensive explosion, including a 3-point play in the second half and a few other buckets on dump-offs, knocking down one mid-range jumper as well.

As Cohen is still transforming into his body, he still has some kinks to work out in his switch from a guard to a center.

“CBA really helped me with elevating my game from a guard to a big man,” Cohen said. “We had a guy come in and help me with my footwork and excel in the big man game. I’ve also been working on my face-up game.” -- Austin Petolillo

Hoop to Hoop Basketball Launches K-8 Summer League for Girls and Boys

posted Jul 6, 2017, 5:03 AM by Pete Cohen


Hoop to Hoop Basketball Launches K-8 Summer League for Girls and Boys


July 5, 2017 at 8:42 PM

New Generation of Basketball Players Learn the RopesCredits: TAPinto Staff
Seven and Eight Year Old Girls Get in the GameCredits: TAPinto Staff
Basketball Standout Josh Cohen Dunks The BallCredits: TAPinto Staff
Pete Cohen with his daughter Katie Cohen and son Josh CohenCredits: TAPinto Staff
New Generation of Basketball Players Learn the RopesCredits: TAPinto Staff

Holmdel & Colts Neck N.J. -  There are many reasons why families raise their children in Monmouth County. The safe environment and the schools for their children are certainly factors. The Jersey Shore and proximity to New York City, get high marks as well.  Another feature that is often at the top of the list? Sports, sports and more sports!  Sports help kids learn to be physically fit, develop strength and motor skills and work together as a team. Children play to win big and lose with grace, and it is the fundamentals that matter in the early years. These building blocks form the basis upon which children learn and grow. That is the game plan of Hoop to Hoop founder; Pete Cohen. 

"Coach Pete" is what the Hoop to Hoop players fondly call him, stands very tall at 6 feet 7 inches, and is often referred to by many, as the man with "the heart of gold."  Pete played basketball throughout his childhood and then at the college level, with experience in semi-pro and European basketball.  A successful business entrepreneur and commercial real-estate investor for over 25 years, he first introduced his innovative basketball approach 15 years ago, when he began coaching children, at all levels of basketball.  The coaching then fostered the formal development of Hoop to Hoop Basketball in 2013, with its first league held at Holmdel High School's Outdoor Courts. Since that time, Hoop to Hoop has quickly grown, and is now centralized with leagues held at Oak Hill Academy, and at St. Leo the Great School. Coach Pete says, "I've had many great business experiences over time, but nothing comes close to the true joy and satisfaction of coaching these kids, helping them build their athletic skills and their self confidence, and making them part of a real team. Hoop to Hoop is no doubt the best chapter of my business experience so far!" Pete loves what he's doing so much that he has decided to franchise Hoop to Hoop, creating a basketball business opportunity with low overhead and a low start up investment. 

If you are interested in a fun summer basketball experience for your child, Summer League registration is still open for girls and boys from K-8.  Families can check out the details, sign up and start dribbling, passing and shooting at: http://www.hooptohoop.com/summer-league/about-2017-summer-youth-basketball-league No prior basketball experience is necessary.

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The Hoop to Hoop coaching is comprised of CBA basketball talents including Dan Andre, of Colts Neck, who helped spearhead the league from its' inception.  The lead referee is Patrick Andre. Patrick is a CBA high score record holder for most points, and is presently playing at Lehigh University. Hoop to Hoop also has other basketball talents like Coach Matthew Ruzich, of Holmdel, who presently plays for a CBA Basketball team, and Pete's son and CBA basketball standout; Josh Cohen. 

Hoop to Hoop offers a new and innovative Mobile Basketball Program. It stresses fundamentals first with proven cutting edge techniques to build self confidence and self esteem. Hoop to Hoop consists of clinics, leagues, camps, tournaments, and parties geared to kids Pre-K to High School. Hoop to Hoop offers basketball to ALL kids from beginner to AAU levels, with individual enrollment for team play, as Pete understands the need for all kids to get a fair opportunity to learn and play basketball. Hoop to Hoop has many innovative techniques to engage the kids from the outset, like  "Catching Licenses" & "Shooting Certificates" for those hoopsters who put their best effort forward. Hoop to Hoop enjoys the endorsement of CNYAA (Colts Neck Youth Athletic Association) and HYAA (Holmdel Youth Activities Association).  

For more information about Hoop to Hoop you can call Coach Pete at 917.921.6987   Like and follow Hoop to Hoop on Facebook 

The 4 Biggest Problems in Youth Sports Today

posted May 24, 2017, 5:53 AM by Pete Cohen

The 4 Biggest Problems in Youth Sports Today

When you run an organization such as the Changing the Game Project, you hear many youth sports stories from parents, coaches, and players. Some stories are absolutely heartbreaking, others inspiring.

Recently I encountered the absurd.

Many of us have seen the news about a volleyball player from Washington DC who was taking her playing time issues off the court, and into the courts. The article, which originally appeared in the Washington Post and can be read here, detailed the story of Audrey Dimitrew, a 16 year-old from Virginia whose family sued the Chesapeake Region Volleyball Association (CHRVA) to force them to let her move to another team in the league. It seems she was not getting the “promised” playing time at her club and she wanted a change, but the league would not allow it.

The article has elicited all kinds of opinions on parenting, spoiled children, bad coaching, and ridiculous rules and regulations in youth sports leagues. It brought up talk of the Philadelphia dad who was suing for $40 million because his son got cut from the track team, and the Dallas father who brought a racketeering suit against a lacrosse camp. They are a reflection of so much of what is wrong in youth sports today.

But can all these wrongs finally make it right, and encourage the sensible people stand up and be heard?

This situation in Virginia brings to light four major problems that are destroying youth sports and must be dealt with. They are:

Problem #1: Parents who won’t let the game belong to kids

Why did mom and dad bring a lawsuit? Because they wanted to get their daughter noticed by college coaches. Well, mission accomplished, every college volleyball coach in the country now knows who your daughter is…and I bet the majority just crossed her name off their recruiting list.

You don’t sue and waste precious taxpayer time and money because your child is not getting playing time. Your daughter says she isn’t even sure she wants to play college volleyball! Mom also wrote to the coach, “It is important that she plays, and plays the position you offered her of setter as that is the position she plays in high school.” Really? You don’t get to tell a coach where your kid plays. Just be a parent, let the coach be the coach, and let the game belong to your child. The parents in this case have taken a teachable moment and ruined it. As Bruce Brown of Proactive Coaching says, “Release your child to the game!”

Problem #2: Athletes need to OWN their decisions, both good and bad

We need to put an end to the helicopter and lawnmower parents, those who mow down all the obstacles for their kids, and give ownership to the athletes. This is a case where a player made a poor decision on team selection. Many athletes make bad decisions or face trying circumstances, but then choose to live with their decision and get better because of it. While I believe every athlete picked should have the opportunity to play, that does not mean an athlete cannot ask himself “what is good about this?”

When players quit a team solely over playing time or position issues, they lose an opportunity to learn. Even without getting playing time, a player working with a great coach should be improving every day in practice. She could be pushing herself to get better, and earn playing time instead of expecting it. She could find other ways to contribute. Don’t just walk away because the going got tough.

Great athletes love the game, work hard and improve everyday, and the rest takes care of itself. College coaches recruit players because they are good players, good people, good students and good teammates, not because they happened to see you in 10th grade.

Problem #3: Coaches who fail to respect the kids and the sport, and ignore the massive impact they have on athletes’ lives

Sadly there are many coaches who do not belong working with children. I am not saying that is the case here, but it is the case in many places. Winning does not make for a great coach. Being a great role model and leader for your young athletes, teaching character and life lessons, caring about your athletes, and coaching a child not a sport, those things make for a great coach.

sad basketball kid in locker room croppedOne of the most destructive forces in youth sports are coaches that take huge rosters of players for financial reasons, and then don’t give kids playing time. I firmly believe if you pick them, you play them! When we take people’s money and then sit them on the bench, it destroys love of a sport, and drives out the late bloomers. I don’t care that this is competitive volleyball; if the coach cannot find playing time then she should not have been picked. Far too many teams fill their rosters NOT for the benefit of the players (who get less playing time or none at all) but for the bottom line of the club.

To be fair to this coach, it seems he did try to make amends. I know firsthand that honest mistakes can be made in tryouts. You have limited tryout time, tons of players to choose from, and multiple teams offering a kid a spot. You are forced to offer spots with no opportunity for additional evaluation or to get to know a kid. I have been in that situation as a coach, and I have made mistakes in player selection. Clearly in this case, the coach made a mistake in selecting the player, and was willing to fix it and let her transfer to another team, so kudos is due for that. But this was not allowed to happen because of our final issue…

Problem #4: Youth Sports Organizations that Serve Adults, Not Kids

There are far too many clubs and sports leagues that are putting their own needs, values and priorities above those of the kids. Youth sports has become a business that serves them, and thus creates barriers to play for too many children.

“Should CHRVA allow players the ability to move teams when they are unhappy with the amount of playtime they are receiving, we would be overwhelmed with requests to change teams,” a CHRVA official wrote to the Dimitrew family.

This could be said another way: “We don’t want to put in the time or energy to make rules or run a league that serves the needs of the players, even in situations where all parties agree that a change in team is in the best interests of the child.” They had a coach willing to let a player leave, a player who wanted to try another team, a team willing and able to take her, and a policy that would have allowed it to happen. What they didn’t have was a dose of common sense.

If they think this will open a floodgate of player transfers due to playing time issues, why not make a rule that allows a player to transfer midseason only once in her career? Do not allow teams who release players to add new ones, to prevent continuous roster shuffling. Why not have guidelines over playing time so there are no playing time issues? There are so many solutions here.

What are we to do?

These are four of the biggest issues I see in youth sports. In this particular situation, I think every party involved can shoulder some blame. The athlete should have toughed it out, the parents should have found a better venue to deal with this, the coach should have known better, and the league could have done more. I am sure there are many sides to this story, and I have only read the one article. I am also sure there are many good people involved here who are getting dragged through the mud, which is sad.

But that is not why I wrote this article.

There is something much bigger at play here.

We all are to blame for this mess, including me, and every one of us who is reading this. Why?

Because we have stood by and allowed youth sports to become professionalized, adultified, and stolen from our kids.This is not a sin of commission; it is a sin of omission, a failure to act.

Too many of us coach from the sidelines and make the car ride home the most miserable part of the youth sports experience.

Too many of us treat youth sports as an investment in a future scholarship, and thus push for more and more at younger and younger ages.

Too many of us have our children specialize early in spite of the preponderance of evidence that it is physically and psychologically harmful, and has a detrimental effect upon their long-term chances of athletic success.

Too many of us allow our kids to participate in sports clubs that make cuts and form “elite” teams at 7 years old.

Too many of us ask our kids after a game “Did you win?” instead of “Did you have fun and learn a lot today?”

Too many of us have deemphasized free play and replaced it with organized activities governed by adult values, needs and priorities.

The list could go on and on.

We are to blame because as a collective we have done nothing about this, even though the great parents and coaches are the majority.

There is a huge majority of parents and coaches whom do not like the current situation, the toxic sidelines, the over the top parents, the bully coaches, the politics, the specialization, and the fact that college coaches are recruiting middle school athletes these days. We don’t like the costs, the travel requirements, or crazy commitments that make us choose between the 7th tournament of the summer or grandma’s 90th birthday celebration. If you are reading this, you are likely one of the great parents and coaches.

Yet we do nothing. We say nothing. We do not demand change. We simply complain. And then we watch our kids burnout, dropout, and quit.

It is high time that the sensible people, the silent majority, take over this conversation. We must stand up to the parents, coaches, clubs and leagues that are failing our children. If 70% of kids quit school in 7th grade, we would make radical changes, yet when they quit sports, we just shrug. No more!

If your sideline has an over the top mom or dad who yells at referees, coaches players, and creates a toxic environment, don’t just complain about it. Please get together with the coach or club directors and fellow parents and confront the behavior.

If your school or sports club does not have core values, or a proper ongoing parent and coach education program, demand that they be implemented.

If you can get great competition for your team within a 1 hour drive, sure, go to an out of town tournament once in a while, but not every weekend!

If your child is trying out for a team, look beyond the wins and losses and look for coaches of positive significance, and organizations that value human beings, not simply athletes.

Maybe the absurdity of this lawsuit is what will wake enough of us up. Maybe all these wrongs will be the spring board for making sports right again.

We don’t need the judicial system to fix our youth sports problems. We need every one of you who has read this far to share this article, to join our project to reform youth sports, and to read about reform initiatives promoted by Project Playand others that are trying to change youth sports.

We need you to stand up and be heard, so that the next time there is a youth sports dispute, it can be settled by the athletes on the court, instead of the adults in one.

Let’s Change the Game!

Practicing Foul Shots to Build Confidence

posted May 23, 2017, 5:34 AM by Pete Cohen

Practicing Foul Shots to Build Confidence

  •  May 22, 2017

Many coaches find foul shooting an enigma. Players shoot high percentages in practice and not in games. Players shoot well in home games verses away games. Players swish 10 consecutive shots but miss six of the next 10.  Every team on every level practices it daily, yet results can befuddle a coach.

No magic remedy exists for consistent foul shooting. It is an inexact art; however, coaches can provide tips to players and improve odds of converting better percentages. 

First and foremost, emphasize the importance of adhering to a set routine for every attempt. Allow the player to find something he/she finds comfortable. The coach should then observe to ensure the player always uses the exact process for all foul shots. Commonly, players select something with which they are confident, increasing chances of success. 

Secondly, coach each player to view the rim as long as possible prior to shooting. Often players will shoot and see the rim simultaneously. Common sense dictates if someone looks at the target before shooting he/she will have a better opportunity to convert. 

Finally, foul shooting is mental. Beware of overanalyzing, showing frustration or even berating because of individual or team inconsistency. Theoretically, it is an open chance with no defense and least 10 seconds to launch a try. However, it can be terrifying should players miss because during attempts every eye in the gym is watching the shooter.

I developed a ‘free throw progression’ for individual or team practice. When utilizing the drill, communicate the importance using their routine at all distances while also: seeing the rim, holding the follow through, and not backing off any spot until a shot concludes.

  • 3 shots from 3 feet (demand all three shots made ‘clean’- no rim)  
  • 3 shots from 5 feet (demand all three shots made clean)
  • 3 shots from 7 feet (demand at least two shots made clean)                      
  • 3 shots from 12 feet (demand at least two shots made clean)    
  • 3 shots from 14 feet (heels touching bottom of foul line/demand at least two shots made clean)           
  • 5 normal foul shots from the line (demand at least two shots made clean)
  • 3 shots from 3-point line (heels touching the bottom of the arc/demand at least one shot made clean)
  • 5 normal foul shots from the line (demand at least two shots made clean)
  • 2 shots from 14 feet (demand at least one shot made clean)
  • 2 shots from 12 feet (demand at least one shot made clean)
  • 2 shots from 7 feet (demand both shots made clean)
  • 2 shots from 5 feet (demand both shots made clean)
  • 2 shots from 3 feet  (demand both shots made clean)

The idea is to begin close and progressively move back with players gaining confidence because the number of clean makes increases.

Coaches can use their imagination to increase foul shot pressure on players in a variety of practice settings. The progression does not have to be used daily but should be part of practice at least once weekly.

Finally - maintain a positive attitude toward free throw shooting. I doubt any coach wants a player at the free throw line with a sense of dread and no confidence because no positive reinforcement has been given. It can drive coaches crazy, but we are the adults and must realize players with confidence typically perform better in any aspect of any sport.

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