Grade Level: 5th to 8th; Type: Physics
The point of this project is to discover the best way to make the perfect shot every time.
- Did you discover the best way to make the perfect shot?
- Is it better to throw the ball from chest level or waist level?
- Did you prefer getting a running start to make the shot or was it easier to make a shot standing in front of the hoop?
- Does distance away from the hoop matter in determining the best type of shot?
- Basketball Court
- A Piece of paper and a helper to chart/record your shooting skills
- Stand approximately four to five feet in front of the basketball hoop.
- Dribble the ball around to get a feel for the bounce and weight of the ball.
- Using an overhand motion shoot the ball towards the hoop from chest level. Continue practicing this about five times.
- Repeat step three, but try shooting the ball from waist level. Continue practicing this about five times.
- Next, repeat steps three and four, except try to shoot the ball towards the hoop while jumping slightly in the air.
- For the final experiment, place yourself halfway down the court, dribble the ball and get a running start. Practice this shooting the ball at chest level then try it shooting the ball from waist level.
- Based on the questions in the “research question” section, were you able to discover the best way to make a perfect shot every time?
- Follow the steps above and try taking some shots from the left side of the hoop and the right side of the hoop.
Terms/Concepts: proper form, accuracy, free throw, rim shot
Breakthrough Basketball (2011) http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/fundamentals/shooting-technique.html
Nothing But Net: The Science of Shooting Hoops (Dragonfly 02/07/2011) http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/Sports_p010.shtml
The Coach’s Clipboard, by James A. Gels (2001-2011) http://www.coachesclipboard.net/FreeThrowShooting.html
Basketball Coaches Home: The Art of Shooting a Basketball (2009/2010) http://coacheshome.tripod.com/shooting.html