The Next Level Performance Basketball Academy operates year round. Academy workouts are held every Tuesday and Thursday.
The academy focuses on Shooting, Ball Handling, Defense, Rebounding, Passing and Conditioning. Although we work on several things during every lesson, we have a specific focus each month that adheres to our curriculum.
ALL NLP coaches have played basketball at the collegiate and/or professional level.
Bball Academy participants are responsible for doing the workout below everyday during the month of May.
They must also take the BEEF Shooting Quiz below before the end of the month.
BEEF Shooting Method
We advocate the BEEF method, which establishes a solid foundation for building an accurate jump shot.
The four fundamentals of how to shoot a basketball, which will allow you to be consistent every time the ball leaves your hand.
1. Base (or balance)
A solid base gives your jump shot great balance from start to finish as you start your shooting motion.
Maintaining great balance throughout your shot requires a few things: positioning your feet about shoulder-width apart and firmly under your shoulders (if your feet are narrow, you can be off balance). Your dominant foot should be slightly ahead of your other foot. Lastly, point your torso and head toward the basket throughout your shot (meaning your body is pointed in a straight line toward the target, so you can direct the ball toward your target instead of off to the side).
2. Elbow In
If the upper part of your arm can form a 90-degree angle with your torso, it will help you shoot in a straight line toward the rim. This technique gives you a consistent shooting pocket, so you can release the ball from the same position each and every time. A common mistake poor shooters make is jutting their elbow out to the side (flying elbow) of their body, giving the ball unwanted sidespin or an unpredictable flight path.
3. Eyes on the target
Before you release the basketball, it is critical to direct your gaze toward the back of the rim. Your focus should be locked in on your target before you even start getting into your shot.
Your eyes are your body’s navigation system. Once you start your shot, your eyes tell the rest of your body where you want the ball to go. This becomes even more crucial when you are shooting off screens or shooting while moving.
Another thing to remember: don’t follow the flight of the ball as you release it into the air. This takes your focus off the rim and makes you less accurate. Focus on the rim!
4. Follow-Through (flick your wrist)
Following through and flicking your wrist is the last piece of the shooting motion, and it’s a crucial component when learning how to shoot a basketball. When you release the ball, your wrist should flick toward the target as if you were reaching on top of a high shelf to grab a cookie out of a jar.
When you follow through properly, the ball should roll off your tips of your pointer finger and middle finger, which will produce good backspin on the ball. The backspin is very important because it will slow the ball down as it hits the rim and allow the ball to take a ‘friendly bounce’ which is referred to as the ‘shooters touch’. You will know you have done it correctly if your wrist is flexed to the point where your fingers point down toward the ground.
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What Client’s Say
Brian is one of the best trainers in the So Cal area. His work ethics speaks for itself. He has taught my son from the first day, from dribbling, passing, shooting and being an offensive threat. I have been taking my son to NLP for over 2yrs and he has improved in all aspects of the game. If your looking for a place to take your son or daughter to train twice a week take them to NLP. Real trainer that knows the game!!!
Peter M., son in 6th grade
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Gerard S., Son in 8th grade
My daughter has been part of this program for over 5 yrs. The training and service is outstanding. The coaches are extremely professional. My daughter is now a junior in high school and is being vetted by D1 coaches. I highly recommend their service and training.