Teach Them to Filter Everything OutStanding at the foul line can be very intimidating. The entire game stops and your child will be the only one anybody is paying attention to. They may be nervous that people are going to come down on them if they miss, especially towards the end of the game when the score is very close. They may also be nervous that everyone is paying attention to them.
The pressure is certainly understandable. However, you will need to teach your child to filter these concerns out.
Work on the MechanicsPerfecting a free-throw is going to be a learning curve. However, your child will learn much more quickly if you help them learn the fundamentals. Here are some basics that you will want to teach them.
Learn the Right Posture
Your child will need a strong base and a good posture to shoot a free-throw. Here are some tips that they should practice:
- Their legs should always be shoulder width apart
- They should lean forward slightly
- Feet should be pointed straightforward
- Elbows should be bent at a right angle
Throwing the Ball
After your child has perfected their stance, they are ready to learn how to throw the ball. Here are some things that they will need to do:
- Remove tension from the wrists by shaking them lightly
- Gain a good grip on the ball with their fingertips
- Cock the ball to the side of their head
- Keep the body limber while making the shot towards the center of the basket