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The great thing about basketball is that when you are outside, bouncing the ball, shooting baskets you really don’t notice anything else.
So, let’s go there now, in your imagination and see how this just takes you away.
For a moment, take yourself to where ever you play basketball.
Take a big relaxing breath and as you breathe out, close or half close your eyes.
Just start bouncing, bouncing the ball, just bouncing it, pushing it down as hard as you need to
Watching the ball at first, then just letting your hand know where the ball is as you look up
Hearing the ball smack against the ground
Knowing the ball is bouncing up
Then feeling it hot against your hand, against your fingers
And just as quickly pushing it firmly down again
Hearing it hit the ground, feeling it bouncing back and pushing it down again
Looking around as your hand just goes into automatic and keeps bouncing
As you look around you can see wherever you are, look at the surrounds, the people maybe your friends
As you keep bouncing the ball
Now start to dribble from one hand to the other, crossing it over in front of your legs
Keeping on bouncing, eyes up, hearing it hit the ground, feeling it bounce into your hand
Now find a friend in your imagination and begin to pass the ball back and forth
As you pass, notice how your arms straighten and the feeling of the ball roll off your fingers
Watch as the ball flies through the air and as your friend catches the ball
Watch as his arms bend and then straighten as he passes it back to you
Watch as the ball comes towards you
Move into the best position to catch, and then feel the ball hit your hands
Steady the ball and pass it straight back
Now, begin to move up the court dribbling once each time you catch the ball, then passing and watching your friend dribble once and then passing
Catch, dribble, pass
Catch, dribble, pass
You are doing great.
Now we are near the basket
Catch, stop, and shoot – as you catch take the ball in 2 hands
As you stop – jump to a stop with 2 feet glued to the floor
Bend your knees, put the ball in your shooting hand, and bend your elbow and wrist
Now straighten, straighten your knees, your elbow, your wrist and feel the ball roll across your fingers towards the basket.
Watch as the ball floats upwards in a big arc, and then flies downwards towards the basket
Hear the ball hit the ring, circle around the ring and then slide through for 2 points.
Your friend rebounds and passes it back this time you shoot and the ball has a big arc, and swoosh, it goes straight through – good shooting.