Challenging Athletes With 10,000 Made Shots
Hayward Wis - Rising Stars Basketball Club launches a 10,000 Makes Challenge.
The 10K Makes Challenge is a 10-Week Challenge with daily prescribed workouts focusing on scoring, finishing at the rim, and shooting. The workouts are timed and comprised of 200 makes workouts. Each 200 makes workout is made up of 100 finishing moves, 50 scoring moves and 50 game-speed shots.
Every week, the athletes should have 1,000 made shots to stay on pace with the program. Super Saturdays are available for athletes that want to get in a challenge workout, and additional 100 Makes Workouts to increase the pace of their makes.
The challenge started on September 12, 2022 and will end on November 20, 2022.
Athletes report their weekly makes on Sunday to Coach DeCora who updates the leader board graphic allowing every athlete to see where they are on the leader board.
Why The 10,000 Makes Challenge?
The program is 2-fold.
First, the athletes are engaged in a skill development program during the off-season to further advance their development and in-game shooting abilities.
Second, shifting the focus of taking shots to making shots is proven to develop greater confidence in players and improves in-game shooting performance.
The primary reason for the 10,000 Makes Challenge is to get the kids into a routine that allows them to take and make shots. In a brief survey with 121 athletes from Middle School, High school, Junior College, Division III, Division II and Division I we asked one simple question, “On average, how many shots per day do you shoot?” The typical response is that, “well, on Tuesday I took 300, on Thursday I took 300, and then played a bit on Saturday.”
The average athlete at their respective level shoots the following number of shots per
These athletes are taking stand-still shots. They’re standing at a spot and have either a rebounder or Shoot-Away machine that passes them basketballs, and they shoot until they get up X-amount of shots. This is great for fine tuning your stroke, but what happens when the clock is running down, and you’re down 1 with 5 seconds left. Have you prepared for this situation? What happens if you’re on a 0-11 run, and you need a quick bucket, are you prepared to make things happen and get your own shot?
On average, the typical stand-still shooting session provides roughly a 53% success rate. This means that the athlete made 53% of their stand still shots. Additionally, statistics and data from the NCAA, NAIA and NBA indicate that shooting percentages reduce by 50% when you contest the shot. A 68% shooter with nobody in their face will now shoot 26%. That’s 1 out of every 4 attempts that are successful. Conversely, if an athlete is working on their 3-point shot, and makes 30% uncontested, they’ll be a 15% in-game shooter. This is why it is very important to work on in-game shots or utilize
There aren’t any shooting programs on the market available for purchase. So, we at Rising Stars Basketball are taking the initiative to provide each member-athlete with a 10,000 Makes Challenge to become a better in-game shooter
Teaching Athletes How To Train
One of the biggest obstacles of athletes and training is the lack of instruction and/or knowledge of programming or details of training programs. We are going to detail these specific drills, provide pointers for each drill, and how to perform them for full effectiveness.
In any training program, dedicated time blocks and undivided attention are needed. Training is deliberate and purposeful. A 45-minute to 1-hour training block can be set aside each day to complete these workouts. Some workouts will be 10 minutes, some will be 5 minutes. As you begin to stack the drills, you’ll find yourself 45-60 minutes deep before making the number of shots needed to complete the 10,000 Makes Challenge.
Each drill is timed. If you’re to make 100 Mikan, time it. Each time you go out to the driveway or enter the gym, start the timer, make 100 Mikan, and time it. Doing this every single day, it is impossible for an athlete not to improve their ability to finish at the rim with a layup or put back. If you’re working on shooting on the move, you’ll need a timer, and a defined number of reps to move from spot to spot, working on footwork, hand placement, and execution.
The athlete will need a 10 ft basketball, and standard sized basketball with an optional rebounder or shooting partner. These drills can be done alone. You will also need the Workout Log located in the back of this PDF program.
Optional Items Needed
A cell phone or stopwatch. I like to make it a common practice for all athletes to time themselves shooting. This isn't to rush the athletes into completion, but to beat their previous performance and build in a module of responsibility and goal-setting. If we make 20 shots in 2 minutes, let’s aim for 25 made shots in 2 minutes the next workout, and progress into 30 made shots in 2 minutes. Start the timer, and complete the workout. After the workout, mark your time down in the workout tracker and keep track of your results. Week after week, you'll see gradual Improvements.
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