The Science of Shooting Hoops

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Nothing But Net: The Science of Shooting Hoops by Lori Larsen

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Introduction

My experiment is the science of shooting hoops. Specifically, looking at different styles of shooting, and making the same shot. I looked at three different shots that were chest high, overhead, and granny style. This interested me because I enjoy basketball and the experiment seemed fun to do. I hope this experiment can help people that don't know how to shoot a basketball with the highest percentage of accuracy. I would like to thank Damon Hargraves for helping me with my science project, Ming Lien for being my teacher, Austen Erickson for being in my video, and Merlin Johnson for being in my video.

Purpose

To test which trajectory improves your chance of making a basket.

Hypothesis

Shooting the basket at chin height is better than granny style and overhead because you get the most accurate shot.

Material

Operational Definitions

Procedure

  1. Found a spot for the volunteers to shoot.
  2. Told them how to do the shootings of each style of a shot.
  3. Had them shoot 10 shots from each hand position (chest high, overhead, and granny style)
  4. Kept track on how many shots each volunteer made.
  5. Kept track of each order they were in.

Data/ Observation

Observation was that my volunteers did 10 shots for each one:

Jennie

Nilson

Stu

Graph

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Background

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They all took many shots to make 3 shots in the basket for each one. They had to do chin high, overhead, and granny style. It took a very long time for them to make at least on shot for each one. Overall, they made all the shots in at least over 10 shots.

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Basketball Throw Position

Conclusion

I have proven my hypothesis correct. Every one of my volunteers shot better at chest height.

Result

I saw that my three volunteers had made many shots just to make 3 shots for each different shot.

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