The Science of Shooting Hoops
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Nothing But Net: The Science of Shooting Hoops by Lori Larsen
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.
To test which trajectory improves your chance of making a basket.
Shooting the basket at chin height is better than granny style and overhead because you get the most accurate shot.
- basketball court, hoop, and backboard
- volunteer players to shoot baskets
- free-throw line
- Chest High - The ball is brought at your chest before you shoot the ball at the basket.
- Overhead - The ball is brought over your head before you shoot the ball at the basket.
- Granny Style - The ball is brought below your legs before you shoot the ball at the basket.
- Trajectory - Is the path described by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces.
- Straight on Shot - The ball is going straight at the basket when shooting the ball.
- Found a spot for the volunteers to shoot.
- Told them how to do the shootings of each style of a shot.
- Had them shoot 10 shots from each hand position (chest high, overhead, and granny style)
- Kept track on how many shots each volunteer made.
- Kept track of each order they were in.
Observation was that my volunteers did 10 shots for each one:
- Chest High: She made 4 shots out of 10 shots.
- Over Head: She made 2 shots out of 10 shots.
- Granny Style: She made 2 shots out of 10 shots.
- Chest High: He made 5 shots out of 10 shots.
- Over Head: He made 0 shots out of 10 shots.
- Granny Style: He made 2 shots out of 10 shots.
- Chest High: He made 7 shots out of 10 shots.
- Over Head: He made 4 shots out of 10 shots.
- Granny Style: He made 4 shots out of 10 shots.
- Which trajectory do you think improves your chance of making a basket: higher or lower? Explain why.
- I mean by higher which you can shoot the ball like a rainbow, which is going over like a rainbow. You know how a rainbow is, it goes like a semi-circle but when shooting the ball, the ball only goes high in the air and makes the basket.
- Lower is like making a air-ball. If you shot the ball at the basket to try and make it, you will probably get a chance of missing the basket.
- I think the trajectory will go both ways because when you are shooting the ball, you don't know what it will do. I choose both because I can do both, I can make the basket and I also can air-ball it.
- Do you think that there will be a relationship between the ball's starting position (chest high, chin high, or over the head) and the ball's trajectory? Why or why not?
- I think that there will be a relationship between the ball's starting position (chest high, chin high, or over the head) because when you play a game of basketball, you can throw the ball at you team-mate at chest high or over the head to let the ball go to your team-mate instead of the other team.
- Trajectory-The path described by a projectile flying or and object moving under the action of given forces.
- For my project, I went into the gym with my helpers to shoot the ball so that it could make the basket. Well my helpers are: Jennie, Nilson, and Stu.
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.
- My observations is that it was complicated to do each one because the three had a hard time understanding on what to do. I told them how to do it and they got the hang of it. It was very funny because they kept missing and making the basket.
Basketball Throw Position
- Overhead: When shooting over head, you put the ball over your head. Once you're done with that, you move your arms more back to shoot the ball.
- Regular Shot: When shooting a regular shot, you put the ball in front of your head. Don't put it really close to your head that it will actually hit you in the face. When putting the ball to your head, you push your arm out to shoot the ball.
- Granny Style: When doing the granny style, you put the like towards your legs. You have to spread your legs outward to put the ball in between your legs.
I have proven my hypothesis correct. Every one of my volunteers shot better at chest height.
I saw that my three volunteers had made many shots just to make 3 shots for each different shot.