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    ...so as long as his kid grows to be 6'11," he's okay....
    I actually think the awesomely-bad cornrows are a bigger prerequisite than the height.

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    I actually think the awesomely-bad cornrows are a bigger prerequisite than the height.
    I keep trying to find a picture of him standing flat footed on a "jump" shot, but those are rare. I found a picture of him jumping into a hook shot while playing in the post. I thought that would be even more rare.

    Admittedly, that was during his UNC days.

    There is one of him shooting over Chris Childs, but its a SI picture and I can't seem to link it. He's about three inches off the ground. You decide if that's "using his legs" or not.
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    Its like we had different fathers or something. Mine coached sixth grade basketball/ sixth grade PE for a couple of decades and taught thousands of students how to shoot, dribble and pass. He'd say the opposite... as thier hands grow they can move into the larger size ball. If they can't control the ball with their fingertips (like Bird and Alford are doing in the pictures above) then the ball is too big. And yes, elementary school age kids can do these little things - when do you think Steve and Larry learned to do them? And if they can do them on a regulation-sized ball, great. If not, use a smaller one.

    (And yes, every time he visits, I get griped at that my daughter is using a WNBA-sized ball instead of a smaller one... even though she can control it on her fingertips.)
    A child's hands do not have to be that big to control a basketball properly. So long as proper form is used and the ball comes off the wrist correctly, that's all you need.

    And I also caution against trying to develop every shot out of a textbook. Are there proper guidelines to follow? Sure. But a jumper is like a golf swing. No two are alike. Staying within proper confines and developing something within them that is comfortable and works for you is the best way to go. Not every jumper has to be picturesque.

    IMO, proper footwork is much, much more important than elbow placement. Maintaining a proper stance on your shot technique is the most effective way to get consistent results.
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    8 foot rim, 9 feet, 9.5 feet .................. plenty of great players learned the game before the adjustable rims were created. It's 10 feet if you're a 7 footer, 10 feet if you're 4 feet tall.

    Just don't let him fall in love with chucking up 3 pointers. I know, it will eliminate him from playing on any JOB team, but I think you can live with that.

    Midrange, ball handling, what the game is all about (5 guys - not 1) .......... and a 10 foot rim.

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    I remember what made me want to play was seeing guys like Billy Kellar, Rick Mount, George McGinnis, Ernie DiGregorio, Austin Carr, Pete Maravich play.

    Youtube has lots of vintage Maravich clips. They are still amazing to watch. That dude had so many shots- scoops, floaters, hesitations, and a sweet jumper. Then he had 100 different passes.

    Youtube has lots of Reggie stuff too, of course, and Bird.
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    The right way...I'll have to consult with Norman Dale on this.

    I guess a lot of it depends on your kid, what they are interested in, and learning style. Sounds silly, but it could help in what areas are learned the quickest.

    If I could do it over again, I would've learned in this order:

    1) Comfortably dribbling with either hand
    2) Developing a consistent shot
    3) Perfecting passes
    4) Learning to set screens, picks

    Outside of that, I'd try to teach as much as possible about playing without the ball as long as your kid is interested. The best thing I learned early on was defense....staying between my guy and the goal post, making my opponent uncomfortable, knowing when to go for steals, etc. I could go on and on....
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    Promise her that the game is fun.

    And then keep that promise by actually making the game fun. All the time.
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    Promise her that the game is fun.

    And then keep that promise by actually making the game fun. All the time.
    This. A thousand times, this.

    Children learn best when they don't realize they are learning. Make every lesson into a game, and they should absorb it quickly.

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    Thanks all. I decided to lower it to 9 feet for now and will stick with the regular Spalding Pacers basketball. I'm gonna have to watch more of those Pete Maravich videos on YouTube. I definitely have to work on his dribbling and passing more. I'm gonna try my best to make it more fun for him...but as many of you know....when it comes to be a Dad and sports....that's not always easy.
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