Positive effect of a scaled ball on the free throw technique in under-12 basketball
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Problem Statement: Under-12 basketball is one of those youth sports that children can practice before going on to play basketball. However, the lack of shooting success is a common problem in under-12 basketball, which minimises their expectation to be physically active in the future. Purpose: The aim was to explore whether the (in general and successful) free throw technique was similar to the ideal technique proposed by the literature when using a lighter ball (440 g) in under-12 basketball. Participants were 45 players from five male teams. Method: Players were filmed performing a free throw test with the regular ball (490 g, 69-71 cm) and a lighter ball (440 g, 69-71 cm). They were tested midway through the season in the month of March. Each day, the test was performed by one team, so all the teams were tested in the two-week period. They performed 270 free throws with each ball, which were observed and later analysed as a group. The criteria analysed of each free throw we...