Every Hero Needs a Mentor
Our NBSA Elite Free Throw Instructional team is composed of the NBSA's top-ranked free-throw masters and teachers. The team together shoots over 98% from the free-throw line in practice, shooting competition and instructional exhibitions.
Will you answer the call?
To be the EXCEPTION!
FEATURING OUR NBSA ELITE FREE THROW MASTERY
Jim "Makevery" Schatz
NBSA Ranked #1/FT
NBSA ranked #2/FT
NBSA Ranked #6/FT
NBSA ranked #5 FT
Our virtual video Free-Throw Mastery (FTM) analysis, with 90 days of instruction, with our NBSA Elite teachers, is free to our current NBSA membership and new NBSA members. (Purchase Membership Here) You must sign up, register, and send us your 4 views free-throw video before the deadline, May 1, 2021.
Before or after purchasing your membership, please access our Virtual Instruction page to find out how to film and send your shooting views to the NBSA Office.
FREE INSTRUCTION FOR 90 DAYS / DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP IS MAY 1, 2021
After receiving the required 20 shot, 4 view video (5-shots front view, 5-shots left side view, 5-shots back view, and 5-shots right side). We want to know your practice schedule. You need to set up a daily time to practice for a minimum of an hour. Next, we will ask you for your free throw baseline practice percentage. You need to have a diary notebook with you at all times because we keep track of all our practice sessions.
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To get started, we want you to shoot your free throws in 25 shot sets. Record all your scores. (Example - At 3 pm, on December 24, I shot 4 sets, equaling 100 shots. They were; (1) 23/25 2) 24/25 3) 22/25 4) 25/25, which is 94/100 - 94%). After 1000 free throws (40 sets of 25 shots), you will have your starting, baseline, practice percentage. This needs to be done within 10 days. Shoot a minimum of 4 sets a day. The score you make is unimportant at this stage. Our ultimate goal is mastery, and there is no timetable for that. Everyone is different, with different situations. You need to develop your confidence, attention, and ability to focus and concentrate.
The NBSA, in 2021, defines free-throw mastery in practice as 96% or better, and game time mastery at 85% or better. After establishing your baseline free throw percentage, we are ready to start your 90 days of free analysis and instruction.
When you are practicing 25-shot repetitions, it is best to have a practice partner rebounding. When without a partner, use a basketball return system. A return system helps create a consistent rhythm, which helps and enhances the learning process.
After setting your starting free-throw practice percentage, we start your instruction by teaching you the proper warm-up. The warm-up is done before practicing shooting repetitions from the free-throw line. The warm-up takes 10 to 20 minutes. The longer, the better. We don't teach meditation or stretching exercises here, but that can and should also be done every practice before the warm-up. We try to get absolutely relaxed and build our focus, concentration, and confidence from there. The warm-up is called form shooting, done along the mid-line, close to the basket.
Form shooting is the method we use to help create correct shooting fundamentals. It is performed along the mid-line, close to the basket. It is like an isometric exercise, and it's the act of consciously making mental and physical corrections. Your improvement is dependent upon your efforts in the warm-up. During your repetitions from the free-throw line, our focus is on making the shot only, not on how we are doing it. Our focus is entirely on making the shot, so you are fixated on your ritual, which begins your motion, and visually, eyes glued on your bulls-eye target. That's all. Using the correct target is important, go to, www.freethrowtrainer.com, for that information.
Before becoming a 98% free-throw master, I was a professional athlete,
teacher, coach, author, founder, and a program - tournament director.
I was an accomplished open level tennis player, and at 29, I switched
to racquetball. I played and coached on the RB pro tour. I became a
racquetball pro tour qualifier, eventually being ranked in the top 50
in the early days of racquetball. I founded the Southern California
Racquetball Association. In college, I played six-man volleyball as a
reserve setter on the SMCC team that won the National College
Championship in 1967 (Santa Monica City College).
Click here to view Jim "Makevery" Schatz Page
The Dearborn, Michigan native (2/18/72) grew up living between the US and Italy, and played professionally in the Italian B League. After numerous knee injuries and a playing career that never really took off, at the age of 25, he preferred to start a career in Basketball Operations.
Over the past 23 years his job has taken him all over the world, including Africa, South America, Russia, UAE, Australia, Japan and China. Between scouting the globe and teaching fundamentals on the floor, he lives basketball 365 days a year, keeping abreast of anything and everything happening in the world of hoops.
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Coach Pauley is a renowned shooting coach and Master Shooter who is currently the world’s top ranked free throw shooter. He is a three time NBSA National Free Throw Champion as well as a three time Huntsman/NBSA Senior Free Throw World Champion. Coach Pauley has made 1000+ free throws in a row eleven times with a personal best 1710!
His shooting accomplishments aren’t limited to free throw shooting. He has also made 100+ three pointers in a row 22 times (19’9” line) with a best of 283! He won the "Coaches Challenge" at the 2013 Final Four which included both free throws and three pointers; he set the World Hot Shot record in 2014; he recorded the only perfect score in the history of the Huntsman World Senior Games making every shot in the Free Throw/3 Point Challenge in 2018.
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NBSA ranked #2/FT
“The Surgeon General of Free Throw”, Eddie P is universally known as the best active free throw shooter on the planet. Still competing today, Ed is shooting over 99% in competition and exhibitions. He is one of the founders and a Board Member of the NBSA.
Ed has just been hired by Orlando Magic center, Dwight Howard, to be his shooting coach for the 2011-12 season.
Ed has many innovative instructional aides to his credit. He has produced some of the best DVDs on the art of shooting and he’s inventor of the “Smart Ball” – to assist players of all ages to improve shooting skill. See more at http://www.freethrowmaster.net.
Despite his many shooting accomplishments, Eddie P is probably best known for coaching Shaquille O’Neal. While under Ed’s tutledge, Shaq’s free throw success rate went from 33% to 66%, in one season during his Los Angeles Laker tenure. In 2009, after working with Ed in pre-season, the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA set a new team pro free throw shooting percentage of over 85%.
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NBSA ranked #6/FT
Ronn has more than 60 years of experience in basketball as a player,
coach, lecturer, author, courtside commentator, referee, and
international basketball consultant. He has coached from the
playgrounds to four national teams and specializes in coaching both
youth players and youth coaches, which is the specialty of his website
Top-Basketball-Coaching.com. He is an international advocate of youth
sports being for the youth (not the adults).
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NBSA ranked #5 FT, Team Captain
Being from Indiana means Bob just naturally has basketball running through his blood. Bob has won 40 medals (17 gold) in 11 years as a basketball competitor at the Huntsman World Senior Games held annually in St. George, Utah. He will be inducted into the HWSG Hall of Fame on Oct. 5, 2011, just before the start of the games' silver anniversary.
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While attending the University of Scranton, Al thrilled Royal fans with his perimeter shooting ability. As a sophomore, he led NCAA Division III in 3-point field goal shooting, making a remarkable 54 percent of his attempts. Also, during that season, Al had a rare 190 combined shooting percentage. He shot over 50% from 2 point range, 3 point range, and over 90% from the free throw line. He is still the program’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (225) and finished his career with 1,372 points. Al ended his career as a 90% free throw shooter and passed for 322 assists. He was a three-time All-Freedom Conference selection and a member of the 2000 team that won the Freedom Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Al is a member of the Wall of Fame at the University of Scranton.
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