Category: BASKETBALL

THE GIFT OF BASKETBALL

Sportsmart has many Christmas gift ideas for basketball players and fans.

Don’t forget, we offer free shipping on all standard size orders over $100!

Basketballs

Check out our huge range of basketballs from Molten, Spalding, Wilson, Nike and Smart.

Molten GMX Synthetic Leather Basketball

Molten GMX Synthetic Leather Basketball

Basketball accessories

Take a look at our range of basketball accessories from Sklz and Spalding.

SKLZ Shoot Around

SKLZ Shoot Around

NBA supporter wear

For NBA fans, look no further than our range of NBA jerseys, NBA junior jersey/shorts sets, NBA caps and more NBA supporter wear.

Los Angeles Clippers NBA Jersey

Los Angeles Clippers NBA Jersey

Basketball shoes

Top off the outfit with some basketball footwear from And1, adidas or Nike.

Nike Air Visi Pro V Basketball Shoes

Nike Air Visi Pro V Basketball Shoes

Basketball rings & systems

One of our most popular items in the lead-up to Christmas is basketball rings and systems.

A basketball system is a great Christmas gift for kids, providing hours of outdoor entertainment and the ability to practice basketball skills at home.

Sportsmart stocks a huge range Spalding basketball systems. We offer a wide variety of basketball systems to suit different needs:

Spalding 54 Acrylic In-Ground Basketball System

Spalding 54 Acrylic In-Ground Basketball System

Spalding Gold 48 Polycarbonate Portable Basketball System

Spalding Gold 48 Polycarbonate Portable Basketball System

Spalding NBA Chicago Bulls 44 Advance Backboard Combo

Spalding NBA Chicago Bulls 44 Advance Backboard Combo

Sportsmart offers basketball backboards in 8 sizes, and has backboards made from glass, acrylic, polycarbonate and composite materials.

We are currently offering an option to lay-by your basketball system now for Christmas during our Leisure Sale! Get organised and don’t miss out on the basketball system you want, plus take advantage of our great savings. To lay-by, a 20% deposit it required, and the lay-by is valid until 24th December 2014. Promotion ends on 2nd November.

For more detailed information on choosing a basketball ring, read our post ‘2 STEPS TO CHOOSING A BASKETBALL RING’.

Need delivery and installation? Contact your local store for details.

For more advice and information, view our range of basketball systems and backboards online, visit one of our Melbourne stores or phone our online team on (03) 9091 5024.

TIPS ON MOULDING YOUR MOUTHGUARD

Wearing a mouthguard in contact sports is very important, especially for junior players. A properly fitted mouthguard is essential for you to be protected.

How to mould a mouthguard:

Firstly, boil a small pot of water and submerge the mouthguard for about 20 to 30 seconds. Your mouthguard should have instructions for the correct amount of time. Remember, the mouthguard should be heated to the point that you are able to mould it not the point where it is beginning to melt.

Remove the mouthguard from the water using tongs (you do not want to deform the mouthguard by squeezing too tightly). Cool the mouthguard either by dipping it in cool water or allowing it to air dry. Check your mouthguard instructions to see if water is recommended. You only need to cool the mouthguard to the point where you can put it in your mouth without burning yourself.

Place the mouthguard in your mouth to mould it. Push the mouthguard against your teeth with your fingers and bite down lightly. Pull the guard tighter to your teeth by placing your tongue against the roof of your mouth and sucking the air and water out.

Now you need to cool the mouthguard. Some instructions say that the guard needs to cool rapidly after it has been fitted by dipping it in cold water. If the mouthguard does not fit properly, you can remould it by starting the process again.

Using a mouth-formed mouthguard is the easiest way to ensure the mouthguard fits perfectly to your mouth. Be sure to inspect your mouthguard frequently and replace it if it becomes deformed or you notice that the edges become jagged.

Sportsmart stocks a variety of mouthguards for both seniors and juniors. You can view our range of mouthguards online or visit our stores to select the type that will best suit your needs.

OPRO Platinum Mouthguard - blue/red

OPRO Platinum Mouthguard – blue/red

SPORTSMART CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE OUT NOW!

Shop smarter this Christmas at Sportsmart! Our latest catalogue is packed full of huge savings and gift ideas for the whole family. Our catalogue is available in store or you can view it online here.

Check out some of our hot specials below plus heaps more in store and online. Sale runs until 24th December.

Asics Gel Pulse 5 running shoes was $149 now $89 save $60

Men's Asics Gel Pulse 5

Men’s Asics Gel Pulse 5

Women's Asics Gel Pulse 5

Women’s Asics Gel Pulse 5

Selected mens and womens tees and singlets just $19.99 ea

More in store!

More in store!

Spalding NBA Acrylic 42” basketball system was $399 now $289 save $110

Receive a bonus NBA conference basketball value $49.99 (in store only)

Receive a bonus NBA conference basketball value $49.99 (in store only)

Paceman bowling machine $299

paceman

Head Youtek Supreme tennis racquet normal $249 members $99

head youtek

Horizon Evolve Plus treadmill was $1099 now $499 save $600

Folds flat for easy storage

Folds flat for easy storage

For more specials, you can check out our full Christmas catalogue online by clicking here or the image below.

Click to check out our full Christmas catalogue online

Click to check out our full Christmas catalogue online

Some items are not available at all stores, but can be ordered on request.

Sale ends 24/12/13.

2 STEPS TO CHOOSING A BASKETBALL RING

Choosing a basketball ring/system in 2 easy steps:

STEP 1. CHOOSE A TYPE THAT SUITS YOUR NEEDS

Consider where the system will be, and who will be using it.

In-ground basketball systems

Best for:
Where – Premium performance usage in a permanent paved area
Who – Competitive or professional players, casual but regular players, families, teens

Standard in-ground basketball systems secure the basketball pole in concrete. These types of basketball systems offer the best level of stability. The pole cannot be removed or adjusted without damaging the concrete, but some systems can be removed using a ground sleeve. The height of these systems is adjustable.

Spalding Gold Acrylic 50 Inground

Spalding Gold Acrylic 50″ In-ground Basketball System

Check out our range of in-ground basketball systems.

Portable basketball systems

Best for:
Where – Anywhere where portability is important
Who – Portable systems with an acrylic or polycarb backboard are best for casual players, young kids and families. Portable systems with a glass backboard are ideal for competitive players.

A portable basketball system allows you to play basketball almost anywhere. These standalone units feature a base with wheels, backboard, pole and rim. For stability, fill the base with water or sand. These basketball systems are convenient and easy. Portable basketball systems offer a similar amount of stability as in-ground systems, and are a great option for those who are deterred by basketball system installation. These basketball systems make great Christmas gifts as they are enjoyable for the whole family. They are also adjustable; helpful for teaching young kinds to play. Sportsmart stocks the largest range of portable basketball systems in Australia.

Spalding Platinum Series 54 Acrylic Basketball System

Spalding Platinum Series 54″ Acrylic Portable Basketball System

Check out our range of portable basketball systems.

Wall-mounted basketball systems

Best for:
Where – Tight spaces or areas where there is no fixed place for a pole/bar
Who – Casual but regular players, families, teens

Wall-mounted basketball systems can be attached to a garage/carport, wall, side of the house etc. These types of basketball systems will need to be installed, and generally include a backboard, hoop and net. Backboards require the mounting kit/connections to be purchased separately, and they can be either fixed or adjustable. Sportsmart sells suitable mounting equipment in store and online. When purchasing a wall-mounted basketball system, it is important to consider the area in which the system will be placed. Different types of roofs may have trouble holding the backboard straight. When considering this option, ensure you make staff aware of where your basketball backboard will be placed so they can offer installation advice. Basketball rings need to be mounted to 10 feet.

Spalding Acrylic 54 Backboard Combo

Spalding Acrylic 54″ Backboard Combo

Spalding Adjustable Ratchet Bracket

Spalding Adjustable Ratchet Bracket

Check out our range of wall-mounted basketball systems.

STEP 2. CHOOSE BACKBOARD SIZE & TYPE

Size considerations:

Sportsmart offers basketball backboards in 8 sizes: 24”, 32”, 42”, 44”, 48”, 50”, 52”, 54”, 60” and 72”. The main factors affecting the size you choose are the size of your playing area and the skill level of those who will be using it.

The 24” and 32” are junior basketball systems best for young kids from 3 years old.

Spalding 32 Youth Basketball System

Spalding 32″ Youth Basketball System

The 42” and 44” backboards are most suited to young children playing casually.

Spalding Silver Series 42 Acrylic Basketball System

Spalding Silver Series 42″ Acrylic Portable Basketball System

Backboards sized 48”, 50” and 52” are best for a small playing area, and can often be a good option to suit budgets.

Spalding Gold Acrylic 50 Inground

Spalding Gold Acrylic 50″ In-ground Basketball System

For a playing area the size of a 2-car driveway, a 54” or 60” backboard will suit.

Spalding 54 Glass Portable Basketball System

Spalding 54″ Glass Portable Basketball System

For more professional players who want to best replicate actual playing conditions, and who have the space and budget to suit, a 72” backboard is ideal.

Spalding Glass 72 Arena View Inground Basketball System

Spalding Glass 72″ Arena View In-ground Basketball System

Material type:

The materials used in the backboard affect the bounce or rebound factor.

Glass

Glass backboards feature the best rebound performance and are ideal for highly competitive play. Glass backboards also stay crystal clear for the life of the basketball system.

Best for: heavy use; competition or professional players

Spalding The Beast 60 Glass Portable Basketball System

Spalding ‘The Beast’ 60″ Glass Portable Basketball System

Acrylic

Acrylic backboards feature very good rebound performance and are ideal for competitive play. Acrylic backboards are lighter than glass boards, so they don’t require as large of a pole to support them. While acrylic boards can dull from scratches, this is a cheaper option than glass backboards.

Best for: casual-heavy use; families; teens and children

Spalding Diamond 54 Acrylic Portable Basketball System

Spalding Diamond 54″ Acrylic Portable Basketball System

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate backboards feature good rebound performance and are ideal for recreational play.

Best for: casual use; children

Spalding Silver 42 NBL Polycarbonate Basketball System

Spalding Silver 42″ NBL Polycarbonate Portable Basketball System

Composite

Composite backboards offer a recreational level of play and a large variety of colour options.

Best for: young children playing for fun

Spalding No Tools 44 NBA Basketball System

Spalding No Tools 44″ NBA Portable Basketball System

Need more help?

Of course there are other considerations such as your preferred method of height adjustment, which can vary between different systems, ring type, and which basketball systems fit within your budget. But if you follow the 2-step process, you really can’t go wrong!

Sportsmart has a wide range of basketball systems suited to all types of players. For more advice and information, view our range of basketball systems and backboards online, visit one of our Melbourne stores or phone our online team on (03) 9091 5024.

CELEBRATING 44 YEARS OF SPORTSMART!

To celebrate 44 years of Sportsmart servicing Melbourne’s sporting needs, you can save up to 44% on selected sporting goods! We have a huge list of specials across all of our major categories available in store and online.

Check out some of our specials below:

– Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 mens and womens running shoes was $219 now $122 save 44%

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 mens

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 mens

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 womens

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 womens

– 44% off all full price Under Armour (image for illustration purposes only)

Under Armour

– 44% off all Ali boxing products

Ali boxing gloves

Ali boxing gloves

– Head TI S2 tennis racquet was $199 now $111.44 save 44%

Head Ti S2 tennis racquet

Head Ti S2 tennis racquet

– Nike Tiempo Technique soccer ball was $24.99 now $14 save 44%

Nike Tiempo Technique soccer ball

Nike Tiempo Technique soccer ball

For our full list of specials, click here.

Be quick! Sale ends 20th Oct 2013.

 

HOW TO CHOOSE A BASKETBALL SYSTEM

A benefit of owning your own basketball system is that you can enjoy shooting hoops in your own backyard. You might use the system to practice your game for competition or simply because you enjoy basketball. There are different types of basketball systems available and each are suited to different types of players. The standard size for a basketball ring is 10’ (3.05m) from the ground.

Choosing a basketball system can seem like a difficult task. We have put together a simple guide to help you choose the best basketball system for your needs and budget. We have also selected some basketball systems for each type to help you when making your choice.

Types of basketball systems:

Wall mounted basketball systems: These basketball systems can be attached to the side of your house, garage, wall etc. These types of basketball systems will need to be installed and will generally include a backboard, hoop, net and sometimes a mounting kit. Other basketball systems require connections to be purchased separately. Sportsmart sells suitable mounting equipment in store and online. When purchasing a wall mounted basketball system it is important to consider the area in which the system will be placed. Different types of roofs may have trouble holding the backboard straight. When considering this option, ensure you make staff aware of where your basketball system will be placed so they can provide you with the best advice on installation.

Spalding NBA 44" backboard combo - other teams available

Spalding NBA 44″ backboard combo – other teams available

Spalding universal bracket

Spalding universal bracket

Spalding Acrylic 54" backboard combo

Spalding Acrylic 54″ backboard combo

Check out our full range of wall mounted basketball systems online.

Portable basketball systems: You will be able to play basketball almost anywhere with a portable basketball system. These standalone units will normally feature a base with wheels, backboard, pole and rim. To ensure added stability, fill the base with water or sand. These basketball systems are convenient and easy to conceal, once play is finished they can be wheeled into the garage and some can even be folded down. Portable basketball systems do not offer the same amount of stability as in-ground systems but they are a great option for casual players who are deterred by basketball system installation. These basketball systems also make great Christmas gifts as they are enjoyable for the whole family. Sportsmart stocks a variety of portable basketball systems which are also adjustable. This added feature helps young kids when practicing.

Spalding Silver Series 42" acrylic

Spalding Silver Series 42″ acrylic basketball system

Spalding 54" Glass Portable basketball system

Spalding 54″ Glass Portable basketball system

Check out our full range of portable basketball systems online.

In-ground basketball systems: Standard in-ground basketball systems secure the basketball pole in concrete. These types of basketball systems offer maximum stability as a result. However, the pole cannot be removed or adjusted without damaging the concrete.  The height of the system itself is adjustable which is helpful when teaching young kids how to play basketball. It is extremely important to ensure the in-ground basketball system you choose has marks which will help you determine the distance between the hoop and the ground before the cement dries. If you are unfamiliar with installing an in-ground system, ask a staff member to advise you on who you can contact to install your basketball system.

Spalding Gold Acrylic 50" in-ground

Spalding Gold Acrylic 50″ in-ground basketball system

Spalding 60" glass in-ground basketball system

Spalding 60″ glass in-ground basketball system

Check out our full range of in ground basketball systems online.

When choosing a backboard it is important to consider the bounce or rebound factor of the backboard. The materials used in the backboard provide different results. To ease the selection process we have put together a simple guide to help you understand the backboards available to you.

how-to-choose

Check out our full range of basketball backboards online.

Sportsmart has a wide range of basketball systems suited to all types of players. You can view our range of basketball systems and backboards online or visit one of our stores located in Victoria where you can consult an expert staff member on which basketball system is right for you.

Our latest basketball catalogue is also out now! It features our range of basketball systems as well as the latest essential basketball accessories to ensure you are playing at your best. You can view our basketball catalogue online here.

SPORTSMART’S SPRING CATALOGUE IS OUT NOW!

Spring into Sportsmart this season for smart savings! Our latest catalogue is out now and packed full of huge savings across all of our major sporting good categories including footwear, fitness, apparel and ball sports! We have everything you need to ensure you are performing at your best this season.

Some of our specials include:

– Asics GT 2000 running shoes (mens and womens – selected colours only) was $199 NOW $119 save $80

Men's Asics GT 2000 now $119

Men’s Asics GT 2000 now $119

– Prince 03 Red tennis racquet was $299 NOW $129 save $170

Prince 03 Red tennis racquet now $129

Prince 03 Red tennis racquet now $129

– Puma Pulse 5000 (2012) cricket bat was $549 NOW $299 save $250

Puma Pulse 5000 now $299

Puma Pulse 5000 now $299

– Bodyworx A115 Spin Bike was $799 NOW $399 save 50%

Bodyworx A115 spin bike now $399

Bodyworx A115 spin bike now $399

– Spalding Platinum 52” Acrylic basketball system NOW $399 save $300

Spalding Platinum 52" system now $399

Spalding Platinum 52″ system now $399

For more specials, you can check out our full spring catalogue by clicking here or the image below. You can also shop in store or online.

Check out our catalogue now!

Check out our catalogue now!

Catalogue ends 06/10/13.

HOW TO TEACH KIDS TO SHOOT FOUL SHOTS

Teaching kids how to shoot foul shots is an easy concept for the most part. However, free throws are often underrated in terms of importance as they are extremely hard to master. Fundamentals are important, but having the right mental approach is just as significant which is why good shooters can sometimes struggle at the free throw line.

Start by teaching the fundamentals of shooting. The kids probably have a general idea of what to do at this point but have them practice regularly and remind them of the proper technique. Their shooting hand should do the work and their guide hand should just guide. Also, their legs should help with the shooting motion, they should come down and then up as they release the ball.

Inform the kids about free throw rules. Their body should be in line with the basket and their toes should be just at the edge of the free throw line. Also let them know they have only 10 seconds to shoot in most instances.

Tell them they can shoot closer to the basket at first, if need be. Younger kids may find the distance form the basket to the line may be a bit much for them to accurately practice the fundamentals. At this point, mastering the proper form is more important than shooting from the same distance as the professionals. Teach the kids to sharpen their mental focus when they are at the free throw line. Some opposing players may employ subtle distraction techniques such as clapping their hands or coughing when the kid tries to shoot. Tell the kids that no matter how high pressure the situation, they should relax and envision themselves and the basket and stick to form.

HOW TO TEACH BASKETBALL FOUL SHOOTING

Foul shooting is one of the most important skills to teach a basketball player in order to improve their all around game. Many players are poor foul shooters because they are never taught the correct way to take a foul shot. A foul shot is a lot different than any other shot in basketball and it requires the most concentration. Here are some important steps you can take in order to teach basketball foul shooting to children and adults of all ages.

Position the player at the free throw line with their legs shoulder width apart. Place his/her right or left leg a few inches forward depending on what hand they use to shoot. Right handed shooters would place their right foot forward and left handed shooters would place their left foot forward.

Stand under the basket and pass the ball to the player at the free throw line using a bounce pass. This will help create a routine and mimic a live game. During the game, the player at the foul line will be given the ball by the referee from under the hoop.

Have the player take three dribbles with their shooting hand and spin the basketball. Encourage the player to use the same routine each time they step to the foul line.

Have the player bend his/her knees to a 45 degree angle and then follow through and release the basketball with his shooting hand pointing towards the hoop. Follow through is one of the most important parts of free throw shooting. Encourage the player to practice following through without the basketball to develop form.

Repeat this process until the player develops a rhythm. Rhythm is essential in foul shooting. Practice foul shooting as often as possible and make it a priority during practice.

Create a distracted and pressured environment during foul shots once they’ve got the hang of normal foul shooting. In game time situations, players will need to be able to make foul shots in front of loud crowds and during pressure situations. Consider rewarding the player or team for a certain amount of foul shots made during training and disciplining them for missed foul shots i.e. run a lap of the court.

HOW TO SET A SCREEN IN BASKETBALL

Winning basketball is always about team play. Players have to know how to dribble, pass and play defence. Players can’t be content with just being able to do two things well. Setting a screen so your teammate can have an unaffected look at the basket is one of the most under appreciated, yet vital skills in the game.

Run hard to the end of the free throw line and establish your position as you see your teammate running in that direction. They are anticipating receiving a pass. By holding your position, your are screening their defender from getting into a position to alter your teammates shot when they receive the ball.

Follow the flow of the game. Any shooter has a better chance of scoring when the defender can’t get near them. You are much better off providing a screen for a hot shooter than for one who has been struggling to score. Understand the angles that your teammate likes to take before shooting. Make sure you get in front of their defender a second or two before they attempt their shot. This may sound complicated but it should come naturally as long as you are paying attention to your teammates.

Set a solid screen down low for one of your bigger teammates. This is also effective, however space is limited. The best way to make this work is to have confidence that the passer will get the ball to your big players outside shoulder. You can screen their defender. As long as you can give your teammate a half second of freedom, they should have an easy chance. Since you will be blocking out a much bigger player, you will find it tougher but it will be worth it for the basket.

Fake setting the screen and roll to the basket for an open shot yourself. Basketball is not about doing one thing well. You have to be unpredictable. If you have set two consecutive screens your opposition will expect another. Instead of setting a screen, cut quickly to the hoop and look for the quick pass.