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Stroup, Francis, 1909-||Dunn, J. Hubert

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Physical Education




It was the purpose of the study to determine if the shooting percentage of high school boys could be improved more by using the backboard for shots taken from specified angles rather than by shooting directly at the rim. Two groups of seventy hoys each were equated by the Johnson Basketball Ability Test. One group then practiced shooting at the backboard and the other group practiced shooting at the rim. The boys practiced fifteen minutes a day for twenty days between the pre test and the post test. The testing area and equipment were pre selected and made available for the participants during the tests and practice periods. Tests results indicated that the backboard group improved more than the rim group. While there was no significant difference between the pre test and the post test scores of the subjects shooting directly at the rim, there was a significant improvement in the backboard shooters as measured by the two tests. Also, there was a significant difference between the improvement of the backboard shooters and the improvement of the clean shooters. It was observed that shooting percentages were higher for shorter distances than for longer ones for both direct and backboard shots. There was no significant difference between success in shooting backboard shots at 35 degrees and 45 degrees.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


iv, 40 pages




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