Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education


The purpose of this study was to determine what effect specific area shooting would have on the field goal accuracy of the jump shot among skilled basketball players. In this study skilled basketball players were defined as those players that had participated in organized high school basketball practice.

University of North Dakota students were used (N=2 0) and divided into two equivalent groups. The control group attempted eighteen field goals from random areas on the playing court while the experimental group attempted eighteen field goals from specific areas on the basketball court at each class meeting. The length of the study was six weeks with the initial meeting given to the instruction and evaluation of the jump shot.

A pre-test was given at the beginning of the six week period and a post-test at the end. This test consisted of making eighteen jump shots at various spots , nine and fifteen feet from the basket.

An analysis of variance was used in the study for within, between and interaction group comparisons . The results showed no significant difference at the .05 level between the treatments and trials. This indicates that specific area practice of the jump shot for the skilled basketball players was not necessary and the same degrees of accuracy were obtained by random area practice.