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Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Physical Education


The purpose of this investigation was to determine the development of basketball shooting accuracy as affected by varying goal sizes. Thirty-seven male freshman students at South Dakota State University were divided into three experimental groups and a control group. The subjects in the experimental groups participated in a five-week training program wherein they shot baskets either at an accuracy rim, a regulation basket, or a combination of the regulation basket and the accuracy rim. All subjects were tested at the beginning of the investigation and at the completion of the training program. Shooting accuracy consisting of 55 shots attempted at a regulation basket in both pre- and post-test from three different angles was investigated. The data collected during the testing were recorded and analyzed statistically to determine what effect the varying goal sizes had on shooting accuracy. The results of the findings indicated that between all four groups there was no statistically significant difference in shooting accuracy resulting from the respective training programs. Within the groups only the standard goal-accuracy rim group showed a statistically significant improvement from pre-test to post-test.

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South Dakota State University