Basketball Return System: Boomerang Basketball Return Net
Boomerang basketball return systems are very popular among many players. They allow you to shoot from long distance without having to worry about your hand getting hurt or anything else. There are several types of boomers, but they all have one thing in common; they’re pretty easy to make. You just need some materials and time!
So how do you make a boomer?
Here’s what you’ll need:
1) A piece of wood (preferably hardwood like oak or maple).
2) Some rope.
I used fishing line, but any kind will work. If you don’t have much rope, then just cut it into lengths and tie them together with string. That way you won’t lose too much weight when making the boomer.
3) An old pair of shoes.
4) A sharp knife.
You might want to use something other than fishing line if you’re going to be using this boomer in a tournament. Fishing line tends to break easily, so it’s not really good enough for tournaments anymore.
What’s the best type of wood?
You can use any type of hard wood, but some are better than others. Oak and Maple are the best for throwing. They are heavier, so you’re less likely to lose them. Pine and birch are good for targets because they are soft and easy to carve. They also float if you need a target to be buoyant.
Carve the wood into the desired shape and length. When it comes to shape, basically anything goes. You can carve it into an animal, a person, an abstract shape… whatever you want.
Just make sure it looks pretty and will glide well. When it comes to length, most boomerangs are about the size of your arm when extended (so about 2 feet long). The heavier it is, the better it will fly, but the less likely you are to lose it.
Don’t forget to sand the edges so that it’s not too sharp.
Using rope, tie a series of half hitches around the boomerang. You might have to do some searching to learn how to tie a half hitch, but it’s a very simple knot. When you’re finished tie a twine or string around the last knot. This will act as a handle when you throw it in the future.
You’re finished! Go ahead and throw it; just make sure you don’t break anything. If it goes through your window, you should be safe to throw it outside. The best place to go boomeranging is a large, open area where there are few (if any) obstacles.
I chose a Maple boomerang and carved an Eagle for the grip. It is now my boomerang of choice.
It’s a good idea to carve your name, or at least a number, into the boomerang in case you lose it. Make sure that whatever you carve into it is deep enough so that it won’t wear off over time.
Making The Shot
When throwing a boomerang for the first time, make sure there are no people or animals in the way of its return path. Wait until there is nothing in its way before throwing it. Hold the boomerang between your forefinger and thumb. Throw it with a snapping motion, similar to how you would throw a frisbee (only not as far…
or as fast).
The boomerang should catch some air underneath one side and return to you. If it doesn’t, try throwing it harder. If it still doesn’t return, check to see if there are any obstacles in its path. If there aren’t, try throwing it in the other direction.
It’s a good idea to practice with your boomerang until you’re a master at it before going to a competition. It takes a lot of practice before you can get your throws just right.
Good luck and have fun!
Sources & references used in this article:
Basketball return device by F Adamek – US Patent 5,409,211, 1995 – Google Patents
Basketball return apparatus by GB Courtright – US Patent 6,733,403, 2004 – Google Patents
Collapsible basketball return device by DG Gregory – US Patent 7,207,906, 2007 – Google Patents
Basketball return system by M Jones – US Patent App. 15/037,036, 2016 – Google Patents
Apparatus for use in practicing the fundamentals of basketball by DR Bixler, JA Bixler – US Patent 5,487,540, 1996 – Google Patents
Balance as a predictor of ankle injuries in high school basketball players by TA McGuine, JJ Greene, T Best… – Clinical Journal of Sport …, 2000 – journals.lww.com