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Established in November of 2009 by a group of free throw masters and world record holders with a mission to improve free throw shooting at all levels.


Chairman of the Board

Jim "Makevery" Schatz

(Born May 30, 1947) 

I organized and started the NBSA in 2009 with a friend of mine, Chuck
Leve, from the early days of Racquetball, and a group of elite
free-throw masters. Chuck Leve was our first executive director, and
without his experience, guidance, and assistance, this basketball
shooting association, the NBSA, never would have happened. Our project
was similar to when he was part of the original group who started and
organized Racquetball. I knew many of the free throw masters
personally, and those I didn't, I was able to meet by first sending
them my seven-chapter, unpublished book. The idea was to exchange our
instructional materials among ourselves and form a robust free-throw
mastery master/teacher/coach collaboration. Since our objective was
and still is, to improve free-throw shooting at all levels of
competition, cooperation, and a partnership of experts was necessary.
I created, with my practice partner Fred Newman, our head to head
championship tournament format, which lends itself perfectly to
organizing basketball shooting competition nationally and setting up
the state and national ranking system. 

Honorary Founders

John Wooden

(October 14, 1910 - June 4, 2010)

John Wooden, "The Wizard of Westwood," was perhaps the greatest combo basketball guard (5' 10") and basketball head coach who ever lived. You can find his story and all his
achievements on his Wikipedia page. John Wooden is an NBSA Honorary Founder due to his prowess as a free throw master. He has owned the professional basketball mark for
consecutive free throws made in-game time of 138 in a row since 1934-36. No one has broken it yet. The closest is Michael Williams, who made 97 in a row, 1992-94, during two NBA seasons. I was taught John Wooden's practice free throw shooting system by my first basketball shooting coach Kenny Kroft. Kenny was a student of John's at one of his UCLA summer camps for kids. Ken later worked as a camp counselor. Ken taught me John's Make Five Free Throws in a row, Keep Shooting mastery system. We shot shooting drills, make five or ten shots, in between free throws to simulate game time by being winded, and this drill was the forerunner to our NBSA 60 second timed shooting event called the NBSA Make Every Shot Challenge. 

Harold "Bunny" Levitt

(February 16, 1910 - April 30, 2006)

"Bunny," as everyone called him, was one of a few well known
free-throw masters in the early days of basketball. He made his
reputation doing free throw consecutive shot exhibitions at half time
during competitive basketball games. He set his record in 1935,
making 499 in a row. On this day, after his one miss, he made another
record 873 and ended his streak on a make. This record stood for many
years until another of our NBSA Honorary Founders, Ted St. Martin,
broke it. Harold "Bunny" Levitt started the long line of consecutive
free throw records, and he is an NBSA Honorary Founder because of his
service and dedication to his craft of making every shot. 

Bill Sharman

(May 25, 1926 - October 23, 2013)

Bill Sharman was the first great NBA free throw shooter. He leads the
NBA in free-throw percentage a record seven times and a record five
years in a row. His highest season percentage was 93.2%, which is one
of the best. He is known for being a star on the Boston Celtics early
championship teams and for winning many NBA titles as the coach or
executive manager with the: Los Angeles Lakers. Bill was a gifted
athlete, coach, and team executive winning a record number of pro
basketball league championships. His accomplishments and rewards are
too many to mention here. Go to his Wikipedia page for all his
tribute. Bill is an NBSA Honorary Founder for his professional game
time free throw mastery records. He also wrote one of the early
instructional books on basketball shooting, and there is a chapter
devoted entirely to making free throws. 

Honorary Founders

Ted St. Martin

(Born April 6, 1935) 

Ted St Martin is known for his records in consecutive free throw shooting. In 1977 he made 2,036 in a row. That remained the consecutive free throw mark until Dr. Tom Amberry broke that record in 1993, making 2,750 free throws in a row - ending on a make.

Ted re-claimed the record in 1996 by making 5,221 consecutive free throws. Ted is in his 70's now and still does exhibitions, teaching and coaching. His book, “The Art of Shooting Baskets”, is a best seller.

Dr. Tom Amberry

(November 13, 1922 - March 18, 2017)

Dr. Tom Amberry, a retired podiatrist, is now 87 years old and still shoots at 98%, or better. In 1993, Dr Tom broke the second most difficult record to break in free throw (the game time consecutive record being the hardest). Dr. Tom’s Guinness Book free throw record of 2,750 ending on a make, took 12 hours to accomplish, stopping only because the gym was closing for the night.

Of interest: He wrote the first book on free throws only, titled “Free Throw, Seven Steps To Success At The Free Throw Line”. As all American college player, the then 6’7”, Amberry lead the nation in scoring two years in a row. A natural lefty, while learning to shoot prolific numbers of free throws, he hurt his left shoulder causing him to switch arms and learn to shoot with the right. It was with his right arm, nearly two years after switching hands, that he set his world record.

Calvin Murphy

(Born May 4, 1948)

Calvin Murphy is known as a past All-Star professional basketball
player and world-class baton twirler. He was one of the very best
free-throw game time performers in the history of the NBA, leading the
NBA from the free throw two times and setting some unbelievable
records. His many free throw records demonstrate his elite free-throw
mastery ability and are the reason for his selection as an NBSA
Honorary Founder. In the 1980-81 season, he shot his highest free
throw percentage of 95.8%. He made 78 free throws in a row during that
1980-81 season. 

Honorary Founders

Fred Newman

(April 18, 1937 - February 26, 2014)

Fred Newman is the holder of five recognized free throw Guinness records: Highest percentage for 24 hours (98.2%); Most free throws made in 24 hours (20, 371); Most free throws made in 10 minutes using two balls (388); Most free throw made in a row blind folded (88) and Most free throws made in an hour (1639), done on a live Japanese television show. His hour record isn't even his best. He made over 1,800 in an hour when he was younger, at an NBA all star game. Fred also can be seen on Youtube making 209 three point shots in a row, which is also the record.

All Fred's records are documented, witnessed and seen on either Youtube or television. His best in a row at the free throw line is over 1500.

Only Dr. Tom Amberry has won more gold medals than Fred, while competing at the free throw line.

Rick Barry

(Born March 28, 1944)

When there is a discussion about the free throw in basketball, Rick
Barry's name is always the first mentioned. Rick Barry was a great
professional basketball player. The only player to lead the NCAA, ABA,
and NBA in scoring. His rate of being able to make 9 out of 10 free
throws in-game time certainly helped him achieve these and many other
professional basketball scoring records. Rick led the NBA league in
free throw six times. When Rick retired from the NBA, in 1980, he led
the league in free throw career percentage of .900. Rick is well
qualified to be an NBSA Honorary Founder. His unorthodox but effective
underhanded free-throw shooting style is still the best way of
shooting, the physics of making a free throw proves this.

In contemporary basketball, the fundamentals of shooting are first
taught close to the basket in what's called "form shooting." Because
of the height of players today, basketball shooting fundamentals now
demand that shooters use the one-handed style, with the shooting elbow
shoulder high in a high shot pocket. 


Jim "Makevery" Schatz

Jim "Makevery" Schatz is the originator of NBSA and one of the leading authorities on basketball's free throw. Jim is the author of, as yet unpublished book, "The Guide To Free Throw Mastery - Beyond Expectation". Jim's background is professional sports. He coached and played on the NRC racquetball pro tour during the early days of racquetball, was an open tennis player and played volleyball in college. He also was the founder, president and tournament director of the Southern California Racquetball Association. Jim is currently the NBSA National Tournament Chairman and Director.  (View Profile)

Chuck Leve

Chuck Leve was the NBSA's first executive director and managing
editor. Chuck was the original executive director and managing editor
for the USRA and National Racquetball. Chuck and his father Mort Leve
are both well known in court sports, Hall of Famers, having been
involved in the development of two games, Handball and Racquetball.
Chuck is a 40 year veteran of the fitness industry and proven
successful developer of sports and fitness industry associations. 

Jamie Angeli

Jamie Angeli is a 40-year veteran in the basketball industry. He has
been a successful player, recruiter, manager, administrator, assistant
coach, and coach. Jamie is our NBSA website designer and technician.
He makes websites and has his own hosting company. His sites are
essential resources of basketball information for professional
basketball teachers and coaches in the game. Besides being an NBSA
Founder, he is one of our NBSA sponsors. You can find his website
links in our NBSA sponsor's section and other various locations all
over our site. (Link to Bio


Dr. Jim Poteet

Presently, President and Commissioner of the Association of Christian College Athletics

Dr. Poteet has an extensive background in sports and education, including as a basketball player, college coach, athletic director, and classroom teacher.

Himself a champion free throw shooter (96%+ in competition and exhibitions), Jim’s doctoral dissertation – The Paradox of the Free Throw – was written while working with Dr. Tom Amberry, holder of the Guinness World Record in free throw shooting. Dr. Poteet is internationally recognized as one of basketball’s free throw masters.

Ronn Wyckoff

Ronn has more than 60 years of experience in basketball as a player,
coach, lecturer, author, courtside commentator, referee, and
international basketball consultant. He has coached from the
playgrounds to four national teams and specializes in coaching both
youth players and youth coaches, which is the specialty of his website He is an international advocate of youth
sports being for the youth (not the adults).

Ronn has also been a classroom teacher and athletic director, and is
the author of several basketball teaching books and DVDs, including
"How I Shoot Over 96% Free Throws".

He currently is one of four FT shooters to have had a perfect score in
the 25-year history of the FL Senior Games and the only one to have
made a perfect score twice.  (View Profile)

Arnold Helleman

Arnold Heilemann is an entrepreneur, businessman, investor, nonprofit organization founder, and president and community leader. He has a master’s degree in engineering and owns his own business in the Santa Clarita Valley, in the north part of Los Angeles.

Arnold is a student of free throw mastery, a basketball fan and brings his over 50 years of successful business, management and administrative experience to our association.


Bob Owen

Being from Indiana means Bob just naturally has basketball running through his blood. Bob has won 40 medals (17 gold) in 11 years as a basketball competitor at the Huntsman World Senior Games held annually in St. George, Utah. He will be inducted into the HWSG Hall of Fame on Oct. 5, 2011, just before the start of the games' silver anniversary.  (View Profile)

James Pauley

Coach Pauley is a renowned shooting coach and Master Shooter who is currently the world’s top ranked free throw shooter. He is a three time NBSA National Free Throw Champion as well as a three time Huntsman/NBSA Senior Free Throw World Champion. Coach Pauley has made 1000+ free throws in a row eleven times with a personal best 1710!

His shooting accomplishments aren’t limited to free throw shooting. He has also made 100+ three pointers in a row 22 times (19’9” line) with a best of 283! He won the "Coaches Challenge" at the 2013 Final Four which included both free throws and three pointers; he set the World Hot Shot record in 2014; he recorded the only perfect score in the history of the Huntsman World Senior Games making every shot in the Free Throw/3 Point Challenge in 2018.

Coach Pauley’s success as a shooting coach is impressive, as well. He has helped thousands of players improve their shooting through his work at camps, clinics, and individual instruction. They include beginners to professionals and every level in between. Dozens of his students have gone on to achieve remarkable shooting accomplishments of their own. (View Profile)

Rick Rosser

Rick has made 100 consecutive free throws at over 259 YMCAs, and over 50 other gyms and outdoor basketball courts.

Rick made 1,000 consecutive free throws 12 times, with a best of 2,118 free throws in a row.

Website: Focus Free Throws


Ed Palubinskas

“The Surgeon General of Free Throw”, Eddie P is universally known as the best active free throw shooter on the planet. Still competing today, Ed is shooting over 99% in competition and exhibitions. He is one of the founders and a Board Member of the NBSA.

Ed was hired by Orlando Magic center, Dwight Howard, to be his shooting coach for the 2011-12 season. At the time Ed was commissioned Dwight was shooting 59% from the line. Within 7 days Dwight hit 92% from the line and regularly stayed at this high level.

Another player worth noting is Brandon Bass who played for several teams including Dallas mavericks and Boston Celtics. When we started he was shooting around the NBA average of 72%. BY the time we finished he was shooting mid nineties every day. He shot 98% from the line in the NBA playoffs with Dallas Mavericks and became the all time leaing freethrow shooter with the Boston Celtics in NBA playoffs with 93.1%. Plus his mid range % was around the high 70's and low 80's.  (View Profile)

James Burns

James is the president of CMS Website Services, a technology firm that specializes in developing websites and applications using open source software and an ambassador for COMACO, a non-profit organization that saves wildlife and ecosystems while reducing human poverty and hunger. James started shooting basketball at age 6, has been a fanatic ever since, and is a 90%+ free throw shooter.

Bob Fisher

A member of the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, Bob has coached at the youth and high school levels for over 20 years. Bob currently holds two Guinness World Records for the most basketball free throws made in one minute (50) and two minutes (88); set two months apart in early 2010.

Fisher is the first to advocate matching a player's fingers to the curvature of the ball, based on the players' individual characteristics. Bob introduces his game-changing basketball shooting methodology, termed, the "Multiple Method Shooting System" (MMSS), in his recent video, "The Secrets of Shooting".

Read about Bob's amazing world record shooting feats at:

Bob is CEO/President of Fisher Sharp Shooters, LLC -


Rod Kirschner

Rod Kirschner has 38 years of coaching and teaching basketball. He has coached at all levels of basketball, having won over 700 games in his career, coaching in Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana. Coach “K” has worked over 100 basketball camps around the U.S. and conducted camps for the Belgian government in summer 2000.

His passion for teaching shooting fundamentals and offensive moves has enabled him to develop over 70 players who have played at the college level. This includes a “Mr. Kansas Basketball” and several players who have been All-State Selections.

He has published, “The Drive Series” and “The Art of Shooting”. He is currently coaching high school basketball in Baton Rouge, LA and continues to travel around the country as a shooting/offensive moves consultant/instructor/lecturer. He owns Rocket Enterprises, a basketball consulting and instruction business. 

Cindy Morrison

President/Owner CJN Auditing and Consulting Services, Baton Rouge, LA.

Played basketball and Graduated from Auburn University, 1985.

Coaches high school and middle school girls basketball and track in Baton Rouge.

Conducted middle school shooting clinics – “She Shoots… She Scores!” focusing on proper shooting techniques for young girls.

Dave Gibbons

Dave has 30 years experience in the sporting goods and fitness industries and has held senior executive positions at several leading companies including Wilson Sporting Goods, MacGregor Golf, Life Fitness and TaylorMade Adidas Golf. He is presently a Partner in the advisory firm Sports and Fitness Group SFG.

Dave has a deep passion for the game of basketball, particularly the art of shooting and free throws. He played NCAA basketball at Miami University in Ohio and is a consistent 92+% free throw shooter.

Involved with coaching youth basketball for over 10 seasons he is currently the shooting instructor for the Libertyville, Illinois Boys Junior Wildcats and Girls Lady Cats 5th thru 8th grade travel basketball programs. 


Hiram Akina

Coach Akina grew up in Wahiawa, Hawaii, spending most of his waking hours at the Wahiawa City Park. It didn't matter the sport, he played it. And he played with a passion and determination that set him above the rest in skill, hustle, and heart. While in high school he earned the Leilehua Mighty Mule Award given to the most outstanding and spirited athlete, while playing football and basketball. After high school, he continued his passion to play. Most people don't know that Coach Akina also played professional baseball at the age of 20 with the Hawaii Islanders, a farm team for the San Diego Padres. After a year, he decided that he wanted to spend more time with his family and in helping coach kids' teams in Wahiawa. A few years later, Akina was recruited to play basketball for Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus when he was 28 years old. So off he went to be their starting point guard and got his Bachelor's degree while on scholarship. He went on to earn his Master's Degree from BYU Provo in Physical Education Professional Leadership with a Coaching emphasis-while the Assistant Coach for the BYU Cougar Women's Basketball Team.

Coach Akina has been a basketball coach for 43 years in the high school and collegiate levels. Wherever he found a challenge he took hold and ran. Coach Akina is famous for taking teams that have a history of losing records, and coaching them to be champions.

Coach Akina is a student of sport. He is continuously checking up on the latest training techniques, and putting his wealth of knowledge to use in training athletes and teams. 

Jas Thiara

Photo and short bio coming soon.

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