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Improving Basketball Skills

Dribbling SkillsĀ :

-Dribbling skills are very important for basketball players irrespective of what position they play. It is all the more vital for the ball controller. One of the basics to good ball dribbling is to try and keep at below or at your waist level. Always remember to dribble by your side and not in front of you as this will make it easier for your opponent to grab the ball.

-One of the most important techniques to bringing the ball up the floor is to use angles to your advantage. Rather than trying to put on some great move and go by someone, the novice point guard should concentrate on a low dribble, protecting the ball with their body and an arm bar, then advance the ball up the floor using 45 degree angles.

-When you are faced with a fast break and have the opportunity to race ahead and shoot a basket, try the speed dribble. Keep your hand behind the ball and push it forward, such that you have to run to catch up with it. Unlike the regular dribble, the speed dribble can also be slightly higher than waist level.Everyone can dribble a basketball, but most people are not aware the dribbling should be done with fingers and not the palm of your hand. Ideally as you improve you should use your forearm and wrist to balance the ball, once you learn to use your fingers to dribble.

Shooting skills :

Again shooting skills are paramount for everyone on the team, especially for players who take up the zero position. Their primary task is ensure that they can score points being the closest to the basket. Apart from this 3 pointers are also a great way to get the points up. Lay ups can also be an effective way of scoring points if you are able to dodge people well, and you have very good dribbling skills.

-A proper stance will give you proper balance and make sure that you can shoot well. The best stance is to keep your feet shoulder-width apart, then slightly bend your knees and you’re set to shoot a basket.

-Secondly, when you shoot, the ball should start going right up with no dipping. Your elbow needs to be right under the ball, and your shooting hand needs to be in direct line to the rim. Do not take the ball back and then try and shoot, chances are your opponent will snatch it, always make sure that the ball stays in front of you.

-When shooting, your whole body should be sync, your legs, core and arms. Your elbow and wrist should expand in a straight line to the basket.To ensure that the basketball reaches the hoop, you must have a good follow through action. Keep your wrists relaxed and fingers need to be pointed towards the direction that the ball is going to take. Make sure you hold this position until the ball hits the target