basketball-training
Shot block
Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Shot block

Hitting a huge shot, grabbing a rebound, getting a steal, all are very big aspects of getting the momentum. But none can get your team fired up like a huge shot block. A blocked shot really takes the wind out of a team that is doing well. Having a few shot blockers on a team makes the opposition fearful to drive inside, and makes them a one-dimensional team by only taking perimiter shots. Read More
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Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Court position

When on defense the big rule is to never let the player get behind you, if you do there are concequences. If he has the ball the offenseman has an easy layup. If the guy you aren't covering doesn't have the ball but is behind you, you can't see him and he can easily get an open pass. So keep the other team in front of you and you will be a much better defender. So many players want to stay in front of the player without the ball trying to steal the pass, it is easier to steal passes when you know where the player is. Good offensmen will try to throw you off with ball moves and fakes. Dont fall for them. The best way to not get faked out is to follow the body. Why would you follow a ball fake? What can that ball do without the body? Nothing so dont watch the ball! If they pass thats somebody elses problem. Just dont let the body get past you. Read More
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Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Defensive tips

You should always follow these few defensive tips and you will prevent a lot of baskets. 1. Always know where the ball is so that you can help out team mates and read passes. 2. Never cross your legs, always slide when going sideways. 3. Always make sure you are between your man and the basket, if not then he just scored. Don't be afraid to box him out or put your body on him to do this, Just don't foul him. 4. Know if he is right handed or left handed. Maybe he can't drive on his left. Find out so you can predict what his next move will be. 5. Always keep your hands up. Never at your sides. You can steal the ball, and block passes and shots if your hands are in the action. 6. Never slack off or else the offense will make you pay. 7. Watch the hips not the ball. Half of the reason why all of those And1 tricks work is because the defender goes for the opponents ball fakes. Just watch the hips and you wont bite on crossovers and pump fakes. 8. If the steal is there, go for it. If you don't get it though make sure he isn't going to get by you. Being aggressive makes the opponent afraid to dribble the ball near you.
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Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Body position

You must insure that you are playing defense in the right position so that you can defend to your greatest potential. First you must bend your knees so that they are half-way bent (half way from being totally straight and totally bent) so it almost appears that you are sitting in mid air. You also must have your butt 2 inches behind your heels. Then you spread your legs so that your feet are slightly more than shoulder width apart. Rotate your left foot out and place your right foot foreward. Keep your left hand down to stop the dribble and your right hand up to block his line of site for passes and shots. Do not keep your fingers straight, you are asking for a jammed finger. instead bend them in a little, you will catch/block the ball a lot better.
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Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Driving

When someone makes a reference about driving in the game of basketball they basically mean to dribble hard towards the basket in hope of laying it up or passing the ball out to an open team-mate. If you are driving to the right side of the basket dribble with your right hand, hold your left hand out in front of you, lower your left shoulder and stiffen your whole left hand. Go strong and don't stop even if it seems like you don't have the angle to drive because you might find that you can eventually find your self inside for a layup. If it does turn out that your defender didn't let you drive in, then you could always just pass it out, or post him up from there. When you drive don't hesitate or run half speed. Encorporate the crossover into this and learn how to go both ways, left and right.
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Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Dribbling tips

Learn and follow these following tips to ecome a better ball handler. 1. Always keep your head up while dribbling the ball.you want to keep your eyes on your defender, open for a potential pass, or to shoot the ball. 2. When you are closely guarded dribble the ball lower. If you are trying to split a defense dribble very low right throught the middle of them. 3. Dribble the ball with your fingers not your palms. You will find that you have more control of the ball when you use your fingers. 4. Make sure that you use both hands when dribbling the ball. If you only use your strong hand it is easier for the defense to steal the ball. 5. Dribble close to your body with your elbow close as well. This will help you control the ball better and will make it easier to do a spin move.
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Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Dribble tricks

The Trick: Start with the ball in your left hand. Dribble behind your back and as soon as the ball touches your right hand break into a spin move. The defender should be out of place now, and you can drain a 3 ball or drive it in. Read More
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Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Crossover dribble

A crossover dribble is a dribble that starts from one hand, bounces off the ground and goes to the other side. When preformed quickly, these can be extremely effective. They can be used to keep the defense from stealing the ball or to get past the defense. You want all of your dribbling to be below your waist and the lower they go the faster and the better. Just make sure that it is not out of control. The further away the hands are from each other the harder it is. Read More
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Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Basics

Ok we are going to explain the right way to dribble a basketball for many reasons. First off many young players dont dribble the ball, they beat it unmercifully. Read More
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Catch bad pass

When your teammates pass you the ball, you and your defender both want to catch the ball. Bad or tight passes are passes in which you have to go towards the ball. Read More
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Bounce pass

Bounce passes are good passes that are hard to intercept because they go low where no hands are. A bounce pass is exactly what the name implies, a bounced pass. It is the pass of choice if the pass is going to go through traffic. For an effictive bounce pass you must bounce the ball at 2/3rds of the distance between you and your recieving team mate. Often times intercepted passes can be avoided by throwing a bounce pass instead. If you have stopped dribbling and there is a man on yo trying to stop you from passing, then i advise that you fake the pass high and when he lifts his arms put the ball under them.
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Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Communication

In a game or in any situation a passer must be able to communicate with his recievers. Obviously you do not speak directions out loud because the defense will pick up on it. Read More
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Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Wrist motion

Wrist motion is the key to any pass you make. You want to devlop good wrist movement and strength. If you wind up for your passes they can be easily caught and intercepted. Do not look in any particular direction because the defense will catch on and be there before the ball is even thrown. Good and effective passers never give the defense a chance to react. Read More
Free throws
Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Free throws

If you shoot foul shots 100% the other team will be afraid to foul which results in less contested shots. The other team will foul you to stop you from getting an easy, uncontested layup, figuring if you miss one of your shots then the foul saved them a point.

When you are shooting a foul shot in a game you need to shoot normally even though there is alot of pressure on you for making those shots. Bend your knees, shake your wrists, hold the ball, and loosen up. Hold your breath as you shoot to make sure that you are steady. Many players think that they should slow down completely and take it all nice and slow. This is only half true, do not slow down completely, slow down while getting your self into position but when you push your arm forward shoot, it the way you always do. Concentrate on making the basket, and aim for the inside of the back of the rim as your target. Go over everything that you know about shooting in your head as you approach the line.

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Leaning & fadeway jumpers

Leaning jumpers are harder to shoot than regular jump shots but in turn they are also harder to block. A leaning jumper is when you go to shoot, you jump either backwards, or to the right or left. (When you Jump backwards it is called a Fade-away). Leaning jumpers result in; 1: your shot coming from an unexpected location, 2: Your shot is harder to block, and 3: a bit of an off balanced shot. But that is nothing that Practice cannot fix. Read More
Hook shot
Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Hook shot

You might know what a hook shot already is, if not it is a quick, short range shot under alot of defensive pressure. If you're up against a tough opponent, and you can't get a legitimate chance to get a shot off, a hook shot is nice to have in your arsenal. Some great things about the hook shot are that you do not have to be facing the basket to shoot it, and the shooter's body protects the ball from any block. The bad thing about a hook shot is that it isn't the most accurate or easiest shot, and you can only shoot it from short range. Read More
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Fundamentals

Fundamentals- For shooting the basketball you must have your entire body in the right position to ensure that you have the greatest chance of making the shot.First you should have your strong arm up and Bent at a 90 degree angle. And Also have your weak arm up along side it as a helper hand. Then flick your wrist and push your arm up to propel the ball towards the net.
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Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Layup

Layups are the shots that everyone is expected to make most of the time. The problems often occur when people are doing weak hand layups or reverse layups. Layups are the shot of choice for fast breaks and strong finishes near to the basket.A layup is simply a short range shot that usually hits gently off the backboard. Most of the time layups are preformed while running towards the basket. Read More