TIP! Watch your form while you dribble the ball. You need to use the tips of your fingers rather than your hand’s palm when you are dribbling.

Basketball knows not of gender discrimination. People of every race, age, and sex can enjoy the fun and excitement of a basketball game. Get your friends together and impress them with your new moves. What new moves? Keep reading to learn what sorts of things you can do.

TIP! A bounce pass is essential to learn. Bounce passes need to be at waist level when received.

You need to learn the correct way to dribble the ball. Use the fingertips, not the palm, for the best dribbling. This gives you the best ball control. Dribble the ball around the height of your waist, and over to one side. Keep your head up, do not stare down towards the ground.

Free Throws

TIP! High percentage free throw shooters typically have the same free throw routine prior to each and every shot. Whatever you do, from bending your knees to dribbling three times, do every time.

Practice your free throw shot. There are usually a lot of distractions when you are shooting free throws so you need to concentrate. Use the following directions to perfect free throws and practice often. Start out by holding the basketball right in front of you. Picture yourself going through the shot in your mind, with the ball sinking through the net. Bend your knees to control the arc of the ball.

TIP! Passing between the legs is great when you are being closely guarded. This can be practiced by dribbling the ball as hard as you can between the legs while you step in either direction.

Start out with proper balance before attempting to take a shot. You’ve seen the pros fall out of bounds when trying to shoot 30 feet from the basket; this is a bad move. These are not practiced skills, they are just flukes. If you have correct balance when you are making a shot, you will make more consistent baskets over time.

TIP! Consistent free throws require a consistent technique. If you don’t have one, your accuracy may suffer.

Work on improving your strengths to become an even better player. You can contribute to the team by consolidating your best skills, even if these skills do not make you one of the star players. Know the things you’re great at and keep practicing until there is no one better than you.

Bounce Passes

TIP! You can prevent other players from stealing the ball from you by dribbling hard. When you dribble hard, the ball bounces back to your hand faster.

Learn the way to throw proper bounce passes. Bounce passes should not go above or below the receiving players waist. Aim for a firm bounce pass that hits the ground around 3/4 of the distance between you and the intended player. There are, however, other factors that influence the pass.

TIP! Be sure your vision is unobstructed. This will help you to secure the ball during the game.

If you have a high school level basketball player for a kid, be sure their core muscles are properly trained. Core muscles include hips, abs and the lower back. Stronger core muscles will help them be more resistant and allow them to develop many different athletic abilities. A core that’s solid and strong will allow you to use force that comes from your legs so you can jump higher and run faster.

TIP! Improve your basketball skills by incorporating strength training into your fitness regimen. Being physically tough is as important as having the stamina to keep up with the game.

To make sure there are no errant passes, use hand signals. Basketball passes can be really frustrating when shot wrong. You can avoid this by using hand signals if a player is able to take a pass. If the signal is absent, do not pass to that player.

TIP! Keep low as you defend. Staying low gives you a better chance to play the ball and helps you move more quickly.

Good footwork is important when you’re posting up in the paint. Being physical under the rim is crucial, but having good positioning on the court is even better. Once you’re in position, you also need to secure your spot. Practicing your footwork is important to master these skills.

TIP! Shoot from NBA distances to see your three-point skills improve. The line in every other league is closer.

Proper handling of the ball requires that your fingers be spread apart. That will ensure that it doesn’t get away from you as you hold it. Your palm should touch the ball as little as possible. Only your fingers should touch it during a pass or when dribbling.

TIP! You’ll want to use the hand that you aren’t dribbling with as a barrier to protect the ball. You can’t push on your opponent, but you should use your non-dribbling arm to protect the ball.

Quickness is something that’s desired in basketball. Developing speed and vision is vital to playing the game well. Steady drilling will help speed up your play. Although being fast is important, avoid playing faster than your capabilities. By playing beyond your speed capabilities, you will quickly lose control of the ball, which will lead to bad passes, bad shots, and turnovers.

TIP! Make sure that you are exercising properly for basketball. Work on sprints to make you faster and build your stamina.

Practice passing while looking another way. You can really confuse your opponents this way. You give your teammate a better chance to make the shot because the opposing player is moving the wrong direction when you pass the ball. This can be a great play if it is done correctly.

TIP! Keep your dribbling consistent until the time you want to confuse your opponent. Smooth dribbling interrupted by a quicker dribble is a great way to catch the opponent off-guard and go in for a shot.

Develop and use a consistent routine for shooting free throws. A routine that is constantly in flux will only open up more opportunities for failure. You should work on your free throw techniques as much as possible until they become a second nature. A break in your routine will foul the shot.

TIP! It is important to know what to do when the ball comes to you. Should you shoot it or pass it? You are better off cooperating to make a winning shot instead of hot-dogging and making a bad shot that loses the game.

A great drill to try is to see how many dribbles it takes for you to make it across the court. The ideal number of dribbles is five. You may find this very challenging, but once accomplished it will give you a real edge. In games, this drill will become useful when you have fast break opportunities.

TIP! Pivoting is key to being a great basketball player. You must practice footwork so you can pivot without a thought and never become confused or entangled.

Make sure that the pace changes when you are on defense. When you running towards the basket, try planting the front foot and start straightening up. The guard is sure to anticipate a slow-down and will then straighten their own body. When they do, push ahead hard and outrun them.

TIP! Be aware of your shortcomings as a player. Be very honest when thinking about your game.

Remain low when playing defense. You will become faster and react faster. Maintain your proper defensive stance no matter what. If you break the stance to shot-block, then recover the proper form immediately after the pass or shot.

TIP! Practice dribbling the ball hard while still keeping it under control. Normally, you will be dribbling the ball to your side but during fast-break opportunities you will need to dribble the ball in front of you.

Now that you know how to play, you can be confident when you play. You may even have a few tricks up your sleeve. Keep in mind that this game is supposed to be fun, and it needs to stay that way. Whatever the case may be, it is fun to win the game.

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