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Viewing: Footwork and Body Control
  • Author:
    Tony Fryer
  • Date:
    May 24, 2021

A solid set of footwork techniques helps ensure proper development and, eventually, is a building block for mastering other skills.

  • Author:
    Ryan Wood
  • Date:
    May 12, 2016

USA Basketball Celebrates Kobe Bryant - Photo Gallery Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is known for his five NBA championship rings and, more specifically, his amazing scoring ability. But it's his tenacity on the defensive end that sets him apart. Defense has always been one of Bryant's...

  • Date:
    Apr 15, 2016

When guarding an opponent who is advancing the ball up the court, do the following: pick-up, lead, and influence. Picking Up As the dribbler approaches, make sure that you are moving at the same speed and in the same general direction. If the dribbler is moving much faster than you, there is little...

  • Author:
    Jeff Haefner
  • Date:
    Feb 26, 2016

As a basketball coach, your players will take on your values. If you do not value passing in your practices, they will not value passing in their games. Here are six tips to improve your team's passing and reduce turnovers in the process: 1. Drills to Build Speed and Strength Using two-ball passing...

  • Author:
    Shelby Turcotte
  • Date:
    Jan 26, 2016

Coaches should recruit quickness, not height. - John Wooden It doesn't matter how tall you are if you can't move well. Quickness on the court can help a player cut through traffic and get open on offense as well as be pesky and annoying on defense.  Here's how you can do the same: Improve Your...

  • Author:
    By Vic Pruden
  • Date:
    Jun 7, 2011

When dribbling directly at an opponent, you must avoid charging into him/her. So you must execute a change of direction either away from the ball or toward it. Depending on how the defender reacts to your change of direction, you select from a group of four play options the most appropriate one to...

  • Date:
    Oct 7, 2010

The jump hook is a very effective shot near the basket, particularly when a taller player is guarding you. The technically sound movement pattern for the jump hook is exactly the same as for the jump shot, except for the relationship of the body to the basket. In the jump shot, your shoulders and...

  • Author:
    Alan Stein, CCS, CSCS
  • Date:
    Aug 23, 2010

When you have the ball, you control the game. The defense is at your mercy. You know exactly where you want to go and when you want to go there. This alone gives you a decided advantage over the defense. But adding an explosive first step to your arsenal can give you an even bigger advantage....

  • Author:
    Mike Mahon
  • Date:
    Aug 10, 2010

Do you want to have an extra edge over your competition? Do you wish you were a step quicker? Would you like to start blowing by your defender? Here are some of my favorite foot-quickness drills that you can do anywhere as long as you have a decent pair of shoes, a stop watch, some tape or a line,...

  • Author:
    By Mike Moreau
  • Date:
    Mar 29, 2010

As players begin playing against better opponents, getting to the basket and finishing with a score becomes more difficult. Because defenders are bigger, quicker and more athletic, the risk of steals and blocked shots becomes much higher. Offensive players must develop a variety of ways to counter...

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