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The Ultimate Guide to Playing Power Forward

  • Date:
    Mar 24, 2015

The power forward plays a crucial role in the smooth operation of a basketball team.

Power forwards must be excellent rebounders--and just as importantly, must be able to take care of the ball after securing it. Power forwards have to be able to hit open shots, since they typically aren't the focal point of a defense. They have to be a spark who's capable of making a big play for the team.

If you fit in well as a power forward, use this guide to take your game to another level. From rebounding to shooting to supporting the center, this is your resource to playing the power forward position to the best of your ability.

Rebounding

Some of the great rebounders of all time -- Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman -- were power forwards. Securing rebounds and keeping possession with your team is one of the biggest and most important jobs of the position. (View "Tips, Skills, Drills: Rebounding" video below.)

Defense and Shot Blocking

As one of the post players, power forwards are asked to make life tough for opponents close to the basket by denying position, closing up passing lanes and not allowing any easy close-range shots. Here's how to do that.

Frontcourt Defensive Footwork: Good footwork is the only thing between your opponent and two easy points, so make sure it's fundamentally sound by following this advice.

• 8 Drills to Create a Great Shot Blocker

Shooting

Though primary scorers are often centers or shooting guards, a power forward that can make shots is a huge asset to any successful basketball team. Here's how to polish your shooting and give your team another weapon around the basket.

• VIDEO: The Mikan Drill 

Strength and Conditioning

A power forward being asked to rebound, play physical defense and run the floor needs to be in tremendous physical shape. Here are strength and conditioning resources that will get you game-ready.

• 5 Exercises to Improve Power: Build strength needed for banging around inside with these conditioning drills.

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After its successful debut in 2017, the USA Basketball Women in the Game initiative returned with a conference April 7-8 at the Windward School in Los Angeles. In addition to presentations from expert guest speakers, attendees of the USA Basketball Women in the Game conference also experienced breakout sessions and small group discussions between speakers and attendees.

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USA Basketball and the NBA announced a set of rules and standards for youth basketball competitions to enhance the development and playing experience for young athletes by helping them learn the fundamentals of the game and achieve greater on-court success.

Learn about USA Basketball Open Court - presented by Nike - which is a program that opens up community basketball courts throughout the country to children for free.

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    By Chris Kwiecinski, Red Line Editorial
  • Date:
    Jun 13, 2018

While the older participants at a USA Basketball Regional Camp are reinforcing their skills, the younger ones are learning for the first time.

The USA Basketball Houston Boys Regional Camp will take place Sept. 29-30 at Strake Jesuit College Prep, and is for boys 10 to 16 years old.

The USA Basketball New York Boys & Girls Regional Camp will take place Aug. 18-20 at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village, New York.

Beginning on June 25, children in Bethpage, New York, will have the opportunity to participate for free in a USA Basketball Open Court – presented by Nike – at Bethpage High School.

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