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Sports Skills: Basketball

Position

  • Use fingers not palm to control the ball.
  • Push ball down to ground and let the ball ease back up into your hand.
  • Keep ball below waist height.
  • Keep head up and try not to look at the ball.
  • Knees stay bent.

Speed dribble

  • Push the ball out in front on same side of body as dribbling hand.

Crossover dribble

  • Use crossover to change direction while dribbling.
  • Lean forward slightly and push the ball across and in front of the body to the other hand.
  • Keep the ball low and use a body movement similar to a side step.

Two handed chest pass

  • Keep eyes on target and hold the ball with fingers in front of chest.
  • Spread fingers and thumbs behind the ball.
  • Step forward onto the front foot, aim for receiver’s chest and push the ball forward.
  • Follow through with fingers pointing toward target.

Two handed overhead pass

  • Grip the ball directly above head with fingers of both hands.
  • Stand with one foot in front of the other with weight slightly on your back foot.
  • Keep eyes on target (receiver’s chest).
  • Transfer weight onto front foot, bring arms forward, snap wrists and release ball.

Baseball pass

  • Stand side on to the target with weight on back foot.
  • Cradle the ball with throwing hand and take it back into the over-arm throwing position.
  • Transfer your weight on to the front foot, rotate hips and bring your arm through at head level.
  • Bring your arm forwards, snap wrist and release ball.

Position

  • Hold the ball with fingers spread around and underneath ball.
  • Guide the ball using non-shooting hand on side of ball.
  • Keep the ball on same side of the body as shooting hand.
  • Feet should be shoulder width apart and bent.

Jump shot

  • Push the ball using one smooth action from your chest toward target, using your legs to help push upwards.
  • Snap your wrists on release of the ball and follow through with your hand in ‘dead duck’ position.
  • Keep your eye on target rather than following flight of the ball.


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