Learn to Play Basketball

Would you like to discover the world of Basketball? After you've found the right equipment, here are a few tips that can help you start on the field safely and with a lot of fun. 

1. Discover the Game

In basketball, the ball has to keep moving and to do that, you must dribble by bouncing the ball on the ground. But how to dribble? How to understand the criteria for a good pass? How to learn the basic technique? 

To play basketball, you will have to integrate the essentials of a good pass. And we are here to guide you.

Before playing, start with a warm-up without a ball, for about 5 minutes.

2. Two Hand Passes - Direct or Ground:

Two terms to remember used often in matches; "the catch of the ball" and the "throw of the ball."

In the Initial Position: place one hand on each side of the ball, the fingers apart keeping them close to your chest, elbows slightly apart from the body. Point your finger at your target and position the thumbs behind the ball. Your body 2is in the hand time well balanced and well bent and having the supports a little more spread than the shoulders.

To Initiate the Movement:
take a step forward towards your target, advance right foot for right-handed, and left for left-handed.
stretch your arms in line with your shoulders towards your target and use your thumbs to push the ball.

To make a pass on the Ground:
use the same technique by changing the direction of your pass to make it bounce off the ground before your partner receives it.

There are different types of possible passes to achieve: the pass with two hands above the head, the pass in the dribble, the pass to a hand offspring and the pass ball.

3. Learn to Dribble

A player in possession of the ball can move only by dribbling. It is, therefore, crucial to master the fundamental techniques. To dribble, you have three major points to work on: position your body, control the ball, and dribble down.

First, Properly Position Your Body: In position, place your hips slightly backward to reduce the distance between the ball and the ground. Keep your back straight and your head up to take as much information as you can.

Then Control the Ball: To dribble, bounce the ball on the ground keeping your hand, fingers spread, over the ball. Keep your wrist supple. Do not hit the ball but accompany it to the end of its descent. Do not look at your ball, fix a point far in front of you.

Finally, Dribble Down: Never dribble higher than your hip, ideally, your dribble will reach knee height. Be careful to keep the wrist supple during the dribble, not to hit the ball but to accompany it in its descent.

Frequent Errors: Be careful not to put your hand under the ball to avoid carrying a ball. Your dribble should never exceed your height, ideally, it should be at the height of your knee. 

4. Learn to Shoot: Gestures for Good Shooting

In a match, you will have to shoot, so this is a gesture that is important to master. 

Three Steps to Follow:

First, Position Yourself Well: Align your hand movement towards the basket, spread about the width of your shoulders and a little bent. The foot corresponding to your strong hand is slightly advanced compared to the other.

Place Your String Hand on the Ball:
your thumb and forefinger should form a V. Your weak hand will come to the side. Your two thumbs should form a T.

Then Arm Your Shoot:
Place your strong hand under the ball, fingers up and wide apart, bringing it toward your face. From this moment, do not move your eyes away from the basket. Align the foot, knee, elbow and the hand-puller with the basket. You can then finish shooting by pushing on your legs. Trigger your arm by accompanying your ball to release it as high as possible.

5. Learn to Defend

First, Take a Good Defensive Stance: spread your legs a little more than the width of your shoulders and flex your legs. Bring your hips slightly backward and keep your back straight. Slightly lift your heels off the floor to position the weight of your body a little forward. This will allow you to be more responsive. Raise your arms horizontally, palms forward, so that the ball is easier to retrieve.

Secondly, Stand on the Field: when defending on a player, always stand between him and the basket. You must at all times keep your eyes on the ball and your player.

After the session, always take the time to stretch. Adapt the duration of the stretches to your needs. For example, after a very intense session, stretch for at least 10 minutes. And tell us about your progress!


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