Basketball: Taking It To The Hoop With Success The game of hoops was created by Dr. James Naismith (1891). Since that time, it’s exploded into a beloved sport by many. From Dr. J and Michael Jordan are now huge celebrities. If you’re wanting to know what goes into becoming a good basketball player, keep reading this article. Always keep your head up when dribbling instead of focusing on the ball. If you’ve got your eye on the ball while you’re dribbling, you haven’t mastered it yet. Make the basketball an extension of your body, taking it wherever you are. Try dribbling even when walking to a store. Get used to looking up as you go so that you can focus your attention on the court and not on your hands and the ball. Your balance is an important aspect to consider when you are shooting. Of course, pros may make baskets from a great distance while falling off the court, but this isn’t standard. They are improvising. Balance needs to be maintained to consistently make successful shots. A good way to get your basketball game up to speed is to start trying to see how the pros are playing. Go to actual games or watch on TV. Each player has their strengths and you can learn a lot from each one. If you have a kid that wants to play basketball in high school, be sure they’re working on their core muscles. This is the hip area, the lower back, and the abs. A good core leads to a solid foundation and that is required to be very good at basketball. A strong and solid core allows force that is generated via the legs to be used for helpful movements during the game like higher jumps and faster running. The key for controlling the ball well is to spread your fingers. That makes it less likely that you lose control of the ball. Do not allow the palm of your hand to make contact with the ball. Don’t let anything but your fingers touch the ball during passing or shooting. To dribble the ball better, it is important that you practice dribbling with the hand that’s weaker. By being able to easily dribble with two hands rather than one, you have a huge advantage over your defenders. Tie the main hand you use behind your back so that you have to use the weak hand. Very soon, you will develop dribbling skills with the hand you considered weak. Never try to push through pain after an injury. You can easily tear a muscle or even break a finger while playing. Trying to play while injured will just make your situation worse. If you are seriously injured, obtain medical care. A good way to stay defensive is to have a defensive stance. Shuffle your feet in a side to side motion, then use your opposite foot to push off and give you good leverage. Don’t allow your feet to cross, and this will make you a hard defender to beat. Use small weights and resistance training to build the muscles in both forearms and hands. An exercise to help develop your basketball skills is to perform wrist curls. Do not make the mistake of thinking you can stay stationary, catch all the ball, and shoot them from that same location. You have to be ready to move fast and change directions on a dime. Strengthen your hands and forearms for better ball handling. Wrist curls work well at helping you handle the ball. Don’t assume that you are able to just stand anywhere, catch the ball and shoot it. You have to be ready to move fast and change directions on a dime. When you’re working with defense, staying low is a good idea. This helps your reaction time against your opponent. Maintain proper defensive position at all times. When you block a shot, go back to a defensive form quickly. To better three-point shooting, try using NBA distance as the minimum. All the other three point lines are much closer than the NBA line. If you are able to make NBA-range three-point-shots, you will be able to find more open looks during your own games. If you want to stay in a good defensive position, simply avoid breaking out of your defensive stance. You need to learn how to slide your feet instead of crossing one foot in front of the other. Don’t allow your feet to cross, and this will make you a hard defender to beat. When dribbling, use your other arm to create a wall between you and your opponent. Don’t push your opponent because that is a foul; however, you may use your free arm to create a barrier that keeps your opponent away from the ball. Just make sure it is kept slightly up while you use the other hand to dribble. Be sure not to double dribble. Double dribbling happens when you’ve stopped dribbling once, and then start again a few seconds later. When you’ve ceased dribbling, you can just shoot or pass the ball. You can’t start dribbling again. This will cause your team to lose the ball. Practice rhythmic dribbling up until the point you wish to shake an opposing player. A steady dribble interrupted by a fast dribble will take your opponent by surprise and give you the advantage. Both the change in speed and sound will confound the player who is guarding you. To conclude, while you might like watching basketball, prior to reading this article you probably didn’t really understand it. Hopefully, you’ll be ready to jump in and start playing now! It’s time to plan a game, so you can utilize what you’ve just learned.