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Outside Shots: If you have issues with outside shots being blocked it is because you are not properly assessing the player who is assigned to guard you. Do not attempt shots if your defender is significantly more athletic and skilled than you. Even if you feel like you have an open shot, they may get into position quicker than you expect. Instead of shooting outside jump shots against a great defender you should focus on contributing offensively in other ways such as setting screens, going for rebounds, and making cuts.
[Practice at home] Put your feet together and make circles around both legs. Then circle around the back. And then circle around the head. Then combine them and move the ball in circles around your head, then down your body, down around your knees, and then around your ankles (“candy cane”). Then come back up again. Try to only touch with the fingertips, not the palms.
[Practice for home] Tip the ball back and forth from one hand to the next, starting with your hands straight up over your head. Then gradually move the ball down, while continuing to tip it back and forth. Go down to your chest, then your waist, knees, and ankles, and then back up again. Keep your elbows straight and only let the the ball touch fingertips, not the palms.
The two most common passes in basketball are the chest and the bounce pass. Chest Pass. Ball travels from your chest area directly to your teamate with little arc and no bounce. This is the most direct way to transfer the ball and is the easiest to catch. Bounce Pass. Ball travels from your chest or waist area and takes one bounce up into your teammates hands. This is the most difficult pass to defend because the ball is bouncing near the defenders feet and they don’t have time to get their hands on it. This is why the bounce pass is very effective and popular.
[Practice at Home] Around Each Leg and Figure Eights. Put one leg forward and move the ball in a circular motion around the leg. Then do the other leg. Finally, spread your legs out wide with the ball in front of you. Move the ball around through your legs in a figure-of-eight motion. Keep your eyes forward and don’t let the ball hit the floor. After 30 seconds, reverse the direction.
Spinning the Ball on Your Finger One of the classic basketball tricks is spinning the ball on your fingers. Below are instructions and a video where Joe demonstrates the best way to perform the trick. There are 4 steps: 1) Spin the ball clockwise with your right hand so that it spins on a vertical axis. 2) Catch the ball using your middle finger, make the ball land directly on top. 3) Balance the ball on your finger, keep your finger underneath. 4) Keep the spin alive by lightly flicking it with your free hand. As with all tricks, this takes time and patience. It may take you a few hundred tries before you get the ball to land correctly on your finger.
When practicing the crossover technique you need to have an acute hand dexterity to maintain control of the ball and not let it slip out of your grasp.
Basketball Defense Tips Keep your feet wide apart. Always be moving your feet but make sure you are in good position, never let your feet cross or get close together because your man will drive by you. Keep your legs bent. As if you were sitting on a chair, you should play defense from a low position. Staying low enables you to jump high, steel balls, and gain leverage in the post. Watch the player not the ball. Your opponent may try and get you off balance by using ball fakes, by watching their body you will not get tricked or off balance. Active Hands. Always be using your hands to get in the way of what your opponent is trying to do whether it be jabbing at the ball, filling passing lanes, face guarding. Always box out. Your job in defensive rebounding is to make sure your man does not get the ball, when you box out you are almost guarantying that they do not have a play on the ball. Don’t let your man drive baseline. If you are having trouble stopping dribble penetration then you should force the player to the front of the rim. There is more likely to be teamates there to help then if you allow them to go baseline for a potential easy layup. Never look away from the player you are guarding. It is good to keep an eye on who has the ball, but not at the expense of losing your man. Stand at an angle to that you can see your man and the ball without moving your head.