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Skills You Must Learn In Basketball

By Sheron Owens

If you want to be able to play a popular sport that is enjoyed by people around the world, consider basketball. People from all lands love this game. If you learn a few basic skills, and master them, you’ll be able to play the game efficiently yourself.

Here are some skills for you to master. There are only a few.

1. Boxing Out: This is really simple. You get in position between the player trying to shoot the ball and the basket. This way, if they miss the shot and it bounces back, you get a rebound shot. You can also sometimes block their shot directly from this position.

2. Dribbling: In dribbling, you use your fingertips to bounce the ball over and over against the ground and back into your hand in a controlled motion.

You want to do this lightly and in a controlled fashion so you can control its direction. Dribbling is how you move with the ball. If you pick up a ball and run more than a few steps, that is called travelling and is against the rules. You have to be able to dribble to get up and down the court with the ball.

3. Shooting and pivoting: When you throw the ball and try to make a basket and get points, this is shooting. Pivoting is a type of shooting where you take a step, pivot on the bottom foot planted, then take another step and shoot.

4. Fouls: In basketball, if someone is fouled they receive one or more chances at what is termed a free throw. This is the chance to make a basket unimpeded. When you wrongly restrict the progress of the other team, it is a foul. For instance if you block the player who is approaching by moving your arms out to the sides that is a foul.

Other means of fouling include charging, or running with the ball toward a player who is stationary, and hacking, or hitting at the arms of someone who has the ball in play.

If you want to play a fun and popular game that isn’t all that hard, try basketball. You can be up to speed and ready to play by just mastering these few simple moves.

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