4Dribbling Main Menu Print Slide Step 3 Keep the hand on top of the ball so it rebounds back accurately.Aim for a smooth finger and wrist action travelling with the ball.Try not to let the ball hit the palm of your hand.Absorb the impact instead. Feel the ball with your fingers and let your wrists move the ball.Step 1Gain control of the ball by spreading your fingers over the top.Using the finger pads will ensure you have a comfortable but firm grip.Step 4Move forward on the balls of your feet and bend your knees to maintain your balance.Keeping your body over the ball will help to shield it from your opponents.Step 2Begin the dribble by pushing the ball firmly to the floor.Use your hand, wrist and arm to control the height and speed of the bounce.Try to keep the ball at waist level.You can't walk or run holding the ball so dribbling is a crucial skill.You should master controlling the ball at speed and keeping the ball away from the opposition.Remember you can only use one hand at a time and once you have stopped with the ball you have to pass or shoot.
6Chest Pass Main Menu Print Slide Step 2 Passing is one of the best ways of keeping possession of the ball.It also helps to get the ball up the court a lot faster than dribbling.And the chest pass is the safest and most accurate pass in the game.Step 3As your arms straighten, finish the pass with the wrists snapping inward.Aim to keep your thumbs together and pointing downwards.Your fingers should be pointing towards your target.Accuracy is the key to great passing.The easiest pass to catch is one received at chest level. It's extremely difficult to catch the ball near your feet.Step 1The ball should be held close to your chest before this pass.Aim for your thumbs to be pointing down and under the ball.Your fingers should be spread comfortably around it.Step 2It's important to grip the ball firmly to make a solid pass.Take a step forward as you release the ball and extend your arms sharply as you push the ball towards your team-mate.Keep your eyes on the receiver as you make the pass.Watching the ball is likely to send it astray.Main MenuPrint Slide
8Bounce Pass Main Menu Print Slide Step 2 This is a very handy passing skill to have so get practising and outfox your friends and opponents!Particularly when you are tightly marked.It is also very effective when you are dribbling.Step 2This pass can be used with either one or both hands.Use your fingers to push the ball downwards to your team-mate.The ball will slow after bouncing, so aim to hit the floor about two-thirds of the way to the receiver.This reduces the risk of your opponent intercepting the ball.Stay focused on who you are passing to as you make the play.Step 1The trick is to pass the ball underneath the defender's outstretched arms.Bend your knees and extend your arm to the side of your body to give you the space and angle to make the pass.Main MenuPrint Slide
9Animated Overhead Pass Main MenuTeaching CardPrint Slide
10Overhead Pass Main Menu Print Slide Step 2 Begin the pass with the ball held by both hands above your head.Cupping the underside of the ball with your fingers will help to keep the ball away from your marker.Step 2The ball should be released from behind your head.Much of the power and direction comes from flicking your wrists and fingers.But there should be a slight forward movement of your arms.Remember to keep your eyes on the receiver.And be careful when using this pass because it is easy for a defender to protect the area directly above them and intercept the ball.This is a very handy pass for a tall player.But basketball isn't just about the six and seven footers.This pass is great for players wanting to get the ball over smaller or close-marking opponents.
12Pivot Main Menu Print Slide Step 2 It is important to stay balanced so your next move can be a confident one.Keep your back straight, your head up and knees bent.After completing the pivot, your body should return to the basic stance.Steady yourself on the balls of your feet and get ready for your next move.Step 2Lift your non-pivot foot up and turn your body by making short little steps to steady your balance.Stay alert and focus on your colleagues and team-mates around you.Step 1To begin the pivot, lift the heel of your turning foot and transfer your weight over it.After stopping with the ball, pivoting allows you to change direction and look for a pass or shot.Remember not to move the foot you stopped on.
14Stride Stop Main Menu Print Slide This is the first method of catching the ball legally when you are moving or at the end of a dribble.Remember you can only make one step when holding the ball.Step 1When the pass is made to you - move towards the ball.Stretch your hands out and keep your eyes on the incoming ball.Step 2As you receive the ball, step forward with your leading foot.This foot is now the pivot foot and will help you turn into your next move.Step 3Maintaining your balance is vital.Your trailing foot should now stride forward.Get ready for the next move, with your knees bent and your head up.Main MenuPrint Slide
16Jump Stop Main Menu Print Slide The jump stop is the second method of catching the ball on the move.This allows you to choose your pivot foot after stopping.Making your next move that little bit easier.Step 3You will now be able to pivot from either foot.And keeping your head up will help you focus on making your next move.Step 1Keep your eyes on the incoming ball and stay focused.Jump towards the ball with your arms outstretched to cushion the catch.Step 2Catch the ball in mid-air and aim to land on both feet.Bend your knees on landing to give comfort and avoid injury to your back.And try to have your feet about a shoulder width apart.Main MenuPrint Slide
18Lay-Up Main Menu Print Slide Step 2 The lay-up shot is one of the most commonly used techniques - and you don't have to be six feet tall to find the net.Step 4Aim to jump up towards the side of the basket and at the top of your leap, roll the ball to your shooting hand.The ball should be released when the shooting arm and hands are at full stretch.Try and lay the ball softly on to the backboard and if it's perfection you want, then hit the top corner of the rectangle on your side of the basket.Step 1The overall aim is to drive towards the basket and score off the backboard.Dribbling to the net from the side of the court should give you the space needed to make the jump.Step 2Transfer all your weight onto your front leg.If you are right-handed this will be your left leg.Bending the knee will help provide the spring needed.Step 3Launch yourself off your forward leg, and thrust your arms upwards towards the net to prepare for the shoot.Main MenuPrint Slide
19Animated Set Shot/Free Throw Main MenuTeaching CardPrint Slide
20Set Shot/Free Throw Main Menu Print Slide Step 2 This shot is used when you are standing still and close to the basket.It is also the technique used for a free throw.Step 3Pump your arm upwards so it straightens and aim to lift yourself up on to your toes.Use your non-shooting hand to guide the ball and release it by flicking your wrist and fingers of your shooting hand.Aim for the ball to loop quite high and concentrate on having a smooth and continuous action.Step 2Make sure your shooting hand is facing the basket.Start the shot by straightening your legs and transfer your weight slightly forwards.With the ball in front of you, see yourself as springing up towards the basket.Step 1To begin the shot, crouch down with your knees apart and face the basket.Your shooting hand should be behind the ball with the wrist cocked.If you are a right-hand shooter, your right leg should be just ahead of your left as your knees bend.Main MenuPrint Slide
22Jump Shot Main Menu Print Slide Step 2 This shot is a useful one if you are being closely marked.A quick jump and release is required to get the ball over your opponent.Step 3As your body straightens, spring off from the ground and shoot with both arms straightening.A snap of the wrists and fingers should help with the release of the ball.Remember, as you shoot, concentrate on the basket and not the ball.Extend your arms fully. Your fingers should end up pointing towards the floor.Step 2With the ball in both hands, rise up off your feet and prepare to shoot.Your shooting hand should cup the ball and point towards the basket.And your other hand can gently guide the shot from the side of the ball.Step 1To give yourself a solid base, both of your feet should be flat on the floor.With your body facing the basket, a low crouch will give you the momentum to make the jump.Main MenuPrint Slide
23Referee Signals Main Menu Print Slide A - Personal Foul KEYA - Personal FoulH - Disqualifying FoulO - Intentional FootballB - Technical FoulI - Backcourt ViolationP - Jump BallC - Travelling ViolationJ - Carrying the BallQ - 24 Second Shot Clock ResetD - Illegal/Double DribbleK - 8 Second ViolationR - SubstitutionE - 3 Second ViolationL - 24 Second Clock ViolationS - Double FoulF - 5 Second ViolationM - Charging FoulT - Cancel Score/PlayG - Unsportsmanlike FoulN - Offensive FoulU - Time OutReferee SignalsA - Personal FoulB - Technical FoulC - Travelling ViolationD - Illegal/Double DribbleE - 3 Second ViolationF - 5 Second ViolationG - Unsportsmanlike FoulH - Disqualifying FoulI - Backcourt ViolationJ - Carrying the BallK - 8 Second ViolationL - 24 Second Clock ViolationM - Charging FoulN - Offensive FoulO - Intentional FootballP - Jump BallQ - 24 Second Shot Clock ResetR - SubstitutionS - Double FoulT - Cancel Score/PlayU - Time OutMain MenuPrint Slide