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Triple Threat for Basketball Beginners

Once you catch the basketball, especially out on the perimeter, immediately set yourself into a triple threat position. One of the basic fundamental rules when holding a basketball, a triple threat position makes you an immediate threat to make a basketball move that leads to the score. The term “Triple Threat” comes from the fact that you have 3 options that you can make from a triple threat position. This is a position every offensive player should be in when they still have used their dribble yet.

To be in a good triple threat position, you need to spread your feet shoulder width apart, slightly bend your knees, and be ready to shoot at any time.

Once you are in a good triple threat position, you have three options. Those three options are to shoot, to pass, or to dribble the ball and drive towards the basket. Furthermore, facing the basket while in a triple threat position can help you see the entire court to read the defensive players and to identify any open players on your team. Furthermore, you can move around in position while setting a pivot foot by performing basic moves like the jab step.

If you master the triple threat position, unlimited amount of moves exist for you to utilize your footwork to easily score the ball for either yourself or for your teammates.

Basketball Pivot

Basketball Pivoting for Beginners

Imagine this for a moment…

You are playing in a basketball game and become stuck with the ball after dribbling. How can you move? Well, you cannot move by dribbling the ball or shuffling your feet around or else the referee will call a traveling violation on you.

However, players can pivot when holding onto the ball. Players pivot while in possession of the ball to move in any direction while still keeping the pivot foot still on the floor. The only way to move your pivot foot is to keep it on your toes to pivot around.

As you can see in the video, you can perform a front pivot or reverse pivot. To identify which foot is your pivot foot, consider which foot moves first once you hold onto the ball. You will be allowed to move that foot around while your opposite foot will be your pivot foot.

When you pivot, you want to stick your elbows out to gain more resistance against a defensive player trying to steal the ball away from you. When you pivot around, protect the ball and keep it away from your defensive player.

Also, you can rip through while you pivot. Ripping through means to swing your arms from one direction to the other to make it harder on the defensive player to steal the ball away from you.

When you rip through, you must keep the ball down, which will help keep your elbows down also. If you rip through with your elbows at the height around your head, your elbow will most likely knock your opponent down after hitting his or her face, resulting in an offensive foul or even a flagrant foul.

Executing the pivot technique will help result in less traveling violations against you and the rest of your team.

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Dribbling a Basketball for Beginners

Dribbling a basketball should be one of the first fundamental basketball skills a beginning youth basketball player learns. Dribbling occurs when the player controls the movement of the basketball through bouncing the ball to the ground with one hand while preventing his or her opponent from hindering the ball movement.

If you want to learn how to dribble a basketball, we can help you get started by laying out these five basic fundamental points in regards to how to dribble a basketball:

1. Use Your Fingers, Not Your Palm: When dribbling a basketball, utilizing your fingers from the tip to the pad of the hand provides you the easiest avenue to maintain control and speed of your dribble. When dribbling the ball, you need to separate your fingers apart from each other instead of keeping it together. If you use the palm of your hand, you will lose control of the basketball.

2. Relax Your Fingers: When you place your hand on the ball when dribbling, make sure your hand sits comfortably on the basketball. You do not want stiff hands when dribbling a basketball. If you have stiff hands, your fingers will not maintain good control of the basketball and you will lose the ball.

3. Keep the Ball Low: when you dribble the ball, you want to make sure the ball stays below your waist. The higher you dribble the ball, the easier the opponent guarding you can steal the ball away. The key to successfuly dribble the ball low lies within your body posture. You need to make sure to drop your hip and bend your knees while you place your feet shoulder width apart.

4. Practice Using Both Hands: The theory that humans learn more quickly at a younger age applies with dribbling the ball. Make sure you practice dribbling the basketball with both your right hand and your left hand. If you know how to dribble with both hands, you will have an easier time manuevering around the court without getting the ball stolen from you.

5. Keep Eyes Up: After you master the first 4 steps, you must now keep your eyes off the ball while dribbling the ball. Keeping your eyes up when dribbling the ball enables you to look around the court and locate open teammates to pass the ball to. Also, keeping your eyes up helps you identify where you are on the court. Dribbling the basketball while closing your eyes provides a good way to learn how to dribble without looking down at the ball.

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