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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.

Rebounding Basketball for Beginners

Many youth basketball players, especially those with weight and height disadvantage, have trouble boxing out opposing players to grab a rebound. The bigger and taller player might grab the rebound over you or push you so far underneath the basket that you cannot place yourself in a position to grab a rebound.

Here, I will give a few steps and pointers on how to box out and grab a rebound, especially for those who have a weight or height disadvantage.

1. Locate your opponent immediately. I witness a lot of youth basketball players, high school players, college players, and even NBA players make the error of ball-watching (watching the ball reach the basket) when the shooter shoots the ball. Watching the ball causes you to lose track of where your opponent is, giving them an advantage of placing themselves in a better position to grab a rebound than you. One way to prevent the person you are guarding from grabbing a rebound over you will be to react very quickly to an action on the court. Once the player shoots the ball, you have to react very quickly and locate your opponent, initiating the initial contact to possess more leverage.

2. Drive your opponent out. Now that you have located your opponent, you now need to keep him away from bullying you to grab the rebound. To do that, you need to make sure you stick your hips out and stay low facing the ball once you have blocked your opponent. In order to see where your opponent is without looking at them, keep your arms extended out to locate where your opponent is and to see whether or not you need to adjust your position.

3. Want it more than the others. Sounds very simple and cliché, but it’s really the most important part of grabbing a rebound. Rebounding takes an extraordinary amount of will and effort, so you simply have to want the ball more than your opponent. You do not have to be the tallest or biggest player to grab a rebound. Former NBA superstar and Hall-of-Fame inductee Charles Barkley, who was considerably shorter than anybody at his position, is widely regarded as one of the best rebounders in basketball history, due to his tenacity and aggressiveness towards grabbing the ball. He symbolizes that you do not have to be big in order to become a great rebounder.

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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Basketball Practice and Game Preparation Tips: Part 1

Preparing youth basketball players for practice and basketball games can be the difference between whether your athlete performs well on the court or not. With my own eyes, I have witnessed many youth basketball players become easily exhasted, lethargic, physically weaker on the basketball court, and even become short tempered. Many coaches and parents assume that the basketball player might become fatigued due to a lack of conditioning. While that theory can be true, multiple factors exist for fatigued youth basketball players that parents and coaches can easily control.

One major factor involves dehydration. Dehydration occurs when a you lose more water through energy exertion and sweat than you consume.

The solution? Consume water before exercise!

One of the most common mistakes youth athletes make involve not coming to basketball practice or games hydrated. Many youth basketball players drink a lot of liquid throughout practice and throughout a basketball game. However, it’s already too late to consume liquid if they do not come into an exercise activity hydrated. Before an athlete can consume water throughout a practice or a game, they already have lost a lot of water from their body without possessing the capability of replacing them since they did not consume beforehand.

So when and how much water should an athlete consume before exercise? According to Renee Melton, MS, RD, LD, director of nutrition for Sensei, a developer of online and mobile weight loss and nutrition programs, an athlete should consume approximately 15 oz-20 oz. of water 1-2 hour before exercise, and 8-10 oz. of water 15 minutes before exercise. Obviously, those numbers can vary depending on how much water you lose.

Therefore, if you question how your kids can improve performance on the basketball court, the simple solution might be something as small as consuming water and staying hydrated before they enter the basketball court.