Guide to effective basketball handling
techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard Table of Contents
Guide to effective basketball handling
Table of Contents
techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard

Table of Contents

I. Guide to effective basketball
handling techniques
Introduction

Basketball Handling Techniques

Basketball Drills to Improve Your Basketball Handling

Wheelchair Basketball Handling Techniques

Conclusion

Sources

Further Reading

Pictures

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Practice really does make perfect. we shall also discuss wheelchair basketball handling techniques. Because this is a core skill you will need to master. a product of countless hours of practice. it’s not that they’re basketball superstars. The basketball handling techniques you will learn about in first section cover basic techniques. If you said “training”. Wheelchair basketball is a variation of basketball developed for specially for people with physical disabilities. after all. In fact. basketball handling fulfills such a vital function that the players with the best ball handling skills are valued assets. you will learn how to play like a professional. then you are absolutely right. such as those related to changing directions: Cross Over Hyperink 3 Hyperink . practice. The following sections will discuss the basics of basketball handling techniques. until it is in the hands of the open man. yet intrinsic skills you will need to learn is how to effectively handle a basketball. the basic fundamentals remain similar. spells the difference between winning and losing. Those spectacular moves you see them perform at game-time are. But you don’t have to be a basketball superstar to handle a basketball effectively. They all train hard to be able to play at their level.Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Introduction What do Michael Jordan. as well as drills that can help improve ball handling skills. Why is basketball handling such a crucial skill? Effective ball handling is necessary to get the ball in the right position to shoot or to pass to a teammate. Being able to maneuver the basketball from one player to the another. One of the most basic. Kobe Bryant and Jeremy Lin have in common? Here’s a hint. As long as you are willing to put in the time to practice. Although wheelchair basketball rules vary from country to country. we shall focus our discussion on ball handling. In addition. quite simply. practice.

After learning about basketball handling techniques. the basketball handling techniques required in wheelchair basketball are just as challenging – if not more so – to master as regular basketball. Moreover. At this skill level. What’s great about wheelchair basketball is that it allows those with physical disabilities to still enjoy the sport.Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Stutter-Step Between-the-Legs Behind-the-Back Dribble We shall also discuss more advanced basketball handling techniques that involve a greater degree of mental acuity. We shall discuss this at length in a moment. The last section is dedicated to wheelchair basketball handling techniques. The specific drills presented in this section are aimed at developing the skill set necessary for particular basketball handling techniques. Hyperink 4 Hyperink . you will then delve into drills that you can do to help you develop effective basketball handling skills. you will need to be more aware of things like shifting your momentum as well as balance speed and control.

Your palms are also less likely to grow sore after dribbling if you use your fingertips instead. and you will notice that effective basketball handling requires players to keep their eyes off the basketball. being able to dribble equally well on either hand makes Hyperink 5 Hyperink . Developing this skill takes time and practice. basketball is not one of them. But more importantly. More importantly. when it comes to dribbling. One way to strengthen your fingertip control is to practice with heavier balls. Ambidexterity. gives you flexibility when you are going on the offensive. but given enough of both you should be able to handle a basketball without having to look at it. Being an ambidextrous dribbler is also vital to effective basketball handling. However. making it harder for the opposing team’s defense to take the ball away from you. This is because you need to keep your focus on things like the other team’s defense and your position relative to your own teammates as well as the basket. using your fingertips allows you to keep the ball as close to the ground as possible. Using your fingertips allows you to more effectively control the basketball.Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Basketball Handling Techniques Effective basketball handling involves the following things: Keeping your eyes off the basketball Controlling the basketball with your fingertips Dribbling ambidextrously Being purposeful when dribbling While there are sports that require you to keep your eye on the ball at all times in order to win. this does not mean you are not aware of the basketball. Watch any basketball game at the amateur and professional level. You will also need to develop the ability to control the basketball using your fingertips. You simply have to develop an “awareness” of the ball without needing to keep it in your field of vision.

you are dribbling the basketball in order to drive to the basket. you are more than likely dribbling the basketball in order to get advance to your team’s side of the court. If you are the point guard. and very likely you will need to train twice as hard on your off-hand until you can dribble with it at more or less the same skill level as your favored hand. if done correctly. Always remember to dribble the ball at your side . The technique requires you to step down harder on your left foot (when dribbling with your right hand). You must be able to do all these things while handling the ball effectively. The idea here is to follow the initial hard steps with three or four more. even if you are not yet an accomplished basketball handler. Of course. If executed correctly. Of course. Remember to keep your body slightly low so that you are dribbling the ball quickly. sometimes the circumstances of the game are such that you are dribbling simply to set up the best possible position to make a pass. The stutter-step is another technique you can use when handling the ball. Attaining this skill will require you to practice dribbling with both hands. it will make your next move difficult to anticipate because you will appear to go either left or right. The cross over involves switching the basketball from one hand to the other in one dribble. and while changing directions. moving in one direction. What is great about the cross over is that. it allows you to remain in control of the ball even against heavy resistance from the opposing team. or right foot (when dribbling with your left) while you are moving up the court. You need to be able to handle the basketball while standing. You must also remember to dribble with purpose. and no higher than your waist.Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques it more difficult for the opposing team to anticipate your movement and develop their tactics accordingly. A good defender will actually momentarily freeze in Hyperink 6 Hyperink . depending on the conditions of the game’s circumstances. this makes it harder for the opposing players to take the ball away from you. Handling a basketball effectively means being able to move it around while dribbling. or to make a shot.not in front of you. In other cases. One technique you can employ is called the cross-over. for example. This is probably one of the most basic ways that you change the direction of your dribbling. You can also use cross-overs to set yourself up for a jump shot. Cross-overs are typically used by point guards that are moving up the court while facing a strong defense from the opposing team. your fundamentals need to be solid.

This quite literally means dribbling the ball between your legs. This is particularly useful when you are at half court and need to change things up in order to get past the opposing defense and into a good position to pass or make a shot. However. doing this effectively requires solid footwork. Doing so keeps the basketball protected without requiring you to slow down. During such situations. The key to doing the spin right is making sure your body stays between the ball and the defender after its execution. as well as shifting your momentum in response to the opposing team’s defense. This involves dribbling the ball away from the defense as you spin away from them. depending on the circumstances. you will find that there is a great need for synergy between your mind and body. You should generally become more and more mindful of things as innocuous as how hard you dribble the ball. Hyperink 7 Hyperink . As your basketball handling skills advance.Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques response to your stutter-step. the between-the-legs can be very effective against a strong defense. defenders are in such close quarters to you that employing a cross over runs the risk of losing control of the ball. The behind-the-back is particularly effective against defenders that are in close proximity to your front. The logic in this technique is similar to the between-the-legs dribble in the sense that you are using your body as a shield. Another important basketball handling technique to master is the between-the-legs dribble. think again. Even if you practice each move to such a degree that you can execute them perfectly all the time. If you pull it off. Sometimes you might need to change directions by executing a spin. because it makes the ball more difficult to reach. The between-the-legs easily gets around that problem by using your body as a “shield” and keeping the ball protected. Now before you dismiss the between-the-legs as simply a flashier cross over. Ideally. you should be able to take a defender out of play and position yourself closer to your objective. no single basketball handling technique is perfect. This momentary lapse on their part could give you the opening necessary to make a pass or make a go for the basket. the game’s constantly changing conditions require you to adjust your handling accordingly. while allowing you to change direction and speed. The behind-the-back dribble is a technique that involves dribbling the ball behind you while keeping the leg on your opposite side is stepping forward. Of course. timing your movements.

Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Handling the ball effectively also means being conscious of how you dribble. Passing the ball might not be an option because you will lose too much time. be aware of the ball’s “hang time”. Use this to your advantage by looking in the direction opposite from the actual direction you intend to take when you make your move. After all. The sudden change in rhythm can help disorient or confuse the opposing team’s defenders. Always keep your non-dribbling hand positioned between the defenders and yourself. consider absorbing the force of the ball to achieve more control over it. Lastly. Hyperink 8 Hyperink . and one that increases the distance between them and the ball. if you are an effective basketball handler. Positioning your shoulders in the same direction as your eye fake can help sell the deception. This is another effective away of handling the ball. Some other things to consider while you are handling the ball are your: Gaze and Shoulder position Non-Dribbling Hand Dribble Rhythm Ball’s “Hangtime” The opposing team’s defenders will very likely look at your eyes to help them anticipate your moves more effectively. you should also be developing your shooting ability as well. The key is to keep dribbling at a constant rate until you actually make your move. Moreover. Being able to give the ball a spin enhances your maneuverability. Instead of deflecting it away to the other hand. you will often find yourself in situations where you have a good shot at the basket. Hang time refers to how long the ball stays in the air between bounces. Of course. Used too often makes it easier for the opposing team to adjust their moves accordingly. being a good shooter also adds one more area for the defense to consider when guarding against you. But do it in such a way that you aren’t touching or pushing the defenders away. Being aware of your dribble rhythm is an effective technique that make it difficult to predict when you are about to make a move. Being aware of the ball’s hang time helps you coordinate your eye and should fakes more effectively with your other moves. But remember to use this move judiciously.

Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques You also need to be able to adapt your techniques to the needs of specific game situations takes time and a lot of practice. training. and a determined mindset. Hyperink 9 Hyperink . But given enough time. you can become an effective basketball handler.

Doing this drill helps build-up your ability to handle the ball with either hand by exercising both dribbling hands simultaneously. Do this drill for about ten minutes. As you get used to the motion. For example. Do this slowly at first. start slow until you are comfortable with the coordination between your dribbling and footwork. the other leg should be hitting the ground as the ball reaches your other hand. slowly speed up your pace. Being good at something takes time and constant training. but at a rhythm where one ball is dribbled slightly after the other to create a rhythm that is not synchronized. The key skills to develop here are your dribbling Hyperink 10 Hyperink . Other drills are aimed at developing basketball handling techniques involved in dribbling. and then rest for 30 seconds. You should eventually be able to do this movement while sprinting. we next need to discuss the different drills or exercises you can employ to hone them. You should eventually be able to sprint up and down the basketball court while dribbling both balls. One of drill you can use to improve ball handling involves the use of two basketballs. Remember talent will only get you so far. The idea is to dribble both balls simultaneously. The drill also helps develop your overall coordination.Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Basketball Drills to Improve Your Basketball Handling Now that we have tackled various basketball handling techniques. you can hone your cross over by doing the following: Hold the basketball with either hand Step forward with the foot on the same side as the hand holding the ball Move the basketball to the other hand in one dribble If you are doing this properly. Sustain this activity for a minute. Just as in the previous drill.

Hone your between-the-legs dribbling through the following steps: Dribble the ball with one hand. The whole point behind this move is to create confusion. Immediately take two to three more steps similar to your initail one. Whatever technique you happen to be drilling. Do the drill with this in mind. The key thing to remember is to do this repeatedly until you are able to execute this move easily and almost instinctively. always remember to start slow. (Move right if this is your right leg.Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques coordination and footwork. While doing so. place your other hand behind you in order to catch the ball. Keep your back straight so as not to telegraph your actual direction. move the leg on the same side as your original dribbling hand at a 45-degree angle. This is only possible if you gradually pick up the pace rather than start at fast pace immediately. After catching the ball. (Move right if this leg is your right leg. Just as you are dribbling. and left if it is your left leg. Keep your knees bent in order to maximize your speed and mobility while executing this technique. dribble the ball through the space between your legs. You can improve your stutter-step dribble through the following exercise: Dribble the basketball in one hand while jogging up or down the court. Your upper torso should come to a momentary stop. move the leg opposite your dribbling hand at 45-degree angle in the its own direction. Get your Hyperink 11 Hyperink . Executing this drill correctly should help you perform the stutter-step more easily and effectively. Step down harder than usual on the foot opposite your dribbling hand after about three or four dribbles.) As your foot is about to touch the ground. and left if it is your left leg. The key things to getting this done right are maintaining your balance during the stutters.) Dribble the ball back to your original hand through the space between your legs. This only happens if your stutters occur in short bursts rather than sustained activities.

Hyperink 12 Hyperink . This improvement will not happen overnight.Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques form and coordination down pat before increasing the speed at which you do the technique. you can master them. But given enough practice and persistence.

rules of contact apply to the wheelchair as well. Generally speaking. Other factors that affect effective basketball handling in wheelchair basketball are: Contact Dribble Fouling and Falling Regular rules of contact such as charging. whether that contact involves the other player’s wheelchair or body part. However. blocking and the like still apply in wheelchair basketball. This means that contact is considered when a player’s wheelchair makes contact with another player. Handling a basketball while on a wheelchair presents a somewhat different set of challenges and considerations.Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Wheelchair Basketball Handling Techniques The drills and techniques that we have just reviewed generally apply to regular basketball. The biggest challenge is mostly due to the fact that the hands and arms used in ball handling are also used to help keep the player mobile. Another factor to consider in wheelchair basketball is the concept of fouling. But because the wheelchair is considered as a physical extension of the player. Sometimes. a player in control of the ball must dribble the ball after two consecutive pushes with one or both hands. This usually happens when continuing the game might pose a significant risk of serious injury to the fallen player. a time out might even be called in order to give the player a chance to get back in their chair. If a player that is currently controlling the ball accidentally falls to the ground. Because Hyperink 13 Hyperink . a player is free to push their wheelchair and dribble the ball simultaneously if possible. they are considered off limits. Dribbling in wheelchair basketball becomes slightly more difficult. Exceeding this limit results in a traveling violation.

Doing so. So if you or someone you care about is disabled. Even if it’s just as a form of exercise. No one is allowed to use their legs as a means of gaining an edge over other players.Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques each player’s physical disability vary. helps lower their risk of developing diseases associated with obesity such as diabetes. emotional. Drills and training become particularly important because they give the players opportunities to exercise. This is because physical exercise helps reduce their risk of developing anxiety and depression. they must remain firmly seated throughout the game. takes time and training. Hyperink 14 Hyperink . The kind of physical exertion required for the training also gives them the benefit of maintaining a healthy weight. as well as honing their basketball handling skills also has the added advantage of helping these athletes better cope with the mental. honing the skills necessary to become adept at wheelchair basketball will benefit them physically as well as mentally. Being able to seamlessly transition between or simultaneously handle a wheelchair while maintain control of the ball. hypertension and heart disease. Honing their skills through rigorous training also helps wheelchair basketball players mentally healthy. Effective basketball handling for wheelchair basketball players thus involves being able to surpass the physical limitations imposed by being wheelchair-bound. players might incorporate stationary turns and pivots on their chairs with dribbling and passing. and physical challenges posed by handicapped condition. consider getting them involved in wheelchair basketball. So engaging in wheelchair basketball. Those caught doing so are guilty of committing a physical advantage foul. For example.

you will always need to keep track of factors such as openings. the rest takes effort. Often this can mean the difference between winning or losing a game. Adding eye and shoulder fakes to your overall basketball handling skills are also another way to help you become a more effective handler. and build up the speed over time. it is important to get the form right first before being able to do the action at normal speed. Being a great basketball handler. Being able to hone your basketball handling skills also means being able to adapt them to the specifics of a situation. and a great shooter will help make you a valued asset to your team. Talent only takes you part of the way. The only way to get to that level is through constant practice. Remember that the actual conditions of the game are fluid. Always start slow.Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Conclusion Regardless of the technique. No one becomes a basketball superstar overnight. defensive strengths and offensive capabilities of both your team and your opponent’s. Whatever basketball handling technique you are practicing. the keys mastering basketball handling techniques and being able to use them effectively are practice and perseverance. Effective basketball handing requires the following: Keeping your eyes off the basketball Controlling the basketball with your fingertips Dribbling ambidextrously Being purposeful when dribbling No matter what technique you are employing. Hyperink 15 Hyperink . Other things to consider when handling basketball involve using your non-dribbling hand to add distance between the ball and the opposing players.

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Pupils Mark World Disability Day with Wheelchair Basketball Coaching from University Students Hyperink 17 Hyperink .com. Inventor of Basketball Livestrong. Wheelchair Basketball University of Worcester.org. James Naismith.Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Guide to effective basketball handling Guide to effective basketball handling techniques By Joseph Phillip Pritchard techniques Further Reading Better Health Channel. The Physical Advantages of Playing Basketball Planet Hoops. Basketball Health Benefits KansasHeritage. History of Basketball – Dr.

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