Basketball Handling Techniques


Lower your body by bending your while keeping your back slightly straight, chin up and eyes looking forward. The position is like setting on high stool.

Hand Position over the Basketball

Spread your fingers slightly and bend them comfortably over the basketballs. Your hand should rest on the basketball like a suction cup with the base of the fingers touching the basketball. Your palm should not touch the basketball. Hypothetically, if you drop the basketball in a bowl of pain, then put your hand over the basketball, your palm should not touch the paint. Later, I will describe the different hand positions, which will allow you to control the direction of the basketball.

Position of the Off-arm

The off-hand is the hand not being used for dribbling the basketball. Bend the off-arm at the elbow and tack it in front of your body to protect and shield the basketballs.

Dribbling the ball

When dribbling the basketball, put more emphasis on your forearm and wrist-snapping actions. Your body and shoulder should remain fairly steady. Your upper arm moves slightly back-and-forth, forearm up and down as you receive the basketball (like sucking it off the floor), and push it back.

Floor Position for dribbling the ball

There are only two positions on the floor where you can dribble the basketball safely whether you are facing the defensive player straight up or on your side. These positions are to the outside or slightly inside your rear foot. The rear foot also known as the lead, opposite or off-foot is the foot opposite the dribbling hand. If you are dribbling with your right-hand, your left-foot becomes your rear foot. These floor positions allow you to protect the ball by keeping it away from the defensive player.

Dribbling Height

The height of dribbling the basketball depends on your relative position to the defensive player. When in traffic or closely guarded, get low and keep the basketball at knee height for better control and protection. In the open-court, keep the basketball at waist level for better mobility (speed).

Stationary dribbling (two-step)

The four basic stationary dribbling techniques are: � The front crossover � Between the leg crossover � Behind the back crossover � Reverse-spin. Each of these dribbling uses the famous forward or backward two-step. The two-step is the most important fundamental for learning how to execute these dribbling techniques properly. Imagine standing at half-court facing the baseline with your right foot forward. To execute a forward two-step, step forward with your left-foot. You will end up facing forward with your feet even shoulder-width apart. Now, step back with your right foot back. You will end up in the initial side position facing the opposite sideline. To execute a backward two-step, start by dropping your right-foot back. You will end up facing up-court with your feet even and shoulder-width part. Now, step forward with your left-foot. You will end up in same initial side position facing the opposite sideline. I will describe the fundamentals for executing these stationary dribbling techniques later.

Speed dribbling

During speed dribbling, dribble the basketball after every other step. These will allow you to maintain good body balance, rhythm, coordination, and necessary speed to get away from the defensive player. If you are dribbling the basketball with your left-hand, off-foot should always lead the dribbling. That is, your right-foot should be forward when the basketball touches the floor. However, when you are walking with the dribbling, you can dribble the basketball on every step. The technical fundamental does not apply when side dribbling (dribbling while sliding).

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