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How to Become a Better Basketball Player

May 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 170

Basketball, one of the most physically demanding sports, with a 94 feet by 50 feet court, with 5 players a side, playing 4 quarters (12 minutes each), requires a lot of strength, stamina and fitness and also the right technique and practice drills to perfect the skill set.

The most important aspect of learning how to play the sport, like any other sport is practice, and also the fact that "practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect." Analyzing your game, shooting with the correct technique, perfecting the art of lay-ups, improving ball control, passing the ball at various heights, etc. All these skills can be developed and perfected only by practicing, practicing repeatedly.

To start with one needs to get the basics and the fundamentals right. Dribbling, is the most elementary skill in basketball and a player must be able to attain a high degree of proficiency which involves dribbling the ball. To have control over the ball is the primary requirement for the game. This is also known as ball handling ability.

The next step is to be able to dribble with both hands. The player needs to be confident across the floor and dribbling with both hands gives an inimitable confidence to design the direction of the ball. This is also associated with the freedom a player can exercise across the court. The expertise really begins to creep in when the player guides the ball instead of the ball guiding the player.

After the player has mastered dribbling the ball to some extent, it becomes essential to polish rebounding skills. In basketball, the player must be conscious about footwork. To be clumsy or wobbly on the court is certainly not acceptable. Always try and slide your feet in defense instead of trying to use your hands to evade fouling. Let the feet take the lead and the hands control the ball. There is actually a huge amount of coordination between the limbs, where each manages the other.

A simple thing like having a fair amount of vigilance, while on court, is extremely crucial. The time on the clock and the positions of other players must be kept track of. Basketball also requires a skill set which is adjusting and accommodating. Therefore, in case of an unexpected fall out, it will only be an asset if the player can adapt efficiently to the strengths and weaknesses of their teammates. And alongside the player must also recognise his or her own weaknesses and identify at least one area at a time which can be improved upon. As it is true for all sports, every criticism comes from a nub that must be nurtured.

All this so you can ultimately Jump Up, Hang and get that Dunk right. Be a player, be one of the better basketball players.

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