basketball is one of those sports that the fundamental skills are
not extremely challenging to learn by themselves. The challenge comes
in putting them together at game speed with an opponent challenging
every one of those skills.
Basketball is a great team sport. When the team comes first everyone
supports everyone else on offense and defense. Not one player stands
out. When you think of the great Celtics teams, yes they had their star
players, but Bill Russel epitomized that team by his sense of team.
Five Fundamental Skills: Dribbling, Passing, Shooting,
Rebounding, and defensive positioning
Basketball: Dribbling Fundamentals
So, what does everyone coaching basketball really need to run their
team? A good ball handler is vital to a well run offense. Great teams
great point guards who can handle the ball. Not only do point guards
need to handle the ball well, when you have a big man who can dribble
up court your team is improved and has more options.
1) Coaching basketball: The Basic Dribbling Technique
Cup your dribbling hand with your fingers spread
comfortably with the dribble being a push-pull motion of your arm,
wrist and fingers.
Start the dribble by extending your elbow and flexing
your fingers and wrist.
As the ball bounces back up, meet it with your
fingers, and your wrist absorbing the force.
Control the ball with your fingers and pads of your
hands, not the palms. Keep your non-dribbling hand up for protection
and keep your eyes up.
Control is the key. While coaching basketball you will need your
players to practice dribbling with their hand on the following
areas of the ball:
directly on top,
2) Coaching Basketball: The Control, or Low Dribble
Use this when you're closely guarded.
Keep your body between the ball and the defender.
Dribble the ball at knee level or lower and slightly
away from your body
Advance the ball with a step and slide movement.
Keep your free hand up to protect the ball while
keeping you dribbling arm close to your body.
3) Coaching Basketball: The Speed, or High Dribble
Use this type of basketball dribbling when you need
to advance the ball quickly: quick drives to the basket, fast breaks or
following a steal in the open court.
Lean forward slightly while extending your dribbling
arm fully, pushing the ball out in front of your body.
Keep the ball near waist level or higher to help
maintain maximum speed.
Once this dribbling technique is mastered you will get up and down the
court about as fast as you can run.
4) Coaching Basketball: The Crossover Dribble
This technique is good to use when you're being overplayed because you
can change direction quickly.
When your foot on the dribbling side contacts the
floor, push off hard toward your opposite foot and bounce the ball
across your body with a quick flick of your wrist and fingers (flick
the ball with your dribbling hand by pushing from slightly outside the
The lower you bounce the ball, the quicker your
Take a step with the foot on the receiving side as
your receiving hand gets the ball on a short hop.
This dribbling technique requires quickness. You need to be careful
because you do expose the ball to the defender.
5) Coaching Basketball: The Spin, or Reverse Dribble
This dribbling technique is good if the crossover isn't available
because you're guarded too closely.
If you need to go left - stop, plant your left foot
and pivot on it as you spin in the opposite direction with your back to
Keep the ball close to your body as you spin and
switch it to your left hand.
As you complete the turn, dribble with your left hand
and keep your head up to see the floor.
6) Coaching Basketball: The Change-of-Pace Dribble
The idea here is to make your defender think you are slowing down so
they relax and allow you to blow by them.
As you slow down, straighten slightly, plant your
lead foot and bring your head up a bit. This creates the illusion that
you are about to stop and your defender will relax.
Then accelerate quickly and use a low dribble to get
by the defender.
Practice this going from slow to fast and back to
It's very difficult to defend once you perfect it!
7) Coaching Basketball: The Behind-the-Back Dribble
By dribbling behind-the-back you can change direction and still
maintain visual contact with what is in front of you.
If you're dribbling with your right hand, slide your
hand to the outside of the ball as you put your weight on your right
Flick the ball behind your back above the back of
your knee and across the back of your thigh as you move your left foot
Catch the ball with your left hand and continue
Make sure to get your left leg forward so the ball
has room to come under your left hand for a smooth transition.
8) Coaching Basketball: The Pull-Back Dribble
This will give you space you're double-teamed or the defender tries to
run and jump at you.
Retreat two steps back as you use the control
Use a step-slide movement by pushing off your front
foot and sliding back with your rear foot.
As always, keep your head up and keep dribbling until you can pass.
9) Coaching Basketball: The Between-the-Legs Dribble
This works well when you're being overplayed.
If you're dribbling with your right hand, keep the
ball low and switch it to your left hand.
Bounce the ball through your legs with a quick flick
of your wrist, fingers and lower arm.
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Coaching Basketball: Passing
Passing the basketball is essential for a well functioning offensive
team. Passing well requires both a player with good technique so he or
she passes the ball accurately with the perfect speed.
coaching basketball teams you will need to teach how to receive a ball.
Good passing requires teammates who are in good position to receive the
pass, catch the ball well, and know how move to open areas on the court
or use their body to gain position on the defender and be able to
receive a pass.
Coaching Basketball Passing Tips
1) Step toward the player you are passing to with a short, powerful
2) Follow through with all passes. Keep your body moving in the
direction of the pass after the ball has left your hands.
3) Deliver your passes above the waist and below the shoulders of your
4) Control the ball by using your fingertips and not on your palms.
5) For a moving teammate pass to where they are going not where they
6) For a stationary teammate put the ball where the defender would have
to go through your teammate to reach the ball.
7) When using two-handed chest and bounce passes, be sure to snap your
wrists out at the end of the passing motion.
8) Keep both hands on the ball until the pass is released.
9) Pass the ball firmly.
10) Never just pass towards your receiver. Have a specific target in
11) Passes should be crisp, sharp and accurate. They should be
delivered neither too soft nor too hard so they can be handled easily
by the receiver.
12) Don't give away your pass by focusing too intently on your target.
Coaching Basketball Receiving Tips
Remember great passing teams must be able to receive the ball without
losing control. Fumbling and turnovers are caused when receivers take
their eyes off the ball or try to do something before they have caught
1) Keep your eyes on the ball at all times.
2) Show the passer where you want the ball thrown with the proper hand
3) Give the passer a good target by keeping the hands above the waist
with the fingers spread and relaxed.
4) Catch and control the ball first, before doing anything else.
5) Move toward the ball to catch it.
6) To catch the ball develop strong, yet soft hands. Learn to give as
the ball comes to you.
7) After catching the ball control it by moving it into the center of
your chest and keeping it close to your body.
8) As the receiver, look to move to open areas. Work with your
teammates to use screens to get open space.
9) Be sure your fingers and thumbs are good and relaxed just before
catching the pass.
10) Use your body, your legs and hips in particular, to get into a
strong and wide stance to shield the defender and be in position to
receive a pass.
Coaching Basketball: Passing Instruction and drills