What to Do When not Holding the Basketball

By: Christopher Amissah

Though there are ten players in each basketball game, there is only one ball and hence only person can possess the ball at any given time. So, your team is the offence but you are not the one handling the ball. What do you do? Here are some quick tips to help you maximize the time you have while on the court.

Be in a readiness position
Most young players do not understand this position. The initial behavior of players when not having the ball is to stand and wait until their turn comes. However, this tendency can be resolved by moving into a position that offers readiness, both for defense and offense. How do you do this?

You must always keep a crouched body position, with knees flexed and feet apart. The hands must also be in upward position at shoulder level, nearest to the body.

Spread your foot at shoulder distance
Your feet must always take the distance between those of the shoulders with the non-pivoting foot in front and the pivoting foot slightly backward.

Keep your legs flexed
By keeping your legs flexed, your body will atomically crouch and provide you a position that is ideal for offensive play and ball handling. Flexed knees will also generate an effect on the body that will provide it with more power and easier movements.

Keep your arms at chest level
This position is nearest to the top of your head and the lower sides of your body.

Keep your head balanced
Your head is vital in keeping your body balanced. If it is too far backward or too forward, you might suffer from an unbalanced body and you are even more prone to injuries. Thus, you must keep your whole body aligned at the center as if a stick is inserted in your body.

Keep changing your pace
This normally gives the player on the offensive play to distract the opponent from guarding. This is done through a three-part series of movements namely running, straightening to give the impression of stopping and relaxing and finally, setting the pace again.

Change your directions
This is used for shaking the defender from his position, which then gives you the chance to make points. You need to be a little explosive in this part so as to free yourself from his defense. Be quick and agile then don't give hints that you are just changing your position for distraction. Make it as natural as you can.

During the game when you don't have the ball with you and you are on the offensive side you don' t have to stay idle. Make use of any of the above moves and position and you will have a great game on the court.





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