Basketball Skills

Basketball Skills

Playing basketball is a lot of fun, just as you see on NBA. However, even when you are playing on casual basis, you have to equip yourself with some skills if you would like to enjoy yourself. When we went camping on our last getaway trip, we played basketball, but we did not have a lot of playing fun because it was more of a learning experience.

Most of the girls had never touched a basketball before in their life, so I spent a lot of time teaching them the bare basics of basketball. If you would like to buy a ground hoop or a wall hoop so that you can play with your family, these basic skills will help you enjoy your game much more than you would without them:

Learn how to dribble

Playing basketball

Dribbling is one of the most important skills that you should learn in basketball. It involves moving with the ball from place to place in the court, maneuvering your way between the players of the opposing team. Remember, you have to keep dribbling the ball – this is not rugby! You need agility, a good grip on the ball and perfect coordination of your motor skills. With practice, you can be perfect in dribbling.


Basketball is not a lazy game. You will have to do a lot of running all the time. However, this time, you are not running empty-handed. You have a ball in your hands, you are dribbling it and at the same time, you are warding off the defenders of the other team.

It is not easy, but you can do it. Whether or not you have the ball, you will need to run. With the ball, you will run towards the basket. Without the ball, you will run after your opponents to grab the ball out of their hands.


Player jumping holding ball

If you are a good runner, dribbler and passer but you cannot jump, then you will find that you will not see the basket. In basketball, most of the jumps are vertical and the person who jumps highest has the advantage. You will jump for the ball or for the basket.

Passing the ball

Basketball is a team thing. You cannot move all over the court alone without passing the ball. However, you must pass the ball in such a way that you elude the defenders.

Passing the ball, is not just as easy as spotting one of your players and throwing it. It is a perfect combination of sight and mind. You must gauge the closeness of the opponents before you pass the ball. That way, the ball will not land in enemy hands. If you become a great passer, you may not necessarily score goals, but you will contribute a lot to your team winning.


The reason for all that running, jumping, passing and dribbling is so that you can get the ball into the basket. This is called shooting! You have to have great eye, mind and arm coordination. Most of the time, you will find that you have to jump high, evade the defenders, aim and shoot for the basket. While shooting comes in many types, the most important thing is to get the ball in that basket as many times as possible.

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