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Players should learn to run hard, especially when making the transition from offense to defense. For younger players, the basic goal on defense should be to protect the basket. The opponent should be forced to win with outside shots. The coach should emphasize not allowing lay-ups and not committing fouls. Teaching Players to Pivot Pivoting is an essential part of the game of basketball. It is important for young players to understand that when they are holding the basketball, they are allowed to move one foot while keeping the other foot stationary.

Many players, especially beginners, do not look at the basket when they catch the ball. An offense can not be successful if players do not immediately get into triple-threat position and face the basket when they receive a pass. " This movement is called the rocker motion or rocker step. The importance of executing a pivot was mentioned in an earlier chapter. The rocker step is a pivot made while holding the ball in triple-threat position. Page 36 Offensive Positioning For the Inside Post Player Since the post players usually play with their backs to the hoop, they will often receive a pass while facing away from the basket.

Photo 7-6 Using just the right hand, players stand in basketball position and dribble the ball from side to side in front of their body. Players then dribble side to side on the right side of their body, then between the legs and around the back. Using only the right hand forces players to put their hand on the side of the ball in order to go between their legs, around their back, or from side to side. The drill is then repeated using only the left hand. Page 50 Mastering Other Dribble Moves There are many dribble moves youngsters can practice and eventually master, including the crossover, the around the back dribble, the between the legs dribble, the reverse spin, and the fake reverse spin.

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