Hot Basketball How-Tos

How To: Create space to score in basketball

In this tutorial, we learn how to create space to score in basketball. In order to create space, you will need to understand the role of the defensive player. Put yourself in their shoes thinking about what they are trying to do as you're playing. As an offensive player, you want to keep them more than an arm's length away from you by closing the gap between you. This will cause the defender to change their stance in order to stand in front of you. After this, you will be able to run around t...

How To: Do the Pistol Pete ball handling drill in basketball

In this sports how-to video, Farmington HS boys basketball coach Shane Wyandt and team demonstrate the Pistol Pete ball handling drills. The Pistol Pete ball handling drills will help improve hand eye coordination in addition to ball handling technique. Follow along with this video and learn how to carry out the Pistol Pete exercise. Try at home.

How To: Snag Prime Seats at an NBA Game

There is no fan experience in professional sports quite like watching an NBA game live. Partly, this can be attributed to the combination of fluid teamwork and jaw-dropping athleticism the players exude in the form of size, speed, jumping ability, grace, and strength. What truly differentiates the NBA from the spectators' perspective, though, is the figurative nakedness of the players. While the NFL buries its athletes beneath pads and masks, the NBA presents its talent in shorts and a tank top.

How To: Perform a shot fake in basketball

In this video, we learn how to perform a shot fake in basketball with Chase. There are three keys to a good shot fake. First, make sure you are on balance and nice and stable. Be in a good dent athletic position, but don't come out and up from your position. Then, you will need to make sure your eyes are to the rim. This will sell the shot and get the defender to buy it, making the defensive player lose focus and position. Last, you want to make sure you keep it tight when you are playing. Th...

How To: Improve Your Vertical Jump

The vertical jump is an important part of many sports, including basketball, volleyball, track & field, football, and many more. For this reason, it is important to learn how to improve vertical jump as it will provide several advantages in the different sports.

How To: Release point in basketball

In this tutorial, we learn how to release point in basketball with Tom. If you hesitate or hang, you will lose power in your legs and your ball will go short and flat. When you reach the top of your jump you will want to release your ball to get the most height out of it. When shooting the jump shot, pay attention to what it feels like when you are going to shoot. You want to feel powered up not effortless or underpowered when you are shooting. Time your release and make sure you have a high ...

How To: Coach Young Basketball Players to Shoot Free Throws

One of the most important and overlooked aspect of basketball is free throws. There's no reason a free throw can't be made every time, and this video will teach coaches and young children playing ball the best practices for getting ready for making the free throw. Shooting a free throw means repetition, it means practicing, because no matter where the team plays, the free throw line and the rim are always going to be familiar, so shooting a free throw shouldn't be a problem.

How To: Shoot a free throw shot in 7 steps

First step in a free throw is when the ref passes you the ball. At this point you should step back and take a breath, this will slow you down and help you concentrate. You have 10 seconds to shoot so there is no rush. Next, approach the line. You will find a nail, dot, or spot of paint. This shows you where the center of the court is. Line your shoulders up with the dot, to prevent the ball from going to the left or right of the hoop. Next, you should use a routine you've established to get y...

How To: Properly aim your shot at the basket

In this video, we learn how to properly aim your shot at the basket. When playing, you need to make sure you don't hit the back rim or the ball will shoot back at you. If you don't reach the basket, it's probably not going to go in. When shooting, focus on the open space in the basket, then lay the ball into the net. This will give you a soft target with a greater margin of error. If you can put the ball anywhere in the net, it's probably going to make it all the way through!

How To: Practice a pump fake & pivot with Kobe Bryant

Learn how to do the Kobe Bryant pump fake & pivot! This is another Nike Signature Move from NBA Laker MVP Kobe Bryant. Get in triple threat position. Jab step, drive by, pump fake and then pivot. This is a mid-range game for when you have an aggressive defender. Show him the ball, step through for a drive. If the defender is close left pivot around in a pirouette. Take the shot or you've got the teammate.

How To: Steal the basketball

Do you play basketball? Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to steal the ball on the court with Kansas senior point guard Russell Robinson. To this you, first you need to apply pressure. As you do this you force your opponent to make mistakes and this will give you a window of opportunity to exploit the situation. Keep in mind that you need to maintain defensive principles.

How To: Improve your individual defensive skills in basketball

This is great for coaches or players who want to improve their knowledge and understanding of your individual defense in basketball. Coach Kirby Schepp makes it easy for even beginners who are just learning this great sport. He explains it, his players demonstrate it, and a drill is shown so you can practice it on your own.

How To: Play women's basketball

In this video series, our expert Cynthia Dallas will teach you basic basketball skills like shooting, rebounding, and dribbling. She will also show you various drills like the michon drill and mummy wraps to improve your speed, ball handing, and shooting.

How To: Get your basketball shot off quicker

In this tutorial, we learn how to get your shot off quicker. Make sure you use your feet to establish a good stance and so you are ready to shoot the basketball before it ever arrives. Also, understand that flipping the shot will take too much time and ruin your shot. If the ball is dropped from a high position then brought up for release, this will take too much time. To avoid this, catch the ball and move in an "up" rhythm. This will make the shot go out quicker so you have more time to get...

How To: Get the perfect shooting arc in basketball

In this video, we learn how to get the perfect shooting arc in basketball. When you are shooting, the arc is how you will get the ball into the hoop. You should first know the size of the basketball and basket in relation to how far away you are from the basket. Make sure the ball is going to reach the apex on its arc so it can reach the basket easiest. You will need to pay attention to the height of the basket so you know how angled your feet need to be when you are shooting. After you have ...

How To: Position your feet when shooting a ball

In this video, Tom tells us how to position your feet when shooting a ball. Momentum when you are shooting has to be controlled. You will have to plan how you are going to use your feet and what your lead and stop foot will be. You want to make sure the foot that is closest to the basket is facing it and not facing another way. You also want to create stability when you are shooting baskets. Establish your stop foot with the one closest to the basket. Once you get your feet down in the right ...

How To: Spin a basketball on your index finger

First of all you need to know that if you are a right handed person then the rotation of the basket ball must go to the left. Now hold the basketball in your right hand and place your left palm over it. Now give a very strong spin using your right hand to the basketball. You have to make sure that you get a good first spin on it to get a good rotation going.

How To: Use the assist hand to shoot a basketball

Learn how to use the assist hand when shooting a basketball in simple steps. The assist hand should be located at the side of the basketball and its contact with ball should only be a light touch. Do not squeeze the ball while shooting as it results in poor rotation of the ball. Remember not to keep your assist hand to the front of the ball as your accuracy will decrease. Always release the assist hand from the ball before you make the shoot. Finally always remember to use you assist hand onl...

How To: Take defensive charge with Shane Battier

Shane Battier teaches you how to take a charge, and how it can help to stop superstars like Dwyane Wade and Lebron James. This inside skill drill from Shane Battier gives you the right perspective from an NBA star. Get basketball advice from the pros on how to improve your basketball game. Shane Battier is the authority on defense!

How To: Teach the BEEF method of shooting in basketball

In this sports how-to video, Farmington HS boys basketball coach Shane Wyandt explains how he teaches the BEEF method of shooting. The work BEEF is an acronym for a ball shooting concept in basketball. The B stand for balance, the E for eyes, the second E for elbows, and the F for follow-through. To have good balance it is important to have you feet about shoulder width apart. Your eyes should always be focused on a target, and your elbows should be in line. Finally follow through means it sh...

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