Learning how to play basketball
With the popularity of the basketball game, many men, adult, and children alike, are looking for ways on how to become a good basketball player. Sadly though, not everyone can be able to become one. It takes patience, dedication, motivation and the right tips to achieve this feat., and that’s considering you have enough natural blend of physical gifts like height, explosive twitch muscle fibers, coordination, agility, ability to make instant correct decisions etc.
Worry not though, we have your back! Below are some of the best tips on how to become a basketball player other than joining an expensive and possibly not affordable fancy basketball school.
Study how the game works
Many people already know the rules of basketball (or at least, they are familiar with it). But as a player, you have to know the rules by heart. The better you know the rules, the better player you will be.
You can do you research, ask people, watch videos, seek professional help from coaches. Once you have learned the ropes, put your knowledge into action—play games, join a team, practice! Please bear in mind that basketball is not just a physical sports—it is a mental sports as well. That is why you must take the time to know the rules.
Play your role
Another thing to keep in mind about basketball is that it is a team sport. You cannot do everything and win the game all by yourself. And if you want your team to win, you must do your part.
Because of this, you need to invest time learning about your role/ position in the court. Along with that, you need to educate yourself about the skills and physical attributes required to play the role properly. You should also be knowledgeable about which type of dribbling, passes and other skill work your position requires.
Stay in tip top shape
Playing basketball requires strength—lots of it. That is why it is a must that you make sure that your body is always on its tiptop shape. To do that, you should work out on a regular basis.
Some of the work out exercises that you can try include full body workouts (for optimum general strength and athletic build), core workouts (to tune up the efficiency of lower and upper body functioning and help you stay balanced), jump rope (to help you achieve faster footwork that would really come handy in a basketball game), jumping (to boost your vertical leap and help you become more agile) etc.
Use the right shoes
A choice of right basketball shoes also plays a role in your performance on basketball court. The right basketball shoes help reduce the risk of injury (particularly ankle sprains) and help you stay balanced. In addition to that, shoes with right amount of support can also allow you to move slightly faster and jump a little higher.
Practice your shooting (ball throwing) skills
Big part of basketball is about scoring points, lots of them. That is why you should take the time to enhance your ball shooting skills.
Watch videos and see how the best shooters hold the ball as they shoot. As you watch them, try putting what you are seeing into action. Mimic their move. You can also shoot free throws until you are exhausted. This way, you will be ready for real game situations when you need to execute free throws while being out of breath.
Work on your dribbling skills
Another major skill to master is dribbling. There are various dribbling drills that you can practice. Mastering this skill will allow you to have control over the ball and move around the court freely. Remember, you can only move around basketball court as you dribble the ball. Try to dribble faster and harder so you can easily play with the ball during the game.
Since many people are playing it, basketball seems like an easy sport, but that is not always the case. If you wish to become a basketball player, it is highly recommended that you invest time and effort to make sure that you become a good one.