Have you have just started playing basketball? If so remember one thing – you cannot win the game without having all your fundamentals in place. It’s not about awesome dribbling skills or looking good. It’s all about using the best basketball tactics to dominate on the court.
And to do so, there are some things that you need to practice – consistently. Here is a quick guide to help you along your way to dominating the court.
The first thing you need to do is get fit. You need stamina, speed and strength to be able to dominate the court. You may be great at shooting the hoop or even dribbling. But if you are not fit enough to last through the game, you will watch more than play.
The Best Basketball Tactics And Techniques To Dominate On The Court
There are two basic tactics that you need to keep in mind when playing basketball: offense and defense. What this basically means is that you need to put more points on the board (offense) and prevent the other team from putting points on the board (defense). And that’s it! Showboating is a waste if you cannot achieve these two goals.
Offensive Tactics in Basketball
Having a good offense means being able to get as close to the opponents’ basket as possible so you can take shots. That’s how you rack up points. The long shots are great – spectacular, even. But they are not the ones that will get you the points you need to win. The highest percentage of shots are made from up close, so practice your layups – they are the most basic shots in basketball.
Another reason why you should get up close to your opponents’ basket and try and take shots is that is where you will get fouled most. And if you are fouled, it means you get to go to the foul line, which means more shots and more points. So the second step of a good offense is to shoot accurately from the foul line. These points add up.
Do not foul.
Defensive Tactics in Basketball
The most important aspect of defense is guarding the ball. To do so, you need to learn to read the court. Keep your eyes moving so you can assess your opponents’ moves before they happen. Be alert.
Do not lunge for the ball and lose your balance. The purpose of all offensive moves is to get defenders off-balance, which then gives your opponent the chance to move forward and even take a shot.
Your feet should be placed in a wide stance. If they are not far enough apart, you will lose your balance and allow your opponent through. Also, keep your stance low to the ground. A low, wide stance is what works best when guarding your opponent.
When you slide, do not let your feet come too close together. Take short steps instead.
Stealing the ball is not as easy as it looks. You can get fouled if you make illegal personal contact.
If your opponent is holding the ball around his mid-section, then place your hand over the ball, preventing him from shooting.
Otherwise, if the ball is already in a shooting position, place your hand on the ball, which means your opponent cannot shoot.
If the ball is over your opponent’s head, then place your hand under the ball and flip upwards. The ref usually only calls a foul if you swing downward.
Remember, to guard, you need to stay in balance. And to do you, so need to be agile. Once more, it comes down to the first rule of basketball – be fit!
At the end of the day, the entire purpose of basketball is to make the shot. Therefore, you may have a great defense and steal the ball frequently from your opponent. You may even be doing a good job at preventing your opponent from reaching the basket to make a shot. However, if you can’t shoot right, then the game is lost. So practice your shooting drills until you make every shot. And then keep practicing some more.
Proper footwork is one of the foundations of great basketball. You need to practice your footwork to ensure that you are in perfect balance at all times.
Ensure that your feet are shoulder-width apart. This stance helps to increase your ability to dart forward, backward or shoot jump shots and even free throws. If you are planning to move sideways (especially in defense), you need to widen your stance even more, so that you are more grounded.
Perfect the art of the jump step. This means practicing jumping as fast and as far as you can one foot at a time. You need to practice landing on the other foot while maintaining your balance at the same time. These jumps should create a forward, not upward movement. The idea is to jump far, not high.
Sprinting is not just running. There is a technique to it and starts with the initial jump step and then continues with lifting the leg high towards the chest, while at the time same time, pumping the arms hard. Done right, sprinting can really improve your speed.
Pivoting helps you gain an advantage during the game such as protecting the ball or getting away from an opponent, however, if done incorrectly can make you lose your footing and get fouled.
There are many, many more techniques to basketball footwork, so ensure that you practice them all for a perfect game.
The Mental Game
The biggest part of playing basketball well is not the physical one. It’s a mental game. Your mental condition will dictate how your game will fare. The first thing you need to do when playing basketball is to stop thinking – about other stuff. Be in the here and now and focus only on the game.
And the second thing you need to do is relax. When your mind is free, then your body also relaxes, which means you can make looser and more accurate shots.
If you really want to play basketball, then give it your heart, body and soul. And most of all, learn to enjoy yourself when playing the game.