Master the Basics of the Game

Master the Basics of the Game

Like any game or sport if you want to improve then you need to master the basics of the game.  Basketball is a fairly easy game to learn how to play and there are only a few basic skills you need to master first to become a proficient player.  Here are the fundamental areas you are going to need to work on to improve your game.


Dribbling is how you move the ball around the court when you don’t have the opportunity to pass to another player.  You can’t carry the ball across the court in your hands, you have to dribble.  Dribbling can give you the chance to look for a player in position to shoot the ball.  While your dribbling it is also easy for the opposing team to take the ball from you.  Practice this skill often.


Passing is simply throwing the ball to another player on your team and it is the fastest way to get the ball down the court.  Good passing is one of the keys to winning a game.


This is probably the most practiced skill of all.  If you truly want to improve your shooting skills then you want to try shooting at game speed.  You won’t have the chance to line up your shot during a game it will be done on the fly.  Most players practice three point shots or jump shots instead.  A good coach will help you improve your shots during practice at game speed.


The players who are skilled with rebounds are very good at reading the game and know where to position themselves to grab the rebound.  Many think that you need size to be good at rebounds, while size helps you need to be really good at knowing where to stand to grab the rebound.  Rebounding is a skill that comes with practice and some study of the game.

Offensive Playing

Offensive playing is what scores goals and it can include all of the other skills listed above.  It also includes dribbling, passing and shooting.  Offensive playing is about moving the ball to the opposing teams basket until someone on your team is in a position to shoot and make a basket.  To get good at offensive play takes practice and keeping your eye on where your team is positioned to get them the ball.

Defensive Playing

Defense is about keeping the opposing team from scoring, defense wins championships.  It not only keeps the other team from scoring points it is also about stealing opportunities for your team and intimidation.  Defense will be a huge part of practicing your game.