Catching the Basketball

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In this video we look at the skills necessary to properly catch a basketball. Yes, there’s a right way to catch a basketball. At worst, you need to avoid jamming a finger – which can prevent you from playing basketball for several weeks. At best, you need to make it hard for your opponent to catch the ball instead of you.

In summary:

  • provide a clear target for your teammate
  • the target should be away from your defender
  • form a pocket with your hands, fingers spread and pointed outward
  • your hands and elbows should be out from your body
  • step to the ball – be active
  • look the ball into your hands
  • catch first, then go