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Tips To Remember When Catching-A-Basketball.

Catching a basketball the right away is probably one of the most important fundamental basketball skills that every basketball player need to learn. Why? Even if you're a great passer, your skills would be absolutely useless if your teammates cannot catch your passes and they turn the ball over to the defense most of the time.

As you can imagine, this would make it very difficult for you to successfully run your offense as a team, which would in turn decrease your chances of winning basketball games. With that said, let's examine the fundamentals of catching a basketball.

Fundamentals Of Catching A Basketball.

When you're trying to catch a basketball, you should not "fight" the basketball but relax your hands, shoulders and arms as much as possible and "give" with the basketball. Your hands should be out-stretched ready to receive the basketball and guide it to your body. The basketball should be caught with the fingers which are held cup shaped.

When a teammate drops a pass or fumbles the ball, it is usually because he took his eyes off the ball for a split moment in order to locate the position of his opponent. Hey may also be trying to receive the ball with one eye on the ball and the other eye on the opponent.

Instead, the player catching the basketball should "look the ball into his hands." And, it is only after the ball has been successfully received should he worry about his opponent or trying to score. Doing this would greately decrease his chances of fumbling the ball.

For all the passes that you receive above your waist, you should catch the ball with your thumbs inside and the palms of your hands toward the ball. When, the pass is made below your hips, catch the ball with your little fingers together on the inside and the palms of your hands facing toward the ceiling.

Major Reasons Why Players Fumble A Pass:

1)Eyes Off the Ball

If a player expects to successfully catch a basketball, he must certainly see it. Without concentration on the ball as it comes towards him, he most likely would drop the ball. A coach can help a player improve his concentration on the basketball when receiving a pass by painting numbers on the ball and have the player call the number on the ball as he receives the pass. This will discourage the player from looking away at the time the ball is caught. Numbers or colors on the basketball could help to overcome the weakness of taking the eyes off the ball in catching.

2) The Pass Is Too Hard

The hard pass is a common mistake made by some basketball players when trying to pass the ball to a teammate. Some players have the mindset that they must "burn" the ball into the hands of the receiving player; consequently, the receiver cannot handle it. The hard pass is more common with shorter passes.

3) The Pass Is Too High or Too Low.

Often situations in a game will require perfect timing of everything if an offensive is expected to be successful. A poor passing target results in slowing a player sufficiently to permit the defense to recover. A pass that is too high or too low resulting in a fumble or a delay in passing or shooting will be the difference in scoring and not scoring.

Every effort must be made by a player handling the basketball to make good passes to his teammates. It is often best to aim the ball towards the chest area of the receiving player. If the player is moving, the ball should be placed in front of the chest to make it possible for him to take the pass without breaking his running stride.

The accuracy of the pass would be greately improved, if the receiver places his hands in a position in front of his upper trunk to form a target. This procedure is similar to the catcher in baseball helping his pitcher with a mark at which to aim.

3) The Pass Has Too Much Spin.

The spinning pass is probably the most difficult to catch unless a player has had a lot of practice with it. Only the natural spin of the ball should be used in the proper release. Too many times the spin pass occurs when the player passing the ball turns his wrist in the release or causes the ball to come off the side of his hand.

4)The Players Are Off Balance.

Poor balance can exist with both the passer and receiver; therefore, each player must strive to maintain good balance at all times. Catching the ball off balance necessitates adjustment before any execution of play occurs. Adjustment delay will always benefit the defense. Everything must be ready to strike quickly to gain any advantage the defense will give you. Poor balance will never pay off in basketball.

Things to Remember when catching a basketball:

1. Catch the basketball with your fingers.

2. Do not fight the basketball.

3. Let your arms give with the basketball.

4. Keep your eyes on the basketball until you have caught it.

5. Always come in for the basketball.

6. Don't turn your back to the basketball.

7. Have confidence in yourself.

8. Relax when catching the basketball.

9. Don't try to shoot, pass or dribble until you have caught the basketball.

10. Don't get rattled.

11. Always be on the alert for a pass at any time and from any angle.

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