Basketball is a major sport that is popular in most parts of the world. However, if you are not a fan of the sport, or come from a country where basketball is not an award-winning activity, you may need some beginner’s instructions. Although the game has many rules and can be complex, the basics are fairly simple to learn. With a few guides you can learn the principles of how to play basketball.
Learn how to bounce the ball. The essential skill of playing basketball is this starting point. This is one of the methods by which you will move the ball around the court. Take the ball and practice bouncing it off the floor. You have to bounce the ball for every two steps you take. If you take three steps without bouncing and “walk” or “travel,” you will lose the ball.
Try running and bouncing the ball in front of you, standing still as it bounces back and forth with both hands, and bouncing the ball between your legs and behind your back.
Learn to pass the ball. Passing the ball is the key to exposing the other team’s defense and getting open shots for your own team. Ask a friend to help you practice your direct passing, bouncing and dodging imaginary defenders.
One type of pass is the chest pass. This is a two-handed pass that starts on your chest, throwing the ball at your teammate’s chest. A second type of pass is a rebound. This is a one- or two-handed pass that bounces the ball on the floor as it reaches your partner. Use the bounce to evade defenders and make the pass easier.
Learn to throw the ball properly. A good throw involves balancing the ball in one hand while using the other hand as a guide to the hoop. Position your support hand above your head, keeping it bent back and arching to hold the ball. Extend your arm and make a wrist motion to release the ball at the apex of the backward spin. Practicing this throw will increase your shot accuracy.
Add jumping shots, trays, three-pointers and free throws to your throwing repertoire to improve your skills.
Master the basic rules of basketball. Consult an official rulebook to make sure you understand what constitutes illegal body contact (a foul), how long you can hold the ball still, and other illegal plays. If you know what you can’t do, you have the green flag to play creatively within those limits.
Practice with better players to keep your skills sharp. Always practice good manners from the beginning to avoid bad habits.
Wear shoes that support the ankles to avoid sprains and injuries. Always perform dynamic stretching before and after playing basketball.