PAN AM Basketball Footwork

pan am basketball      From hoop to hoop, your eyes will swim back and forth admiring this game of balance, power and propulsion.  Opposing players demonstrate strength and coordination in every step. Their eyes focus on the ball while their minds anticipate several moves ahead.  Basketball is a fun game of fast footwork and fancy ‘kicks’.

Spot this Footwork on the Floor:

Ready Position:  able to move in any direction, including jumping up to block a shot or standing still to take a charge.

Heels Up:  putting weight on the area of the foot directly behind and across all of the toes along with the ball of the foot. Raising the heels off the floor automatically lowers the body into a slight squat.

Wide Base:  standing with feet shoulder-width apart, wider at times

Jump-Steps:  jumping far and fast off one foot, landing on the other foot while regaining and maintaining balance

Sprinting:  lifting opposite leg and knee high up toward chest, while alternately and aggressively pumping arms

Two-Foot Jump Stop:  getting both feet airborne, landing with both feet touching the floor simultaneously and immediately dropping into a ready position stance to help regain balance.

Tripod Lunge Step:  when approaching basket for a layup, player has outside leg and foot as one point of the tripod, and two hands stretched out, as the other two points of the tripod.

Pivoting:  anchoring one foot to the floor with heel up, turning and moving the other foot without a causing a traveling violation.

Jab Step:  combining a pivot and a fake jump-step. Keep heel up on pivot foot for balance, change direction before dribbling, then push off quickly.

Crossover Step:  pivoting while bringing opposite shoulder, hip and foot across body and in same direction. Pushing off pivot using a jump step, raising opposite knee high.

Drop Step:  pivoting using leg and hip to block and hold off the opposing player.

Inside Foot 1-2 Step:  shooter’s feet and shoulders facing the basket; right-hander’s footwork go in left–right order, allowing player to brake, stop and gain balance and control on dominant leg.

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Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.   1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)



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