Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stephen Souky - The Basics of Dribbling

As a youth basketball coach, Stephen Souky is skilled in teaching the fundamentals of the sport as well as helping seasoned athletes improve upon their own abilities. One of the first skills that a basketball player needs to develop is to properly dribble.

Dribbling is when players bounce the ball off the ground using their hands. In basketball, players must dribble the ball whenever they are in motion. If they move too many steps without dribbling the ball, they will be called for traveling. If they dribble, hold the ball, then start dribbling again, the referee will call a double-dribble. It is essential to be good at dribbling in basketball because it is the only way you can move around with the ball.

While it is important to be able to dribble with both hands, most beginners will often establish a dominant hand to do most of the dribbling from the start. Once you find that hand, start dribbling it while standing still. From there, you can start walking and eventually speed up to a running level. One you have become comfortable enough with your dominant hand, you should try switching hands immediately so that you can confuse your opponents.

Stephen Souky is the President of Niskayuna Girls Travel Basketball, and led his team to a 2015 championship.