Basketball Ball Movement
There are four ways that players can move with the ball on the court in basketball.
Passing In Basketball
Players can pass the ball with one or two hands, with an overhand and underhand motion. The fastest way to pass the ball is to use two hands and push it in the air directly towards a teammate to catch. Bouncing the ball off the floor is also allowed but is slower.
PRO TIP: Passing is the fastest way to move the ball on the court over dribbling.
You can learn more about passing in our tutorial on Basketball Passing.
Shooting In Basketball
Dribbling In Basketball
You can learn more about dribbling in our tutorial on Basketball Dribbling.
Pivoting In Basketball
You can learn more about pivoting in our tutorial on Basketball Pivoting.
When you don't have the ball it's your job to get into position on the court. Players are not limited to how they can move on the court as long as they don't go out-of-bounds and touch the ball. When you don't have the ball, it's important to understand the following.
Spacing On The Court
Spacing on the court describes your position on the court relative to your teammates. A good coach will have his offense and defense understand spacing and know how to play a variety of formations like man-to-man, zone, or press.
Cutting is also important for both offensive players and defensive players. When a player cuts, he makes a sudden movement away from an opposing player to get open on the court. There are lots of cut types in basketball.
You can learn more about cutting and cuts in our tutorial on Basketball Cuts.
Ball Movement Terms
Moving in basketball is so important, we've created a list of terms you should know to understand it.