When a player first gets possession of the ball, he/she is in triple threat. It is called triple threat because a player has three (3) options he/she can choose that can be threatening to opposing team. A player can:
Dribbling The Ball
Picking Up The Dribble
When a player is dribbling he/she can decide to stop dribbling at any point. When a player decides to stop dribbling this is called picking up your dribble. Why? Because the player will pick up the ball and hold it. At this point, the player can only pass, shoot, or pivot. The player won't be able to dribble again.
When a player stops dribbling, he/she can choose which foot to use as his/her pivot foot. Once a player chooses a pivot foot, it cannot be changed. The pivot foot must remain in place and can only be lifted in an attempt to make a pass or to shoot the ball.
Two Extra Steps
Rules Of Dribbling
The rules of dribbling are as follows...
A player CAN:
- only use one (1) hand at a time to dribble
- bounce the ball off the playing-surface as high as he/she wants
A player CAN NOT:
- use two (2) hands to dribble
- palm the ball (lifting it into the air with the palm of your hand)
- stop dribbling and then start dribbling again (pivot foot)
- hold the ball in the air while moving
- dribble once a pivot foot is established
History Of Dribbling
The original rules of basketball never defined dribbling. Instead, it only defined passing and shooting. Dribbling was adopted into the game when clever players began inventing a new way to move the ball by passing it to themselves.