We've already learned about dribbling as a way to move the ball in basketball. Dribbling is the continuous motion by a player using one (1) hand to bounce the ball repeatedly off the floor. The motion looks like this:
Picking Up Your Dribble
When a player is dribbling he/she can decide to stop dribbling at any point. When a player stops dribbling it's called picking up your dribble. Why? The player no longer dribbles and instead holds the ball in his/her hands. At this point, the player has three (3) options, he/she can:
Choosing A Pivot Foot
A pivot foot is the the foot that must remain stationary on the floor at all times. Think of it like a rooted a tree. It can not be taken off the ground or a player will be given a violation called traveling. Once a player chooses a pivot foot it can not be changed to the other foot. The pivot foot must remain in place and can only be lifted in an attempt to make a pass or to shoot the ball.
Pivot Foot Assigned
Our player must be quick to either pass or shoot the ball when a pivot foot is assigned. Once in the pivot stage, our player has five (5) seconds to shoot or pass or a violation called a 5-second violation is given. If it is called, the other team gets the ball.