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People worldwide love basketball. You can usually catch someone playing a game at the park on any day. Learn more about the game of basketball from this article.

Dribble while keeping your head upward and looking ahead. If you have to ever look at the ball while dribbling, then you haven't practiced that enough. Take your basketball everywhere. Practice in your home and wherever you walk. Get used to looking up as you go so that you can focus your attention on the court and not on your hands and the ball.

You must learn how to dribble, how a crossover is done and other important ball handling skills. Crossover dribble is switching hands while you're dribbling. Speed determines the success of the crossover move. After doing so correctly, a crossover gives you greater control over the court's flow.

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A good tip is to practice your layups on a daily basis. This is the most popular shot in basketball. Don't just walk through a layup drill. It is key to go at game tempo to practice the timing needed to maintain accuracy. That technique of running and jumping helps you get ready for an actual game.

Practice catching passes often. Practice catching errant throws along with perfect passes. When the pressure is on, not every pass will come straight to you. Cover for your teammates' errant passes by developing the hands to cover their mistakes.

If there's no one around to play with, it is okay to play a basketball game by yourself. Sometimes you cannot find a team of people to play basketball with. For concentration purposes, it can be good to practice on your own. In solo games, you can accomplish quite a bit. Go to the free throw line and work on your shots. Additionally, you can practice vertical jumping and dribbling.

These tips can help you become a more versatile basketball player. As with any sport, getting better takes hard work and a willingness to learn. When you first start playing, you will want to keep doing it. Get started today and have a lot of fun!

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