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Pivoting skills

Pivoting skills

After stopping with the ball, pivoting allows you to change direction and look for a pass or shot.

Remember not to move the foot you stopped on - that's against the rules.

If you stopped on both feet at the same time you can choose which foot on which to pivot.

Moving off one foot means the other one is your pivot foot.

If one foot is on the court, that's your pivot foot.

If you are in the air when you catch the ball, the foot you land on first is your pivot foot.

STEP ONE

Pivoting skills

To begin the pivot, lift the heel of your turning foot and transfer your weight over it.

Lift your non-pivot foot up and use it to turn your body by making short little steps to steady your balance.

You can move quite a lot as long as the ball of the pivot foot remains in contact with the court and does not move laterally.

Stay alert and focus on your colleagues and team-mates around you.

STEP TWO

Pivoting skills

It is important to stay balanced so your next move can be a confident one.

Keep your back straight, your head up and knees bent.

After completing the pivot, your body should return to the basic stance. Steady yourself on the balls of your feet and get ready for your next move.

If you set off on a dribble, you must release the ball before lifting your pivot foot.

But if you pass or shoot, you need only do so before the pivot foot returns to the floor.




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