Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Use the pull down technique to avoid jump balls

If you find yourself fighting for the ball with your opponent, use this move to quickly rip the ball out of their hands and avoid a jump ball call by the ref. Instead of just pulling the ball toward you like a tug of war, get more power into your grab by lowering your shoulder into your grip and pulling the ball down towards you.

Putting your weight into your grab will give you more strength than your opponent and allow you to take the ball from him or her. It’s also called a rip through because you’re ripping the ball out and through your opponent’s hands. Practice this move, so when it come time in the game, it is second nature and quick enough to avoid the jump ball call.

You never want a jump ball against Vince Carter (only in the Pros do they jump after the call):

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