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  • Find Basketball Players

    Basketball games don't require a lot of equipment or clothing, so find a basketball player near you and meet up at a court today. You can also try to find players or pick up games at your local park's basketball courts.

  • Find Basketball Coaches

    Whether you're a novice or a professional, you can always benefit from a little one-on-one with a basketball coach. Ask your coach to help you improve skills like ball handling, free throws and defensive moves.

  • Find Basketball Courts

    You can find basketball courts at public parks, but many gyms also have indoor basketball courts available for practices and games. YMCAs are another great place for inexpensive courts and pre-game workouts.

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  • Basketball Partner Drills

    Steady and rigorous practice of any sport increases efficiency, potentiality and sturdiness. Having a basketball partner to practice with before a big game is always beneficial. You and your partner should have a similar skill set and experience level, even if you play different positions. A point guard can help a shooter practice shots while the point guard improves his or her ability to assist. Basketball drills include conditioning, ball handling, defensive, offensive and rebounding drills.

    Start your basketball partner practice with a warm up run around the court several times in both directions. You should run for about 8 minutes to get your body warm. For shooting practice, have your partner stand at the left baseline and line up for a three point shot. You then pass your partner the ball. The shooting player catches the ball fakes right or left, steps and dribbles once before s/he shoots. You and your partner then switch positions. Do this drill until each of you have scored 10 three pointers then switch court sides.

    For conditioning and to improve ballhandling, you and your partner can do a passing drill. Each player has a ball. Both start at one end of the court, standing across from each other. You and your partner travel across the court while passing the balls back and forth. One player calls out whether s/he will pass high or low while the other player listens for the call and does the opposite. On the way back, both you and your partner can throw with a bounce. The next lap can be done with one player passing a bounced ball and the other passing high.

    Basketball practice with a partner can get you in the competitive spirit and also improve your teamwork skills. If you have a basketball drill you like, share it with us on our basketball forums.

  • Start Your Own Basketball Team

    Are you missing the days of high school hoops or college basketball tournaments? Basketball is a great sport for weight loss, stress relief and teambuilding. All it takes to put together a team is a few good friends. You are probably not the only person in your circle, or office who misses playing ball. Many companies now have teams that compete against other businesses in city and statewide tournaments.

    Once you have a good number of players (including a list of what positions they'd like to play), find the most convenient basketball court near you. Next see how many basketballs you can round up, you will want to have more than one basketball at practices and games. Choose a time, maybe twice a week, to practice. During your basketball practices, choose a captain and positions. Before you know it you'll be on your way and ready to play against another team.

    Once your team is organized, you can create a basketball group for your team and use FitLink to track your workouts, schedule practices, games and other events.

  • Wheelchair Basketball

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association was founded in 1948, just after the end of WWII and now includes over 200 teams, 22 conferences and 7 divisions. The NWBA provides individuals with physical disabilities the chance to learn, play and compete in the sport of wheelchair basketball. Individuals qualified to play include players with permanent and severe leg disability or paralysis of the lower portion of the body.

    Wheelchair basketball teams consist of men's and women's teams, intercollegiate and youth teams and are classed by severity of disability. Basketball wheelchairs have been designed to take into account the court surface and to prevent injury to the player. Wheelchair basketball is played following the same rules as basketball with a few adjustments made to accomodate the wheelchair and players' level of disability. For example, there are rules in reference to when a player falls out of the chair or onto the floor, and if a player has used a physical advantage unfairly. Additionally, traveling is called when a player touches his wheels more than twice after receiving or dribbling the ball. The wheelchair is considered a part of the player's body, so the same contact rules apply.

    Some players have had many years of basketball training before their accidents or disability occured while other players learned how to play after the disability was in place. Players benefit not only from the exercise aspect of the game, but also from the community and team spirit involved. There are now many ways for disabled athletes to play and compete professionally in sports including tournaments sponsored by the International Paralympic Committee.

  • Off-season Basketball Training

    When the basketball season ends, and you pack your ball and sneakers up, it's time to give your body a break. But how long should you take a break? And while you're not in preseason training, how should you be working out? Most basketball coaches and trainers will tell you to take 2 to 3 weeks off. No games, no workouts and lots of sleep.

    Alan Stein, owner of Stronger Team, recommends that during the off-season, basketball players take time to allow the mind to rest, muscles to recover and injuries to heal. Stein also suggests basketball players evaluate their strengths and weaknesses from the prior season. Do you need to get stronger, faster, or more agile? Do you need to improve your ball handling? Players and coaches use this valuable information to create concrete workout plan.

    After talking with your basketball coach, you can create your own off-season workout plan. Your workout plan should help you maintain 50% - 60% of your fitness level. It's not good to totally quick training and take 6 weeks off. It is a good idea,however, to cross-train by taking time off from training for basketball. You can try another athletic activity that involves light impact like swimming or cycling. As a basketball player, you likely use one arm more than the other. Address this imbalance during your workout. To start an off-season basketball workout, try FitLink's Full Body in an Hour Workout two to three times a week.

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