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					Making the right plays in basketball

Every basketball team’s goal is to improve their skills or their game and
play well. It is important that the team has confidence before they set
foot on the floor or court. But how can the team acheive confidence? The
answer is preparation. Through preparation, the team gains confidence.
The team can prepare through practice. Practicing skills and team plays
can make the team confident to face any situation that they should
encounter in an actual game.

In making a basketball team play you need a diagram to represent the
court or floor, some chips or a marker to place the positions of the
players, who are given a specific number or color of chips. This is used
to explain the flow of the play so the team players know how to act or
where to go during specific team plays. Extensive knowledge of the game
itself, tactics and rules is also essential. In order to facilitate the
discussion, everyone concerned should bear in mind that the strong side
means that it is the side of the court where the basketball is and the
weaker side is the one without the basketball.

This is where names such as John Stockton, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash come
into play. These are some of the most skilled basketball players in terms
of playmaking. While the coach is in charge of teaching how plays should
be made,the point guard has the primary task to make sure that these are
properly executed during the game.

Offensive Plays are used when the team has the possession of the ball.
The focus of this play is to score. Plays of this kind increase the
chances of the players, such as the point guard, to make the basket and
score. Examples of this play are 1-3-1 offensive plays, 1-4 formation
offensive plays, zone formation offensive plays, triangle offense
formation and man to man offense.

The offensive team that will do these offensive plays is composed of five
players with corresponding titles and numbers: The point guard (1), the
shooting guard (2), the forward guard (3), the power guard (4) and the
center (5). The point guard directs the offensive play on the court. The
shooting guard is the best outside shooter and usually takes the shot
that allows the basketball to make the basket, he should know the right
timing for scoring. The small forward guard moves quickly and effectively
and keeps the ball away from the defensive team. They can also drive to
take a shot or do jump shots anywhere. The power forward is the best
inside shooter, which shoots well from underneath the basket or on its
corners. The center is the tallest member of the team and does the
rebounds and plays with his back almost facing the basket all the time.

Defensive plays are used by the team when they prevent the ball from
making the basket by guarding the basket themselves and the players as
well so that scoring won't be successful. The focus of this play is to
prevent the other team from scoring by trying to steal the ball or
disrupting the flow of play of the team that has ball possession.

 Plays of this kind puts pressure on the players who have ball possession
making them vulnerable. The defending team players use this situation to
their advantage and stop the ball from making it to the basket or making
it possible to steal the ball from their hands. Examples of this play are
the zone defense and the 2-3 zone defense.

Team players should possess characteristics when they are on the
defensive play. Quickness is a quality that can be applied to the hands
and feet. Swift movements are necessary to help defensive steal the ball
from the offensive team. Strong legs can be helpful in doing repetitive
quick jumps. Focus on the game is necessary and they should always be
aware since they will read and observe the offensive play so they can use
it to their advantage.

This will help the defensive team members to react quickly and
appropriately. Defensive team members should be flexible and able to do
different kinds of defensive plays depending on the situation.

They should be able to apply defensive skills on both weak and strong
sides of the court. Understanding of the strategies and concepts of the
game helps them make right decisions based on the situation. Good
communication is essential for teamwork because if they work together on
the floor, the offensive team will have a difficult time scoring.

Practicing the basic basketball skills as well as the offensive and
defensive plays helps a team prepare for a game. When you are prepared to
face the battle during a basketball game, worries can be set aside and
confidence is gained. These are the secrets to playing a good game and
playing it right. Winning and being a champion is possible if these
things are kept in mind.

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