How To: Hip Swivel vs. Pressure The Hip Swivel is a great move to use when a defender jams your hips and pressures the ball. When working on this move, Mychal Martinez Basketball recommends keeping the following five teaching points in mind in order to relieve pressure. 1. CLOSED DRIBBLE STANCE When an aggressive primary…

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Move of the Month – Same Foot Finish The Same Foot Finish, presented by Mychal Martinez Basketball, is a great finishing solution to use at the rim against shot blockers to throw off their jump timing. By eliminating one step before the take-off (i.e. traditional lay-up footwork), it allows the offensive player to get into…

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Move of the Month – Inside Hand Finish The Inside Hand Finish, presented by Mychal Martinez Basketball, is a great finishing solution to get the ball up to the rim quickly against a pursing shot blocker and/or rotating shot blocker. Similar to the Same Foot Finish, by eliminating one step before the take-off (i.e. traditional…

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Move of the Month: 2nd Dribble Bump The 2nd Dribble Bump is a great option to use when attacking the rim against aggressive, physical defenders. This type of bump creates great separation on the dribble drive allowing more space to finish on two feet at the rim. This is one of the most undertaught skills…

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Move of the Month: Split Step Mychal Martinez Basketball covers the fundamental teaching points of the Split Step for us as well as one simple read that can be implemented while developing this Perimeter Catch and Rip technique! Teaching Points When the Ball is in the air, feet are in the air. On the catch,…

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Move of the Month: Hip Swivel with a Back Dribble Coach Mychal Martinez teaches the Hip Swivel with a Back Dribble at his recent Skills Clinic held at Fruita Monument High School in Grand Junction, CO. Teaching this move helps players learn how to create separation when being pressured and is especially useful to youth…

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Move of the Month: Stunt Dribble The Stunt Dribble is a great move that you can use in a variety of situations such as getting around a defender in transition or against a rotating secondary defender in the half court. This footwork is also a precursor to teaching the Pound Evasion Finish – a great…

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USA BASKETBALL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES Basketball has become one of the most popular youth sports in the United States. According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, 9.8 million boys and girls ages 6-17 played basketball in 2015. Though it has grown in popularity, it’s structure and organization has been slow to follow the pace of…

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MOVE OF THE MONTH: SAME FOOT STOP The Same Foot Stop is a great option to use when the defender is jamming your hips and taking away your shot, finish, and/or change of direction options off the dribble. This is one of our favorite separation moves that we teach at Premier and is great for…

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