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Top Fantasy Football Players 2012

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Top 2012 NFL Draft Prospects

For fantasy football owners in a keeper or dynasty league, it’s never too early to start looking at next year’s crop of draft picks. Over the course of the coming college football season and BCS bowl games, you’ll have a few players add themselves to this list. But this is what the current crop of promising underclassmen look like right now. These men should be top 2012 NFL Draft Prospects.

  • Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Cardinal – Sports radio is already full of talk about “The Andrew Luck Sweepstakes”. Andrew Luck, the reason Jim Harbaugh got a head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers, is already locked in as the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Mel Kiper said the only other player who has graded out as high as Andrew Luck (in Kiper’s ratings) is Bo Jackson. Another NFL insider has described Luck as “Peyton Manning with athleticism”. He’s supposed to be that good.
  • Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide – Early reviews are that Trent Richardson, a 5’11”, 225 pound back who shared time with Mark Ingram in the ‘Bama backfield, might end up being considered a better NFL prospect than his former teammate. While Mark Ingram fell into a nice situation with the New Orleans Saints, he did slide through much of the 1st round. Trent Richardson could be a Top 10 pick.
  • Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers Scarlet Knights – Athletic, but raw, receiver. His sophomore numbers were down, but expect him to get a lot of attention if he can show improvement his junior season.
  • Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State Cowboys – Watch where Blackmon is slotted in the NFL Draft. With 111 catches last year, Justin Blackmon led NCAA Division 1 football. But his speed isn’t said to be blazing. Blackmon could put up huge numbers, then watch a bad 40-time put him in the 2nd round. Whether he ends up a 1st or 2nd round NFL selection, a team should get a nice producer in Blackmon.
  • Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma Sooners – Landry Jones has the size and arm strength NFL scouts like. OU plays with a spread offense, something NFL front office personnel usually don’t like. That didn’t keep Sam Bradford from going first overall, though. If Landry Jones puts up big numbers in the weakened Big 12, he should be a top of the 1st round selection next spring.
  • Matt Barkley, QB, USC Trojans – Barkley may have the best physicals tools of any quarterback in next year’s draft. He’s been the starter at USC since his freshman year, so he might be a Top 10 draft choice himself, if he continues to produce on a USC team dealing with NCAA sanctions.
  • Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina Gamecocks – Alshon Jeffery is a 6’4″ physical specimen known to have the best hands in college football. He’s not super-fast, but he’s got separation speed. Alshon Jeffery may be the #1 wide receiver taken in next year’s draft. He probably won’t have the measurables that Calvin Johnson had, but you might be able to compare him to Larry Fitzgerald: big, fast enough, and able to catch anything in his vicinity.

 

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August 23rd, 2011 at 4:20 pm

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Buying Considerations about Athletic Tape

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Sports buffs and athletes are prone to injuries. If you are one, you will know that there are many instances when you are really not required to seek medical attention. There are certain devices and products that you can use to get temporary relief, which include an athletic tape.

You have to make sure that you only get the kind of athletic tape with great quality. This can be used to provide soothing relief to pulled muscles, sprained ankles and other workout complaints. In searching for the right kinds of athletic tape, here are some pointers that you have to bear in mind.

The product that you have to choose must be highly absorbent, so that it can withstand sweat and other liquids. Look for the types that are smooth so that you won’t develop blisters from using such. You may want to ask for opinions on what to buy from other athletes, so that you can gather feedbacks on the brands and types that they have proven effective.

Aside from the right kinds, this product will be able to provide optimum relief if you apply this correctly at the affected parts. To get the most out of the tape, it is recommended that you place this before you begin training or before the actual game starts.

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November 21st, 2010 at 7:06 pm

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Let’s Learn Some Football Tricks

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Team Members in the NFL are recognized for their skills on the field. Off the field it becomes even more fascinating when you see the things they can do with the ball during the times it’s not all about game winning touchdowns and field goals. Most of these football tricks can be seen on youtube and on some myspace pages etc. and you should probably view them as outlining them in the way that is done here certainly does not do them justice. These tricks are usually performed by players who want to get picked for to fantasy football leagues. Some of them can be learned by fans with practice but some are in fact dangerous and shouldn’t be attempted at home.

Christ Chambers of the San Diego Chargers manages to catch three footballs: one in each hand and then the third in between the other two. The balls are thrown from three different guys standing behind him. He turns his back to them and catches the first and second ball without ever taking a look. With his hands full he skillfully catches the third ball that is thrown using the other two. It s a very challenging trick to do, especially with your back turned to the guys tossing the ball to you.

Chris Cooley of the Washington Redskins shows his strength by actually punching through a wall to catch the football. He knocks on the wall to show that it is hard and then shows to the individual tossing the ball where on the wall he should aim then goes to stand behind it. He gives a signal and the ball is tossed. Amazingly he punches through the solid wall and catches the football without being able to see it, then pulls his hand, now holding the ball back through the wall.

Mason Crossby of the Green Bay Packers does an amazing job doing a trick using three footballs and a bell tower. He lines up the balls in a row as though he will be attempting field goals then kicks them one after the other up to the tower and causes the bell to chime.

Laurence Maroney of the New England Patriots demonstrates his ability to get through a small space by running full force at an SUV that has both its front windows down. Astonishingly he launches himself straight through both windows and emerges unscathed on the other side, still holding the ball.

Braylon Edwards of the Cleveland Browns amazingly catches 5 footballs hurled at him from a dispenser while being completely blindfolded. He even turns his back at some one point and still doesn’t miss.

Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans, launches a football himself and then runs the length of the field and catches it.

Jason Campbell of the Washington Redskins throws two footballs toward two receivers that are out on the field. The footballs hit each other and then bounce off each other and spin away into the hands of the waiting receivers.

Marc Bulger of the St. Louis Rams throw a ball at a score card being held up at the end of a field. Demonstrating his remarkable aim, he changes the number on the card each time he hits it with the ball.

Chris Simms of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers throwa three footballs into three bins positioned all over the field. To show that he is indeed talented, he then hits a bin that is placed in the back of a moving truck.

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June 23rd, 2010 at 2:11 am

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How to Build a Halfpipe?

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Before constructing your halfpipe you should figure out the complete dimensions at the onset stage, that is, the length and width of the structure. A larger ramp would be more ideal for skaters who prefer a bit of challenge and/or who are very experienced. Building a halfpipe is not extremely difficult, but will require a bit of carpentry skill.

How To Build A Halfpipe

Required Materials

¼ Plywood

¾ Plywood

Required Tools

Jigsaw

Nail

Wood Glue

Wood Screws

Roller

Paint Tray

Carriage Bolts

Instructions

1.Begin by constructing a life-sized template of the quarterpipe. You will have to use this as a guide while building your halfpipe. Essentially you will be utilizing this to ensure that all your end supports are identical in size. You may use ¼ plywood to make your template.

2.Join the pieces that you have created using duct tape or if you want to be a little bit more proficient, use a bit of ¾ ply to create scab plates that you then may join together with normal wood screws.

3.Cut your ply in half against the vertical path, you will be getting more out of the wood by doing this.

4.Cut off a section of approximately 2 feet from one of your pieces of ply and join/scab it to the full length piece that has been left uncut. In doing this you should now have created a 2ft by 10ft rectangular base.

5.Then you will need to create a 5 foot square that you will then jin to your rectangular structure, it will seem like a very large boot when you are finished.

6.Mark out your radius using your nail as a guide. The radius should extend from the top corner to the lower corner that is just under the nail.

7.Utilizing a jigsaw cut out the radius for your template.

8.Now you can use your quarterpipe to create your end panels. Building your end panels by using two layers of ¾ inch plywood. You will need to laminate both together to make certain that it remains stable while being use. This can easily be done by using wood glue to join them together. Place some wood glue in a paint tray and get a roller and put a thin layer of one glue on the area to be laminated. Place the top layer over this layer and make sure that the edges are flushed. Let this set overnight. Once it has set you may use your template to build the end panels. Cut these out using a jigsaw.

9.Once more you will use your template, this time to build intermediate supports. Create scab plates from ¾ ply attached together, make sure that the scab plates are at least two inches away from the edges.

10.Cut a few 2 by 4s into approximately 3feet by 9 inches dimensions. Make certain they are cut equally.

11.These 2 by 4s can then be placed on your structure to create the flooring. Nail these in adequately with a hammer and a few wood nails.

12.The most important part of the process is making your support frame. This will enable the halfpipe to support your weight. You may opt to create additional support by anchoring your structure to a building. Once you have chosen the type of framing you will utilize, anchor this to the almost complete structure using carriage bolts.

13.Then construct your riding surface using 3/8 inch cdx ply for greater flexibility. Run the layers in the same direction ensuring that the end joints are set up properly for additional strength. Screw these layers unto your flooring once you have set them up properly.

Tips and Warnings

It is possible to get your ground more level by shimming under the framing. However, if you are doing this make sure it is executed properly as this may result in a unstable overall structure.

Your halfpipe should not wobble, if this happens you may need to anchor it with some concrete. You can do this by putting your quarter pipes into the ground for additional stability.

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June 19th, 2010 at 1:05 am

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Watch Football Programmes on TV

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Football Programmes

With the growth of the tv media in recent years, it is simpler than ever to follow the popular sporting events using local stations, cable, dish or even the internet. True sporting (and by sporting I mean football) fans will not only be interested in the game play, but the players, their statistics, wellness and planned scoring and game designs through their careers; the coaches with their developing and game play techniques, the managers and yes, even the cheerleaders. The most interesting way to keep up with all of these is via good football programmes on TV, the internet and radio.

Where to search for updates:

Team webpages

Begin with the website of your favored football team. They enjoy promotion and will announce ( ordinarily on the front page) all media appearances that managers and team members are scheduled to have well in advance of the dates. This is particularly helpful if you want to get to appearances on call-in radio programmes or live appearances and autograph signings that themselves are pretty much assured to end up on a programme themselves. This will only work for professional teams and you should remeber that good programme updates will fall off during the off season when appearances are more geared toward endorsements etc. rather than team game play.

Before the game:

Before each game, networks will host their own pregame programmes to permit viewers catch up on what they may have missed with their teams. These are enlightening as you get the most recent info on who will game favourites, team and player histories and trends for the season, projections and expected performance in that particular game. The format is usually the same across the board with a panel of about 3 5 people from a mixture of disciplines including sports news casters, retired players and even the occasional fan.

View cable and local network web pages (for example you can check ESPN, FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC) that will provide game converge to get times for team games). Pre games shows will commence anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour in advance and will continue right up until the teams are coming onto the field.

Post game:

It s not done when the game is. If you overlooked the pre game show, there is always the post game show. These tend to recap the plays that took place, referee calls, coaching schemes and the general performance of the players.

On the internet:

The World Wide Web is an prime source to find football programmes. Any fan can start their own video blog and commentate just like the pros do about performance and game play. Unfortunately, not many fans actually know as much as the pros do and the information you hear from these, though entertaining, in all probability should not be cited unless you can verify it. Many A rumours of player trades, team sales, draft picks and even injuries started because of fan media websites. Aside from of actual game play, fan sites can get very face-to-face with their commentary, delving into personal lives of the teams. If that s not an aspect you are interested in when looking for football programmes then its best to stick to official programming sources.

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June 18th, 2010 at 3:21 am

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Watch Football on TV

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Football on TV

Football doesn’t have the distinction of being called the primary American pastime, but it sure enough should and with good reason. The game play is challenging, it is a means to round up the family, promote squad spirit in high schools, Colleges, Universities and Communities rooting for a special squad sets their individual campuses and localities ablaze with squad decorations, tail gating parties and gatherings. Following your favorite squad by going to each and every game can get pricey. With plane fares for out of state games, plus the cost of season tickets if your team goes all the way to the finals will cause you to tally a very hefty fan tab (and we haven’t even gotten to the price of memorabilia). It is also extremely hard to get tickets to major events like the Super Bowl. Following a team or just catching up with local and out of state games becomes much easier and a whole lot cheaper when you are able to watch football on TV.

Football TV schedules

The first thing you will need to locate are the local schedules for games have an interest in. For professional games, NFL.com holds the most extensive schedule of all Pre, Regular and Post season games as well as yearly matchups. NFL.com lists the shows by date time and channel so that you will never miss a game.

A little well known resource that is growing in popularity is the506.com. It provides maps that show the game locations and football TV schedules for the NFL season for FOX and CBS. It was designed by a fan who gets the data from titantv.com, tv.yahoo.com and zap2it.com and foxsports.com. The maps are updated on Wednesday night or Thursday afternoon for that weekend’s games. With updates and corrections on Friday if called for.

ESPN is certainly a one stop resource for all things football related. The only problem with viewing their website is that they will only list the schedules for their own network. Their site conveniently gives game results, game highlights, articles and bios on stars and up and comers as well as the all important schedules. There are fun features such as countdown clocks to the NFL draft and contests and special sections that let fans win tickets to various games.

Outside of ESPN, College football teams get a little harder to follow on TV, especially if you are in a different state from your home squad and can t get typical updates from local radio and stations and papers. Games from smaller schools may be broadcast on local college stations while fans of popular universities such as Louisiana State, Penn State, and Ohio State can keep abreast games on major network stations such as ESPN, COX and CBSC. Game schedules can be found on the each particular teams website, usually listed by Time, Network and the in some cases the replay schedule in case you miss the live broadcast. ABC, NBC, TBS and FOX will also broadcast college games; their schedules are also available on their respective websites.

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June 17th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

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Let’s Know About Football Ball

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‘Football’ is the title given to different balls used in several different sports but the one looked at here is the one used to play soccer. In the past items like a pig’s bladder were used as balls however, technology has stopped the need for that and a modern football ball is created by engineers to very exact stipulations.

In football the official ball used is spherical in shape. It is made of leather or some other suitable material like polyurethane and has 32 stitched leather panels which make up a ball’s outside. The ball is usually 27-28 inches in circumference and weighs about 14-16 ounces when it is dry. This is the ball used in football championship games and it is used by players over 12 years of age.

Official balls are a size 5 however, smaller sizes are available and are used in children’s games or just as a toy. Size 1 balls are small balls which are used for promotional purposes. They are 17 inches in circumference or less and they are typically made of synthetic material.

A size 2 ball is occasionally used for promotional reasons as well, or for training sessions. It is usually made of synthetic material, plastic or PVC and is no bigger than 22 inches. It is used in games for children less than 4 years old and for improving one’s ball handling skills.

The size 3 ball is used in games between children under 8 years of age and is around 24 inches in circumference. It too is made of synthetic materials or PVC and is the official ball used in handball games.

Size 4 balls are used in games between children 8-12 years old. They are around 26 inches in circumference and are generally made of leather or some like material. The size 4 ball is the official ball used for playing futsal which is a type of soccer played on a smaller playing surface indoors.

Older footballs had 18 oblong, non-waterproof leather panels on the surface of the balls, close to the design seen on volleyballs. The panels were laced together to permit quick access to the pig bladder inside if necessary. Footballs are still made with this design but are not as popular and are not used in official games.

Balls such as the one used in gaelic football moreover possesses 14 panels and a ball made by Mitre possessed 26 panels. In the 2006 FIFA world cup an Adidas ball was used which was a machine-pressed, thermally bonded ball but this was the first of its kind in an official tournament.

There are furthermore balls intended for indoor use that are made of only one or two pieces of plastic. Usually designs are printed on these balls to make them look like actual stitched leather balls.

The oldest football identified was found in the Stirling Castle and dates back to 1540. It was made of leather – either a deer or pig’s bladder and was about 15 cm in circumference.

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June 17th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

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How to Do Football Tricks?

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Team Members in the NFL are recognized for their skills on the field. Off the field it becomes even more fascinating when you see the things they can do with the ball during the times it’s not all about game winning touchdowns and field goals. Most of these football tricks can be seen on youtube and on some myspace pages etc. and you should probably view them as outlining them in the way that is done here certainly does not do them justice. These football tricks are usually performed by players who want to get picked for to fantasy football leagues. Some of them can be learned by fans with practice but some are in fact dangerous and shouldn’t be attempted at home.

Christ Chambers of the San Diego Chargers manages to catch three footballs: one in each hand and then the third in between the other two. The balls are thrown from three different guys standing behind him. He turns his back to them and catches the first and second ball without ever taking a look. With his hands full he skillfully catches the third ball that is thrown using the other two. It s a very challenging football trick to do, especially with your back turned to the guys tossing the ball to you.

Chris Cooley of the Washington Redskins shows his strength by actually punching through a wall to catch the football. He knocks on the wall to show that it is hard and then shows to the individual tossing the ball where on the wall he should aim then goes to stand behind it. He gives a signal and the ball is tossed. Amazingly he punches through the solid wall and catches the football without being able to see it, then pulls his hand, now holding the ball back through the wall.

Mason Crossby of the Green Bay Packers does an amazing job doing a trick using three footballs and a bell tower. He lines up the balls in a row as though he will be attempting field goals then kicks them one after the other up to the tower and causes the bell to chime.

Laurence Maroney of the New England Patriots demonstrates his ability to get through a small space by running full force at an SUV that has both its front windows down. Astonishingly he launches himself straight through both windows and emerges unscathed on the other side, still holding the ball.

Braylon Edwards of the Cleveland Browns amazingly catches 5 footballs hurled at him from a dispenser while being completely blindfolded. He even turns his back at some one point and still doesn’t miss.

Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans, launches a football himself and then runs the length of the field and catches it.

Jason Campbell of the Washington Redskins throws two footballs toward two receivers that are out on the field. The footballs hit each other and then bounce off each other and spin away into the hands of the waiting receivers.

Marc Bulger of the St. Louis Rams throw a ball at a score card being held up at the end of a field. Demonstrating his remarkable aim, he changes the number on the card each time he hits it with the ball.

Chris Simms of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers throwa three footballs into three bins positioned all over the field. To show that he is indeed talented, he then hits a bin that is placed in the back of a moving truck.

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June 10th, 2010 at 12:42 am

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What is a Boxing Bag?

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BOXING BAG

Boxing is a martial art form of sport engaging two people of equal weight fighting with their fists. The sport is played by males or females. The game is closely monitored by a referee who will determine the individual emerging as the winner at the end of the game. The game involves different segments typically three-minute rounds and there are three approaches to win. If one contender is knocked out and is unable to get up before the referee counts to ten seconds, the player prevailing is the victor of the match. If one contestant is considered too injured to continue fighting then the other contestant is considered the champion. At times the contestants will go round after round non-stop. In this case, the referee will settle on a victor or the judges’ scores will decide the winner.

Boxing is still a common sport these days but it was more common and cheered on in the late seventies and eighties. It is not as famous as some games where the minute you bring up a player’s name for example Michael Jordan the sport is acknowledged. You may bring up a boxer’s name and young people are perplexed. Two of the most famous boxers are Mohammed Ali and Mike Tyson.

Boxing is an thrilling, anaerobic sport and thus the importance of training and ample preparation cannot be ignored. The throwing of punches rapidly round after round while facing an opponent with the same target in mind is not a simple job. As a result, a boxer must be prepared to fight with strength and his body must be ready to keep up with the same powerful punches from beginning to the end of a contest. To train effectively, it is vital to have the appropriate equipment needed. One item that notably helps to prepare a boxer for the ring is a boxing bag.

A boxing bag, also called a punching bag is a special workout tool that boxers use as part of their training in throwing punches and improving various punching techniques. It is a very heavy bag, hence it is also referred to as a heavy bag. There are four basic kinds of boxing bags:

1.The first bag is the basic type to start out with since it is designed for fundamental training. The perfect starter bag should be half your body weight. Let’s say your weight is 140 pounds, your bag should be 70 pounds.

2.The next bag is one that weighs twenty pounds less than your starter bag. This bag is used to improve your speed by throwing quick jabs, not hard punches else it will fly everywhere. This is also suitable for children who like the excitement of boxing and may be training with an adult. Using the example above, this bag would be 50 pounds.

3.The next bag that is necessary for training is one that is heavier than the light bag, about 20 pounds more. The object of this bag is to build up intense punches. This would weigh 90 pounds based on the example used.

4.The next bag is aimed at getting the boxer advanced. This bag is not bullet-shaped like the others but has a broad, extended upper half bulging out providing an ideal contact position. It is heavier than your first bag and is ideal for building power-packed punches. It may be a little harder to train with if you are not familiar with one.

Tip:

It is recommended that you purchase a boxing bag stand to support your bags. The stands are specifically designed to tolerate the weight of the bags and to resist the jerks and movements throughout intense training exercises.

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June 9th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

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Learn Some Cool Basketball Tricks

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If you play or are interested in playing basketball you will have to be familiar with the various basketball tricks used in the game. There are many trick moves that are used to pass by defenders and score points. Here are a couple of them.

In the crossover, the ball is dribbled in one hand and bounced to switch it to the other hand, changing the pace at which the ball is moving and confusing the opponent. In other words if you are dribbling with your right hand, the crossover is done by bouncing the ball from your right hand to your left. This move is highly effective for throwing off a defender and in some situations the defender falls in an attempt to cut off the crossover. Another basketball trick is to pass the ball between your legs; while dribbling the ball with one hand, touch it in such a way that it moves sideways rather than straight up and down and pass it between your legs. You may do this as many times as you desire but be cautious not to travel with the ball when you are performing this trick.

Another trick move in basketball is the wraparound where the ball handler dribbles the ball behind his/her back and switches it to his/her other hand, to what is done in the crossover move. The wraparound enables the ball handler to travel forward even though the defender is coming in towards him/her. In a spin move the ball handler spins his/her body to alter the direction he/she is facing and places his/her body between the ball and the defender. This move requires some practice though as the sudden turn may leave the ball handler dizzy. But if performed properly it may also throw off and disorient the defender allowing the ball handler to escape.

The behind the back dribble is just a crossover move done behind your back, there is additionally a variation where the ball is switched from hand to hand behind the back without being bounced but you need to be careful when doing the no bounce variation. As it will be considered a carry if done improperly. This trick allows the ball handler to stall for time and take a swift look around the court while maintaining control of the ball. It is helpful in situations where you have to outrun a defender, or when your teammates are unavailable for a pass.

There are numerous other trick moves used in basketball that are useful for various instances you will face throughout the game. There are several video tutorials online that will show you precisely how they are performed if you are interested in learning. Of course these moves will require a lot of practice to perfect but if you experience any type of pain while performing any of the moves, do not try that move again until the pain goes away as you can damage yourself.

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June 8th, 2010 at 12:29 am

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