The single most important skill

  1. How many basketball courts fit on a football field?  12
  2. How many basketball courts fit on a soccer field?     15
  3. HECK, they play baseball in a PARK!!

Of all the major sports, BY FAR basketball has the smallest playing surface.  It’s really not even close as illustrated above.  So because the surface is so SMALL, it’s easy to understand why VISION is the single most important skill in the game.  There is very little time, the space is so limited, only 5 players can compete at 1 time.  This all adds up to VISION being the predominant skill in the game.

"If you can't see, you can't play."  Coach McGannon

  • Beginning players–always, always, ALWAYS see the court with or without the ball, Look UP the court when dribbling, be able to “pass ahead”
  • Intermediate players– Recognition skills–to see and understand situations, full court vision (look opposite), develop anticipation skills, sees space on the court
  • Advanced players–Sharp offensive and defensive recognition skills, sees double teams and react accordingly, sees cuts and movements as they begin to occur, look away to sell fakes

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