BASKETBALL TRAINING FOR THE CROSSOVER

Keys To Crossing OverDefensive Basketball Training

 When it comes to ball handling, it is not hard to define the most popular and basic of moves, it is the crossover. The cross-over can be used at all levels from kids who have never dribbled a basketball before to the highest levels, where players like Allen Iverson can make even the greatest defenders look foolish.

The keys to having a successful crossover are simple yet quite difficult to master. The first one is snapping the ball from one hand to another. Bringing the ball across the front of a defender is a risk. This risk becomes minimalized as the speed of the ball is increased and the height of the ball is as close to the ground as possible.  We suggest waving goodbye with your wrist and finger pads as you push the ball from one hand to the other.  Snap it and follow thru with the wave.  The second key is to cover ground when you crossover. You need to go around the defender so make sure you are getting a good amount of both horizontal as well as lateral movement when you make your move.  Think outside one knee to outside the other knee while snapping ball no higher than knee height.

With these keys in mind your cross-over will improve and the game will become more fun to play.

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