Triple Threat Position : Discover the game

Triple Threat Position : Discover the game

Triple Threat Position- One of the most important parts of any game for all of our youth and community is the fundamental technique that is applied. In this article I will explain the fundamental technique in basketball; Triple Threat Position.The most important understanding of how to successfully work with triple threat basketball drills is in the footwork. Feeling your feet must be your starting point or you will eventually wonder why you can’t make a shot or if your performance does not meet expectations. Coaches,parents and trainers, please feel free to share this article to promote good fundamentals and beneficial training sessions.
Offensive Stance (Athletic Stance)
Offensive Stance is the position you are in without the ball. An athletic stance is another way to generally term the position but it is vital to instruct to understand the difference. We encourage all of our student athletes and professionals to be ready for the ball in offensive stance. That way the ability to shoot dribble or pass with accuracy is optimized. Here are some short descriptions and photos to help with instruction.
1. Feet should be shoulder width apart. (your shoulder width)

Right foot slightly in front of the left for righties and vice versa for lefties.
Right foot slightly in front of the left for righties and vice versa for lefties.

There are certainly other methods to place your feet wether its explosive drives on either of the court or plainly stepping to the ball. But mainly he most important aspect of the triple threat position and success with it, is the footwork. Developing proper footwork at a young age will promote greater success in basketball and any sport which requires footwork.
2. Be in a comfortable squat position

Sit your butt back and relax. Be sure that most of the tension should focus on the buttox.
Sit your butt back and relax. Be sure that most of the tension should focus on the buttox.

Sit your butt back In a squatting position ready to accelerate in any direction off the balls of the feet. Using your hips in conjunction with the three moves provided, you will make yourself a formidable opponent. A squatting position provides a sturdy foundation to manage contact while shooting dribbling and passing and the benefits go on.
3. Shot Pocket Position/ Pocket position

The position of the ball can be tucked even more but having a hand on top of the ball or behind is allowed. Depending on the type of player and position.
The position of the ball can be tucked even more but having a hand on top of the ball or behind is allowed. Depending on the type of player and position.

The position where the ball should be while in triple threat basketball drills; close to the hip with elbows resting comfortably at your side. Elbows and arms should be at a 90 degree angle. The dominant hand should be behind the ball and the palm of your hand should not touch basketball at all. Rather the pads of your hand is where the ball should rest.

Utilize this and you will always get better results with shooting, dribbling and passing instruction.
Utilize this and you will always get better results with shooting, dribbling and passing instruction.

4. Keep your back straight
5. Keep your chest up.
6. Remember your options.
Posture and poise are probably some of the most important factors in positive performances in any sport. With basketball, it translates to a straight back, a firm chest, and a savvy mind. Posture helps promote poise and vice versa which is important to understand physical poise as well as intellectual. These points can give you an ultimate advantage when visualizing game performance. Lastly, triple threat position is what you must consider as a baseline. Playing a game or doing stationary drills, positive results will come together at the end of the day.

Stationary ball handling promotes proper fundamental techniques and is key to consistent success in performance. Pictures courtesy of Andrew D. from RFH
Stationary ball handling promotes proper fundamental techniques and is key to consistent success in performance.

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