And how to teach it
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What was the basketball coach always talking about the jump stop?
Because it was his favorite “hoppy”!
Bad dad jokes aside, the jump stop is a fundamental move that helps basketball players develop ball control and balance. With a solid jump stop, players can stop, make decisions and change direction quickly while still holding onto the ball — and avoid traveling.
To perform a jump stop, players jump or hop in the air and land on two feet in triple threat position.
But that’s often easier said than done — especially for younger age groups.
Here are some tips for teaching the jump stop.
First, start without a ball. Players can jog slowly and then jump or hop forward and land on both feet at the same time. They should land in triple threat position:
Remind players to keep the jump or hop pretty small — this is not an athletic competition.
As they get the hang of the movements, increase or vary the pace. Then, add a ball and see if they can do a jump stop off the dribble. Then try a jump stop off a pass. Then add a forward or reverse pivot. Linking these moves will give players lots of options when they find themselves catching the ball or preparing to take a shot while dribbling in the real game.