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Setting and Using a Screen

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In this video, you will learn how to set and use a screen in offense to keep defenders at bay.

For more basketball resources, don't forget to take a look at the other videos in our series, offering you plenty of tutorials to improve your skills.

Screens are a common and effective way of ensuring players are able to shoot or receive the ball during basketball games. Watch this short tutorial to find out more!

Adam Simmons - "Long Rhode Home", "Piano Hop", "Tang-A-Lang"
Published by Alter K
Voiced by Xavier Gianni

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In this video you will learn how to set a screen. Screening is a cooperative piece of teamwork when on offence. Its purpose is is to block off a defender in order to to free up space for your teammate

To set effective screens, respect these three steps: preparing to set a screen, positioning your body, and using the screen.

First, preparing to set a screen.

To set a sreen, take off slowly in one direction, then quick turn and sprint towards your team mate in order to lure in an opposing defender

Second, positioning your body.

Be poised with your feet shoulderwidth apart, knees bent and the chest straight. Your hands and arms should protect your body - either with your fists over the lower stomach or with your arms cross and your hands on your shoulders.

A good screen will be set up on an opponent's trajectory to block them off. Your feet should be "framing" theirs, in other words, they should be set wider than your opponents' perpendicular to them.

Be careful, if you move once you've set your screen, you will be sanctioned with a foul for a "moving screen".

Your feet should stay fixed to the same spot and your body should remain upright.

Third, using the screen.

After you've made sure that your teammate is in place, lead the opponent defending you directly into the screen so that they're blocked off by your teammate.

You shoulder should touch or nearly touch your teammates' - to be absolutely sure that your opponent cannot pass in-between you.

If the screen is effective, you should have several options on how to follow up play, by adapting yourself to the defense's move.

Facing a strong defence, screens are a good way to create more offensive options. over to you!


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