Basketball Skills: The Athletic Stance

Being in a proper athletic stance can help you come away with a steal or post up on offense.

You need to be ready for whatever is coming at you on the basketball court.

Like a shortstop in baseball or a linebacker in football, an alert basketball player should always be in an athletic stance. Doing so can put you in position to react quickly on offense and defense.

The foundation of a proper athletic stance starts with:

  • Bent knees
  • Feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart
  • Chest and eyes up
  • Hips back
  • Back straight
  • Arms out to your sides or in front of your body

This stance applies to various situations throughout the game:

  • When you’re guarding the ball on defense.
  • Your positioning when playing off the ball on defense.
  • Posting up on offense.
  • When you receive the ball in your triple-threat position.

By maintaining a proper athletic stance, you can increase your ability to find success on both ends of the floor.

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