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Basketball Fundamental Play - Give and Go

Jun 27, 2008
Basketball, like almost every sport, has some fundamental plays that are used over and over. These moves are tried and true proven methods of winning or getting in a good position on the court. Most coaches know these moves and use them in some fashion during games.

One such fundamental play of basketball is called the give and go. It is also known by the name pass and cut. This move is a very popular move of getting players and the ball into a good shooting position down the court. It involves a method of isolating the defense, so that the offense can get in good position and the ball can be delivered to the shooter.

The give and go play is something that every team uses. It is a versatile play that can be tweaked to fit the players and the team. Every basketball player should understand the give and go play.

Basic Moves

The give and go play involves the player who has the ball passing it off to another player, and then cutting to the basket, getting the ball back and making the shot. The player responsible for making the basket at the end of the play needs to be agile and quick. The player receiving the ball has to be a good ball defender and have a great pass.

Tips for Making the Move Work

During the give and go it is important that the first player, the player with the ball at the beginning of the play, can get into good position to make the basket quickly. There is not a lot of time for the player to cut and get into position.

The receiving player needs to be open and ready to catch the ball. He has to watch the first player so he knows where to pass and when to pass off the ball.

The first player usually makes the cut depending on the opposing guard. Once the ball is passed off he has to watch the reaction of the player. Usually the defender will pause, turn his head or even move slightly to one side which gives the first player the perfect opportunity to cut. If the defender does not react as planned, then the player will need to fake so he can get an open path to the basket.

The team should work together to distract from the passing line and from the cutter who is going to the basket. It is important that teamwork not be forgotten during plays like this where there are a few key players. Everyone else should still have a job to do and they should be focused on it.

Learning this essential play can help a team to come together and help to teach players the importance of working together. Besides that, players will see that as they change teams and move along to different divisions that this play is one they will always use, which is why it is a fundamental play.
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