A basketball game has 10 players on the court at a time. A soccer or American football game has 22! But there’s only one ball… what does everyone else do?
Answer: footwork! Good stance and footwork are important for every sport and activity you can imagine, even ones that might not be so obvious at first, like gymnastics or horseback riding (knees bent, on the balls of the feet). Sports with opponents like tennis, soccer, basketball use quick changes of speed and direction as well as balance and control.
We started our basketball unit without a ball at all, focusing on good footwork, coming to a stop and being ready to shoot or pass.
The importance of good footwork can’t be overlooked. Even in every-day life activities, being able to accelerate, swerve and stay balanced helps you get around safely. Footwork is fundamental!