Our final element of a good stance in basketball and life is to have “active hands.”
In basketball you must be ready for anything on the court. You have to be ready to move in any direction to chase the ball, to chase a man, to attack the basket. It’s difficult to move when your body is not ready to go.
This is why it is important to have the correct stance in basketball. The correct stance is a basic fundamental of basketball and life that will give you the best chance of going where you want to go.
“…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28 (NIV)
If you play in a stance, and stretch out your hands, you are literally 3x your size. You become 3x bigger on the court. Just as we coach active feet, you must keep your hands active while playing.
Consider this; basketball is not futbol (soccer)! Duh.
There is no denying that futbol is the most popular sport in the world – but there are plenty of differences between futbol and basketball:
There is an “offsides” call.
The goal is huge.
Scores are so low.
Ties are settled by penalty kicks.
PLAYERS CANNOT USE HANDS.
“Offsides” is a fast break.
The goal is small.
Scores are very high.
Ties are played in overtime until there is a winner.
PLAYERS MUST USE HANDS.
If your hands aren’t active and ready, you will not be as effective.
Defensively, your hands must be active to deflect or steal the ball.
On offense, your hands must be ready to dribble, catch, pass, rebound, and shoot.
ACTIVE HANDS (SERVICE)
Hands, in life, represent service.
We serve with our hands. Hands are the instruments of ‘doing’ and when we do, we serve.
Our purpose in life, and how we can be most fulfilled, is serving others. When we serve others, and place others above our own needs, we end up being more joyful and more purposeful. We end up being who we were designed to be.
Active hands on the court. . . be ready to serve in life.