Basketball has evolved many commonly used techniques of Shooting, Rebounding, Passing, Dribbling and Blocking, as well as specialized player positions and offensive and defensive structures and techniques.
- Shooting is the act of attempting to score points by throwing the ball through the basket.
- The objective of Rebounding is to successfully gain possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw, as it rebounds from the hoop or backboard.
- A Pass is a method of moving the ball between players. Most passes are accompanied by a step forward to increase power and are followed through with the hands to ensure accuracy.
- Dribbling is the act of bouncing the ball continuously with one hand, and is a requirement for a player to take steps with the ball. To dribble, a player pushes the ball down towards the ground with the fingertips rather than patting it; this ensures greater control.
- A Block is performed when, after a shot is attempted, a defender succeeds in altering the shot by touching the ball.