Basketball Glossary Lingo Language

Basketball Court

  1. Spots On The Court

    • X Spot

    • 1st and 2nd Pegs (3rd is the Elbow)

    • Elbow

    • Center Circle

    • Slot Spots

    • Corners

    • High Corners

    • Low Post 1 Peg

    • 1st and 2nd Peg (3rd Peg Is The Elbow)

    • Key Spot

    • Point and Slots

    • Short Wings

    • Short Corners

    • 2. Lanes On The Court

    2. Lanes On The Court

  • Sideline Lanes

  • Wing Lanes

  • Slot Lanes

  • Block Lanes

  • Center Lane

3. Extended Lines

  • Baseline

  • Block Extended

  • X Extended

  • Nail / Drive Line Extended

  • Free throw Line Extended

  • Key Extended

  • Point Extended

  • Half Court

4. Other Areas of the Court

  • 3 Point Perimeter

  • NBA 3 Point Perimeter

  • Front Court

  • Back Court

  • Post Box: Area inside second hash

  • Paint

  • Center Circle

  • House 15 Foot Area around basket

Ball Handling:

  • Shot Fake

  • Pass Fake

  • Jab

  • Stab Dribble

  • Pivot

  • Jump Stop

  • Hop

  • Bully Move

  • Triple Pivot

  • Euro Step

  • Double Pivot

  • Step Through

  • Chin The Ball

  • Z The Ball

  • Fakes, Feints, Deception

Dribble and Counter Dribbles

  • Cross Over Dribble

  • Inside Out Dribble

  • Veer Dribble: Dribbler changes direction in order to cut off defender. Veer is often initiated once an advantage is created in order to shield the defender from the ball or a better defensive position. Veers can create an advantage at the rim or in transitions open court. Do not lower the shoulder as that is an offensive foul. The veer is a subtle move. A Veer may also be an abrupt change a speed to create separation or abrupt stop to have the defender run up behind fouling the dribbler.

  • Stab Dribble: Attacker catches the ball and without make any foot movement immediately dribbles on the same side its caught on to make the defender and defense move creating an advantage or creating advantage for teammates.

  • Behind the Back Dribble

  • Through The Legs Dribble

  • Pound Dribble: A hard dribble to set up an attack dribble move.

  • Spin Dribble: A dribble move used to shield the ball and change direction.

  • Double Cross Over

  • God Shammgod

  • Step Back Dribble

  • Hesitation Dribble

  • Scissor Dribble

  • Double Legs

  • Probing Dribble: A Dribble made into the paint in order to create passing angles or score the basket.

  • Entry Dribble: Dribble made from Back to Front Court. Often a challenges dribble depending on pressure from defender and activity and openness of teammates.

Effort Plays

  • Rebounds

  • Steals

  • Tips

  • Diving For Loose Balls

  • Charges

Communication

  • High Fives

  • Point The Passer

  • Pick Me Ups

  • Body Language

  • Facial Expressions

  • Hands

  • Head Fakes

  • Eyes

  • Verbal

  • High Fives When Taking Seat On Bench

  • High Five When Timeouts Are Called

  • Circle Active Players Up and Talk

Cutting

  • V-Cut

  • Ball Cut

  • Post Cut

  • Corner Cut

  • Curl Cut

  • Laker Cut Low

  • Laker Cut High

  • Call Cut

  • Backdoor Cut

  • Basket Cut

  • Flare Cut

Ball Handling

  • Shot Fake

  • Stab Dribble

  • Pass Fake

  • Rocker Step

  • Jab

  • Jab Drive

  • Jab Cross

  • Inside Pivot Foot

  • Outside Pivot

  • Common Pivot Foot

  • Jab Foot

  • Pivot

  • Pivot Foot

  • Athletic Stance

  • Shot Pocket

  • Triple Threat

  • Jump Stop

  • Stride Stop

  • Sweep

  • Rip

  • Ambidexterity

Defense

  • Close Out

  • Deflections

  • Charges

  • Pokes

  • Double Teams

  • Help and Recover

  • Blocks

  • Push Step

  • Quick Turn

  • Stance

  • Low Man Wins: Phrase to encourage defenders to remain low

  • Ball Moves We Move: Phrase to keep players moving when the ball moves.

  • Active Hands & Active Feet: Keeping the defenders distracted and detracting what you want the ball handler to do

  • House: 15 Feet around the basket where defenses have to deny pass, dribble penetration, contest every shot, win every rebound and loose ball.

  • Paint: Area where the defense has to refuse dribble penetration, contest shots and win every rebound.

Finishing

  • Overhand Lay-up

  • Under-hand Lay-up / Finger Roll Lay-up

  • Floater / Tear Drop

  • Floor Finish - Player does not leave the floor when finishing but quickly releases the ball to either surprise or beat defender to get release off. Ideal for shorter players to avoid block or closeout.

  • Goofy Foot: Finish using outside foot and inside hand to surprise or throw off rhythm of shot blocker.

  • Runner

  • Reverse Lay-up

  • Dunk

  • Jump Hook

  • Sky Hook

  • Bully Move

  • Hop or Jump Stop

  • Double Pivot

  • Triple Pivot

  • Dream Shake

Passing & Catching

  • Chest Pass

  • Bounce Pass

  • Push Pass

  • Shovel Pass

  • Baseball Pass

  • Overhead Pass

  • Behind the Back Pass

  • Underhand Hand Pass

  • Touch Pass

  • Tip Out Pass

  • No Look Pass

  • Elbow Pass

  • Shoulder Pass

  • One Hand Pass

  • Step Through Pass

  • Hand Off Pass

  • Back Door Pass

  • Lob Pass

  • Skip Pass

  • Kick or Pitch Out Pass

Shooting

  • Coil, Uncoil, Reach

  • Great Shot

  • Shot Selection

  • Pull Up

  • Contested Shot

  • Bunny

  • Reach

  • Wet

  • Splash

  • Shot Mechanics

  • Wedgie: Shot that get stuck between the rim and backboard.

  • Field Goal

  • Free Throw

  • 3 Pointer

  • Runner

  • Jumper

  • Floater

Violations