How to Draw a Charge in Basketball

When you are defending in basketball, a brilliant skill to be able to do is draw a charge. Not literally draw, but make the offender charge.

Steps

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    Get yourself into a good defensive position on the court. A good place is usually between the player you are manning and the basket.
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    If the your man looks committed to drive to the basket, square up to him or her. Be ready to move in case he tries to dribble around.
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    As he or she approaches, move your lower hand across your chest, and your upper hand above your head. This is a good mixture of personal protection, and defensive stance. You basically want to trick your man or girl into trying to dribble straight to the basket. If you setup too soon, he/she will just dribble around. Small players tend to dribble around you, so it's best tried on larger opponents.
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    Keep still. Once you've committed to the charge, it's very hard to go back to playing a mobile defense. If you move even to the side, you will probably get called for a blocking foul.
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    Keep your hands still.
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    Absorb as much momentum as you can when the player strikes you. Don't lean into the player. Don't lean away. Let their shoulder make contact with your arm and fall.
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    Pick yourself off the ground. A no-call is also a win in this situation, as chances are enough contact was made to disrupt the players drive to the basket.

Tips

  • Don't be scared of the contact. It will hurt more if you are worried.
  • Fall to the ground, but be reasonable. If you fall at the slightest touch, the ref will notice and be hesitant to call charges in your favor.

Warnings

  • If you are moving at all, the ref will call a foul on you.
  • If you are scared of getting hurt, you will probably move to try to protect yourself. This will result in a foul on you! Do not move!

Things You'll Need

  • A basketball game

Article Info

Categories: Basketball