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Basketball for Beginners: Improving Your Basketball Skills

The intent of this course is help anyone improve their basketball skills by going through a series of basketball drills.
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Created by Daniel Yoo
Last updated 11/2015
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Do you want to pick up basketball as a hobby?

Do you want to improve on your basketball skills?

Do you want to be a better basketball player?

Well, this is the course for you.

Welcome to the Basketball for Beginners Course!

Although this course is titled for beginners, it is open to anyone at any skill level. The reason why this course is open for everyone is because this course is about learning the basic fundamentals of basketball; the fundamentals are the foundation to any basketball player at any level.

Expectations from this course.

The course is split into four sections which are knowing what to knowing what to do on offense and defense and learning drills to improve your offensive and defensive skills. Whether you are on a offensive or a defensive possession, you will learn what to move to make in a specific scenario. Furthermore, you will learn drills that will help you make those moves efficiently in live action. In this course, you will also learn basketball terminologies. This course will consist of lectures that are about 1 hour long in total.

Why take this course?!

Take this course because basketball is just a fun sport/hobby to get involved. It will also be a great learning experience. I guarantee if you apply the things I teach to you from this course, then your basketball I.Q. and skills will improve dramatically.

Who is the target audience?
  • anyone who wants to pick up basketball as a hobby
  • students of the game of basketball
  • serious basketball players that play in organized basketball
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What Will I Learn?
improve on your basketball skills
raise your basketball IQ
obtain the fundamentals of basketball
gain knowledge of the basketball rules
play basketball with ease
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  • obtain basketball shoes (preferably one for outdoors and another for indoors)
  • obtain basketball (preferably one for outdoors and another for indoors)
  • need proper basketball attire
  • need a willingness to learn
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 20 Lectures Collapse All 20 Lectures 01:03:09
Introduction to Basketball
2 Lectures 00:00

In this lecture, I will briefly talk a little about myself and will share my goals and expectations for you.

About me and Goals for You
4 pages

This lecture is to briefly go over some of the basic basketball rules that you will need to be familiar with.

Basketball Rules
8 pages
What to do on Offense
8 Lectures 26:23

The triple threat position allows you to do three offensive moves with the ball: pass, dribble, and shoot. In this lecture, you will learn more about the usage of the triple threat.

Preview 01:46

There are a couple tips in helping you shoot with a fundamentally correct shooting form. In this lecture, you will learn these tips in becoming a better shooter.


Pivoting allows to move around when you have picked up your dribble. In this lecture, you will learn how to pivot correctly in a game-like scenario.


The jump stop is helpful offensive footwork that can be used at the end of a dribble, or to receive a pass and be in triple threat position. In this lecture, you will learn the importance of why the jump stop can be so useful in basketball.

Preview 02:02

There are a couple of tips that can help improve your ability to make layups. In this lecture, you will learn some of these tips.

Preview 01:57

The pump fake is used when you want to pretend you are shooting the ball by bringing the ball in a shooting motion. The pass fake is used when you want to pretend you are passing the ball by bringing the ball in a passing motion. In this lecture, you will learn how to incorporate these techniques on the basketball court.

Pass Fake/Pump Fake

Screens are used to help your teammates get open, and there is a proper way of setting and using them. In this lecture, you will learn how to utilize screens on the basketball court.

Preview 05:02

There are moves you can make when you do not have the ball. In this lecture, you will learn how to utilize these off-ball moves in a game-like scenario.

Moving Without the Ball

This quiz will test what you have learn in the previous lectures.

What to do on Offense Quiz
7 questions
Basic Offensive Drills
3 Lectures 09:22

I will show you 30 dribbling drills that will help increase your ball handling skills. The dribbling drills are split into three segments which include stationary drills with dribbling and no dribbling and drills that require you to move with the ball.

Dribbling Drills

I will show you the fundamental way to shoot a basketball and provide 10 drills that can improve your shooting ability. These shooting drills are very basic, and anyone is capable of working on these drills on their own.

Shooting Drills

I will show you the fundamental way to make certain type of passes and provide drills to improve your passing skills. These passing drills are also basic, and you are able to work on them on your own as long as you have a target against a wall.

Passing Drills
What to do on Defense
5 Lectures 04:00

There are proper techniques in guarding an offensive player with the ball. In this lecture, you will learn the proper defensive techniques that will help you to become a better on-ball defender.

On-ball Defense

There are proper way to play defense when the offensive player that you are guarding does not have the ball. In this lecture, you will learn how to be a better off-ball defender.

Off-ball Defense

Communication is a crucial part in playing solid team defense. In this lecture, you will learn some examples and scenarios that will show you how to communicate effectively on the basketball court.

7 pages

Defense is not over until a defensive player has gotten a rebound, so it is important to know how to rebound correctly. In this lecture, you will learn some fundamental rebounding techniques that will improve your rebounding skills. The downloadable material also provides you with crucial tips with rebounding.


There are proper techniques when it comes to stealing the ball or blocking shots. In this lecture, you will learn some tips that will help you to obtain some steals and blocks in a basketball game.


This quiz will test you on what you have learned in the previous lectures.

What to do on Defense Quiz
5 questions
Basic Defensive Drills
1 Lecture 01:24

These drills will help you become a better defensive player. These are basic defensive drills that you can work on your own.

Off-ball and On-ball Defensive Drills
1 Lecture 00:00

Reflect on the fundamental techniques and drills that you have learned and apply them in your practice sessions and live action games.

Reflecting and Looking Forward
3 pages
About the Instructor
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Basketball and Fantasy Sports Guru

My name is Daniel Yoo and I am a basketball player, coach, and fantasy basketball aficionado.

I have been playing basketball since I was very young. I started playing organized basketball in high school for all four years, two of the years were at a varsity level. After high school, I started volunteering as both boys and girls basketball coach for middle school students at a local church. As the coach, I participated and won in many tournaments against other competitors. In addition, I also coached high school boys basketball for one year as an assistant freshmen/sophomore coach at St. John Bosco. St. John Bosco is one of the top-notch high school basketball programs in Southern California, and I learned a considerable amount from my experience as a coach there. I am currently an assistant coach for the women's basketball team at Saddleback College located in Mission Viejo, California. I am also a private basketball trainer where I train individuals with their basketball skills. Even to this day, I continue learn more about the game of basketball and have a willingness to teach others of what I have learned.

I also have a considerable amount of experience playing fantasy basketball. Since 2010, I have played numerous fantasy basketball leagues. I have placed and won many leagues in custom leagues and Yahoo Pro leagues. As a result, I have won many money prizes.

My intention is to share the learning experiences with the students that enroll in my courses, so they can be able learn many things from these specific fields that I have an expertise in.

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