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How to dribble drive and penetrate the paint off the Opportunity Basketball Offense
A strong basketball lay-up drive is effective in loosening up the defense that is overplaying, feeling they know your next move. Driving the lane will help keep the defense honest.

Offense 1 on 1
Playname : In the paint
This is a great drill to teach an offensive player how to use their body and create space within a small area.

The paintThe KEY is a more commonly used basketball phrase than the paint. See THE KEY.

In the paint:
In the 'key' area, so named because this area of the floor is painted.

In the paint - being in the foul lane area which is painted a different color.
In the power zone - in the €œkey€ area, so named because this area of the floor is painted.

~ or ~ed area = the area in front and underneath the basket
passing lane = the path/trajectory of the pass between the passer and recipient
Post up = offensive player playing with his back to the basket
pick = a screen ...

~ed area between the end line and the free-throw line near each basket, outside which players line up for free throws. Also known as the key, because in the early years it was key-shaped. It was twice widened to its present rectangular shape.
Lane Violation ...

~ed area from the end line under the basket to the free-throw line. (Offensive players can not be in the lane more than three seconds -- this is called a three second violation)
Lay-up: ...

~ - This is ~ed or shaded area from the free throw line to the closest baseline.
BASELINE - The out-of-bounds line behind each basket.
3 SECOND AREA - You can not spend more than 3 seconds at a time in ~, or the other team gets the ball.

Key: ~ed part of the court around the basket. The bottom of the key is the baseline. The top of the key is the free throw line. The sides of the key draw a line between both lines and represent the area that players stand behind during a free throw.

Playing in ~ while undersized is just as much mental as it is physical. You have to come prepared physically and mentally every time you step onto the court.
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Defending ~ area.
Again, we want to prevent the easy lay-up. All players should sprint back on defense and run straight to ~ area to protect the basket. One player should stop the ball, to avoid dribble penetration.

Points in ~: Points scored inside ~ed (restricted) area.
Points: The sum of the value of scored baskets (free throw, 2 points, 3 points).
Points from turnover: Points scored following a turnover without the clock being stopped.

Must stay in ~ and below the circle-hash;
Fouls are okay and encouraged - no flagrant fouls;
If get ball outside of paint must return in 3 seconds; ...

How wide is ~ in on a basketball court?
It depends on which basketball court you are talking about. The NBA  and FIBA paint is 16 feet wide. The NCAA paint is 12 feet wide.
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In ~: Refers to the area within the free-throw lane that is painted a different color than the rest of the court.
Jab Step: Small sharp step with the non-pivot foot toward the defense player.

Foul lane - ~ed area bordered by the end line and the foul line, outside which players must stand during a free-throw; also the area an offensive basketball player cannot spend more than 3-seconds at a time in.

On each half of the court, there is a three-point line, which is an arced line painted on the floor. Within the three-point line, you find the key, which consists of the free-throw line and free-throw lane. The lane is sometimes called "~." ...

Center circle: ~ed circle at midcourt used for the opening jump ball.
Charge: (1) A violation when a player with the ball runs into a defender who is standing still. Also called a "charging foul." (2) To commit that violation.

3 people line up in ~. The first one is #1, the second is #2 and the third is #3. Put one person on the top of the arch and one outside the 3-point line down in the corner and another in the same position on the other side if the 3-point line.

points in ~ Field goals made in ~ed area below the free-throw line prayer A shot that has very little probability of being made.
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But what I understand about the 2/3 zone is that it is designed to keep an offense, especially the guards, from getting in ~ to conrol plays. I teach my guards to shade their opponents outside away from the middle of he paint. With a shot blocker at the 5 spot and whalaa, great defense.

These are often called "paint points" because the area inside the freethrow lane is referred to as ~. One way to generate points in ~ is to pass the ball inside to post players.

This is a hole that ~ers left by pounding a hole in the center of the free throw line in order to line everything else up. When positioned properly for a free throw, the big toe of your strong foot (the foot on the side of the arm you shoot with) should be lined up with the nail hole.

When a player takes a shot from within '~' it means they are shooting from inside the key, which these days is often painted a different color.
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Three Second Rule: When your team is on offense you can't be in the Lane or ~ for more than 3 seconds. If you stay in ~ for more than 3 seconds your team loses the ball.

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While it is true that shorter players may not need to bother with post positions, the tall players of the team must as scoring opportunities inside ~ are abundant. Post defense on the other hand should be practiced by all players regardless of height and position.

On the Defensive End, the role of the Center is to prevent Penetration to the Basket by providing a Shot-Blocking Presence, and taking up room in ~, as well as Defending the opposing Team's Bigs in the Post, and Boxing Out/Rebounding the Ball.

When the ball is shot we must have ALL FIVE PLAYERS fulfilling their rebound responsibility until the ball is CHINNED. The team will rebound covering ~ in a triangle shape. Then you can outlet the ball and apply your offensive pressure with the primary and secondary break.

Lane - the area of the court lined off in front of the basket, usually painted in; also called ~ or the key
-29. Lay up - a short shot taken from either side of the basket while on the run and usually banked off the backboard

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Paint, Ball, Basket, Basketball, Pass?

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