Move of the week: Retreat dribble


This week’s move is the retreat or escape dribble. This move is usually taught to players as a way to escape from pressure, in a press or trap situation. Here, we’re using it as a scoring move. You can attack the defender, stay low, and use the retreat dribble to re-size the defense and plot a new point of attack. Also, notice the retreat dribble can vary — it can be a straight-back dribble, behind the back, or between the legs as well. As always, stay shifty, look to change directions, and switch up your scoring move either pulling up or getting all the way to the basket.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. He has work experience in digital media and marketing, radio, and journalism. Currently, he does freelance work as a videographer and content creator. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first-ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries


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