Basketball Rules Are Not The Same Globally: The American Step

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    In this installment we meet up with pro basketball player Demetrius Nelson. The six foot eight inch, two hundred and fifty pound center/forward has played in Poland, Holland, and now currently Austria after having a very successful division one college basketball career. Nelson will share with you tips and advice that he has learned from playing basketball overseas in Europe. If you plan on playing overseas you do not want to miss this learning session. International basketball has some different rules and violations in comparison to American basketball. The biggest one that players face and end up hurting their career on is the ruling on what is known as "The American Step."


The American step is a violation in many countries in Europe and it is when a player takes the ball from either the right or left side out of triple threat and attacks the defender off the dribble on that same side. If the foot is raised off the ground to step before the ball has already hit the ground it is a walk! If the ball is taken, however, and put on the floor in the same manner but on the opposite side of the body, such as a crossover step dribble out of a triple threat, then it is considered legal. Rumor has it that Americans were killing European players, with moves like the rip through and the head fake and drive, with such superiority, that Europeans started making it illegal, forcing the player to put the ball on the ground first before lifting the non pivot foot up off the ground. Confused? Then Watch the Video! All I'm saying is that explains a lot of confusion and questions that I had in regards to Manu Ginobili's game!!



Basketball Video Transcription:  One of the big no-no's in overseas basketball is the American step. And pretty much what that is, is like you're catching the ball, and over in America we like to do a quick little open step. But like overseas, nine out of ten times they are going to call that a traveling call.

So what you want to do is as soon as you catch it, what some players do is just put it on the ground first, and then you can go into your move. That way you can avoid any type of traveling calls, because the referees can be pretty strict about that. So that's one thing.

Nine out of ten times they allow this right here, this going across your body, because they feel like you don't have a quick advantage over the defender. That's why the open step is pretty much going to be a traveling call, because they feel that you're going to have the advantage on the defender right away, especially if you're quicker than your defender. So, this right here, they allow that most of the time. They will definitely allow that.

This pretty much is going to be a walk right here, but you get it and then you put the ball on the ground - travel. Don't worry about none of that. As soon as you catch it, put it on the ground first and then go into your move. That's one thing to keep in mind.


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Mark Schiavoni