In sports, dribbling is maneuvering a ball by one player while moving in a given direction, avoiding defenders' attempts to intercept the ball. A successful dribble will bring the ball past defenders and create opportunities to score. In association football, a dribble is one of the most difficult ball skills to master and one of the most useful attacking moves. In typical game play, players attempt to propel the ball toward their opponents' goal through individual control of the ball, such as by dribbling. In order to go past an opponent, dribbling can involve a wide variety of manipulative tricks and feints. Dribbling is invaluable in the third part of a pitch or at the wings, where most attacks take place. Dribbling creates space in tight situations where the dribbler is marked, the dribbler can either score or create scoring chances after a successful dribble. However, dribbling, if poorly mastered and used, may result in the loss of possession either when the ball is intercepted or tackled by a defender.
Some players prefer getting past players with speed and physicality, such as the winger Gareth Bale, some players go straight at opponents and look to go past them directly with a nutmeg, such as Luis Suárez, whereas others may use feints, control and acceleration to evade tackles, such as Lionel Messi. A skilful dribbler is hard to dispossess. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard, renowned for being difficult to dispossess, set a World Cup record for successful dribbles completed in any World Cup game since 1966, with a 100% success rate in ten dribbles against Brazil. Early references to dribbling come from accounts of medieval football games in England. For example, Geoffrey Chaucer offered an allusion to such ball skills in fourteenth century England. In the Canterbury Tales he uses the following line: "rolleth under foot as doth a ball". At the end of the 15th century comes a Latin account of a football game, played at Cawston, England, it is included in a manuscript collection of the miracles of King Henry VI of England.
Although the precise date is uncertain it comes from between 1481 and 1500. This is the first account of an "kicking game" and the first description of dribbling: "he game at which they had met for common recreation is called by some the foot-ball game, it is one in which young men, in country sport, propel a huge ball not by throwing it into the air but by striking it and skilfully rolling it along the ground, that not with their hands but with their feet... kicking in opposite directions". It is known that dribbling skills were a key part of many nineteenth-century football games at English public schools with the earliest reference to ball passing coming in 1863 rules of The Football Association. In basketball, dribbling is bouncing the ball on the floor continuously with one hand at a time, it is the only legal way that a player may maintain possession of the ball while running. James Naismith's original rules said nothing about dribbling stating that passing the ball was the legal way of advancing it.
Players soon developed the strategy of "passing to themselves", which Naismith himself both endorsed and admired for its ingenuity, which evolved into the dribble as it is known today. The first known team to dribble was Yale University in 1897; the dribble allows for much faster advancement and thus more opportunities for scoring. It provides an opportunity for a crafty player on the opposing team to "steal" the ball in mid-bounce. Once a player stops dribbling the ball and holds it, the player must either pass it to another player or take a shot. A "double dribble" may be called if the player tries to dribble with both hands at the same time. Dribbling should be done with finger pads and the fingers should be relaxed and spread, The wrist should be pushing the basketball, the forearm should be moving up and down. Skilled ball handlers bounce the ball low to the ground, reducing the risk of a defender reaching in to steal the ball. Adept dribblers can dribble behind their backs, between their legs and change the speed of the dribble, making the player difficult to defend, opening up options to pass, shoot or drive with the ball.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches was founded in 1927 to oppose a move to eliminate dribbling from the sport. In water polo, dribbling is the technique of moving the ball while swimming forward; the ball is propelled ahead of the player with the wake created by alternating armstrokes, accompanied by occasional nudges using the nose or forehead. Since ball contact is minimal, this creates advantage for the ball carrier advancing the ball. Using short, rapid arm strokes with high elbows, the dribbling player is able to shield the ball from tackling attempts by the opposing team those chasing from behind or approaching adjacently; this aggressive defensive technique ensures any tackling attempts, s
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