Basketball: Reverse Pivot Footwork Drill for Beginners

Learn how to use the reverse pivot effectively to square yourself to the rim with Singapore basketballer Lim Jia Min


While plenty of emphasis in basketball has made in ball handling, one of the more commonly overlooked areas is in the footwork.

A good basketballer needs to have good situation awareness in game, staying nimble and agile - being able to move quickly on the balls of your feet.

Mastering the right footwork technique is essential for beginners before you can move on to more advanced aspects of the game. One of the more basic footwork techniques that is discussed here with Singapore national basketballer Lim Jia Min is the reverse pivot.

What is a Reverse Pivot?

A reverse pivot is a turn with your non-pivot foot that squares yourself to the rim. Most commonly, this starts with youfacing away from the end line while standing on the lane line.

Whichever side of the basket you are on, keep your pivot foot planted while facing away from the basket, and reverse turn with your other foot, making sure that you put your body between the ball and the defender.


A successful pivot will see you square to the rim and facing the basket, with the defender now behind you. When executing this move, always remember to keep the ball protected in your shot pocket, ready to make a play be it for yourself or for a teammate.

It is important to be able to effectively reverse pivot off either foot, as that makes you more confident in approaching from either side of the basket.

To incorporate the reverse pivot footwork drill into your training, here is a step by step guide by Jia Min:

1. Read the Defender to see which side he / she is on

2. Reverse Pivot towards the side that is open

3. Use your body to block the defender and keep him / her behind your back


Want to improve on your basketball skills and techniques? Don't forget to check out the rest of our Basketball series, done in conjunction with the ActiveSG Cup 2020 Basketball 3x3 tournament!

About Basketball 3x3, ActiveSG Cup 2022

The ActiveSG Cup 2022 is a basketball tournament for youths 15-19 years-old. The Central and East Zones are organised by KIN Productions, with a centralised venue playing host to the qualifiers in each zone.

ActiveSG Clementi Sport Centre is the centralised venue for the Central Zone and ActiveSG Pasir Ris Sport Centre is the official venue for the East Zone.

The top two teams from each zone will qualify for the Super League, while the teams that rank third and fourth will qualify for the Prime League, with these taking place on 18 and 19 March, before a Grand Final to finish off the ActiveSG Cup action at Our Tampines Hub on 20 March.

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