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How to Tie Basketball Shoes

author image Sharon O'Neil
Sharon O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. Her work has been published on various websites, including Walden University's Think+Up. She has worked in international business and is a licensed customs broker. She is currently a supervisor with a social service agency that works with families to prevent child abuse and neglect. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in business from Indiana University.
How to Tie Basketball Shoes
It is important to tie basketball shoes correctly. Photo Credit: Licec/iStock/Getty Images

Good basketball players are quick on their feet. They must be able to change directions quickly and run and jump throughout the game. Basketball shoes help the player by providing support and protection to the foot and ankle. Properly tying the shoes keeps them snug against the foot while the player moves up and down the court. Shoes that suddenly become untied are a safety hazard that can cause dangerous falls and trips.

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Step 1

Make sure that the shoes are laced properly. The laces should be in a criss-cross pattern going through each eyelet. Start at the top of the shoes and pull on the laces to make sure they are snug.

Step 2

Start a balanced reef knot by crossing the left lace over the right lace, then pull the left lace under the right. Pull the laces firmly against the shoe.

Step 3

Make a loop with the lace on the left, and hold the bottom of the loop between the thumb and pointer finger.

Step 4

Circle the lace on the right around over the bottom of the loop on the left. Tuck it under and pull it through to create a second loop.

Step 5

Pull each loop firmly until the knot is tight. Check to make sure that the laces and the loops are not too long and tangling near the bottom of the shoe. The knot should rest sideways across the top of the shoe. If the knot is angled or perpendicular, the knot is unbalanced and will not be as effective.

Step 6

Double tie the laces to reduce the chances of the shoe becoming untied. Simply cross the left loop over the right and pull it under.

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