# FreeStyle Street Basketball Ankle Break Guide

FreeStyle Street Basketball Ankle Break Guide by DaVinciAHero

How the A button works, by A hero.

This is the October 2011 version of the guide.  And includes all the new things I learned.
Grab a comfortable chair, get some sleep and focus as you read.  This knowledge is
all gold, when it comes to winning in FS:

The first thing about using the A button successfully is understanding dribble cycles.  Basically that means: predicting which freestyle dribble is next when the A button is used.

Let’s say you have 2 fs dribbles on: backroll 2 and shoulder fake.  Then the first thing you do is go right single with the default dribble.  You would know that the move in the cycle is backroll 2.  Then you do a backroll 2 to the right, you know the next move is shoulder fake.   The pattern is basically:

Default, backroll 2, shoulder, default, back2, shoulder, over and over.

The reason most people don’t get or understand this simple pattern is because it is going on in 2 different sides: the left and the right.  Instead of thinking of the cycle as the opponent has a backroll 2 or a shoulder, you must think in 2 sides.  This is where most people get lost:
To start the game, think of it like this: Left side: default, Right side: default.  If you don’t think of both sides, you are going to do the mistake that 90 percent of people on this game make which is counting just one side and getting confused.

So you start the game with left: default, right: default.  Then go left.  Therefore you just cycle the count to the next dribble using the pattern listed above.  The left side’s next fs dribble is backroll 2.  Again, the key here is understanding that there is a simultaneous count.   Since you did a move to the left and not the right, the right side stays the same aka default.  So basically left: default, right: default (start game with), followed by a left dribble, makes the count left: backroll2, right: default.  Don’t forget to list both sides!!!

So what’s next?  The left backroll 2 and the right has default.  The dribbler does a right move this time.  Ok, we simply follow the pattern.   Remember that the right side count and left side count are completely separate from each other.  Since the dribbler went right, the left side would NOT be affected.  Therefore the left backroll 2 remains.  But on the right side the right side default simply cycles to the next dribble: backroll 2.  So basically left back2, right default, with a right move, becomes left: back 2, right: back 2.

Next we do a left back 2.  So we simply rotate the left side according to the cycle.  Left becomes shoulder.  Again right doesn’t change.  So left backroll 2, right backroll 2, with a left back 2 done, becomes left shoulder, right backroll 2.  Then we do another left move.  The left goes back to normal like the cycle says, and the right side stays the same again.  Left: shoulder, right back2, with a left shoulder done, becomes left: normal, right back2.

Are you starting to see the pattern?  Again, people can’t follow this simple pattern because they are not counting each side separately.  If you keep the left and the right separate, you should be able to always know what’s coming on each side if I told you which side I went (simply move forward in the pattern and keep the other the same and don’t change it until the dribbler goes to that side).

The next step once you realize there is a duel count and being able to do it if I tell you the side I went to, is being able to tell the side the dribbler went to.  This step is why most people give up on counting dribbles.  They see a crazy backroll 2 move or a confusing crossover and have no clue what side it came from, after that, they just say forget it and give up trying to guess what’s next.  Don’t give up!  With what I’m about to tell you, you can figure out the side went on any dribble: use these rules.

On a single dribble (just going to one side fast): the side went to, is the side that was advanced.
On a double dribble (going to one side, then the other): the side went to FIRST in the double dribble, is the side that was advanced. Ie: they do a left right cross over.  The left side was advanced, the right is not.

Again, let’s apply this.  Say you start the game with the default normal dribbles on both sides (left: default, right default).  Then you go left single default.  As the rule for single dribble states, you simply advanced that side you went to, so the left side is advanced in the cycle.  Remember to always count the right side as well since we must have a duel count, the right side stays the same of course since you didn’t go to that side.  So: left: default, right: default after a left single default, becomes left back2,  right default.

Let’s say we follow that with a backroll 2.  The count becomes left: shoulder, right: default.  Did you notice, I didn’t say if it was single or double back2, or which direction it was going?  Why?  It doesn’t matter!  Remember the cycle before I did the move: left: backroll 2, right normal.  If I told you a backroll 2 was used, by logic, which side must have been used??  Correct, the left, any move starting from the right would have been a normal dribble so by default the left has to be the side that was used.
Ok so left: shoulder, right normal, then a normal is used.   Same thing, the normal had to come from the left, don’t matter if its single, double or what direction.  So left: shoulder, right normal, with a normal done becomes: left shoulder, right back2.

Do you notice the pattern?

If the left side and right side have different fs dribbles and you see a move done, you don’t even need to think about single or double, left or right, you just need to identify the type of fs dribble done, and you can immediately tell which side was used.

Ok now let’s get back to when both the left and right side are the same type of fs dribble.  You have to be able to identify which side was used so you know which side to advance in the count.   Let’s say you have 2 default dribbles: and you go left right.  By the rule above the side you go to first is the side that’s advanced so the left side was advanced.  So left – normal, right – normal, with a left right normal, becomes left – back 2, right normal.  Now notice each side is a different fs dribble and not the same.  Don’t even think about identifying doubles or singles now.  Just do what the rule above says.  Watch what type of fs dribble he does.  The 2 choices are back2 or normal.  You know immediately which side was used based on which one he uses.  If he uses a back 2, left side was used, if normal, right side was used.

Ok, let’s get complicated.  2 backroll 2’s.  Again since both sides are the same, you can’t identify by just the fact that the G is using a backroll 2, which side was used, and therefore have to look at if it’s a single or a double.

The difference between PG’s and SG’s.

PG has double breakthrough dribble making it possible to do the exact same looking dribble twice.  Try it in free court.  Get it so left – back 2, right – back 2.  And then do a double to the right, using right right.  Then do another double to the right, using left right.  Do you notice that they look the same?  This is the pg’s advantage.  So back to the situation we were talking about.  Left – back 2, right back 2.  Let’s say the pg does a single back 2 left.  By the pattern above we know single back 2 advances that same side.  So left – back 2, right – back 2 with  a left side single back 2 becomes left – shoulder, right – back 2.  Again now we don’t have to worry about doubles or singles on the next move, because you can identify the type of freestyle dribble used. And advance the dribble.  Ie shoulder used (left side advanced to normal, right stays same), back 2 used (left side stays same, right changes to shoulder)

Ok, let’s get back to 2 backroll 2’s for pg.  Let’s say the pg does a double back2 left.  Remember what I said before.  You might be tempted to try to guess and say hey the left side was advanced or the right side was advanced.  Wrong!  Or you might just give up counting completely!  Wrong.  Don’t stop counting, just use logic and keep a cool head.  Remember, you can’t tell when a double back 2 is used, whether it came from the left or the right because they look the exact same and both the left and right side have back2 charged so you can’t just use logic if one was different than back 2, and pin the side that was used.  Therefore you just advance the count like this: 1 side has become shoulder fake, the other side has backroll 2 still.  Again: left back 2, right back 2, with double back 2 becomes: 1 side back 2, other side shoulder.  Keep using logic and thinking and you will be rewarded by the count being revealed later on.

Ok so now you are in the situation where 1 side back 2, other side is shoulder, and you can’t figure out which side is which.  Don’t panic, just stay focused on the next move of the dribbler.  Let’s say he does a back roll 2 next.  Let’s use logic: 1 side – back 2, other side – shoulder.  Which side was used?  1 side is the one with back 2 so it was used and therefore 1 side becomes shoulder.  Other side still remains the same since it wasn’t used.  So now we know left side – shoulder, right side – shoulder.  We recovered! And know both dribbles again, nice!

Let’s go back again to that situation.  Left – back2, right – back2, pg does double back 2.  Again we’re in the situation: 1 side back 2, other side – shoulder.  And let’s say a single dribble is done.  Remember that single always tell you which side was used.  If the pg did a single left back 2, boom, we now know which side has the back 2 and we advance it to shoulder.  By logic other side is the right side.  So 1 side back 2, other side – shoulder with left single back 2, becomes left side – shoulder, right side shoulder.  Now let’s go back again to that.  1 side back 2, other side – shoulder and lets say a shoulder right single is done.  Boom we know the side used was the right since it’s a single, and by logic the right side must be other side, so we advance it to normal and change 1 side to left and keep it the same as back 2.  So 1 side back 2 other side – shoulder after a single shoulder right was used becomes, left – back 2, right normal.

Last one and most tricky: 1 side back, other side – shoulder and let’s say a shoulder double is used.  Ah!  Because it’s a double, we can’t figure out the side he came from.  Had he done a double back 2, that would have been easy because we would know that 1 side was used and both sides would have become shoulder.  But since he used the shoulder fake and the double didn’t reveal the side like a single would, we simply have to keep the unknown count going.  By logic when the shoulder was used it must have been other side.  So 1 side back 2, other side – shoulder with double shoulder used would become 1 side – back 2, other side normal.  Now what?  We wait for next move, that’s what.  Either a single back 2 will reveal the side that has the back 2, or a normal dribble will reveal the side that has normal.  Or the dribbler like a true ass will use a double back 2!  Haha, that’s great!

1 side normal, 1 side back 2, double back 2 becomes: 1 side normal, 1 side shoulder.  What a mean guy.  Anyways now that you got here.  You can relax.  The dribbler can’t fool you any more.  If he does a normal, doesn’t matter which side, it will reveal the side that has normal.  (left single normal – left side becomes back 2, right side shoulder. left right normal, left side becomes back 2, right side shoulder.  Right right normal, left side – shoulder, right side rotates to shoulder fake).  And if he does a shoulder fake than without thinking you know that both sides are normal.  So 1 side normal, other side shoulder with a shoulder done becomes, 1 side –normal, other side – normal.  gg, your count is impossible to stop, you will always know what move is coming on each side of a pg and will therefore be able to use the appropriate defense on him.

Let’s talk about sg a little.  Sg is easier than pg in that he doesn’t have double break through dribble so you can identify the side that’s being used in the 2 backroll 2 situation.  Let’s backtrack a little bit.  Left side – normal, right side normal to start the game.  Sg goes left right.  Rules above, left side used.  So left – normal, right normal after left right becomes left – back 2, right normal.  then right side used.  So left side back 2, right side back 2.  Ok next the sg uses single left back 2.  Easy to identify, left side used.  Left side shoulder, right side back 2.  Let’s say instead left – back 2, right – back 2, and he uses a double back 2 right.  Btw, you can identify which side the sg is going by his head movement, which ever way he moves first, he is going to go opposite, so let go of w and run that way, you can stop it each time if you know backroll 2 double coming.  Anyways this time there’s no 1 side other side stuff.  The double back 2 is identifiable on which side was used.  Let’s say sg has 2 back2s charged and goes double ending on the right.  You immediately know he went left then right, since sg doesn’t have option of right right.  Boom you advance the count of the left side.  So left – back 2, right – back 2, with double back 2 left right becomes left – shoulder, right back 2.

About backdribble 2, 2 part move:  Not used commonly but you still must identify that this is different from 3 part move.  Both sides default, right then back.  Simply count the side went to first so left – normal, right normal, then using right then back becomes left normal, right back 2.   Let’s say dribbler uses back then right left after 2 backroll 2’s charged.  Ignore the backdribble and just count the move like backdribble doesn’t matter.   So a right then left back 2 on left – back 2, right back 2 becomes left – back 2, right – shoulder.

About backdribble 2, 3 part move: very dangerous and used often.  Basically just 2 moves in a row.  Start game with normal on both sides and do a left normal, back, right normal.  Look at each move as separate moves.  So breaking it down.  Left normal, to left – normal, right – normal, becomes left back 2, right – normal, then backdribble (nothing), then the 3rd part: right normal changes left-  back 2, right – normal, to left back 2, right back 2.  Basically just break each part down into a separate move.
One key is that backdribble 2 3 part move can never be used as double dribbles.  Aka you can’t go right back then right left.  Use that in advantage for your count.  You will always know at least one side of the sgs count if you just watch the last move he does in his 3 part move since it’s always a single.  This is different from the 2 part backdribble 2 which can go backdribble and then a double.  Kk I’m done.

Did this confuse you?  Understandable.  Try reading it more than once if you’re brave.