hoop and stick

Signs as I've known them:

Aries: driving fast late at night, running from the cops, listening to the neighborhood, swimming with just a big tee shirt on, jealousy and fighting, working out.

Taurus: listening to loud music, saving animals, walking through the forest barefoot, eating at Waffle House late at night, bonfires, candles and fairy lights.

Gemini: dorky laughs, a love of Las Vegas, winged eye makeup, dressing up for Halloween even when you’re a little too old, sarcasm, goodie bags.

Cancer: looking at the stars, sweaters, heavy eyes, aesthetically pleasing Instagram feeds, funny voice impressions, playing video games.

Leo: running together, a slight southern twang, talking about tv shows, fighting over a boy, yoga, sharing food, talking in a warm room, “you’re better than that”

Virgo: hula hooping, eating fruit, stick and poke tattoos, running through the night, dying our hair crazy colors, a deep voice, writing together, flying to California, ballet.

Libra: cuddling, drinking lots of caffeine, buying expensive gifts, rambling together and cracking each other up, smoking on the porch under the stars, freckles, warm showers.

Scorpio: Holding cats, watching people at the restaurant, dying your hair different colors, vintage cartoons, eating chocolate cake late at night, lace.

Sagittarius: playing guitar, strong opinions, a love of dogs, auburn hair, yelling at the cops, a dark sense of humor, laying in a hammock

Capricorn: simplistic art in black ink, mood swings, love of daisies, tea and honey, a relationship with a large age gap, Mac and cheese, flannels, driving around in an old truck.

Aquarius: helps me with my hair, sarcastic sense of humor, cat eyed glasses, bright lipstick, seeming permanently young, watching gameshows in the morning, drinking tea, dressing up in costumes.

Pisces: swimming late at night, scratching each other’s backs, watching scary movies, crying on the bed, coloring together, pushing around in grocery carts, dancing as we clean, shopping for lingerie.

Lovely Sights and sounds abound in this autumn season. While I am obligated to remain indoors, by my many tasks, I entreat you to go and see the world as my proxy! It is my hope that you might witness these annually available delights, which I personally have sought out or been surprised by in years past.

The first 5 readers to submit a rendering (no matter how simple or complex) featuring 9 of their own favorite fall subjects by December 1st, 2014, can receive a free item from my etsy store* and a bonus, signed first issue of my upcoming image comic, Tooth & Claw. 

Please send your submissions to tragedyseries (at) gmail.com

*(item free with purchase of equal or greater value)


ƁELTANE (Lá Bealtaine)

Beltane, one of four Gaelic seasonal festivals, is the Celtic May Day. Historically widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, Beltane used to mark the beginning of summer and was when cattle were driven out to the summer pastures.

Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth.

Special bonfireswere kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. The people and their cattle would walk around the bonfire, or between two bonfires, and sometimes leap over the flames or embers. All household fires would be doused and then re-lit from the Beltane bonfire. These gatherings would be accompanied by a feast, and some of the food and drink would be offered to the aos sí (spirits). Doors, windows, byres and the cattle themselves would be decorated with yellow May flowers, perhaps because they evoked fire.

In some parts of Ireland, people would make a May Bush: a thorn bush decorated with flowers, ribbons and bright shells. Holy wells were also visited, while Beltane dew was thought to bring beauty and maintain youthfulness.

Bonfires All hearth fires and candles would be doused before the bonfire was lit, generally on a mountain or hill.

In the 19th century, the ritual of driving cattle between two fires was still practised across most of Ireland and in parts of Scotland. Sometimes the cattle would be driven “around” a bonfire or be made to leap over flames or embers. The people themselves would do likewise. 

In the Isle of Man, people ensured that the smoke blew over them and their cattle.

When the bonfire had died down, people would daub themselves with its ashes and sprinkle it over their crops and livestock. Burning torches from the bonfire would be taken home, where they would be carried around the house or boundary of the farmstead and would be used to re-light the hearth.

From these rituals, it is clear that the fire was seen as having protective powers. As a matter of fact bonfires were meant to mimic the Sun and to “ensure a needful supply of sunshine for men, animals, and plants”, but they were also meant to symbolically “burn up and destroy all harmful influences”.

Food was also cooked at the bonfire and there were rituals involving it. Everyone present would take an oatmeal cake, called the bannoch Bealltainn or “Beltane bannock”. A bit of it was offered to the spirits to protect their livestock (one bit to protect the horses, one bit to protect the sheep, and so forth) and a bit was offered to each of the animals that might harm their livestock (one to the fox, one to the eagle, and so forth). Afterwards, they would drink the caudle.

Maypole It is a tall erected wooden pole around which maypole dances take place.

The practice had become increasingly popular throughout the ensuing centuries, with the maypoles becoming “communal symbols” that brought the local community together: even poorer parishes would join up with neighbouring ones in order to obtain and erect one.

As revived, the dance consisted of pairs of boys and girls (or men and women) stand alternately around the base of the pole, each holding the end of a ribbon. They weave in and around each other, boys going one way and girls going the other and the ribbons are woven together around the pole until the merry-makers meet at the base. There are also more complex dances for set numbers of dancers, involving complicated weaves and unweaves.

In some regions, a somewhat different Maypole tradition existed: the carrying of highly decorated sticks. The sticks had hoops or cross-sticks or swags attached, covered with flowers, greenery or artificial materials such as crepe paper. Children would take these hand-held poles to school on May Day morning and prizes may be awarded for the most impressive. This tradition is known as garlanding, and was a central feature of May Day celebrations in central and southern England until the mid-19th century.

If the War Rig is an extension of Furiosa, then does that mean the Interceptor is Max’s extension…

It is constantly barraged with destruction, pain and anguish. 

It is rolled onto the ground, wheels in the air, unable to escape it’s captors.

It is modified, things attached to it to take away it’s original identity.

It is turned it into a death machine when it used to be a law enforcement vehicle, meant to serve and protect, but now forced to maim and capture.

It is abused, taken, torn apart, over and over again.

i am on a new self care journey !! i am literally only posting about this so it becomes real instead of just a thought. 1. i am going to get that haircut that i desperately need 2. i am going to RELAX with all the skin products and stick to some real simple shit to reset my skin and make me feel new again 3. i am going to wear like … NO makeup. just some lip balm and mascara at most. i want to learn to feel comfortable in my own bare face and love it !!! under eye bags and all. 4. eat healthier !! cut out the damn sugar paige you eat a whole pack of hi-chews like everyday and it needs to stop !! 5. be more consistent w the gym ! i work to do this but i want to work to do this even more !! 6. do more hobbies that i LOVE. like painting and hula hooping and hiking. 7. STICK TO THE PLAN !!!!! i want to be my best self and that doesn’t happen when you forget to stick to the muf*ckin plan. stick to the plan paige

‘Crafter tools: Hula hoops

Now hula hoops are not so much all purpose as other the tools I’ve talked about can be. In fact, usually each hoop will have to be done to hold a specific spell within it which means you really gotta know ahead of time what nonsense is gonna go down in life before dragging 7 hoops out of the closet. 

I personally use my hoops as a disenchanter type item. I’ve got my hoop on the ground, stick my item I want neutralized into the center and energy smash it. However hoops are great for sticking haunted dolls in to keep them in place during the night or catching that ghost dude wandering upstairs and releasing it outside in the cemetery. 

A hoop could also be used as a pre-made summoning circle type deal, or as an focus point for all the loose energy in a location. 

Point is; there are many a thing a hoop can be used for BUT each hoop generally only holds one spell in it’s confines so if your plan is to open a shop breaking cursed items you’ll need like… 3 different hoops to do each part of the spell breaks. 

During the summer these plastic kids toy rings are generally on sale for a pretty good price as Walmart has got a set of 6 for 12$ at the moment. You’ll want to get the ones that are hollow on the inside NOT the flat disk ones. 

Take your hoop and safely drill a hole into the tube. Now stuff the dry spell ingredients into said hole until the hoop is full, shaking the hoop as you go to get it all filled in. Seal hole with colored duck tape. Just, a single strip wrapped around the area.  And voila! A pre-made spell circle! 

Don’t forget to clean between uses, and the occasionally energy charge would not be amiss. Stick in either sunlight or moonlight depending on the type of spell you’re powering. 

The most basic dry mix I could recommend would be Sea Salt, Dried Basil, and Dried Garlic (or Garlic powder). This is a negative power/minor demon trap mix, which is good for stuffing haunted dolls into. 

Ceremonial court dress. May have belonged to Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, nee Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg (1759-1828).

To give you an idea of how fast fashions changed in the Empress’s lifetime, here’s a formal portrait of her in the late 18th century:

In the above portrait, she is wearing a tightly laced corset, a stomacher, and a court hoop that made her skirt stick out to the sides. The dress is elaborately decorated with embroidery and beading, and the colors are vivid. Her hair is lightly powdered with gray and dressed high, accented with large ostrich plumes.

Below, in mourning (likely for her husband, who died in 1801, and whose cameo portrait she may be wearing on her brooch), she is wearing the French Directoire/Empire style, with its high waist (and scandalously low-cut bodice). The corset is entirely gone and the hair is its natural color. There is very little decoration on the clothing itself (though this is partly because it’s a mourning dress). In the blue dress at top, the waist is still high but has come down a little, and the fad for diaphanous outer fabrics has faded. Heavy ornamentation (embroidery, metallic threads, beads) on the fabric itself, such as along the hem, is back in. More petticoats were being worn, and a stiffer, more cone-shaped skirt became popular. Large, puffed sleeves were in, as well as a visual emphasis on wide, sloping shoulders. The corset also came back in and strictly confined the natural waist.


Hula-Hooping in a Niqab: @balqis_alrashed’s Twirling Art

#MyStory is a series that spotlights inspiring women in the Instagram community. Join the conversation by sharing your own story. To see more of Balqis’ art and hula-hooping performances, follow @balqis_alrashed on Instagram.

“#MyStory is about play. Being free and experimental and seeing the world with a fresh perspective.” —Balqis AlRashed (@balqis_alrashed), a visual artist and graphic designer from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

“I was attempting to get out of my comfort zone. Hula-hoop class sounded like a good idea, something I would never do willingly. But I’ve been hooping ever since. You have to be in the moment when you’re in the hoop or it will not stick to your waist. It seems like it’s a plastic circle that won’t have any power to transform you physically and mentally and energetically, but it changed the way I talked to myself. I started encouraging myself to learn and play versus me being perfect and better than anyone in the room. That’s what I love about the hoop. Once I’m in there, I feel like I enter a space where there’s no judgment, no resistance to anything or anyone or any thought.

When I created the niqab hoop series, I was inspired to combine the practice of play and the physical constraint of the veil. It’s shocking but enchanting. I feel like I’m always boldly walking on eggshells.”

Hoop Snakes: ...wait, what?

Is anyone else reduced to incontrollable giggles when they think about the legend of the Hoop Snake?

Like the snake just rolls at people like a freakin’ demon possessed Hula Hoop and then sticks them with its tail. No it doesn’t bite people, because that would be way too realistic for the story of the Roll Along Snakey Circle. It has a stinger in its tail that it uses like a giant evil wasp.

This legend is so common and is actually believed by so many people that many official state guides about dealing with snakes have to include notes that the Hoop Snake is not real and that normal snakes do not have venomous stingers. 

On one hand it would be great if this ridiculous legend would dissipate over time, but on the other I wanna continue to get a chuckle out of it for a while.

Water Wars (Jungkook fluff)

Hey guys, im sooo sorry for like posting nothing for ages i feel so bad ;o; But anyway ive got this request for you, i went a bit far it but its fineee. Also, i was too lazy to proof read it so if there are any mistakes im sorry xD Anyway enjoy ~Admin K

Originally posted by kpoop

“Cannonball!” A yell came from above you as a shadow covered the sun, you looked up to see the shape and the owner of the voice coming down into the pool, doing the exact thing he had yelled he was doing. You raised your hands to protect yourself from what you knew was the upcoming splash of water from J-hope’s body hitting the surface of the water, making the drops fly in all directions.

As you anticipated, the wave had soaked your already wet hair and body, you laughed with the rest of the boys out on the edge of the pool, well with the ones that were already there. And that consisted of Jimin, Jin, Suga and Rap monster, as at this moment, J-hope was resurfacing from the pool before shaking his wet hair like a puppy. V was beside you sitting, stuck, in the middle of a large inflatable rubber hoop. His head and legs sticking out through the top while his bottom was in the hole of the hoop.

Now, the only one missing was the one you loved the most; Jungkook. After an intense game of rock paper scissors, Jungkook was forced to make his way and buy everyone drinks. Clearly Scissors always lose with these guys around.

You were giggling at Hobie’s attempt to overthrow Taehyung’s float in order to steal it, who would not give up his beloved rubber ring as he frantically paddled away using his feet and the tips of his hands.

You couldn’t stop laughing or peel your eyes away from the scene until you heard another splash coming from behind you and before you turned around, large arms wrapped around your small frame. You looked up to see Jungkook standing right behind you with a smile on his face. He must have just got back with the drinks as the three eldest members were enjoying their time on the sunbeds drinking and making jokes. With a smile toy looked back at the two weirdoes fighting over the float,  what brought your attention back to then was a very girly scream coming from V who had realised how close the ‘shark’ was and was desperately paddling away and yelling for his life. From his point of view it must have felt that way with J-hope waddling through the water with an evil chuckle.

Laughing you yelled out, “Tae! I’ll help if you let me use your float afterwards.” You felt a chuckle coming from Jungkook which chest was resting against your back.

The only reply you got was a loud “YAAAAAAAAAAAA” As Taehyung felt J-hope rake his fingers along the side of the float in a teasing manner. If he had intended to steal the float alone he would have been able to do so by now yet he enjoyed teasing his younger friend.

“To the rescue!” Yelled Jungkook, moving away from you and running through the waist height dept of the water with his hand raised as if he was holding out a sword in his hand, a triumphant yell coming from his lungs. You laughed even more and followed after him.

By now, due to all of the noise caused, the others who rested on the water’s edge started watching, laughing and cheering. JImin decided to join the fun and as you struggled to keep up with Jungkook against the push of the water you heard a splash and a rawr like that of a tiger form behind you. Turning your head around to check who it  was, you bust into laughter as you saw Jimin, his hair only half wet with his arms stretched out and formed into what was supposed to look like claws going after you.

You screamed playfully, running trying to catch up with Jungkook who had reached J-hope  and tackling him down into the water, while that was happening you ran away from Jimin and reached Taehyung in the float who was screaming and laughing, looking back where Jimin was, you started pushing Tae away in the opposite direction, hoping that either Jungkook finishes J-hope off, or one of the other boys comes in to help. And if not, you were ready to fight. In the end, it was option number three which had come into fruition. The three elders still didn’t move a muscle, J-hope was dominating Jungkook and Jimin was less than a hand length away. You needed to fight, rescuing Tae, you pushed the float away as far as possible and turned around to face your enemy, hands outstretched on either side like a goalkeeper, ready to stop Jimin in his tracks. But the other didn’t really know what to do, he charged at you with a laughing roar before picking you up and wanting to throw you away into the water. But you didn’t let him, instead fighting back, you grabbed a hold to his arm and wouldn’t let go, so he wouldn’t be able to throw you away as instead you clung to his arm.

To be honest, you weren’t sure if he did this on purpose or if you actually managed to push him down into the water but as you held onto his arm, you placed your foot behind his and pulled down on his hand, toppling him over backwards and into the water. You were surprised that it worked and so move away in surprise and happiness. You stepped back and throw your hands in the air like a champion, celebrating your win.

“Noooooo!” Your celebration was short lived as you heard the defeat of Jungkook and looked behind you to see him completely covered in water and J-hope wading towards you. You were ready to face your second opponent, but at that moment you felt someone’s wet hand touch your shoulder,

“I’ve got this.” Taehyun said with his deep voice, eyeing J-hope, “You get the treasure.” He was referring to the float which was floating on the water just a few meters behind him. You needed, it was like a battle which in some action game. With a war cry Tae charged at J-hope and you made your way back to the float.

“No don’t let her take it!” You heard J-hope yell before he engaged in combat with his bandmate. You waddled faster to the float, reaching your hands over it, ‘How the hell am i supposed to get into this?!’ You thought as you tried to push your body up on the inflatable ring to no avail. You struggled half way up the float before you felt someone grab your legs under the water, you turned around, scared that you would see Jimin there about to pull you away in order to win over the float. But instead you saw someone much better, you breathed a sigh realising that it wasn’t Jimin BTS Jungkook. With his help you managed to climb atop of the float and tried to waddle your feet and hands in the same way V had done previously, but sadly your limbs were much shorter than his and so you only managed to splash a little in the water, it took you nowhere, you just stayed in one place without moving.

Jungkook watched you struggle with a chuckle before he heard a splashing noise from behind him, Jimin had recovered and was coming back for a round two, in a hurry he turned back towards you and started, trying to, run away while pushing away the float. He looked over his shoulder to see Jimin right there less than an arms length away.

“AHHH” Jungkook screamed and laughed before pushing you on the hoop with his strength as Jimmin tackled Jungkook into the water. Now you saw that Taehyung was still mid fight with Hobi while Jimin now wrestled with Jungkook. It was up to you to escape with the hoop. As you watched the four guys you felt the hoop hit onto something hard, you turned around and saw that you had been pushed all the way to the edge of the pool, up on which rested the three oldest guys. That’s when it came to your head. You wiggled your way off of the float before pulling yourself out of the pool and taking the float up with you, you stepped into it, now on land and waddled over to the other three guys and hid behind them, as far away from the pool as possible. You crouched in the float in between Rapmon’s and Jin’s sunbeds as the water dripped off of you and your swimming costume, laughing the whole time.

It took the four boys quite a while to notice that you were gone as they were all still locked in combat. J-hope was the first to notice your missing presence. Before scanning the area of the pool and seeing you crouching in the float behind Rap Monster.

The three boys on the outside of the pool were all laughing, Ramon was lounging on his sunbed, looking out through his glassed at the pool and his ‘children’ play fighting in the water. Jin and Suga were sitting on Jin’s sunbed watching and waiting to see how the rest of the game would unfold. Suga had been asleep till a few moments ago when you had come running out and hiding. He wanted to sleep but couldn’t miss out on the action around him.

One J-hope saw you on the outside, he yelled in despair, knowing very well that they had lost. The other three boys looked up from what they were doing to see the four of you on land laughing.

“And the winners are, (Y/N), Kim Taehyung and Jung Jungkook!!” Rapmon yelled at the top of the voice, receiving cheers from the mentioned people. Jimin and J-hope stood back and sighed, trying to catch their breaths.

Jin picked up his towel and put it over your shoulders, you were still completely wet from your swim and had started shivering. You nodded and smiled a thanks to Jin before wrapping the towel around you, getting up from your hoop and going to sit on the sunbed closest to Rapmon’s. The one on the other side was Suga’s who had now returned to his nap after watching the show. You sat crouched on the sunbed, the towel wrapped around you as you kept giggling from the excitement from a few moments ago.

Following this, one by one the guys left the pool and came to dry themselves off on the sunbeds. Jungkook stood up to grab his drink before sitting himself next to you on your sunbed before downing the drink. You smiled at him watching his actions until he had finished his drink, placing it down next to the sunbed and looking over at you. You looked cozy and warm in that towel while his body still dripped with water. He grabbed one end of the towel which you were clutching in front of you and pulled it so he could wrap himself in beside you. The towel was huge and could easily wrap around the two of you.

The rest of your day went by very smoothly, you, along with the group enjoyed the rest of your stay on this holiday. You even managed to get some alone time with your boyfriend as the two of you shopped and enjoyed yourselves together.

NBA 2K16 Advanced Controls

Basic Offense:

Left Stick: Move Player

Pro Stick(Right Stick): Dribble Moves/Shooting/Passing

L2/LT: Post Up
R2/RT: Sprint.

L2/LB: Call Play (tap)/ Pick Control (hold)

R1/RB: Icon Pass

X/A: Pass/Touch Pass

Circle/B: Bounce Pass (tap)/Flashy Pass (double tap)

Square/X: Shoot (tap for Pump Fake/Hop, double tap for Spin Gather)

Triangle/Y: Lob Pass (tap)/Alley-Oop (double tap)
up on D-Pad: 2K Smart Play

right on D-Pad: Points Of Emphasis

left on D-Pad: Quick Plays/ Offensive Strategies

Basic Defense:

Player Swap (closest to ball)
Circle/B: Take Charge
Square/X: Steal
Triangle/Y: Block/Rebound
Right on D-Pad: Points of Emphasis
Left on D-Pad: Defensive Sets
Down on D-Pad: Substitutions


Jump Shot:
Move and hold the shot stick in any direction (toward hoop for bank shot)
Stepback Jumper: Move and hold the shot stick away from hoop
Hop Gather: Press Square/X while driving (left stick determines direction of hop)
Spin Gather: Double tap Square/X while standing or driving
Putback Dunk/Layup:
Move & hold the shot stick in any direction during an offensive rebound.
Dominant/Off-Hand Dunk:
R2/RT + Move and hold the shot stick left or right to with that hand (while driving)
Mid-Air Change Shot: Start dunk/layup, move the right stick in any direction while in the air
Pump Fake: Start a jump shot, then quickly release the shot stick
Step Through: Pump fake then press and hold the shot stick before pump fake ends

Euro Step Layup: Move and hold the shot stick away from hoop left/right (while driving) toward hoop.

2-Hand Dunk: R2/RT + Move and hold the shot stick toward hoop (while driving)

Flashy Dunk: R2/RT + Move and hold the shot stick away from hoop (while driving)
Runner Floater: Move and hold the shot stick away from hoop (while driving close)
Normal Layup: Move and hold the shot stick toward hoop while driving (right stick direction determines finish hand)
Reverse Layup: Move and hold the shot stick toward the baseline (while driving baseline)


Crossover: Move the right stick toward off hand, then quickly release
Between Legs Cross: Move the right stick between off hand and player’s back, then quickly release
Behind Back: Move the right stick away from hoop, then quickly release
Stepback: R2/RT + Move the right stick away from hoop, then quickly release

Signature Size-ups: R2/RT + Move the right stick in any direction then quickly release

In and Out: Move the right stick toward hoop then quickly release

Hesitation (Quick):

Move the right stick toward ball hand then quickly release

Hesitation (Escape):

Move the right stick toward ball hand but slightly back from hoop then quickly release


Rotate the right stick from ball hand around player’s back, then quickly return to neutral

Half Spin:

Rotate the right stick in a quarter-circle from ball hand to hoop, then quickly return to neutral

Triple Threat Jab:

Move right stick left or right then quickly release (while in triple threat)

Triple Threat Combo Move:

Move the right stick toward the hoop then quickly release (while in triple threat)

Triple Threat Stepback:

R2/RT + Move the right stick away from hoop, then quickly release (while in triple threat)

Triple Threat Spinout:

Rotate the right stick then quickly return to neutral (while in triple threat)


Pass: X/A (left stick selects recipient)
Bounce Pass: Circle/B (left stick selects recipient)
Overhead/Lob Pass: Triangle/Y (left stick selects recipient)
Flashy Pass: Double tap Circle/B (left stick selects recipient)
Icon Pass: Press R1/RB then press action button of desired receiver
Fake Pass: Triangle/Y + Circle/B (while standing or driving)
Alley Oop: Double Tap Triangle/Y (left stick selects recipient, toward basket for oop-to-self)
Rolling Inbound: Triangle/Y during baseline inbounds
Give and Go: Press and hold X/A to retain control of passer, release Circle/A to receive the ball back
PRO STICK Pass: R1/RB + right stick

Off-Ball Offense:

Call for Ball: X/A
Call for Alley-Oop: Double tap Triangle/Y (while cutting toward hoop)

Basic Defense:

Left Stick: Move Player

Right Stick: Quick Step/Hands Up/Contest
L2/LT: Intense D
R2/RT: Sprint.

L2/LB: Defensive Strategies (tap)/ Double Team (hold)

R1/RB: Icon Swap

X/A: Pass/Touch Pass

Fast Shuffle: Press & hold L2/LT or R2/RT & move the left stick in any direction.
Hands Up Defense: Press and hold right stick in any direction

Shot Contest: Press right stick towards shooter

Pass Contest: Press right stick away from dribbler

Off-Ball Defense:

Post Up/Ball Denial:
L2/LT when near opponent (based on distance to basket)
Deny Hands Out: right stick in any direction
Ball Pressure: Press right stick toward ballhandler
Fight for position in Post: L2/LT + Left stick into defender (when posted off-ball)
Deny/Front Post: L2/LT + right stick left/right (when posted off-ball)

On-Ball Defense: 

Press and hold L2/LT when in front of dribbler
Quick Step Cutoff: Move the right stick in the direction you want to step
Crowd Dribbler: Press and hold L2/LT when near the dribbler
Fast Shuffle: Press and hold L2/LT + R2/RT, move left stick in any direction
Hands Up Defense: Move and hold the right stick in any direction
Shot Contest: Move and hold the right stick in any direction when near shooter(during shot)
Vertical Contest: Move and hold left stick away from the shooter and press Triangle/Y
Swat Block: Hold R2/RT and press Triangle/Y
Take Charge: Press and hold Circle/B
Flop: While in take charge, release Circle/B, press Circle/B
Intentional Foul: Repeatedly press or press and hold X near ballhandler
Double Team: Press and hold L1/LB
Icon Double Team: Press L1/LB press and hold the action button of desired double teamer

Advanced Controls:

Positional Playcall: Press L1/LB, then press teammate’s action button and choose play from menu
Basic Pick Control: Press and hold L1/LB
Advanced Pick Control: Press and hold L1/LB. Use R1/RB to choose Roll vs. Fade and R1/RB to choose pick side.
Set Screen: Circle/B
Call for Screen: Triangle/Y

Icon Pick Control: Press L1/LB, then press and hold the action button of desired screener

Slip Screen and Early Fade: Call for pick, then press L1/LB again at any time before the screener gets hit to have him slip or fade early

Post Moves:

Enter/Leave Post:
Press and hold L2/LT to post up, release L2/LT to faceup
Drive to Key: R2/RT + Left stick toward key
Drive to Baseline: R2/RT + Left stick toward baseline
Quick Spin: Rotate the shot stick to outside shoulder
Hook Drive: Rotate shot stick to inside shoulder
Fakes: Move the shot stick in any direction but away from hoop

Post Shots (Shotstick):

Post Hook:
Shot stick left or right toward hoop (close range)
Post Fade: shot stick left or right away from hoop (beyond close range)
Post Layup: Move and hold the shot stick left or right toward hoop (close range) while the left stick is deflected
Shimmy Shot: R2/RT + shot stick left or right away from hoop

Post Hop: Push left stick left or right away from hoop, then press Square/X
Post Stepback: left stick away from hoop, then press Square/X
Dropstep: left stick toward hoop, then press Square/X
Pump Fake: Start a shot listed above, then move the shot stick to neutral