After you do your warm-up drills to get your body moving and your feet moving (and a great ball handling drill to warm up with is the “Cone Warm-Up Drill), it’s time to move into the ball handling drill. Ball handling is still considered to be a “warm-up” drill so you can get yourself going, but it’s something that you need to practice every day. Because any kind of move you make in basketball, you’re going to have to dribble the ball.
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One Ball Drill
- This first ball handling drill is going to be done with just one ball
- Keep your head up, palm spread, and just dribble right down.
- A good amount of dribbles would be 20 dribbles with one hand, 20 dribbles on the other hand.
Yo-Yo Ball Handling Drill
- After the designated number of reps, you will continue with to “yo-yo” the ball forward and backwards.
- Next, you can yo-yo the ball in front of you.
- You can also “yo-yo” with two balls. We can yo-yo forward and backwards, keeping one leg in front, and then switching and putting the other leg in front.
- Stay relaxed, Head up, Palms are spread out. You want to be relaxed, but you want to be ready to attack at any time. If the defense comes on you, you need to be able to move.
Machine Gun Dribble Drill
- After completing the above variations, you can machine-gun dribble
- This drill can also be done with two balls, for the more advanced players. You can alternate them or you can do them at the same time.
- Advanced players we can do a little dribbling around the legs.
Two Ball Drill
- For more advanced players, you can use two balls so you can cut time in half.
- So first of all, you’re going to pound the balls down. Both at the same time.
- Do this around 20 times.
- In the next variation, you’re going to alternate the balls while staying relaxed. You don’t want to tense up – keep it smooth, relaxing your body and shoulders, and pound the ball.
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