[tag]Basketball dribble tips[/tag] used to be one of the biggest weaknesses in my repertoire. But I was able to turn it around by using this idea sent in by Dave.
I coach 7th and 8th grade girls and they were having a difficult time with the concept of rotating back in a trapping press and [tag]dribbling[/tag] with their heads up. Here’s a [tag]basketball[/tag] [tag]drill[/tag] I started last week and we already had much better success in this past weekend’s game.
Split the court in half lengthwise (sideline to basket).
One girl with the ball at the base line.
One girl at ball side foul line elbow.
One girl near sideline halfway between half court and foul line extended.
One girl at ball side of jump circle.
The girl with the ball must beat the initial trap, and subsequent traps, the length of the court all while dribbling with her head up to see where the next trap is coming from.
The two closest defenders initially try to force the ball to the sideline and trap.
If the offense beats the trap, the back defender has to be ready to set another trap with the defender who is closest to the ball.
The third defender now leap-frogs up court, rotating around to look for another trap if the offense successfully beats the 2nd trap.
Repeat process the length of the court.
A second offensive player can then be added to flash middle for a pass, putting more pressure on the defense to communicate and improve court awareness.