I’ve gotten a whole bunch of requests for [tag]basketball dribbling drills[/tag] over the past few days. Here’s an idea that Jack sent in and I now use regularly.
I have several [tag]basketball[/tag] [tag]drills[/tag] for VERY beginning players. My team is 2nd graders, but I think this carries over to much older kids as well.
As the last part of our [tag]warm up[/tag], we run “dribble suicides”. Kids run a suicide, but while [tag]dribbling[/tag] the ball. We usually run 3, one where they dribble right hand only, then left hand only, then where every dribble is a crossover.
I make everyone on the team go at the same time so they have a good probability of running into each other unless they look up to see where they are going.
The simple [tag]drill[/tag] accomplishes several things:
1. The kids have to dribble the ball WHILE MOVING, which is after all the point of dribbling it in the first place.
2. They have to look up or they lose the ball. Usually it bounces off the leg of a teammate.
3. The have to change direction and speed with the ball 7 times.
4. They are forced to control the ball completely with their weak hand throughout one full suicide.
5. All of this is accomplished for every kid in a total time of less than 2 minutes.
Simple, but it really has worked well for our team.