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In today’s game, knowing how to handle the ball is not just the job of the point guard. To run a smooth offense, every player (from 1 to 5) has to be a proficient dribbler and passer. And that requires some serious practice time spent on ball handling!
The 4 Basic Types of Dribbles
Mastering these four types of dribbles will allow you to handle the ball in the half-court, in the transition game, under the basket, or under pressure from a defender.
A stationary or slow moving dribble move, with the shoulders and hips square to the basket and the ball low to the ground.
Usually used to bring the ball up court and initiate the offense from the perimeter. Focus on protecting the ball with the off-arm and keeping the head up to scan the court.
A stationary or slow moving dribble move, with the shoulders and hips perpendicular to the basket and the ball low to the ground.
Usually used when posting up under the basket. Or - using two hands for one hard dribble - gathering yourself before attempting a power layup.
A fast-moving dribble move done at a full run.
Typically used during fast breaks when a player pushes the ball up court with pace. They key here is to push the ball out in front and catch up with it.
Using a dribble to transfer the ball from one hand to the other, directly in front of the body, through the legs, or behind the back.
Often used to create separation and beat a defender. Expert players can string together multiple crossover dribbles to put a defender off-balance and create driving lanes to the basket.
Basketball Dribbling Drills
Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite basketball dribbling drills to help you practice these techniques and become a better ballhandler!
0shares Facebook0 Twitter0 Pinterest0Purpose This is a great ballhandling drill that focuses on making sure your players are releasing the ball and not loting it upwards to get more time….
16shares Facebook16 Twitter0 Pinterest0Purpose This is a great dribbling and passing drill that works on the exchange and communicating between exchanges. How it Works Line up 3 to 5 feet…
54shares Facebook54 Twitter0 Pinterest0Purpose This drill focuses on using a light touch when dribbling, and making the ball “skid” on the floor, instead of bouncing sharply. How it Works Take…
48shares Facebook48 Twitter0 Pinterest0Purpose This drill will help with your hand-eye coordination. How it Works Start with the ball in front of you, holding it with two hands. Drop the…
3shares Facebook0 Twitter3 Pinterest0Purpose Partners need to work in unison for this drill to work. That’s why it’s a good team-builder! Drill Setup Line up 3 to 5 feet from…
74shares Facebook74 Twitter0 Pinterest0Purpose In this drill, players dribble as they change speed and direction. Drill Setup Set up 5-10 cones in a line roughly one large stride apart. How…
0shares Facebook0 Twitter0 Pinterest0Purpose In this drill, players dribble over chairs while wearing garden gloves, to build better ballhandling skills. Drill Setup Arrange six chairs or tall cones on the…
42shares Facebook42 Twitter0 Pinterest0Purpose Basketball is a game of length. This drill works on lengthening the dribble. Drill Setup Drill starts on one sideline, goes to the other sideline and…
1shares Facebook0 Twitter1 Pinterest0Purpose This is a great warm-up drill that also develops the in/out dribble move. Drill Setup Take your stand ready to start dribbling with your right hand….
283shares Facebook283 Twitter0 Pinterest0Purpose This is a great ballhandling drill for beginners. Drill Setup Start holding the ball with two hands at about ankle length How it Works Start wrapping…
Basketball Dribbling Tips
As you go through these drills, keep these techniques in mind…
- For stationary dribbling drills, get in good dribbling position with knees bent, arm bar out in front.
- Always have your head up. See the position of your teammates. See the hoop and where you are on the court. See the position of the defense.
- Keep your knees bent and back straight. Bad posture forces your head down and causes you to lose vision.
- Dribble the ball with your fingertips, not your palms
- Dribble the ball hard. The more time the ball spends in your hand, the more control you have of the ball. The harder you dribble, the quicker it gets back in your hand.
- Make sure you work on the strong hand and weak hand equally. Players who can drive in both directions are much harder to guard
- Advanced players should work on combining two dribbling moves together – a primary dribbling move (to beat your initial defender) and a secondary move (to get past the help defense) and score
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