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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.

Control Dribble

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.

Power Dribble

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.

Speed Dribble

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.

 

Crossover Dribble

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!

Crossover, Go and Pull Up

0shares Facebook0 Pinterest0Purpose This is a great intermediate dribbling drill that focuses on the crossover and rebounding with explosion. How it Works Start off a couple feet behind the arc,…

Figure 8 Drill

0shares Facebook0 Pinterest0Purpose This intermediate ballhandling drill is one of the most popular dribbling drills taught to youth basketball players. How it Works Start dribbling low down by your left…

Spin and Go

59shares Facebook59 Pinterest0Purpose This is a great dribbling drill that works on dribbling while spinning the body, and finishing with both hands. How it Works Start out with the left…

Up and Under (Baseline)

46shares Facebook46 Pinterest0Purpose This drill will allow players to experiment with different finished – jump hooks, power layups and finger rolls to name a few. How it Works Start down…

Head To Toes

35shares Facebook35 Pinterest0Purpose This drill will train players to maintain a controlled power dribble at all heights. How it Works Standing feet shoulder width apart, begin by dribbling 5 times,…

Around The Head Ball Wraps

42shares Facebook42 Pinterest0Purpose This drill will give you a feel for the basketball and help you become more comfortable in your ball handling. A good hand speed and coordination drill,…

In/Out with Crossover Drill

33shares Facebook33 Pinterest0Purpose This drill will teach players to maintain a good, balanced body position while dribbling, with the feet shoulder-width apart. How it Works Starting with your right hand,…

Hesitation, Go and Pull Up

28shares Facebook28 Pinterest0Purpose Players work on starting from and pulling up from a variety of spots on the floor in this intermediate dribbling moves drill. How it Works Begin behind…

Behind The Back Catch Drill

75shares Facebook75 Pinterest0Purpose This drill will help with your hand-eye coordination. How it Works Start ith the ball held behind your head with both hands. Drop the ball and quickly…

Up and Back Drill

50shares Facebook50 Pinterest0Purpose This is a great drill for practicing to maintain space between your feet while dribbling the ball. How it Works Start in an athletic position, turned sideways…

Basketball Dribbling Tips

As you go through these drills, keep these techniques in mind…

  1. For stationary dribbling drills, get in good dribbling position with knees bent, arm bar out in front.
  2. 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.
  3. Keep your knees bent and back straight. Bad posture forces your head down and causes you to lose vision.
  4. Dribble the ball with your fingertips, not your palms
  5. 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.
  6. Make sure you work on the strong hand and weak hand equally. Players who can drive in both directions are much harder to guard
  7. 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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