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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!

Pendulum Drill

38shares Facebook38 Pinterest0 Twitter0Purpose This is a very advanced dribbling drill that will take some time to master! How it Works Start in a good dribbling position with knees bent…

Two Ball Speed/Power Drill

85shares Facebook85 Pinterest0 Twitter0Purpose Players learn to dribble two balls while moving on the court. How it Works Begin at one sideline, holding a ball in each hand. Round 1:…

Pretzel Walk Drill

0shares Facebook0 Pinterest0 Twitter0Purpose Players learn to pass the ball through their legs while moving on the court. How it Works Start at the baseline with the ball in your…

Hesitation, Go and Pull Up

25shares Facebook25 Pinterest0 Twitter0Purpose 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…

Through The Legs & Go

0shares Facebook0 Pinterest0 Twitter0Purpose Players learn to dribble through the legs and go to the basket for the shot. How it Works Starting a couple feet behind the arc, take…

Two Ball Machine Gun Dribble

33shares Facebook33 Pinterest0 Twitter0Purpose Players learn to dribble two balls in opposite directions at the same time. How it Works Set up in an athletic stance with one ball in…

Whip Drill

55shares Facebook55 Pinterest0 Twitter0Purpose Players learn to switch hands and whip the ball around the legs while dribbling. How it Works Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Using your right…

Quick Draw

0shares Facebook0 Pinterest0 Twitter0Purpose 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….

Four Ball Partner Exchange

20shares Facebook19 Pinterest1 Twitter0Purpose 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…

Jersey Skid Drill

62shares Facebook62 Pinterest0 Twitter0Purpose 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…

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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