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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!
Purpose 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 your partner. Each…
Purpose 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 it Works Beginning…
Purpose 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 court in two…
Purpose 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 back. There are…
Purpose 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. How it Works…
Purpose 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 the ball around…
Purpose Improves hand-eye coordination and helps players break the habit of staring at the ball when dribbling. Drill Setup Two players line up approximately 5 to 10 feet apart from…
Purpose Helps players warm-up and get a better feel for handling the ball. Drill Setup Each player has a ball and 3-5 feet of space around him. How it Works…
Purpose Helps players improve their dribbling, especially for the around the back crossover and the front crossover. Drill Setup Players line up anywhere on the court. Coach stands in front…
Purpose Improves dribbling skills. Drill Setup Players line up on the court in front of the coach. Each player has two balls How it Works Coach calls out dribbles from…
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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