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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!
Play Type: Dribbling Drill Purpose This dribbling drill offensively works on the controlled dribble and avoiding a player chasing from behind, trying to knock the ball loose. It also works…
This passing drill incorporates a V-cut before performing a pass. This is a great conditioning drill that teaches players to handle the ball on the move. It also trains players…
Play Type: Ballhandling Purpose This drill is a fun way to teach players to go for loose balls. Set Up Start by dividing the team into three groups. The groups…
Drill Type: Ballhandling Drill Purpose: The off-season is the most important time of the year for your players to work on their individual games. The best strategy is to identify…
Purpose: This is a great drill that you can tailor to whatever your needs are, whether they be ball handling, shooting, or finishing around the basket. Set Up: Setup two…
Play Type: Dribbling & Ball Handling Drill Purpose: This is a Great conditioning and ball handling drill that teaches toughness and how to handle multiple dribblers. Set Up: Time is…
Play Type: Passing & Dribbling Drill Purpose This is a great warm up drill that helps to get your players loose and work on their dribbling skills. Set Up In…
Play Type: Pre-Game Warm Up Purpose This is a great movement drill that focuses on passing, dribbling, jump stops and lay-ups. Set Up Set up three lines. The line in…
Play Type: Dribbling Drill Purpose This dribbling drill simulates a half court trap. Your ball handler will retreat with an escape dribble, and get back out into the middle of…
This fun basketball drill improves footwork, mental toughness, and dribbling. Watch the full video demonstration inside the FREE Basketball Blueprint app! Setup Players make 3 lines on the baseline facing…
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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