One of the basketball plays I like to use is the Dog Pound.Â It is a basic 1 v 1, full court dribble with spin moves against a mirrored defender.
Dog Pound Play
Starting at the baseline and using the right near sideline and edge of the lane as boundaries all the way down the floor, I have one kid dribble diagonally from one side to the other using the spin move to change directions and protect the ball.
The other player plays defense by keeping their feet moving by step-sliding with the dribbler.Â The defensive player taps the ball if the dribbler gets out of control.
At the free throw line at the other lane, it’s ‘go time’ for one on one.Â After a basket or a defensive rebound is made, they switch positions and get into the line to dribble down the other side of the court doing the same things.
Two lines will be going at once.Â You can use variations of this by setting cones or check points and/or by having the dribbler perform different dribbling skills or desired moves.
It conditions the defenders and forces the dribbler to be conscientious of their control.
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