Players work on ballhandling, offensive and defensive footwork.

Players pair up with someone of similar size and speed. Player 1 is a dribbler and Player 2 is a defender. The court is divided invisibly down the middle and Player 1 is not allowed to dribble across the invisible line.


  1. Player 1 dribbles the length of the court in a zigzag pattern. At the sideline or invisible half court line, he changes direction with a reverse dribble, behind the back dribble, crossover dribble, or through the legs dribble.
  2. Player 2, in his defensive stance, slides with the dribbler to the opposite end of the door.

Coaching Tips:

  • Ballhandler dribbles with his left hand as he travels left, right hand as he travels right. He protects the ball with his off-hand, planting hard off the outside foot as he switches direction.
  • Defender stays in the proper defensive position: knees bent, head up, butt down, arms out to the side with palms up.

Tips for Younger Athletes:

  • Encourage ballhandlers to keep controlled dribbles, ensuring the ball bounces waist high. Defenders should prioritize moving their feet first without overreaching for the ball.
  • Remind the ballhandler to always keep their eyes up and avoid looking at the ball. This aids in court awareness and better decision-making.
  • Teach the ballhandler to change speeds, starting slow then accelerating quickly, to understand rhythm and to challenge the defender.

Tips for Older Athletes:

  • Urge defenders to observe the ballhandler’s hips and shoulders as these can hint at their next move. Anticipating these movements can give defenders an edge.
  • Introduce intricate dribble moves to the ballhandler like the spin move or hesitation. For defenders, suggest strategies such as jabbing a foot to disrupt rhythm or using body contact to influence the ballhandler’s direction.
  • Reinforce the importance of communication for defenders. They should vocalize switches, screens, or other key defensive moves to teammates to maintain a united defensive front.