Give this [tag]basketball ballhandling drill[/tag] a try. Not only is this a good [tag]dribbling drill[/tag] but it also teachs your players to be better defenders.
– 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
– 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.
– Player 2, in his defensive stance, slides with the dribbler to the opposite end of the floor
Points of Emphasis
– Ballhandler dribbles with his left hand as he travels left, right hand as he travels right. He protects the ball with his off-hand, alternating as he switches direction
– Ballhandler stays low in an athletic stance
– Defender stays in the proper defensive position: knees bent, head up, butt down, arms out to the side with palms up
– Defender slides with lead foot pointed outward, pushing off with back foot. Body stays level, not bouncing up and down. Feet do not cross over.
– Defender beats the Ballhandler to the spot, cutting him off and forcing him to change direction