Going in different directions, using change of speed and direction to improve your ball handling ability.
Change the crossovers that you do when you change direction.
White Player 1 is 'On'
Blue Players 1 to 8 try to dribble their basketballs to the opposite line.
Any players that the white player touches are 'caught' and will be 'On' with white player 1.
The players that make it to the other side continue until there is one winner.
Players start out in the corner on either side of the court.
Set up 2 cones in front of the players. The 1st cone 15 ft away. The 2nd cone 30 ft away. There will also be a chair 18-20 ft away from the basket.
Players dribble to the 1st cone and perform a change of direction dribble.
Player then dribbles around the 2nd cone and then dribbles at speed towards the chair.
When they reach the chair they should quickly change direction, move and attack the basket where they will finish with a lay-up.
Players will dribble up court with their right hand and back with their left hand.
To begin with this should be done at a comfortable pace, ensuring players keep the ball under control.
However, after a practice run you can then line up your players so that they perform this dribble drill under race pressure.
As above, but one ball passes under one of your legs.
Once you have mastered the 2 ball dribble, add a crossover by switching which ball is being controlled by which hand.
Dribbling with 2 balls, switch the hands controlling the ball by passing one behind your back, and the otherone in front of you.
Dribble bouncing the ball up to shoulder height 3 times. Then bend the knees and bounce the ball no higher than knee height 3 times. Repeat this pattern.
Using another ball to shield your view of the ball that you are dribbling, but allowing you sight of the floor ahead, dribble out and back 5m.
Players dribble the ball 5m whilst sprinting and come to a jump stop.
Technique for moving the ball from behind the back to in front of the body whilst dribbling. Note the ball should always bounce in the same place.
Ball handling progression. Players using their fingertips to push the ball down onto the court. Go through the series of stationary dribbles. Waist high dribble Shoulder high dribble Ankle high dribble
First stage in dribbling ball between the legs. Start with feet shoulder width apart, bouncing the ball outside the right foot. Lead forwards with left foot. As the foot plants and the weight transfers forwards, bounce the ball under the leg and collect it with the left hand.
Transfer the ball from left to right behind the back.
Transfer the ball over a bench whilst seated, behind the back. Forces control as players cannot adjust their feet to make allowances for poor control.
Bribble the ball along the floor. When you come to the bench, dribble the ball on the bench. The different material of the bench will require adaptation by the player to power input to the ball and control.
Dribbling on the spot or on the move, get creative and do every dribble move you can think of as fast as you can. Imagine there is a defender in front of you or that you have to get past.
Dribble the ball around one leg and through the legs. Keep the hand not dribbling the ball tucked into the chest. Alternate hands to improve the less dominant hand.
Exchange of the ball from dribbling outside the left foot to outside the right foot. Note the transfer of weight in time with the transfer of the ball.
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