Basketball dribbling drills

The dribbling drills on this page aim to help you coach your players in beating players with their skill and pace. This is a core skill and we look at the fine details of the techniques required to dribble like the best giving you basketball drills and exercises to help your players become master dribblers.

2-3 Zone to Cover Space in an Instant

2-3 Zone to Cover Space in an Instant

Quick passbacks force a 2-3 zone to cover a lot of space in an instant, which pokes holes in the zone and allows you to find openings for jump shots. Why use it A quick passback to start your action slightly shifts a defender into a perfect position to be screened. From there, a dribble […]

‘Chase’ Drills Focus, Speed Dribbling

It’s a game of tag but players must dribble the entire time – see who has the speed and ability to shift direction quickly in this competitive drill. WHY USE IT Drive home the point about purposeful dribbling with the Chase Drill where players must go fast or get knocked out of the game. SET […]

Attack & Make a Move

Teach players how to go strong with the dribble, execute a move and attack the rim for a high-percentage shot, then finish with another dribble or move. WHY USE IT Dribbling without purpose simply is bouncing the ball. Players need to practice attacking with the dribble, so when they are in a game they become […]

Use The Opposite Hand To Score

The Veer Reverse shows players how to start with a right-hand dribble but finish in the middle of the lane with a left-hand layup WHY USE IT Solid defenders cut off a player’s strong hand. Only repetitions with the opposite hand drive home the muscle memory to score at the rim with the “weak” hand. SET UP The player starts with […]

‘Alley’ Drill Tightens The Court

Push players using a 1-on-1, full-court setting and give the defense the advantage by trimming the boundaries to the free-throw-lane width WHY USE IT Defenders need to learn the best methods to guard a ball handler in a potential lengthof- the-court situation. Ball handlers never have the entire court at their disposal, so show defenders they have an advantage by squeezing the boundaries. SET […]

Elbow Entry, Drive Through Lane

Enter the ball to the right elbow, move action through the lane and open the floor’s middle for a dribble-drive opportunity WHY USE IT This play produces a driving attempt at the rim but also can result in scoring chance for an opposite-side cutting player. SET UP All five players start outside the 3-point line with the point guard dribbling at the […]

Space & Drive

Initial action creates space for your best ball handler to take the defender off the dribble and get to the rim WHY USE THIS DRIBBLING PLAY Constantly running defenders off screens creates room at the top for a dribble-drive opportunity. SET UP Dayton led Ohio State, 35-32, early in the second half. This play netted […]